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Miscarriage victims urged to try again soon

There is no need for women who have suffered a miscarriage to wait a few months before trying again, doctors have revealed.

Those who conceive again within six months of a miscarriage have the best chances of having a healthy pregnancy with the lowest complication rates.

They are also far less likely to go on and have another miscarriage, a study found.

This is despite many NHS doctors currently advising women to wait at least three months, with the World Health Organisation saying they should wait six months before trying for another baby.

The latest study is especially important for women over the age of 35 because they are more likely to have trouble conceiving and have a higher risk of birth defects, according to the study, published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

A team led by experts at the University of Aberdeen analysed data for almost 31,000 women who had suffered a miscarriage and fallen pregnant again.

Compared with those who had a six- to 12-month interval before falling pregnant again after a miscarriage, those who conceived within six months were 44pc less likely to have another miscarriage.

They were also 52pc less likely to have an ectopic pregnancy or to have a termination.

Furthermore, women who conceived within six months were 10pc less likely to need a Caesarean or to have a premature baby, and 16pc less likely to have a low birthweight baby.

Women with an interval of more than two years were almost twice as likely to have an ectopic second pregnancy and more than twice as likely to have a termination.

The authors concluded: "Women who conceive within six months of an initial miscarriage have the best reproductive outcomes "

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