Fertility & Preconception

How Long Should I Wait To Conceive After Miscarriage?

by Nikki Warren on May 02, 2022


“How long should I wait after a miscarriage before conceiving again?” This is a common question following a miscarriage or therapeutic abortion.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends waiting at least 6 months after miscarriage or abortion before attempting to conceive again. The reason for this is to reduce the risk of adverse birth outcomes in the next pregnancy.

Preconception Care

Following a preconception care plan for 4 months is highly recommended by naturopaths. It is especially important for both partners after a miscarriage.

There are several reasons a miscarriage can occur and one reason not often considered is poor sperm quality. It takes 72-76 days to make sperm from scratch. During that time they are highly vulnerable to damage.

Toxins such as cigarettes, alcohol, pesticides and drugs can have a negative impact on developing sperm. Heat from tight underwear, spas and hot baths can also affect sperm quality.

Men can dramatically improve sperm health by taking a multivitamin. I recommend Preconception Multi for Men alongside diet and lifestyle changes. Dietary and lifestyle changes help help optimise sperm health in various ways. Diet and lifestyle can help to reduce oxidative stress which has a major impact on sperm health.

Seeing a Naturopath can be a great guidance for optimising and supporting men to make appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes. Naturopath's can give correct evidence based information. They can also make it as easy as possible and practical for men to complete in their daily routines. A variety of fresh and cooked wholefoods - fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and protein sources is crucial.

There is a lot of information on the internet . It is often not evidence based and there can be harmful advice online. This is why it is important to get the best care possible when trying to have a baby.

For a woman, it is important that she builds her nutrient reserves prior to the next pregnancy. I recommend a healthy diet and lifestyle, along with a multivitamin such as Preconception Multi for Women.

It is possible that she has a hormone imbalance which contributed to the miscarriage. A fertility naturopath would be able to prescribe an appropriate herbal prescription.

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