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Suffering a miscarriage is often an extremely distressing experience, and undergoing a D&C procedure may make it even more so. After a miscarriage and D&C, women are often advised to wait for a few months before trying to conceive again.

Are you just not getting pregnant after you have been trying to conceive for a while again? Of course, you are worried. 

Trying to conceive after a miscarriage

Many doctors will advise women who have just suffered a miscarriage to wait for at least three months before they try for another baby. The reasoning? After a miscarriage, the uterus needs time to get rid of all the tissues related to pregnancy, even following a dilation and curettage in which the fetus and related organic products are removed from the womb. Many women also find that their menstrual cycles are irregular for a few months following their miscarriage.

This means that it would be harder to determine the estimated due date in case the woman did get pregnant. Scientific research into pregnancy following a miscarriage suggests that it is perfectly safe to conceive again within six months of a miscarriage. Even more than that, getting pregnant within the first half year of a previous pregnancy loss actually has statistical benefits for a woman you are less likely miscarry again, and are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy (with lower complication rates than women who never had a miscarriage), if you get pregnant soon after you had a miscarriage.

Though it is medically a very responsible choice to get pregnant within half a year of miscarrying, the decision to try for a baby again ultimately depends on your emotional health. Many women are extremely affected by their loss, and need time and healing before they are ready to even consider another pregnancy. In the process of healing, it may help to journal, blog about your feelings, or seek grief counseling. Once you do decide it is time to try to get pregnant, you may be on the look-out for pregnancy signs all the time just like any woman trying to conceive but you may be keeping a close eye on possible symptoms something is going wrong, as well. When you don't get pregnant within a few months, you ma be convinced that there is a link between your miscarriage and your lack of pregnancy. Remember that it may take up to a year to get pregnant for healthy couples. The fact that you have been pregnant before works in your favor statistically, not against you.

Does a D&C harm your chances of conceiving?

In a D&C, or dilation and curettage, the cervix is widened with an instrument and its contents are scraped out, along with part of the uterine lining. A D&C is often carried out in the cases of a missed miscarriage. A missed miscarriage is a type of pregnancy loss in which the fetal heartbeat stopped beating, but the miscarriage is not completed naturally. There is a slight chance of complications, such as infection or cervical damage, for women who undergo a D&C. This is not the first thing that should be on your mind if you had a D&C after a miscarriage and are not pregnant yet. The best thing women who are trying to get pregnant (after a miscarriage and D&C, or in any other circumstances) can do is to monitor the length of their menstrual cycles, to check if they are ovulating through ovulation tests or fertility charting, and to eat healthily and take a 400 mg folic acid supplement daily. Are you trying to get pregnant after you had a miscarriage and a D&C? Feel free to share your story by leaving a comment below! You may also like to read about getting pregnant after miscarriage and D&C.

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