Q&A: How soon is it possible to become pregnant after a miscarriage?
I just had a miscarriage and had another one five months earlier. Now I think I may be pregnant again. How soon is it possible to become pregnant after a miscarriage? I had sexual intercourse two days before I ovulated, and it has only been four days since I ovulated. How soon will I be able to find out whether or not I'm pregnant?
I am sorry to hear about your losses. While most of the time miscarriages turn out to be just random events and everything goes smoothly the next time around, that may be hard to believe when you are going through it.
As for getting pregnant again: it sounds like your timing was good! I usually recommend waiting until your period is due–about two weeks after possible conception–before running a pregnancy test. This is because both false positives and false negatives can occur if you run the test too early, leading to unnecessary frustration and heartache.
Recurrent miscarriage is historically defined as three consecutive pregnancy losses, because when you’ve “only” had two the chances are it was still random and not caused by an underlying problem. That said, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine now recommends a workup for causes after two consecutive losses. I hope that your next pregnancy goes well. If you have any further losses, your obstetrician or a reproductive endocrinologist can help diagnose any underlying problems that might benefit from treatment before trying again.
Once you are pregnant, you can check blood pregnancy test (hCG) values to see that they are rising appropriately, and then get an ultrasound when you are about 6 weeks pregnant (four weeks after conception) to see that things are moving along OK. Wishing you good luck!