How Long after Miscarriage Can You Get Pregnant?

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Having a miscarriage can be a difficult thing for any woman, especially if she has been trying to have a baby. Many questions begin circling through a woman’s mind after a miscarriage and she is likely to wonder things like: “Why did this happen?” “When can I get pregnant again?” “CAN I get pregnant again?” Luckily, these are some very simple questions to answer.

1. Miscarriage happens between 12 and 24 weeks

A miscarriage is classified as any pregnancy that terminates on its own. Typically this happens between 12 and 24 weeks and sometimes the woman may not even know that a miscarriage has occurred. However, for those women who do know that they are pregnant, having a miscarriage can seem devastating.

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2. Symptoms resemble regular period symptoms

Mostly, symptoms resemble regular period symptoms, but some women will feel that they are intensified greatly. For these women, it may be necessary for them to visit the hospital, depending on the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy.

You will need to go to the hospital if you are further along than 24 weeks, because it is then considered to be a stillbirth. When recovering from a miscarriage, there are different options that may be offered to a woman.

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Some may be allowed to have their body complete the task of removing the toxins and the remnants of the pregnancy from their body naturally. However, others may be offered medication to help ease the process and a few have even been forced to have surgery to remove everything that must be removed.

3. The amount of time that a woman should wait is debatable

The amount of time that a woman should wait after having a miscarriage is debatable. Some believe that you should wait about six months before trying again, but others believe that you should wait closer to eighteen months. Regardless of the argument, studies have shown that women who get pregnant sooner than six months following a miscarriage run the risk of having a second miscarriage or pregnancy related complications.

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4. Ask your doctor

It is important that you wait at least until your body is functioning the way it was before you became pregnant and to make sure that there are no other medical issues involved that may hinder your pregnancy. In the end, it is up to you and your doctor as to how long you wait before you try again to get pregnant.

He is the best person to ask since he will know your medical history and lifestyle the best. You should remember that all doctors have a different opinion on the length of time that a woman should wait to get pregnant. You may receive conflicting information from others who have had miscarriages and been instructed to wait certain amounts of time.

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However, you should decide for yourself how long that you want to wait. Many women have gotten pregnant very quickly following a miscarriage and have seen no side effects throughout their pregnancy. Everything depends on the nature of the specific woman and her body.

Recovering from a miscarriage can be extremely emotional for a woman and you should never rush into getting pregnant. Make sure that you take the time that you need to heal both physically and emotionally before trying again. You should also make sure that your doctor conducts a thorough evaluation so that you know if there are any other underlying medical issues that you are not aware of.

If you are having difficulty dealing with the emotional turmoil left behind by a miscarriage, be sure to talk it over with your doctor and if necessary a counselor. The healing process is different for each woman and you should take the situation seriously.

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You may never know why a miscarriage occurred, but you can begin to rebuild your life after you do have one. In the end, your doctor will be the best one to offer advice as to how long that you should wait to get pregnant following a miscarriage. You should follow his advice, but if it does not coincide with your opinion, feel free to seek a second opinion.

Since this topic is highly debatable, a second doctor may see your condition entirely differently. However, you should remember that women have shown a greater increase for issues if they do not wait at least six months to get pregnant again following a miscarriage.

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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.