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Understanding Miscarriage: Trying Again

You’ve been pregnant, so you know that chances are very good it can happen again if you want it to. The choice is up to you. If you want to try again, do so when you’re ready.

When to try again

You may decide to try again soon. Or you may prefer to wait. To increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy, your healthcare provider may suggest waiting 2 to 3 monthly period cycles. This builds up the uterine lining. As a result, the fertilized egg is more likely to implant properly.

Having tests

If you have repeat miscarriages, you may need a few tests. In some cases, tests can find the cause of miscarriage. Some causes, such as problems with the uterus, can often be fixed. If you have a general health problem, finding ways to control it may be all you need.

Healthy habits

Woman eating salad.

After a first miscarriage, most women go on to have a healthy pregnancy. You can give a future baby the best start by eating a healthy diet. To help prevent problems during your next pregnancy, avoid things that may place the baby at risk. While you are pregnant:

  • Don't smoke.

  • Don't drink alcohol.

  • Don't use drugs.

  • Don't go in hot tubs or saunas.

When you are ready

Your health is what matters. Wait until you feel fit in your body and mind before trying to get pregnant again. Until then, enjoy your time with loved ones. Try not to let getting pregnant become your main goal.

Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather Trevino
Online Medical Reviewer: Irina Burd MD PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2020
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