Is It Okay To Get Pregnant Right After a Miscarriage?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had a miscarriage. I have already been to the doctor for a check up and he said everything was okay. He asked me if I had a period since my miscarriage and I told him the only bleeding I done was three days after my miscarriage.

My husband and I have been having sex but we use a spermicide for protection, and since I have not started my period could I be pregnant. Is it dangerous to get pregnant after a miscarriage and not have a period in between?

ANSWER

I encourage my own clients to use good protection until they have a normal period after a miscarriage. That tells me that the lining of the uterus has fully repaired itself. But not everyone follows my advice, and most have perfectly normal pregnancies.

If you think you may be pregnant, you should take a test right away.

-- 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.