Women who have suffered a miscarriage should not wait too long before trying for another baby according to a new report.
Women who have miscarried are encouraged not to wait before they try to get pregnant again, according to research published last week.
The study found that those who conceived again within six months of losing a baby were less likely to do so again and that they had the best chance of a healthy pregnancy.
‘This length of delay poses a particular problem for women in the Western world, as they tend to delay child-bearing for social and economic reasons,’ the report said.
‘Any delay in attempting conception could further decrease the chances of a healthy baby.’
These new revelations contradict the long-standing theories of many NHS doctors who advise waiting three months before trying again for a baby, and the World Health Organisation, which suggests a larger gap of six months.
The report collated data for almost 31,000 women who had previously suffered a miscarriage and then fallen pregnant again.
The research conducted by the University of Aberdeen concluded that those who conceived within six months of a miscarriage were 44% less likely to lose another child than those who conceived after six to twelve months.
Furthermore, these women were 10% less likely to have a premature baby or need a Caesarean and 16% less likely to have a low birth weight child.
Ruth Bender Atik, from the Miscarriage Association, said the study would be reassuring for many women.