Miscarriages are heartbreaking, but according to researchers, they do come with a silver lining.
A team from the University of Aberdeen has found that women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy if they conceive within six months of a pregnancy loss.
Previous advice from the World Health Organization told women to wait six months after a miscarriage before trying to conceive again, but this study found that conceptions made within six months of a miscarriage were less likely to result in another miscarriage or a preterm birth.
"Contrary to WHO guidelines, recommending at least six months' wait after a miscarriage, our meta-analysis of all published studies on this subject to date shows definitively that less than six months is best,” Dr. Sohinee Bhattacharya told The Telegraph.
Battacharya says that couples shouldn’t delay pregnancy because of previous medical advice to wait, but should try to conceive again “as soon as they feel mentally and physically ready”, as she told the BBC.
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