Trying again after a miscarriage
Trying again after a miscarriage

The vast majority of miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Half of them are believed to be due to the foetus failing to develop properly.

It's a devastating experience, especially once you've had a scan and seen the baby. Thinking about trying to get pregnant again can be very difficult. You may well be afraid that you’ll miscarry again.

Following one miscarriage, your statistical chances of suffering another are still one in eight. If you have suffered three miscarriages in a row, you will be referred to a gynaecologist for further examination.

Here's your six-step guide to trying for a baby after a miscarriage.

1. Wait three months before trying again:

It's usually best to wait a minimum of three months before trying to get pregnant again, so that your uterus has returned to its normal state. If you lost a lot of blood during your miscarriage, then your iron levels will be low, so you should wait until your GP says they've returned to their pre-pregnancy levels before trying to get pregnant.

There are some circumstances, after a molar or ectopic pregnancy, for instance, when you may be advised to wait longer before trying for another baby.

2. Ask why you miscarried:

It will help put your mind at ease if you find out the possible reasons why your baby died. Genetic defects are the main cause of miscarriage, so get checked for chromosomal problems or inherited diseases. If it was due to a blood clot, you might be prescribed heparin in conjunction with a low-dose aspirin to help thin your blood. Sometimes conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) make getting pregnant and carrying a baby to full term difficult. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. Remember though, that sometimes there simply is no explanation for why your miscarriage occurred.

3. Talk it through:

Don’t blame yourself for what happened. Discussing your fears of miscarrying again with a group such as The Miscarriage Association (01924 200 799) may help.

4. Boost your fertility:

There are also ways to boost your fertility naturally, such as avoiding stress, eating organic food, taking supplements (zinc, selenium and folic acid) and both partners cutting out alcohol and smoking.

5. Stay calm:

Once you do become pregnant, try to stay calm and positive. Statistically, most women only miscarry once. You will probably be offered more frequent pre-natal checkups. Don't be afraid to contact your GP if you are worried about anything.

6. Look for danger signs:

Be aware of any bleeding or spotting you might experience, as well as swelling of your hands and feet, vaginal discharge and stomach pains. During your first trimester, vaginal sonograms will be used to check your baby's heartbeat and, in the second trimester, a blood test will be able to reveal whether your baby is at risk of neural-tube defects. 29/05/2007 11:54:00
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18/04/2012 at 12:47

I decided to try again after a miscarriage. Am glad I did because I got pregnant three weeks later
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27/06/2012 at 16:28

i had a miscarriage about a month and a bit ago . The pregnancy was really a huge suprise as was only a month after giving birth to my little girl that i got preg again. I sometimes think that it was because my body was ready or something . Me and my partner are now trying again and hopig for dear life it doesnt happen again as i cant take more heartbreak. thanks for this article thou it helped to put my mind at ease xx
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19/08/2012 at 11:53

I had a miscarriage last month, bleeding stopped on 11th July 2012, i was 5 and a half weeks pregnant,
i then had a period one week after i stopped bleeding from the miscarriage, period started 22nd July lasting 4 days (which is normal for me) me and my husband began TTC straight after.

My breasts have been sore now for nearly two weeks and Im bloated quite often,
i went to my doctors on Tuesday 14th august following a few dizzy spells, the doctor
was quite abrupt with me and said it is very unlikely that i will be pregnant again so soon after
the miscarriage, she sent me for blood tests on Friday 17th august to test for my thyroid function and blood count but said she didn't see a point in running a pregnancy blood test,

My period was due yesterday 18th august, and didn't show so me probably being stupid and
too hopeful, i did a pregnancy test and it came back negative! I was completely devastated as i really did
'feel pregnant' i am awaiting my blood test results next week, Im wondering would the lab be able to detect pregnancy hormones without it being requested?

Any ideas/advice would be Apresiated, x
Silver member

14/09/2012 at 12:52

I stopped the pill on 19th July and missed my period which was due on 15th Aug. I took a test and found out I was pregnant on 19th Aug. On 7th Sept at 7 weeks pregnant I started bleeding heavily and my GP confirmed I miscarried. I have just stopped bleeding now after 1 week. Is it wise to try again so soon ?
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21/09/2012 at 21:09

I miscarriage at 11weeks mid August, I'm 38 and have already started trying again.

Do u think that's too soon?

Anyone got any tips to help us on our way :-D
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