Trying Again and Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage
From Elizabeth Czukas, former About.com Guide
After having a miscarriage, you may be thinking about trying to get pregnant again -- but naturally you may have a lot of questions. When is it safe to try, and how do you know you're really ready? How will you deal with being pregnant again after what you went through? Here, you can find important information on getting pregnant after a miscarriage, including when to try again, how to get pregnant after miscarriage as soon as possible, and how to cope with emotions throughout a pregnancy after miscarriage.
- Your Pregnancy Step-by-Step
- Later Pregnancy and Beyond
- Managing Stress and Anxiety
- What to Do If You Miscarry Again
When to Try Again
The first question you might have about conceiving after miscarriage is, "When can I try again?" The answer is a little complicated though, and opinions vary among doctors. Here is some information to help you decide what to do.
- Getting Pregnant Again Right Away
- Are There Risks to Not Waiting?
- Common Answers on When to Try Again
- Questions to Ask Yourself
- Emotional Readiness
- Considering Your Partner's Opinion
- Are Women More Fertile After Miscarriage?
- Contemplating Not Trying Again
- Readers Respond: When to Get Pregnant Again
Common Preconception Concerns
Okay, now that you've decided you're ready to try again, you might want to do some planning if you haven't already. Here are some considerations and points you may wish to address before you get pregnant again.
- Are You Physically Recovered?
- What Kind of Doctor to See
- Odds of Miscarrying Again
- Benefits of a Preconception Checkup
- Do You Need Testing for Miscarriage Causes?
- Lifestyle Factors to Address (If You Haven't Already)
- Planning Your Pregnancy
- Readers Respond: Questions for Your Doctor
Trying to Conceive
A little know-how can go a long way in getting pregnant as soon as possible. Here are the basics of what you need to know about your menstrual cycle and how to track ovulation for optimal chances of pregnancy.
- Finding Out When You Ovulate
- Trying to Conceive: Dos and Don'ts
- When Does Implantation Occur?
- What to Do If You Can't Conceive
- Pros and Cons of Early Pregnancy Tests
- Readers Respond: How Long Have You Been Trying?
- Readers Respond: Finding Out You're Pregnant Again
- Support Forum: Trying Again
Common Worries in Early Pregnancy
Seeing a positive pregnancy test again can bring intense anxiety and worry along with the joy and excitement. Here are some specific concerns you might have.
- What a Positive Pregnancy Test Tells You
- Normal and Abnormal Pregnancy Signs
- Average Miscarriage Rates
- When to Start Prenatal Care
- All About Spotting
- Chemical Pregnancy Facts
- Ultrasound Concerns
- FAQ on hCG Levels
- 8 Common Early Pregnancy Worries
- When to Tell Others That You're Pregnant
- Can You Miscarry After Seeing the Heartbeat?
- When Can You Hear the Heartbeat on a Doppler?
Your Pregnancy Step-by-Step
You might find that you feel differently about being pregnant the next time around, but many aspects of the experience will be the same as any routine pregnancy. Read up on milestones of normal pregnancy and other neat tips in these links from About.com's Guide to Pregnancy.
Later Pregnancy and Beyond
You might start to feel your anxiety abiding once you're out of the first trimester -- by this point, your odds of pregnancy loss have dropped drastically. Yet you may still have some remaining concerns.
- Importance of Regular Prenatal Care
- Deciding on Amniocentesis
- Accuracy of Ultrasound Results
- Chances of Problems in Pregnancy After Miscarriage
- Viability Statistics for Premature Babies
- Effects of Miscarriage Grief on Next Pregnancy
- 13 Milestones to Count Down
- Your Story: Being Pregnant After a Miscarriage
- Your Story: Giving Birth After a Miscarriage
Managing Stress and Anxiety
You may have mixed feelings while you're trying to conceive and even after you're pregnant again. Mixed with the joy and excitement, you might feel considerable anxiety and apprehension. Here's how you can deal with the stress.
- Support Forum: Pregnant After Loss
- 10 Tips for Stress Management in Pregnancy
- Readers Respond: Ideas for Dealing with Anxiety
What to Do If You Miscarry Again
In a perfect world, no one would ever miscarry once, much less two or more times -- but sadly, some women will have multiple miscarriages before finally achieving a successful pregnancy. Here's what to do if your next pregnancy ends in another miscarriage, along with some background information on recurrent pregnancy loss.
- When Everything Isn't Fine Next Time
- Testing for Causes
- Known Causes of Recurrent Miscarriages
- Why Some Doctors Recommend Unproven Treatments