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

Black women experience pregnancy loss, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death and preterm birth, more often than White women, studies show.

In addition to following your doctor’s advice, consider these recommendations from the American Pregnancy Association when preparing for your next pregnancy:

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  • Ask that your pregnancy be monitored carefully.
  • You may want to avoid early preparation for the baby’s arrival. Some couples find it helpful to request that baby showers be held until after the arrival of the baby.
  • Some people will make suggestions about what you should do or not do to make this pregnancy successful because they are also invested emotionally in your pregnancy. The easiest way to handle their suggestions is to listen, and then do whatever you, your partner, and medical team feel is best.
  • Your birth experience might be bittersweet because memories may resurface about your loss. You will probably need to do some grieving in addition to celebrating your new baby.
  • If you feel you are struggling, speak to your healthcare provider about possible support groups or counselors who could help you through this difficult time.

 

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