Can I get pregnant after I’ve had a miscarriage?

Yes. Most women (87%) who have miscarriages have subsequent normal pregnancies and births. Having a miscarriage does not necessarily mean you have a fertility problem. About 1% of women might have repeated miscarriages (three or more). Remember that usually a miscarriage cannot be prevented and often occurs because the pregnancy is not normal. Some researchers believe this is related to an autoimmune response.

Although there is no recommended waiting period to attempt pregnancy, it may be appropriate to discuss the timing of your next pregnancy with your healthcare provider. To prevent another miscarriage, your healthcare provider might recommend treatment with progesterone, a hormone needed for implantation in the uterus. If the mother has an illness, treating the condition can improve the chances for a successful pregnancy.

Taking time to heal both physically and emotionally after a miscarriage is important. Above all, don’t blame yourself for the miscarriage. Counseling is available to help you cope with your loss. A pregnancy loss support group might also be a valuable resource to you and your partner. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about counseling and support groups.

If you’ve had three miscarriages in a row, you should stop trying to conceive, use a form of birth control, and ask your healthcare provider about performing diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the miscarriages.

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