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Q&A: How Long Should I Wait to Try to Conceive After a Miscarriage?

I just recently had a miscarriage. How long do I have to wait until I can start trying to conceive again?

Every case is different, but unless you’ve had other physical complications from your miscarriage, you can usually start once your doctor has given you the okay (which is generally after two or three normal menstrual periods). Be aware that some doctors think it’s best to wait much longer (anywhere from six months to one year), so you may be advised to hold off for a while. Either way, the most important thing to keep in mind right now is that just because you may be ready physically, you might not yet be ready emotionally and could need more time to heal and grieve. If you’re nervous about suffering through another miscarriage, you might find some comfort in knowing that at least 85 percent of women who have miscarriages go on to have a healthy pregnancies the next time around.

Get more info on miscarriage and pregnancy loss at the American Pregnancy Association.

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