Before You Get Your Period After Miscarriage

Periods Usually Return Shortly After Miscarriage

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Whether you're planning to try again right away or not, chances are you're curious about when you should expect your period after your miscarriage. Resumption of menstruation after miscarriage is a good sign that you're physically recovering, and that your body will be back to normal soon. But when will your period arrive, and what will your period be like when it does show? Here's what to expect.

When to Expect Your Period

By far, this is probably the most common question women have about physical recovery after a miscarriage, but the answer varies by the person. Generally, the gestation at the time of the loss probably affects the timing of when you will resume menstruation. If you were further along, it might take longer for your period to come back than if you were in early pregnancy when the loss happened. If your period isn't back in two or three months, consider speaking with a physician.

What Your Period Will Be Like

Will the first menstrual period after a miscarriage be heavier or longer than usual? Will it be lighter and shorter? Again, there's a lot of variation among individuals.

Will My First Period After Miscarriage Be Abnormal?

Depending on how far along you were in your pregnancy when you miscarried, you should get your first period after a miscarriage in one to three months.

For most, that first period after a miscarriage will probably not be noticeably abnormal, but some women might have heavier or lighter bleeding than usual in the first cycle after the miscarriage.

This is usually not a cause for worry. But if your period remains abnormal for multiple cycles, or if you are having severe pain or other concerns associated with your period, you should let your doctor know. Furthermore, if it's been longer than two or three months since your miscarriage and you haven't yet had a period, you should inform your doctor.

Trying Again After Miscarriage

Once you have resumed menstruation after a miscarriage, you may find you're thinking about trying again for a new pregnancy. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you proceed.

Other Physical Recovery Concerns

Besides wondering when you'll have a period after miscarriage, you might also question when your pregnancy symptoms will go away and how you can cope with what happened. Here are a few tips and suggestions.

    When Is the Best Time to Get Pregnant After Miscarriage?

    Most of the time, it only takes a few days to physically recover from miscarriage, and your period will likely return within 4 to 6 weeks. Of note, it's possible to become pregnant during your first menstrual cycle following a miscarriage.

    However, miscarriage is a major life stressor for those who experience it, and feelings of loss, anger, sadness, guilt and more can linger in the months or years following a miscarriage. You and your partner should take enough time to grieve properly after pregnancy loss and meet with a mental health professional if needed.

    When you and your partner feel comfortable and ready for pregnancy, you should consider becoming pregnant again. Successful pregnancy after miscarriage is very common.

    The World Health Organization recommends that people who have had one miscarriage wait at least 6 months before attempting to conceive again. However, there is no evidence basis for this recommendation.

    If you have had 2 or more miscarriages in a row, it's a very good idea to make an appointment with your OB-GYN and a fertility specialist.


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