Q: If you have a miscarriage, is there a waiting period before trying to become pregnant again? – Y. C.
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.
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:
- 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.