Q&A: After A Miscarriage, How Long Should You Wait To Become Pregnant Again?

couple happy pregnancy testQ: If you have a miscarriage, is there a waiting period before trying to become pregnant again? – Y. C. 

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A: There is no specific amount of time to wait before trying to become pregnant again. According to the American Pregnancy Association, it is medically safe to attempt pregnancy again after two or three normal menstrual cycles. It’s important that time is allowed for the uterus to properly heal and for the endometrial lining to become strong and healthy to support the pregnancy. However, several studies show no increased risk with shorter intervals between pregnancies. There is no medical benefit to waiting.

But, miscarriages aren’t only physical. It takes a mental and emotional toll on the couple as well and you should make certain that you are emotionally ready to try to get pregnant again. The fear of miscarrying again is very real, but research shows at least 85% of women who’ve experienced one loss will go on to successfully carry to term the next time. For women with two or three miscarriages, there is a 75% success rate.