How To Prepare for Pregnancy after a Miscarriage

Finding out you are pregnant is a time of great joy and excitement. However, due to some unforeseen events and circumstances, sometimes, pregnancies do not reach completion and there is a miscarriage. It is a devastating and highly traumatizing experience for women to go through.

If you feel you are ready to try to conceive again, there are things you can do to best prepare yourself physically and emotionally. The fear and guilt of the miscarriage may still haunt you. With proper counseling and by working closely with your OB gynecologist, you can have a successful pregnancy the next time around.

  1. Check if the timing is right. Ideally, you should wait three to six months from the miscarriage before trying to conceive again. This should give your body enough time to recover for the miscarriage and any procedures that were done. At the very least, wait for one normal period cycle before attempting. If you conceive too soon after a miscarriage, you may increase your chances of another miscarriage.
  2. Aside from your physical well being, assess your emotional well being. Do you feel strong enough to handle another pregnancy?  There will be emotional ups and downs in the conception and pregnancy process. Make sure you have worked out these feelings. Some couples wait a while before getting pregnant again, while others try immediately after, especially if the woman feels her biological clock is ticking.
  3. Talk to your doctor. Express your willingness and readiness to conceive once more. Follow your doctor’s advise to best prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.
  4. Take your prenatal vitamins. After you miscarry and you think you’ll try again to conceive in the future, keep taking your prenatal vitamins.
  5. Have a diet high in folate and anti oxidants. Folate rich foods are green leafy vegetables, broccoli and orange juice. This is necessary in the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system.
  6. Exercise. Exercise will not only keep you healthy, but it will build your strength necessary to endure the rigors of delivery. Doing weight bearing exercises will also build your bones. If you are overweight, exercise to lose weight.
  7. Address any health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and any other condition that may affect your chances of conception and an uncomplicated pregnancy. Stop smoking. Go to the dentist and get your teeth cleaned. Unaddressed tooth problems can cause complications in pregnancy.
  8. Limit alcohol intake and stop taking unnecessary medication. Do not oven take over the counter pills. Limit or stop drinking caffeinated drinks, such as soda and coffee. Detoxify your body of toxins and chemicals.
  9. Relax. Don’t stress yourself if you aren’t conceiving and if you do, don’t worry if you’ll miscarry. Pregnancy and motherhood is difficult enough, don’t add to your burdens by worrying. Take a meditation or yoga class to help you calm down.

Just because you experienced a miscarriage doesn’t mean that your chances of a successful pregnancy are lowered. If you are healthy and are of the right age, you can get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby.


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