Miscarriage can be a very difficult and confusing thing to go through, and this is a very common question you have, so know that you are not alone! It is also unfortunately quite common, although not always discussed – maybe more common than you think: about 25-35% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage.
Pregnancy loss in the first trimester is usually a one-time occurrence and most women go on to have successful pregnancies when they decide they are ready to get pregnant again. Only once a woman has had three miscarriages will her doctor usually start looking for a possible cause.
Miscarriages are most often caused by a genetic abnormality. About one half of cases of early pregnancy loss are caused by a random event in which the embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes. Most of the time, you will not know the exact cause, but it is important to remember that there is nothing you did that caused it to happen, it just happens naturally sometimes. Working, exercising, having sex, having morning sickness or using birth control before getting pregnant will not cause a miscarriage.
Everyone experiences pregnancy loss differently and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel. It is important to recognize when you may need additional emotional support though. If you are feeling sad, ask your partner or a friend to listen to you express your feelings. Many women have experienced a miscarriage and you may not know that someone close to you has until you reach out to them for support.
If you would like to try and get pregnant again right away, it’s best to wait until you have had at least one menstrual period after your miscarriage, in order to make sure your uterus is fully healed. If you do not wish to become pregnant again right away, be sure to use a birth control method beginning immediately after as you can get pregnant as soon as two weeks after a miscarriage.
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