Could I Be Pregnant After Miscarriage?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
On August 8 I had my menstrual cycle it was irregular. It lasted three days. A week or two later my breasts and tooth started to hurt and I was craving ice lattes. I don’t like coffee like that.

I was waiting on my period because I thought I was about to come on because of the cramping. But it didn’t, on September 5 I found out I was five weeks pregnant.

I had a miscarriage on January 8. I had sex on February 7(unprotected) I had an irregular period on February 12. I spotted and a it stop then on the 14 & 15 was regular and the last day the 16 ended weird.

I had (unprotected sex) on February 7 & 19 And March 2, 6, and twice on the 9th. So I’ve took a pregnancy test at the emergency room February 14 and it was a faint positive they said it could be that my hormones was lowering because of the fact that I was just pregnant. But I called the place where I had my miscarriage at and they said they expect all pregnancy tests to come back negative after 4 weeks.

Now I’ve been sleeping a lot, tooth pains and wanting coffee.(that’s why I asked was it a sign) Now my side is killing me…I also have been running to the washroom a lot. so I’m wondering could I be pregnant…

ANSWER

From what you say, March 2 would have been about the right time to get pregnant from your February cycle, and if you meant that you went to the emergency room *March* 14, then it would be normal to have had a faint positive if you were pregnant from intercourse on March 2. (It doesn't make sense that you went to the ER on Feb 14 while having normal menstrual bleeding that day and the next as you say at the beginning of your question.)

But you should have been told after the miscarriage not to have unprotected sex until you had a negative pregnancy test, ideally at your provider's office, and until you had a normal period, one that was normal in length and strength for you. That's when we know that your body is really ready to try again.

I am so sorry for your loss, I can't imagine, and I do understand your wanting to get pregnant again. I wish you the very best! Please take good care of yourself.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.