Pregnancy Questions & Answers by Dr Christopher Ng

Question: I just had a miscarriage recently. Is it true that the success rate of conceiving again is higher if I try within two months?

One in four to six women may miscarry spontaneously, but the actual number is probably higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t even know that she is pregnant yet. Normal menstruation will likely resume within four to six weeks so it is quite possible to become pregnant as soon as the menstrual cycle follows after a miscarriage.

Bearing this in mind, once you feel that you are ready to get pregnant again, it is best to ask your gynaecologist for guidance and to resume consuming your preconception vitamins and folic acid. It is difficult to say for sure that success rates of conceiving again is higher within two months following a miscarriage as there are various reasons for miscarriage and the chances of conceiving again varies between women especially for women who are 35 years or more. In this older group, the chances of conceiving decreases with age. Some studies suggest that women who conceived within six months of experiencing a miscarriage in their first pregnancy had fewer complications (lower risks of second miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy) than did those who waited longer to conceive.

Most women who miscarry go on to have a healthy pregnancy after miscarriage and abuot 60 to 70 per cent of women with unexplained repeated miscarriages go on to have healthy pregnancies. That said, if you are healthy and feel you are ready, then there is no need to wait to conceive after miscarriage.

Question: Is there such thing as a painless caesarean section birth? I have heard of cases where the mum is wide awake during this procedure.

You may be happy to hear that the majority of C-sections performed today are done with the mother awake and the husband by her side in the operating theatre to welcome the birth of their newborns. Epidural or spinal anaesthesia is used to ensure that the caesarean section is pain-free as only the lower part of the body is anaesthetised. Post operation, you’ll also be prescribed adequate analgesia to ensure that you remain pain-free during this recovery period. However, there’re some women who request to be under general anesthesia for their caesarean section because they are just too nervous.

Article from: Parents World 15'
By: Dr Christopher Ng