If you’re Googling this, you’ve probably experienced a miscarriage. First and foremost, I am extremely sorry for your loss. Miscarriage is absolutely devastating. I experienced a miscarriage at 15 weeks, which, to date, has been the one of the most difficult periods in my life. Even though miscarriage is relatively common, where an estimated 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, it is a horrendous experience that can be extremely isolating. I encourage you to seek as much support as possible. Please leave a comment for additional guidance from me (or other readers) on getting through this dark moment.
Similar to the “how early can I take a pregnancy test” question, there is a potential difference between can and should.
Can You Get Pregnant Immediately After A Miscarriage?
You can get pregnant immediately after a miscarriage. Countless women have gotten pregnant after a miscarriage, and before having a period. There is undeniable evidence that you can get pregnant immediately after a miscarriage. I got pregnant just 2 1/2 months after my miscarriage.
Should You Get Pregnant Immediately After A Miscarriage?
So, should you get pregnant immediately after a miscarriage? The amount of time a woman should wait to get pregnant after a miscarriage is controversial, just like coffee consumption! Some doctors suggest trying right away, others suggest waiting for one cycle and others suggest 3, 6 or more months. This decision is totally up to you, based on physical and emotional readiness. If you’ve had 2+ miscarriages, then speak with your doctor since an underlying cause could exist.
Yes You Should Get Pregnant
According to a study performed by Julia Shelley, women who conceive within six months after a miscarriage are less likely to miscarry again or experience other pregnancy-related complications when compared with women who wait for longer periods of time.
Amos Grunenbaum, MD, Director of Obstetrics at the New York Hospital-Cornell Weill Medical College in New York City, told WebMD that, “There is no reason to wait for any extended time after miscarriage. Get pregnant whenever you are ready. There is no risk of worse outcomes if you conceive shortly after a miscarriage.”
According to a study performed by Schliep and colleagues, couples that became pregnant 0 to 3 months following a loss versus couples that became pregnant 3+ months following a loss were more likely to have a live birth. As Schliep and colleagues mention in the introduction, “Many clinicians recommend waiting at least 3 months with the World Health Organization recommending a minimum of 6 months. However, there are no data to support these recommendations, and previous studies have shown that the uterus may be more receptive to a pregnancy directly following an early loss.”
A NIH study from 2016 found no reason for delaying pregnancy attempts after a loss without complications. The researchers found that more than 76 percent of participants attempted to conceive within 3 months after their loss. Compared to those who waited longer, this group was more likely to become pregnant (69 percent vs. 51 percent) and to have a pregnancy leading to a live birth (53 percent vs. 36 percent).
So, get after it girl!
No You Shouldn’t Get Pregnant
A post on First Cry Parenting here, published by Aarochi Achwal on July 11, 2018, encourages women to not try to get pregnant immediately after a miscarriage. However, I Googled this author and, according to her LinkedIn profile, she is a content writer and not a doctor. Hmmmm (though maybe I shouldn’t be hmmmming too much since I’m not a doctor either!) The Schliep and colleagues study cites this article as one that recommends waiting at least 3 months. However, this article doesn’t list an author or a doctor. In summary, I found almost no information backed by research that justifies a prolonged waiting time.
I Got Pregnant 2 1/2 Months After My Miscarriage And D&C
After the miscarriage, I immediately wanted to become pregnant again. Though the grief of a miscarriage can be debilitating, I knew that the only thing that would really make me feel better was to get pregnant again. In fact, it became of a sort of mission, which I don’t necessarily recommend since it can make you a bit cray cray.
How long did it take me? I miscarried on Sept 11, 2018 and got a very faint line (vfl) on December 14, 2018. Before becoming pregnant, I had one period, which arrived 8 weeks to the day after the miscarriage.
I would have loved to skip the period all together, but I just happened to be out of town when I was ovulating 🙂
My doctor did advise me to wait 2 weeks after my d&c to have intercourse in order to reduce the chance of infection and to allow the uterus to fully heal.
Fertility After Miscarriage
Yet another controversial topic! Some believe a woman is more fertile after a miscarriage, whereas others believe that’s a total crock. The Schliep and colleagues study does mention that previous studies have shown that the uterus may be more receptive to a pregnancy directly following an early loss.
After my miscarriage, I never stopped taking my prenatal vitamins or eating healthy and working out. Boring, I know!
I also used the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test to identify my most fertile days.
I have a friend who is taking maca root and ashwagandha to improve fertility. I bought the powders, but then got pregnant 🙂 Boo ya!
Good luck to all you mommas out there! I wish you lots of sticky baby dust 🙂