Can I get pregnant after I've delivered a stillborn baby?

Yes. Most women who deliver stillborn babies go on to have normal pregnancies and births. If the stillbirth was caused by a defect or umbilical cord problem, the chances of another stillbirth in a later pregnancy are slight. If the cause was a chronic maternal illness or a genetic disorder, the risk is somewhat higher. On average, the chance that a woman's next pregnancy will result in stillbirth is about 3%, which means that most post-stillbirth pregnancies result in healthy births.

Discuss the timing of your next pregnancy with your healthcare provider to make sure you are physically ready to begin a new pregnancy. Some healthcare providers recommend waiting a certain amount of time (from 6 months to 1 year) before trying to conceive again. Some studies have shown that women who wait at least 1 year to conceive may have less depression and anxiety during a later pregnancy.

Statistics show that about 60% of couples take up to 6 months to conceive after delivery of a stillborn baby, and another 30% take up to 12 months. Don't be surprised if things don't happen quickly.

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