August 29, 2015
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Miscarriage Causes and Symptoms (cont.)

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What is the outlook for future pregnancies after a miscarriage?

Most women who miscarry go on to have a successful pregnancy. The likelihood of a miscarriage in a future pregnancy increases with the number of miscarriages a woman has had. In general, the risk of a second miscarriage in women who have had a previous miscarriage is about 15%. The risk is about 30% in women who have had two miscarriages. Most women will have their menstrual period within 4 to 6 weeks after a miscarriage. Your doctor can advise you when you may start trying to conceive again. While it is possible to conceive again after your menstrual period has returned, some doctors advise waiting a bit longer, such as another menstrual cycle or more, to provide enough time for physical and emotional recovery.

Can miscarriage be prevented?

There is no evidence that bed rest can help prevent miscarriage, but women who have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy are often advised to rest and limit sexual activity until there are no more potential signs of miscarriage. It is possible that some risk factors for miscarriage can be minimized by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, or tobacco. Screening for and treatment of any sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) can also reduce the risk of a miscarriage. Avoidance of sports such as horseback riding or skiing can reduce your risk of trauma to the uterus. In most instances, however, the cause of a miscarriage is outside of the woman's control.


Medscape. Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014


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