Fertility after miscarriage

A miscarriage itself doesn't effect a woman's fertility. It can, however, be an indicator of fertility issues if there are multiple losses. In fact, women are generally thought to be extra fertile in the 4-6 weeks following a miscarriage because of hormone levels. Most doctors advise waiting at least a cycle or two before trying again, though. The uterine lining needs time to recover from the loss, so while you may get pregnant right away that baby may not be able to implant properly.

Statistically 1 in 3 pregnancies will end in miscarriage, so it's a lot more common then women think. Over half of all miscarriages are caused by a chromosomal abnormality. Basically, a genetic fluke that's out of your control. Usually the next pregnancy will be healthy.

If you do have more then one miscarriage in a row (or 3+ in your lifetime) this could indicate an underlying issue. Physical abnormalities of the uterus or cervix can make it hard to sustain pregnancy. Hormone imbalances, Immunologic Disorders, Thyroid problems, infections, and high-risk lifestyles (drugs, smoking, drinking, etc.) can also lead to chronic miscarriage.

We got pregnant 2 months after our first miscarriage and then lost that baby at 6 weeks. We wanted to wait until we had answers before trying again and my doctor thought I could have an issue producing enough progesterone to sustain a pregnancy into the second trimester. We tried again about 2 months later, got pregnant right away, took progesterone suppositories, and had a healthy baby that next June :)

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    05/01/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Yeah the last time I heard it was 1 in 4 or about 25% so it must have increased...makes you wonder the causes.
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    05/02/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I can imagine it would be hard to track the ones not reported so that makes sense.
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      05/01/14
      Beth
      This is really wonderful information. Thank you for sharing it Taylor!
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        8Theresa Gould
        I've had six miscarriages and have none of those issues. We've never found an underlying cause and we searched high and low after miscarriage number 1, 2 and 3.
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        05/02/14
        8Theresa Gould
        Thank you. I know, it does make you wonder, doesn't it? I think that was part of the reason some of mine were so hard because there was no reason. The question "why" was left unanswered and for me that was HARD.
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          05/02/14
          There's actually been a lot of articles about how women suffer in silence after having a miscarriage. There is so much shame and sadness many people don't tell anyone except their closest family members. The only people who know I had a second miscarriage are our parents and one friend.

          There is also the fact that many women miscarry before the first 12 weeks and may not have even known they were pregnant yet. If I hadn't been trying I may have though that my period was just a week or two late.
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          8Theresa Gould
          That's how I felt in my first miscarriage that I was suffering in silence and I did try a bereavement support group (that's where I got the idea to choose something symbolic to represent the baby I lost and I chose the butterfly). And I guess to a degree I felt the same way with the other losses too, especially Matthew but he was a hard loss since I had to deliver him dead. :(
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          I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.