Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage

Oct 21, 2009
Many women, who lost their pregnancy, are concerned about the chances of getting pregnant again. It is known that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, but this number is even greater because many women lose their pregnancies without even knowing about it, especially if it happens in early pregnancy.

Miscarriage puts strain not only on woman's physical health, but affects her emotional state. Doctors agree that in most cases miscarriage is caused by the wrong development of the baby, which are due to genetic problem. Is it possible to conceive a baby and when can you start trying for a baby again?

When Can You Try to Conceive After Miscarriage?

Most specialists say that you can get pregnant when your menstrual cycle returns to normal. After miscarriage, your body will release an egg within two weeks, while your periods will probably return in four to six weeks.

Usually, miscarriage does not mean that you will have problems getting pregnant the next time. Some women can conceive within six weeks after miscarriage, while for others it may take up to six months. However, most couples are not ready to conceive right after the pregnancy loss because of the emotional burden. It may take from six months to a year for you to deal with psychological aspect of miscarriage and try for another baby.

It is recommended to wait at least until bleeding after miscarriage stops and you have had one menstrual cycle before trying to conceive again. You will need to visit your doctor to find out if any medical conditions or other problems could increase your risk of miscarriage. Keep in mind, that in most cases, a miscarriage happens by chance. You have all the chances to conceive and have full term pregnancy after miscarriage. You fertility will also be restored within a month or two.

Tips to Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage:

  • Take some time. For many couples it is hard to get pregnant after miscarriage due to emotional stress. You may experience feelings of grief, helplessness and guilt after miscarriage. Talk to your partner about your feelings and fears to restore your emotional health. Remember that more than 85 percent of women get pregnant successfully and have full term pregnancy after miscarriage.

  • Change your lifestyle habits. There are many ways to reduce stress after miscarriage and increase your chances for successful conception after miscarriage. Stop smoking and avoid alcohol before trying to conceive. Regular exercises and a balanced diet will have a positive effect not only on your fertility but on your emotional health. If you are overweight or underweight, you may need to maintain an adequate weight before getting pregnant.

  • Talk to your doctor. You may need professional help to evaluate your current health conditions and your chances for conception. You doctor may recommend to wait more time to let your body heal itself before trying for another baby. If you have fertility problems, you may need fertility medicines or therapy to boost your chances for conception. If have an underlying medical condition, like diabetes, you may need more time to conceive again.