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Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I just recently had a miscarriage. How long do I have to wait until I can start trying to conceive again?

Re: I just recently had a miscarriage. How long do I have to wait until I can start trying to conceive again?

The Bump Expert

Every case is different, but unless you’ve had other physical complications from your miscarriage, you can usually start once your doctor has given you the okay (which is generally after two or three normal menstrual periods). Be aware that some doctors think it’s best to wait much longer (anywhere from six months to one year), so you may be advised to hold off for a while. Either way, the most important thing to keep in mind right now is that just because you may be ready physically, you might not yet be ready emotionally and could need more time to heal and grieve. If you’re nervous about suffering through another miscarriage, you might find some comfort in knowing that at least 85 percent of women who have miscarriages go on to have a healthy pregnancies the next time around.

Get more info on miscarriage and pregnancy loss at the American Pregnancy Association.

Amy Stanford

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I just found out I miscarried at 5 weeks today. My OB said after this bleeding I need to have one normal period then can start trying again, it may have been because we were so early but that was what i was told

creaghb |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

creaghb I am in the same situation as you. I just found out that I miscarried on Friday. It was my 5th week. The Dr told me I had to do another blood test next week to make sure my HCG levels are back to normal & after one cycle we I can TTC again.

Niki126 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

Found out last week that we miscarried at 6 weeks. It was really physically traumatizing, to say the least. Doc said one more blood test then 3 months until we can try again.

jenmae3 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

we just m/c at 5.5 weeks. our dr. suggested we wait 3 months before trying again, but that feels like an eternity. i was able to take care of everything at home, and she said my hcg levels were down to 2. does it make a difference if everything was taken care of naturally? physically, it appears as though the process has only taken 3-4 days. i guess i understand the psychological reasoning for waiting, but do our chances for m/c again increase, physically speaking?

to_the_moon |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

My dr. told us there was really no benefit to waiting or not waiting. She said our bodies are quite resilient. I had a D&C at 11w, though our baby stopped growing at 8w6d. It's nice for us to know we can try whenever we choose. I feel like we'll become pregnant whenever my body and God feel the time is right. Best of luck to us all!

shelby_shinkle@hotmail.com |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I recently had a miscarriage (11/09) by thanksgiving my HCG levels were back to negative. On yesterday, we learned that I am pregnant again. Am I at risk or anothe m/c?

yprncss419 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

My doctor said I just had to wait one cycle. I can see why people wouldn't want to try so soon, but my husband and I couldn't wait to try again. We feel hopeful that we'll have better luck next time. I am on the second month of TTC, so I am hoping it works this time around. I know I will be worried about another m/c if I become pregnant again, but I have to try. Best of luck to everyone who is in the same boat.

moonmermaid83 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a m/c yesterday at 6w 2d. My dr said to make sure I have one normal cycle before trying again.

Tanya4318 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a m/c at around 5 weeks on 2/6. Our doctor said she preferred we wait at least 1 cycle, but if we got pregnant before it was okay. When I was pregnant before all I did was worry and fear something bad would happen and it did. This time around we're not worried and we're taking it one day at a time. When get pregnant again, only positive thinking.

cntw8t2b |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

My doctor told me to wait after one normal period after the D & E I had to TTC. I have bleed 2x since the D & E but I"m not sure if it would be considered "normal". About how long after the D & E should you get a normal period anyway?

Melindac112000 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I found out was pregnant on feburary 21st 2010 and we were so happy bc this would be our first child. And a couple weeks later i had my first ob appt. But the week of my ultrasound i began to bleed 5 days before my first ob appt. so i went to the er on March 10th and they checked my hcg level and at that time was 392. So 5 days later i went for my first ultrasound and the tech that i had my weeks mixed up bc she could not find a sac and i thought that i was 5 wks preganant but when i went t my ob dr she had told us that with me bleeding that i had probably miscarried so she took some blood and checked my hcg levels once again and they showed up that my levels had went from 392 to 25 within 5 days. We were devastated i have to go back to the dr on monday she is going to check my level once agian and she is suppose to tell us when to start trying for another baby. We are hopeing we get pregnant soon and me not miscarry again. Noone should ever have to go throught this. But i have heard so many answers on how long to wait on trying again i don't know wat to think. So i need help before monday.

kreed09 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

we miscarried at 9 weeks (sept 09). we took care of everything at home and a wk later dr had me scheduled to check hcg level. everything was back to normal and dr said we only had to wait until after i got my next period (oct 09). we found out dec 7, 09 that we were pregnant again. i am now 20 wks and everything is going great!

michelleleaves |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

My doctor told me that my body would know when it was ready to get pregnant again. He said waiting wasn't really nessacary. I also lost my baby naturally and at about 6weeks so maybe that had something to do with it.

tiffiny1027 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I too found out my baby's heartbeat stopped at my 13 week appt on September 2nd (the heartbeat stopped at around 10 weeks). I chose to miscarry naturally and that process started on September 9th, the heavy bleeding lasted about 4 days (& the pain that came along with it was horrible!) along with "normal bleeding" for about another week and now it's been almost three weeks & I'm lightly spotting. This process has been very painful emotionally & physically.....but now that we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, we're ready to try again. I have another blood test & dr's appt this coming Friday to talk about conceiving again & I sure hope he tells us to wait only 1 cycle. I didn't have a D&C nor did I have any complications (except a small infection that was taken care of immediately), so I'm hoping we can get right back at it. I'm sorry to hear so many women go through this horrible part of life and sure hope this doesn't happen again. I've waited for the right moment to conceive with my husband for many years, and all it gave me was heartbreak. Goes to show you that life is just not fair & you have to be ready for all the curve balls it throws at you.

Primeaux09 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I loss at 6weeks, in July and we got pregnant again Aug 30th-sept 3. The doctor said just wait until 1 normal period. But i feel my body is reacting like I had a consecutive pregnancy, now I am 9 weeks and my hips are already opening, and huge breast, and back pains... maybe my body thinks I am 5 months pregnant and is going much faster. I cant fit in my clothes at 2 months. Unlike my first pregnancy, A lot of morning sickness very tired, etc...

ourlittlepollito |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I was 5w 6d and miscarried. Saw the doctor today to confirm with an u/s. I started with just light spotting 3 days ago, it stopped, and then had a heavy period today. We did learn with the u/s I also have two large ovarian cysts, which a simple surgery should fix. Even with the surgery planned in a week, we can start trying after 1 cycle. I want a baby so bad, but now I'm so scared I will miscarry again, even though my doctor says its very unlikely to happen twice.

jmnagle |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I m/c at 7w3d on 10/14/10 and was told my my Dr to wait 2 cycles (periods) before trying again... but here I am exactly a month later... and pregnant 4w1d .. my doctor wasn't concerned at all, she said the only reason they ask you to wait for a cycle or two is to be able to track exact dates of LMP's and to be able to better predict when you conceived. But since with ultrasound's they can track all that, there's no medical need, unless you are high risk, or have underlying medical conditions, to wait. (I am not a physician, but I am in this medical field, so I am very confident in my Dr, and with backing up this research from past experiences with our other patients.

SuePires01 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

This year I miscarried my first baby. I can't quiet tell the weeks since there was a lot of mix up, but from what my doctor said that I was one of those few rare people who found out she was pregnant probably a only a week or less after she conceived. On Mother's day of this year, I miscarried our little Poppyseed. We were devastated, However God truly can work blessing. In September I found out that I was pregnant and I am now 5 months along and baby is growing healthy and fine.

Natacreatedartist |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

My husband and I just found out that I had a Blighted Ovum at 9 weeks and my body hadn't "naturally" miscarried yet so I chose medication to get the process moving along. It was very hard to deal with but today i am feeling a little better. I truly believe that everything does happen for a reason and God had our baby and our best interest at heart. We would like to try again as soon as we can but I have heard mixed feelings from both my doctor (recommends waiting three months) to different doctors who say a month is just enough time. I had gotten off birth control in Sept 2010 and conceived in October so I hope our chances are just as good next time around. Anyone else go through a Blighted Ovum and then conceive again pretty quickly soon after?

dmcusto7 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried 6 days ago at what I believe was 4 or 5 weeks -- the doctor never told me and it was hard to determine as I went off birth control the month before and never got my period. The doctor told me to wait three months, but that feels like an eternity to my husband and I. So, after doing quite a bit of research I have decided to wait one cycle and then start trying again. I am hopeful that we will get pregnant again soon and have a healthy pregnancy. The last one was so heartbreaking.

cewright85 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I am so sorry to hear about your loss, it is such a heartache! I had a miscarriage on Nov 22 and my due date was supposed to be our wedding date June 5th 2011 but since the amniotic sac and the hrt beat was fine at 8weeks,( somewhere between the 8th and 10th I lost everything). The doc said it was a genetic deformity so it made us feel a little better that is was natures way of saying your body was getting rid of the bad defect. so we were very positive after that and I can say that I am pregnant once again 6 wks 5 days. My husband and I waited one cycle and I think thats very important so you can keep track of the due date . You will get pregnant again and everything will turn out fine!! good luck to you and your husband, you sound very positive and that's the fist step. it is scary also but you have to keep trying : )

jennwinter |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I was 6 w along at the beginning of February and started bleeding and cramping; had an u/s and couldn't find a sac, but did find a mass in my right tube. I had ectopic; chose the medicine to get things cleared out, had to go two rounds. Still tracking my hcg levels down, but the mass is still there. DH and I want to try again as soon as possible and are concerned about the mass as the dr doesn't seem to want to clear it out surgically. They keep telling us we should be fine to get pregnant again. Any advice??

nikmate |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

On March 9th I miscarried at 6 weeks. I had been bleeding for a couple of days, so I went to the Emergency Room. I actually wound up miscarrying in the waiting room. Everyone talks about the intense pain of a miscarriage, but it wasn't even as bad as the worst of my menstrual cramps. It hurt, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the agonizing pain I was expecting. It was the emotional pain that hurt the most. We're going to wait until May to start trying again, just because we're planning on moving soon. If we weren't, I'd start trying right after my next cycle.

Eveanyn |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

We just miscarried at 11weeks :( Slight spotting the day prior and then ended up in the ER the next evening for 14 hours. We're planning on trying again as soon as the doctor gives us a green light.

michellepeanut |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

Last Wed. I went in for a normal appointment to get my first ultrasound and we found out the baby never really developed yet my uterus was still growing as if nothing was wrong. I should be 11 weeks today. I haven't actually miscarried yet and they are making me wait until next Tuesday before they will even see me again. I really hope we get the ok to start trying again soon after that.

WhitneyHartwell |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried at 6 weeks, and similar to others stories it began with bleeding and a lot of cramping. When I went to my ob she said to wait until after the first regular cycle to try to conceive again--the problem is waiting!! I'm now 6 weeks after the miscarriage and still haven't gotten a period!! How long did it take for others to get a regular cycle? It feels like I've been waiting an eternity!!

jleister |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried at 18 weeks exactly on June 8 this year, i was told by my doctor to wait at 3 regular cycles before trying again. We were going to have a baby boy:( i did deliver him naturally. But my husband and i can not wait so we are ttc after only 1 cycle. Hopefully everything works out this time.

Foxyk85 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried between 4 and 5 weeks in early July and became pregnant again two weeks later. I am currently at 6 weeks 1 day and was able to see and hear the baby's heartbeat during an ultrasound yesterday. It was amazing, and made me feel so much better considering how afraid I am about a miscarriage occurring again. Good luck to all of those who are trying to conceive after a loss, or who are currently pregnant-- I happy and healthy 9 months to all :)

melissabride2be |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I recently miscarried at 9 weeks. We went in for an 8 week u/s and the baby only measured ~6 weeks with a very low fetal heart beat (54 BPM.) We went back 8 days later for another u/s and there was no heartbeat. That was on Tuesday and my D&C was done the next day. My doctor said to wait at least 1 full cycle and we can start trying again. She said the body is quite resilient and there's no medical reason to wait longer than 1 full cycle. Good luck to everyone...

RuthRose92384 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. I was bleeding/spotting for 3 weeks after that. I have now stopped bleeding for 1 week and am anxiously waiting for my cycle to come. My doctor said to wait two cycles before trying again, but I am thinking that we may start after 1 cycle after reading everyone's post! Good luck to all.

gerega16 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I think it depends on when you feel ready. I miscarried at 13 weeks when I was 16 and it has taken me 2 years to feel ready to start trying for a baby! I wasn't trying for a baby before but was very excited when I found out I was pregnant, now me and the father of my miscarriage are getting married, we have a house and are thinking aboiut trying for another baby next year. Good luck to everyone trying again!

MrsGlanvilleToBe |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a miscarrige at 5 weeks and was told to wait at least 3 months before TTC, I believe your body will get pregnant when it is healed and the time is right just think positive

AHogan07 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a miscarriage on September 5th.(naturally) I believe I was 8wk6days. Just went for my checkup and my doctor said I only need to wait until after I have my first period. I don't think I've ever wanted my period so bad in my life!! Fingers crossed!!

mlcarter007 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried this weekend at 5 weeks...it was our first pregnancy and I was so excited. I guess God had other plans...but my Dr. said as long as I wait for a normal cycle we can TTC again. Our friends and family have been so supportive...but it's still hard.

ajkauth |

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I went in for my 8 week appointment today I had already been and had an ultra sound because I did my math wrong thinking I was further along and I got to see the little heartbeat flicker me and my boyfriend were very excited it was my first baby. Today however I found out there was no little heartbeat even though I was only two months the pain is unbearable I can't help but feel there was something I could of done to prevent it I want so badly to have children but I think I'm going to need much more time

lgibbs0724 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried at 7w5days last week and had my D&C today. I had multiple ultrasounds and blood tests when I first found out at around 5 weeks so this wasn't a big surprise to my husband and me. It was still extremely sad and disappointing but knowing that my hcG levels were not doubling every 2 days and the u/s showed only a "yolk sac" and no embryo, I knew something was awry. The doctor told us to start trying again after my next menstrual cycle. We are staying hopeful and positive. It took us 5 months to conceive - which at 37 years old, is not that long -- so I'm hoping it'll be quicker the next time around.

delchango |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a natural miscarriage at 13 weeks, baby stopped growing at 9 weeks. The OB told us to wait 2 cycles before TTC. That's at least 3 months after our M/C! I've been reading from lots of ladies that they got the OK to TTC right away, but we're really going to try to wait it out. It's been 2 weeks since our M/C and I'm still having spotting/residual bleeding. I can't wait til I get my 1st AF! (Funny how I'm wishing for something that I dreaded getting at an earlier time in my life)

KA92013 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I had a miscarriage on April 2nd at 6 weeks. It was horrible and the bleeding lasted for 6 days. I'm wondering how long it took for someone in the same situation to conceive again. My midwife told me to wait after one normal period.. but that still hasn't happened.

Meghan91904 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried at 10 weeks and had a D and C. I was told to wait until I got my first cycle to try again. Since it took us over a year and help of a IUI to get pregnant, we had unprotected sex about 2.5 weeks after the D and C. I am now 6 weeks pregnant and everything is going well so far. I am still not out of the woods, and have anxiety about miscarrying again everyday, but I feel that this baby is a gift from god. Good luck and stay positive.

Chirop75 |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

At the end of March I MC at 12 weeks. I had a D&C and was told by my doc to wait 2 full cycles. My cycles have been completely out of wack ever since. First one was normal and the rest have been really crampy/heavy and lasting way too long. I've been to the doc for a check up and everything looks "ok" but we haven't been able to conceive. This month (end of august) is the first time I've even noticed cervical mucus or other signs of ovulation. I have hope but am frustrated at how long it is taking for my body to recover. It will happen for all of us, just have patience.

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Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

This is my second miscarriage. My doctor said the same, wait atleast 3 cycles before trying again but the thing I am worried over is it took my husband and I almost 2 years to get pregnant..how long is it gonna take this time? and am I gonna have to have doctors help to not miscarry for the 3rd time?

Clwiley |

Q&A: How long should I wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage?

I miscarried naturally the first time, waited one period, and became pregnant the very next cycle with my healthy boy who was born at 41 weeks without complications. My second miscarriage was much more traumatizing emotionally, so we waited six months to try again. Surgical procedures like d&c can make the uterine lining a little thinner at first, which is why many docs advise a few months wait for your body to recover. But the biggest consideration should be your emotions. Could you handle another miscarriage right away? A repeat loss unlikely, but early miscarriage affects 15-25% of pregnancies so it isn't unheard of. You must be mentally prepared for a stressful experience, because pregnancy after miscarriage loses some of the innocent joy it brings to those who have never dealt with a loss. Don't try to squash your pain with a new pregnancy...you need to take time to talk about your emotions and heal.

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