How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
Suffering a Miscarriage
If you have suffered a miscarriage then first of all I am very sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to lose a baby that you very much wanted and maybe had been trying for for a while.
For some people it takes some time to be able to think about trying to get pregnant again after a miscarriage. Although any miscarriage is deeply upsetting the physical aspects of miscarriage can be different for everyone and may also depend on how far along in your pregnancy you were and whether the miscarriage was natural or medically managed.
Can I Try Straight Away?
If you do want to start trying to get pregnant again straight after a miscarriage it is worth first of all talking to your doctor about this and whether s/he thinks that it is a good idea physically. There can be issues that prevent you from trying straight away. For example you may need to wait a while if you had a D&C because it may take a few months for the lining of the womb to build up again to a level high enough to sustain a further pregnancy.
You may also not be able to try to conceive straight away if you went through the medical management option and took something such as Misoprostol. If that is the case then you will likely be advised not to try to get pregnant within 3 months of the miscarriage due to the possibility of abnormalities of the fetus caused by the medication.
When Will I Ovulate After a Miscarriage?
So, assuming that you have the all clear to try to get pregnant again after your miscarriage, you may want to get straight back into it. However, this is not always possible for some people if ovulation does not happen straight away.
Many ladies will ovulate straight after they have had their miscarriage, perhaps even without having a normal cycle in between. For them it is actually possible (and does happen quite a bit) that they can get pregnant before they even get another period.
However, for some other people they may have to wait until their period shows up before their body decides to ovulate again. This could be any time from a few weeks to a few months depending on your body and it is really impossible to tell what will happen with each person unless they are being monitored with ultrasounds to see how the follicles are growing.
It can often take some time for your body to get back to normal after a miscarriage. Even when you do start ovulating again it may be on a different day in your cycle to what you are normally used to before you were pregnant. Your cycles should eventually get back to normal but it is possible that this may take a number of months.
A good thing to do to see if your body is returning to normal, is to take your temperature each morning. There is more info on another of my articles if you have not temped before but this will give you a good idea of whether you are ovulating yet as you will see a steep rise in temperature if you are.
You can also use ovulation tests to see if you get a positive indicator, but as your cycle may not be back to normal you may need to keep using these for a few weeks until you get a positive.
If you don't ovulate in the cycle after a miscarriage, then don't panic, this is very common and your cycle should right itself in the next month or two.
Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage
Although some people may not be mentally ready for trying to get pregnant again straight after a miscarriage, for me it was a case of not having any time to waste. I also have heard many stories that say you are more fertile for the 3 months following a miscarriage so I wanted to take advantage of that.
Although it is frustrating to be waiting to ovulate after a miscarriage, you need to have a little bit of patience to wait for your body to right itself. You may be one of the lucky ones who ovulates straight away and maybe even gets pregnant, but if not, just keep trying and keep monitoring your body.
Check below for a few essentials for keeping track of ovulation so that you give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant.