If you are thinking about getting pregnant after having a miscarriage, it could be a good idea to have a preconception checkup with your doctor before you conceive. Doing so will give you opportunities to do the following.
You can make a list of questions before your visit and then get answers to what you've been wondering about. For example, you may already be aware that your miscarriage wasn't your fault, but sometimes it can be helpful to hear a doctor explain the causes of miscarriage. There are also a few other questions that might be good to discuss.
Researchers have identified some lifestyle factors that are associated with higher risk of miscarriage. In most cases, it's not clear that these factors cause miscarriages (which are usually not preventable), but eliminating risk factors wherever possible is always wise. For example, if you smoke or do any kind of drugs, it's best to quit before you get pregnant -- and your doctor can probably give you information on how to start.
Untreated health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, may increase your risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications. If you think you are at risk for a chronic health condition (perhaps you have a family history or have noticed symptoms), your doctor can screen you before you get pregnant again.
It's important that you have a doctor you trust, and a preconception visit can be a good way to make sure that you feel comfortable with your doctor. Be sure to also consider which type of care provider you want to see and whether you may need to consult with a high risk pregnancy specialist.
If you are switching doctors after your miscarriage, a preconception visit will establish a file for you at the new clinic and save time later. Once you do get a positive pregnancy test and want to come in for confirmation, you won't have to call around to find which clinics are accepting patients and then deal with new patient paperwork.