When should you start trying to get pregnant again after a miscarriage? The truth is, there’s no right answer. After a miscarriage, some women want to take a break from the whole baby making process, while others want nothing more than to be pregnant again right away. The important thing is to do what’s right for you, and make sure to get the support you need.
But when you are ready to try again, you may be wondering whether there’s anything you need to do differently to avoid another miscarriage. Rest assured that most of the time, miscarriages aren’t caused by anything you did or didn’t do. Miscarriages—especially in very early pregnancy—are so common that many doctors consider them a normal part of the conception process. About 15 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriages, and when you take into consideration pregnancies that end before the woman is even aware she’s pregnant, that figure goes up to 50 percent.
The good news is that since you got pregnant once, odds are 80 percent that you will go on to have a healthy baby. Here’s everything you need to know about getting pregnant again after a miscarriage.
Do you need to wait three months after miscarriage before trying again?
Nope. It’s safe to try again right away—assuming your doctor doesn’t tell you otherwise, and you feel emotionally ready. There is no increased risk of having another miscarriage when you conceive again right away. Some doctors used to believe that levels of important vitamins including folate might be lower after a miscarriage, since this can be the case after a live birth. But this doesn’t apply to pregnancy loss since most miscarriages happen before 20 weeks.
Another reason doctors sometimes advise waiting to try to conceive until you’ve had a few cycles under your belt is that it makes it easier for them to calculate the due date (medically, the start of a pregnancy is counted from the first day of your last period). But if you’re tracking your fertility using Ava or any other method, then you’ll know when you ovulated and can share this information with your doctor.
One last note: if your miscarriage was due to a health problem—a short luteal phase, for example—then it’s wise to address that issue before you start trying again.
Is it harder to get pregnant after a miscarriage?
Not at all. After one miscarriage, your chances of conceiving and carrying a successful pregnancy are the same as anyone else’s. In fact, it might even be easier to get pregnant within the first three months after miscarriage. According to a recent study that followed over 1,000 women, nearly 70 percent of women who started trying immediately after a miscarriage conceived again within three months, as opposed to 51 percent of those who waited longer.
What are the odds of having another miscarriage?
Not very high! Though miscarriages are very common, only one percent of women will have two or more miscarriages. After one miscarriage, your odds of having another are about the same as they were before: around 14 percent. After two miscarriages, the risk of another miscarriage increases to 26 percent. After three miscarriages, the risk increases to 28 percent.
When will you ovulate again?
Bleeding after a miscarriage can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, and may be accompanied by cramps. Some women ovulate as soon as two weeks after the bleeding subsides. For others, it can take longer—or the first cycle may be anovulatory.
In terms of tracking your cycle, you can think of the miscarriage as your period. (If you’re using Ava to track your cycles, you can mark the first day of red bleeding as the first day of your period.)