How Long Must I Wait?!

It is very common, after a miscarriage, to want to try again quickly. You were hoping to have a baby soon, and you probably don't want to put that off for too long now. Most doctors will tell you that you should wait three months before trying to get pregnant again. However, there are actually a number of different answers depending on your circumstances and it can be helpful to explore them and to understand all of your options.

Definitely Wait At Least Three Months

This is the answer that you will generally hear from a doctor when you've had a miscarriage. And, certainly, this is sound advice in many situations. If you had to experience a D&C, your doctor wants you to fully recover before trying to conceive. He'll want to know that your uterine lining has properly replenished itself and that your uterus is ready for the task of carrying a baby to term. If your pregnancy was far along when you miscarried, you'll also be advised to wait. Your body needs time to replenish the nutrients that you lost and to recover from the pregnancy before becoming pregnant again. You may also need this time for emotional reasons. Perhaps you aren't ready to deal with the emotional toll that morning sickness takes on you, or to deal with the hopes and expectations that come with a pregnancy. You may need more time to recover emotionally from your loss and to regroup with your partner.

Wait At Least One Month

At times, the doctor will want you to wait for one cycle. This usually occurs if you miscarried very early on in the pregnancy and didn't have any complications with the miscarriage. Waiting for one normal cycle will make it easier for you and your doctor to keep track of your future pregnancy. It can also take awhile for your body to get back to normal after a miscarriage. This one month, or one cycle, allows you to get your cycle back to normal and to get your body ready for another pregnancy.

No Need to Wait!

Some doctors will tell you that you don't need to wait at all to try again. They tell you to wait until you feel physically ready. The majority of times, you won't be given this advice, but it can happen if you had an early miscarriage.

What To Do?

You should always consult with a doctor before making any decisions about conception after a miscarriage. If you don't like what you hear, you can ask the doctor for a more detailed explanation of why you should wait. You can also go for a second opinion. It is very important to understand, however, that having a miscarriage is a serious matter and that your body and your emotions need time to recover. Keep in mind that your doctor's advice only takes into account your physical readiness to conceive again. You and your partner have to determine your emotional state and your emotional readiness.


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