Trouble Getting Pregnant

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm wondering if I most likely can get pregnant again after my past history? I got pregnant when I was 15 and had my daughter prematurely at the age of 16 (1995). I had a staff infection that caused me to go into premature labor and I was only 5 months and 3 weeks along so she ended not making it. (I had c-section). Then in 1998 I got pregnant and miscarried at around 7 weeks. 3 months later got pregnant with my son who was born on time but before he was born, I went into premature labor on my 7 month mark but they stopped it. He ended up healthy. About 2 and a half years ago I got pregnant and miscarried again.

I've been on the pill but about a year ago I stopped the pill and this January started to try to get pregnant. No success. Do you think there maybe something wrong with me?I was wondering if my menstrual period starts on the 20th of every month and it usually lasts about 5-6 days when I should have intercourse to get pregnant?

With my last miscarriage they did a D and C. I'm really worried I may not be able to get pregnant again?

ANSWER

It sounds like your problem in the past has not been getting pregnant, but in carrying the pregnancy.

Now, you're saying you are having trouble getting pregnant. With the cycle pattern you describe, I'd suggest starting to have intercourse on the 30th of the month each day for eight days (and whenever else you want!).

Good luck.
-- 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.