How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?

Some Women Conceive Again In the First Menstrual Cycle After Pregnancy Loss

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Our last pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but we're ready to get pregnant again. I am beyond eager and want to be pregnant yesterday. How long should I expect it to take to get pregnant again?

If this sounds like you, congratulations on deciding to try again. The answer to your question varies. Your period should return within four to six weeks after your miscarriage. After that, you may find yourself expecting again right away, perhaps in the first menstrual cycle after your pregnancy loss.

Or you may find it takes several cycles to get pregnant again.

Although it can be frustrating when you are eager to be pregnant, it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you if it does take a few months for it to happen. If you find you're not pregnant within six months to a year, you may wish to speak with a fertility specialist. About 9 out of every 10 couples will achieve a pregnancy within a year, assuming they are timing intercourse to the fertile period of the menstrual cycle.

How Long Should You Wait?

You might also wonder if you should wait a while to try again. It's best to give it a bit of time to heal physically and emotionally. But if you're ready in those regards, you don't have to continue to wait.

There's been a lot of controversy about how long women should wait to try to get pregnant again after a miscarriage. Some doctors suggest waiting three or even six months to normalize hormone levels after a pregnancy loss, but this advice is largely theoretical and not based on scientific studies.

The evidence is growing that waiting the often-recommended three to six months is not necessary. (The exception is a molar pregnancy, which may require that you wait six months to a year before trying again.)

A study published in 2015 looked at women in four health centers around the U.S. who were trying to conceive after a pregnancy loss.

Very short waiting times (less than three months) were not associated with a higher rate of miscarriages or other pregnancy problems. The researchers concluded that "the traditional recommendation to wait at least 3 months after a pregnancy loss before attempting a new pregnancy may not be warranted."

In fact, studies tend to show that shorter intervals (less than six months) between miscarriage and the next pregnancy actually have better outcomes. That's probably because women who take longer to get pregnant after a miscarriage may be more likely to have an unknown underlying condition like reduced fertility or infertility.

For many couples, trying again after a miscarriage can actually help the emotional healing process. So there's usually no good medical reason to wait once you're ready. For most couples, you can look forward to a healthy pregnancy soon! According to the Mayo Clinic, less than 5 percent of women have two consecutive miscarriages, and only 1 percent have three or more consecutive miscarriages.

Sources:

Wong LF, Schliep KC, Silver RM, et al. The effect of a very short interpregnancy interval and pregnancy outcomes following a previous pregnancy loss. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015.

Pregnancy after miscarriage: What you need to know. Mayo Clinic. March 14, 2013.

Getting Pregnant. March of Dimes. Accessed: Dec 14, 2009.

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