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Pregnancy After a Miscarriage or Prior Pregnancy Loss

After a miscarriage or recurrent miscarriages, many couples suffer anxiety in any subsequent pregnancy. Facing this anxiety can be a challenge, and support is essential. Learn what you can do to allay your fears and relax so that you can enjoy your new pregnancy.
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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Pregnancy Loss
Questions you may want to discuss with your doctor if you've had a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death

Fetal Doppler - When Did You Hear Your Baby's Heartbeat on Fe…
At what point in pregnancy were you able to hear your baby's heartbeat via a fetal doppler device? Post your experience.

Pregnancy Milestones - Reaching Pregnancy Milestones After Miscarriage
When do you think you will start to relax (or when did you find yourself relaxing) about being pregnant again after miscarriage? Do you think you will be nervous all the way up until delivery, or do you think it will feel better once you pass the week that your previous pregnancy ended? Share your thoughts here.

Can a Pap Smear Cause a Miscarriage?
Some women worry that a pap smear during pregnancy could cause a miscarriage, but there's no reason to believe that a pap smear should cause any such complications.

13 Milestones for Your Pregnancy After Miscarriage

When you're expecting again after a miscarriage, it's normal to feel a bit anxious. You may even feel a lot anxious, especially if you have had multiple miscarriages. Perhaps it might help you calm your nerves to imagine a sort of a pregnancy countdown, where each important milestone leads you one step closer to your healthy baby. Some milestones may have more psychological than medical…

When Should You Be Able to Detect the Baby's Heartbeat on a Doppler?
Wondering when you should be able to hear the baby's heartbeat on a doppler device? Find out here.

When Is the Point of Viability When a Premature Baby Could Su…
The point of viability in pregnancy is usually considered to be around 24 weeks, meaning that if the baby were born at this point, there would be a good chance of survival although the premature baby would face health concerns associated with prematurity.

Stillbirth Risk in Overdue Pregnancies
Is there an increased risk of stillbirth in an overdue pregnancy that's progressed past the due date? The answer is yes, but the risk is only slightly increased compared to full-term pregnancies.

What a Positive Pregnancy Test Can and Can't Tell You
A positive pregnancy test is a pretty sure sign that you're pregnant, but home pregnancy tests can't tell you anything about your risk of miscarriage. The next step after having a positive pregnancy test is to call your doctor.

Giving Birth After Miscarriage
If you have realized your dream of having a baby after a miscarriage, tell your story of giving birth here to give hope to women who are still trying for a baby after a pregnancy loss.

Early Pregnancy Signs
Deciphering your early pregnancy signs can be confusing, especially when you're pregnant after miscarriage, and it's sometimes hard to figure out which symptoms are normal and which are not.

Miscarriage Rates
There are so many statistics floating around out there on miscarriage rates. Which are the most accurate?

How Soon Should I See a Doctor When Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
When you find out you're pregnant after a miscarriage, is it best to go in to see a doctor right away, or is it okay to wait a few weeks before starting prenatal care?

I'm Pregnant Again
Are you pregnant after a miscarriage, or have you gone through the experience of being pregnant after miscarriage? How did your past experiences change your feelings about the new pregnancy, and how did you deal with the anxiety and nervousness? Share your story here.

3rd Trimester - Reaching the 3rd Trimester in Pregnancy After…
The 3rd trimester is the final stretch before your baby is born. If you are in your 3rd trimester of pregnancy after a previous miscarriage, share your thoughts on what it's like. Are you still worrying, or are you feeling mostly excited to meet your baby?

2nd Trimester - Being in the 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy After…
Once you reach the 2nd trimester, your risk of miscarriage goes down considerably. If you are pregnant after a previous miscarriage, did you find that reaching the 2nd trimester eased your anxiety? Share your experience here.

Your Third Trimester

Congratulations on reaching the third trimester of pregnancy! It's natural to still feel cautious if you have a history of pregnancy loss, but you'll need to start preparations for delivery if you haven't already. Make sure that you gather up all the things you'll need to have on hand for your baby's arrival -- and keep in close contact with your doctor to make sure the rest of your pregnancy …

Your Second Trimester

Congratulations! You've made it to the second trimester of pregnancy, and your risk of pregnancy loss is between 1% and 5% from this point on. Still, when you're pregnant after a previous miscarriage or stillbirth, it's normal to still feel anxious. Here are some articles on common concerns and issues during the second trimester from …

Pregnant Again After Miscarriage - Finding Out You're Pregnant Again …
Naturally, finding out you're pregnant again after miscarriage can both joyous and nerve wracking, and possibly both at the same time. How did you feel when you found out about your new pregnancy after a previous loss? Share your experience.

Your First Trimester

If you are pregnant after a miscarriage, or if you think you might be, you may be feeling anything from joy to apprehension, and maybe even a little bit of both. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, however, it helps to take things one step at a time -- the first step is getting through the first trimester. Here are some tips from …

Planning Pregnancy After Miscarriage

For many couples, getting pregnant after a miscarriage may be the best therapy for dealing with the loss, and the new pregnancy just can't come soon enough. With a little know-how, you can improve your chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. Here are some tips on planning a pregnancy from About.com's Pregnancy site.

Pregnant After Miscarriage - What It's Like to Be Pregnant Af…
It's easy to assume that a new pregnancy will make your grief over the miscarriage go away. That may or may not be true. Share your experiences here.

Eight Top Early Pregnancy Worries

The early stages of pregnancy can be a really anxious time, especially if you have a history of miscarriage. But many of the things people worry about in early pregnancy are not conclusive signs that anything is wrong with the pregnancy.

When to Share Your Pregnancy News
Conventional wisdom is that you should wait until you are three months along (out of the first trimester) before you tell the world that you are pregnant, owing to the higher risk of miscarriage in the early months of pregnancy. But is that advice right for everyone?

Pregnancy - How I Decided When to Tell Others About My Pregnancy
When did you decide to spread the word of your pregnancy? Were you concerned about the higher risk of miscarriage in the first trimester? Share your experience here.

Placenta Previa - Experiences with Placenta Previa
If you have been told you have placenta previa, or if you had placenta previa in a past pregnancy, read others' stories or share your story here to help others cope with their diagnosis.

Pregnancy Tests - Thoughts on Detecting Early Miscarriages via Home P…
Doctors often advise against using early pregnancy tests because of the risk that you may detect and subsequently grieve over a chemical pregnancy (very early miscarriage). What are your thoughts? Would you rather know about every pregnancy, whether it ends in miscarriage or not, or would you prefer not to detect an early pregnancy that is destined to miscarry after a few days?

Using an Early Pregnancy Test
With the availability of very sensitive home pregnancy tests, you may find yourself considering taking an early pregnancy test before your period is due. Although these pregnancy tests can be useful in some cases, they can also lead to added grief and stress, such as by detecting chemical pregnancies (very early miscarriages).

When in Early Pregnancy Does Implantation Occur ?
When discussing early pregnancy, the term implantation refers to when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the mother's uterus and begins developing into a baby. Problems with implantation can lead to an early miscarriage.

Conceiving After Miscarriage - Not Waiting to Conceive After …
Many couples wonder whether there's any risk to getting pregnant right away after a miscarriage. If you have had a pregnancy immediately following a miscarriage, share your story here.

Does Having Morning Sickness Mean I Won't Miscarry?
If you have heard that having nausea during pregnancy is a good sign, you're right. Studies show that women with morning sickness are less likely to have a miscarriage. But it's not a hard and fast rule; it's still possible to miscarry with morning sickness, and feeling no nausea is not a sign of miscarriage.

What Are the Chances of Problems in a Subsequent Pregnancy?
After one miscarriage, the risk of having another miscarriage does not increase much -- but there's some evidence that there might be increased risk of other pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth.

Miscarriage Statistics: Is It True That 70% of Pregnancies End in Miscarriage?
If you've done much reading on miscarriage statistics, you may have seen the claim that 70% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Although this statistic is probably correct if you count all conceptions, the odds of miscarriage after having a positive pregnancy test are much lower.

Premature Birth and Viability
Most sources define the point of viability in pregnancy as being around 24 weeks. This is the point at which a baby has a decent chance of survival if born prematurely. Other factors, such as birth weight and treatment with steroids before birth, can also affect whether or not a premature baby survives.

What Are the Odds of Miscarriage After Seeing a Fetal Heartbeat on an Ultrasound
The risk of miscarriage drops after a doctor is able to detect the baby's heartbeat on an ultrasound. Find out the different statistics for pregnancy loss after seeing a heartbeat.

Amniocentesis
After a miscarriage, doctors may suggest doing prenatal screening tests to rule out genetic disorders in a subsequent pregnancy. An amniocentesis is a fairly common prenatal test, but some women find the test scary.

Quantitative hCG screenings
Your doctor may order quantitative hCG screenings in your next pregnancy as an early test to see whether the pregnancy is viable.

Having a Baby After a Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss
About.com's Pregnancy and Childbirth guide has advice on when to consider trying again after a loss and what to expect emotionally from a subsequent pregnancy.

PAILS of Hope
PAILS stands for Pregnancy/Parenting After Infertility and Loss Support. StorkNet offers news about research studies, discussion forums, featured articles, and frequently asked questions about pregnancy after miscarriage and other losses.

Easing the Anxiety of Pregnancy After a Miscarriage
In this article, researcher Denise Cote-Arsenault comments on her research about how women who conceive after a miscarriage feel a high degree of anxiety. She suggests some coping tips.

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