Pregnancy after Miscarriage

Pregnancy after a miscarriage is often a difficult time for women and their partners. It may bring with it a mixture of hope and fear, which can be challenging to cope with. You may feel mixed emotions; ranging from cautiously optimistic one day, to overwhelmingly anxious the next. You may feel on high alert, trying to detect any possible symptoms of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Being pregnant again can also sometimes be comforting, easing feelings of loss. But you might also feel guilty or worried about forgetting your last pregnancy.

Know that your feelings, whatever they are, are normal and understandable given what you have been through. For some people, talking to family and friends can be a key source of support during pregnancy after loss. Early on in your pregnancy, you and/or your partner may wish to tell people who are close to you, so they can offer support if needed. But you might also feel reluctant to tell them until you are further on in pregnancy.

Invest time and effort in choosing an obstetrician or midwife who is right for you. Be open about all the emotional, medical and financial issues that are important to you in the area of your own pregnancy before you agree to be that person’s patient.

It is common to feel anxious about your pregnancy if you have had a prior miscarriage or miscarriages. If you are worried, depressed or frightened during pregnancy, seek professional help so that you can work out your feelings.

The Miscarriage Association provides support during subsequent pregnancies.