What factors should I consider when trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage? Pregnancy Loss


Woman talking to doctor

After suffering a pregnancy loss, you can experience a bevy of physical and emotional symptoms. At the same time, you may be eager to have a baby and wondering when you'll be ready to try to get pregnant again. Taking your overall well-being into consideration is key, according to experts and other women who've been there.

Consider Both Your Physical & Emotional Recovery

"From a physical perspective, you can start trying to get pregnant after your OB provider says you are medically recovered from the miscarriage. It is also important to take into account the emotional recovery from a pregnancy loss as far as deciding when you are ready to start trying again." -- Juliet Mushi, MD, FACOG, maternal fetal medicine specialist at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, New York

Some Recommend Waiting Four to Six Months

"In general, [I recommend women] wait approximately four to six months before getting pregnant again. This is so that the body -- uterus, hormones -- can regain their original normal state and that the patient is emotionally and mentally ready to start again." -- Iffath Hoskins, MD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health, New York, New York

Talk to Your Doctor

"Everyone is different, so this definitely merits a conversation with your doctor."

Do What Feels Best to You

"Some of us may feel ready to try again right away; others are not. The right answer is to do what feels best to you. Trust your instincts and intuition to guide you to the best time to start trying again. Talk it through with your partner. Have hope and faith in your body."

You May Be Physically Ready After Your Next Period

"I had a miscarriage at exactly eight weeks pregnant. This is the most devastating thing; I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. So now I am back to trying to conceive. The doctor said I could try again after I get my first period."

Allow Yourself Time for R&R

"I think the best thing is to not think so much about trying to conceive and take a break for however long you think you can handle it. What I'm going to do: I'm going to have sex every other day but not chart or take ovulation predictor kits. I'm just going to let it happen when it does. And just try to enjoy the wonderful things in life. Spend time with family to get things off your mind, maybe go out to eat together, see a movie, something to get your mind off of trying to conceive. Just try to relax and take it easy."

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