Post Miscarriage Pregnancy


Dear Midwife,
I had a miscarriage 3 weeks ago, I bleed for only a few days. My husband and I decided to start trying as soon as possible again. My Ob advised this was fine from 2 weeks as this is when I am likely to ovulate. I did ovulation tests from day 11 of my cycle and we started trying from then.

I started spotting again at approx 14days. It is now 21 days and I did a pregnancy test expecting it to be negative, but it was positive, I am assuming this is the hormone left over from my miscarried pregnancy - is this right, and if so how long is this likely to be there and how can I tell if it is a new pregnancy.

Also I still have a very small amount of spotting - hardly any and very faint in colour. Is it possible to be pregnant and still get this from the miscarriage.

Thanks for your help.



You have just described why I disagree with your doctor.

I tell women to wait until they have a period that is normal in length and strength, then come in for a pregnancy test. If it is negative, then we know that it is ok to start another pregnancy.

As it is, I wouldn't know what to tell you except that in time, all will be revealed!

-- 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.