Question: I recently (4 months ago) had a miscarriage and would like to find out how soon my husband and I can try for a baby again? What things should I do differently next time to avoid suffering this misfortune? What are some of the causes of miscarriage?
Answer: We approached Lennie Kamwendo, renowned nurse, midwife and author of the book Sexual and Reproductive Health: What you have always wanted to know and this is the answer she gave us:
A miscarriage can happen for a number of reasons including existing maternal diseases such as diabetes, malaria, sexually transmitted infections and any other diseases that cause fever. It can occur when a woman has anaemia. A miscarriage can also occur when the woman’s cervix is weak for whatever reason. A certain percentage of miscarriages also happen as nature’s way of getting rid of an abnormal baby. Couples need to find out why the previous miscarriage occurred and eliminate any known factors before trying for another baby. If the cause is not known, they can try for another baby as soon as the woman is physically ready. Eating well, rest and good sleeping habits, taking anti-malarial medications and folic acid tablets can help prevent miscarriage.