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How Soon Can You Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?

Updated on August 29, 2014

Pregnancy and Miscarriage

Finding out you are pregnant after months or even years of trying to have a baby is like a dream come true and rates as one of the happiest days of your entire life, but life has a way of kicking you in the teeth just when you are at your happiest.

It is a sad fact of life that three out of every ten pregnancies end in miscarriage turning your dream situation into your worst nightmare.

The loss of an unborn baby although heartbreaking to both mother and father it does not mean that you will never be able to carry a baby full term.


The loss of an unborn child is devastating but there is hope even after a miscarriage.
The loss of an unborn child is devastating but there is hope even after a miscarriage. | Source

How Soon Can We Try Again After A Miscarriage?

Doctors recommend that after a miscarriage a woman should wait until her menstrual cycle gets back to its normal routine, this gives her body a chance to recover from the trauma of carrying and losing her baby and gives the couple some time to grieve their loss.

There are many different schools of thought on how soon couples can try again after miscarriage some say after your first period and others say you should wait until after your second period to ensure that your menstrual cycle is regular.

As a general rule of thumb you should try again as soon as you yourself feel emotionally and physically ready to.

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous to the mother.
An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous to the mother. | Source

Age And Miscarriage

Age
Percentage of risk
Under 35
15%
35-45
20-35%
over 45
Up to 50%
After a miscarriage women still have a 75% chance of taking a pregnancy to full term.

Causes Of Miscarriage

When you have gone through the trauma of losing an unborn child the first thing that you want to find out is Why did it happen?

There are various reasons that a pregnancy might not make it to full term.

  • Trauma, a severe blow to the stomach through a fall, or an accident.
  • Abnormality, sometimes the cells do not develop properly in the womb, caused by a damaged chromosome where either the sperm was damaged or the egg was damaged at conception this can also occur in the cell division stage when the cells do not divide properly.
  • Health, Infections or serious illness, stress or a hormonal imbalance in the mother can induce miscarriage.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy, When the fertilised egg does not implant on the lining of the uterus properly.
  • Lifestyle, Drug use, alcohol abuse, malnutrition, excess caffeine, and smoking can all contribute to miscarriage.
  • Age, The age of the mother can also be a factor in miscarriage, the table right shows how the chances of miscarriage increase with age.

Although painful and traumatic for the parents the chances of another pregnancy being full term are as high as 75%.

A Healthy Pregnancy

Smoking and drinking are known to have an adverse effect on unborn baby's
Smoking and drinking are known to have an adverse effect on unborn baby's | Source

Ways To Prevent Miscarriage When Trying For A Baby

When trying for a baby the health of the mother to be is an important factor in preventing miscarriage.

A healthy diet and regular exercise go a long way to having a healthy pregnancy and carrying a baby full term.

  • Avoid stressful situations
  • Eat a healthy well balanced diet
  • Avoid weight gain or rapid weight loss
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol
  • Cut your caffine intake
  • Take folic acid on a daily basis
  • If in doubt talk to your doctor or midwife for advice

Unfortunatley some miscarriages cannot be prevented such as when there is damage to the chromosomes or cells or if the baby is concieved outside of the womb.

Although a harrowing experience for the parents, one miscarriage is considered a normal occurrence of conception by doctors. A woman who has had more than one miscarriage should seek further tests to discover any possible abnormalities.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffine During Pregnancy

Avoid Alcohol and caffine during pregnancy to increase the odds of carrying baby full term.
Avoid Alcohol and caffine during pregnancy to increase the odds of carrying baby full term. | Source

Avoiding Miscarriage When Pregnant

When pregnant it is important that the mother maintains a healthy lifestyle which helps to provide a healthy environment for baby's development.

A well balanced diet and regular exercise is not only good for baby but it benefits the mothers recovery after the birth.

  • Avoid Stress
  • Do not smoke and avoid areas where other people smoke
  • Do not drink alcohol and avoid or reduce caffine intake
  • Protect the bump, try to avoid external trauma to the stomach area if possible
  • Always read the label on any medication or supplements that you are taking and consult a doctor or midwife if you are unsure about any of the ingredients.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill especially if they have an infectious disease.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or activities that could cause injury or strain to your abdomen.
  • Keep your prenatal appointments and follow any advice offered

Pregnancy is the miracle of life and you should embrace it with both hands, try not to dwell on a previous miscarriage and keep a positive mental attitude.

Constantly worrying if your baby will survive full term will only increase your stress levels and could also lead to depression.

Life After Miscarriage

After suffering a miscarriage it is difficult to think that you will ever be happy but there really is hope and your dream of having children is still very much alive.

My wife and I suffered the pain of miscarriage on our first attempt and we were devestated but we tried again and were blessed by four wonderful children three sons and a daughter.

Don't give up hope sometimes it is all that you have.

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    • cuttler profile image

      Cuttler 

      4 years ago from HubPages

      interesting. Noted and bookmarked for future reference for the sake of my wife with whom we are trying for a baby.

    • LindaSmith1 profile image

      LindaSmith1 

      6 years ago from USA

      Personally, I would add a disclaimer stating that this hub is not meant to be medical advice, and any woman who has had a miscarriage should consult with her physician about trying again.

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Jimmy a marvellous, in depth informative hub. Support, knowledge and understanding is so important for anyone who walks that road. Up, interesting and useful.

    • LauraGSpeaks profile image

      LauraGSpeaks 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Women who suffer a miscarriage(s) should also recognize that it is normal to grieve this loss. It is an emotionally painful experience. It takes time for your hormone levels to return to normal. It takes time for your body to "reset" and it takes time for you to heal emotionally. My experience has made me realize that time heals, but this type of pain is never fully erased.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Jimmy can totally relate and even wrote a whole Hub article about my chemical pregnancy (very early miscarriage) that I went through before having my two daughters. Your article really does cover the bases from start to finish, especially sharing your own family experience here. If it is ok with you I would like to back-link this article to my chemical pregnancy article. I think our articles would work nicely together. Have also voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

    • LindaSmith1 profile image

      LindaSmith1 

      6 years ago from USA

      I am a mom who had 12 miscarriages and was told it was natures way of getting rid of defective baby. Not True! I had an incompetant cervix, which does not show up til pregnant, and the OB has to consider this as a possibility, watch for it, and do surgery. Another issue was premature labor issues. Hormonal imbalances will cause a miscarriage as well. I say to those who have had a miscarriage, stay away from a regular OB, and RUN NOT WALK, to an INFERTILITY SPECIALIST!

    • Mommy Needs a Nap profile image

      Michelle Clairday 

      6 years ago from Arkansas

      Great article on a difficult subject. Having been there, I think you did a nice job sharing both facts and compassion. Voted up.

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