THURSDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Women who get pregnant within six months after having a miscarriage stand the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy with the fewest complications, Scottish researchers report.
The time that couples should wait after a miscarriage before trying to get pregnant is a matter of debate among medical experts. Some doctors say there is no reason for asking women to hold off trying to conceive, but according to the study authors, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends waiting at least six months.
The Scottish researchers said their findings suggests the WHO guidelines need to be revisited.
"Our data showed, that at least in Scottish women, there is no justification in delaying a pregnancy following an uncomplicated miscarriage," said lead researcher Dr. Sohinee Bhattacharya, a lecturer in obstetric epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen, Dugald Baird Centre for Research on Women's Health at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital in Aberdeen.
"This research will help health-care providers to counsel women regarding timing of future pregnancies and will allow couples to make informed choices based on hard evidence," Bhattacharya said.
WHO guidelines may still be applicable to women in developing countries, she added.
The report is published in the Aug. 5 online edition of the British Medical Journal.
For the study, Bhattacharya's team collected data on 30,937 women who had had miscarriages in their first pregnancy and then became pregnant again. These women were seen in Scottish hospitals between 1981 and 2000.
The researchers found that women who got pregnant again within six months were less likely to miscarry again, to have to terminate the pregnancy or to have an ectopic pregnancy compared with women who got pregnant six to 12 months after their miscarriage. (They were, however, at a higher risk of in
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