When is the best time for pregnancy after miscarriage?
Miscarriage can cause intense feelings of loss. You and your partner might also experience anger, sadness or guilt. Don't rush the grieving process.
Typically, sex is not recommended for two weeks after a miscarriage to prevent an infection. Talk to your health care provider about any recommendations or restrictions. Your period will likely return within six weeks; however, it's possible to become pregnant if you have sex before your period returns.
Once you feel ready for pregnancy after miscarriage, ask your health care provider for guidance. Also, consider these guidelines if you've had:
- 1 miscarriage. Some research has shown that women who conceived within six months of having a miscarriage in their first pregnancy had fewer complications than did those who waited longer to conceive. If you're healthy and feel ready, there might be no need to wait to conceive after miscarriage.
- 2 or more miscarriages. If you've had two or more miscarriages, talk to your health care provider. He or she might recommend testing to determine any underlying issues, as well as possible treatments, before attempting another pregnancy.
Is there anything that can be done to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy?
Often, there's nothing you can do to prevent a miscarriage. However, making healthy lifestyle choices before conception and during pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Take a daily prenatal vitamin or folic acid supplement, ideally beginning a few months before conception. Maintain a healthy weight and limit caffeine. Avoid alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs.
If you've had multiple miscarriages, future pregnancies need to be carefully planned and monitored. Consult your health care provider before conceiving again and see him or her as soon as you think you might be pregnant.
What emotions are likely during subsequent pregnancies?
Once you become pregnant again after miscarriage, you'll likely feel joyful — as well as anxious and scared. You might be hesitant to share your good news until later in your pregnancy. Feelings of grief over your loss also might return after you give birth. This is normal.
Talk about your feelings and allow yourself to experience them fully. Turn to your partner, family and friends for comfort. If you're having trouble coping, consult your health care provider or a counselor for extra support.
March 17, 2016
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