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My husband wants a baby, but we’ve been trying for six months in vain

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  • Severe emotional stress may actually contribute to a delay in getting pregnant.

Dr Loyce,
I have been trying to conceive after losing my first pregnancy, but it has been six months now without results. Could it be a problem caused by the previous pregnancy or that the doctors did not clean my womb properly? I am worried and my husband wants a child.

  • Wadzanayi

Dear Wadzanayi,

Getting pregnant after a miscarriage is usually possible from six weeks. Just like anyone else, conceiving is not automatic. Doctors only get concerned when you have been unable to conceive for a year.

If your periods have resumed normally, and there is no abnormal bleeding, abdominal pain or abnormal discharge, then most likely the cleaning that was done after the miscarriage was done properly.

To be sure that nothing remained after evacuation and there are no complications, you can visit a gynaecologist. You can also be examined for any treatable conditions. In many cases, however, a cause may not be identified, and losing one pregnancy should not prevent you from getting pregnant again.

Keep trying without putting any pressure on yourself. In the meantime, find out if you have any psychological issues like fear, guilt or trying to replace the baby you lost. You may need to talk to a psychologist/counsellor to help you deal with these issues even as you look forward to another pregnancy.

Severe emotional stress may actually contribute to a delay in getting pregnant.

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