If you’ve ever felt the heartache of a pregnancy loss, you’re definitely not alone. It’s estimated that as many as 40% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage1– but it can still be an isolating and frightening experience. Miscarriage can take a toll on your body both physically and mentally, so when is it safe to start trying to conceive again? Let’s go through some of the facts on pregnancy after miscarriage.
When can I have sex for pregnancy after miscarriage?
After a miscarriage, it’s generally advised to let your body rest and recover physically for at least two weeks to a month before having sex. There is an increased risk of infection until the cervix closes back up.
In many cases, it’s possible to have penetrative sex once the bleeding has stopped, and to start trying to conceive after you’ve had at least one menstrual period. However, be sure to have a check-up and pelvic exam with your healthcare provider first.
Depending how long you were pregnant and how the pregnancy loss affected you and your partner, it may take longer than this before you feel ready for sex again. Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are common feelings after a pregnancy loss, which can interfere with sexual desire.
On the other hand, other couples may want to be intimate again as soon as possible as a part of their healing process. Each person’s recovery from miscarriage is different, so it’s best to wait until you and your partner are ready physically and emotionally.
How long should I wait before getting pregnant after miscarriage?
In theory, it’s possible to get pregnant immediately after you miscarry, and some couples do try again as soon as possible. However, conventional wisdom among experts suggests this could increase of a second miscarriage. This is because the endometrium lining of the womb may not have recovered enough to allow an embryo to develop normally.
Doctors often advise waiting until you have one or two menstrual cycles before you start trying to conceive again. Menstruation usually resumes in the 4 to 6 weeks following a miscarriage.
When should I wait longer for getting pregnant after miscarriage?
Once your menstrual cycle has resumed, and you and your partner are feeling up to it, it’s usually safe to start trying to conceive. Miscarriage is usually a one-off event, and it doesn’t mean you can’t have another healthy pregnancy.
However, in complicated cases like a molar pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy, you will need to wait until you have finished all your follow-up care and tests before getting the all-clear from your healthcare team.
You are still more likely than not to have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage, even for a molar pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy. However, it’s important to make sure you’ve been assessed and cleared for any medical conditions that could risk your health or future pregnancies.
Towards pregnancy after miscarriage, one step at a time
Miscarriage can be extremely sad, but it’s a common event for couples trying to conceive, almost always due to factors beyond anyone’s control. It can take some time before you may feel physically or emotionally ready for another pregnancy, and that’s okay. Grieving after pregnancy loss is normal and valid, and in time you will be able to move forward.
You may want to consider counseling or a support group to help get back on your feet before you start trying to conceive again. After a miscarriage, you might be scared of suffering a loss like this again. However, there is hope in the fact that most women who suffer the pain of miscarriage do go on to feel the joy of welcoming a healthy child into the world eventually.