Causes - Miscarriage - Resources

In this section, Miscarriage Resources, we answer your frequently asked questions about pregnancy and fertility after miscarriage.

Can I avoid a miscarriage?
Oftentimes, there is very little you can do to prevent a miscarriage in the first trimester. If you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to follow your doctor's advice and take care of your health. Make sure you do the following:

  • Eat a balanced diet and get plenty of rest
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs
  • Take a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid

If you have experienced a miscarriage, even though you practiced good health habits, try to relax. In cases of recurrent miscarriage or if you have known health issues that may lead to miscarriage, make sure your doctor is following your pregnancy closely from the start. 

Will I be able to get pregnant after miscarriage?
Most women that miscarry are able to get pregnant following miscarriage. In fact, your chances of fertility after miscarriage are typically very good. Generally, the risk of a second pregnancy loss is only slightly higher after a single loss. 

When can I start trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage?
Following a miscarriage, you may feel eager to start trying to get pregnant immediately. Or, you may want to take some time off. Here is what most doctors recommend:

  • If you had a miscarriage early in the first trimester, wait for one normal menstrual cycle to pass.
  • If your pregnancy loss occurred towards the end of the first trimester, wait for two menstrual cycles to pass.
  • If you lost a pregnancy in the second trimester, wait at least three months before you try to get pregnant again.

If you are unsure of when to start trying again, ask your doctor for advice. He or she may want to see your HCG blood titer down to zero before you get the green light to try again.

Many women wish they could predict the future, wondering if pregnancy after miscarriage is possible. If you are trying to get pregnant after miscarriage, allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel right now, take care of yourself, and be patient. Remain hopeful that all will be just fine.