As you probably know, Miscarriages are very common; more than one in eight pregnancies ends in an early loss. The most common reason for a miscarriage is that your one-in-eight number came up.
The chance for success the next time around is good. But don't be surprised if you feel extra-anxious about it.
We usually recommend waiting until you have had two menstrual periods after a miscarriage before trying to get pregnant. This doesn't have to do with risk -- once the bleeding has stopped, having sex is safe, and getting pregnant right away isn't more dangerous to you or to the pregnancy than delaying a bit is -- but waiting a few months helps prevent stress and confusion.
Why would that be? Most women don't ovulate right away after a pregnancy loss, so the menstrual periods may be delayed or irregular during this time. The chance of getting pregnant within the first few weeks are minimal, but the chance that you would wonder if you are pregnant is high-since your period won't come regularly during this time. That means every day you are thinking you might be pregnant, wondering if you should run a home pregnancy test, worrying about what you are eating and drinking...for nothing. Using a barrier method of birth control until two periods eliminates this wasted worrying.
Another benefit of letting your periods reestablish is that you will know when you definitely are pregnant. This helps date the pregnancy, and allows you to recognize that an embryo is developing within a few weeks of conception, so you take the best care of yourself and your little one.
Once you have a positive Pregnancy Test, your doctor or midwife will help you to be certain this pregnancy is OK. Women who have previously miscarried often want the reassurance of hearing the heartbeat or seeing it on ultrasound as early as possible.
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