Pregnancy after Loss
Many women experience pregnancy loss and go on to have other children. The miscarriage rate is difficult to pinpoint because many miscarriages occur before the woman realizes she is pregnant. With current technology, a pregnancy can be (but often is not) diagnosed as early as nine days after conception, even before a period is missed. Including these early confirmed pregnancies, as many as 20 to 50 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. About 15 percent of all clinically confirmed (by fetal heart rate or ultrasound) pregnancies end in miscarriage.
When you get pregnant again after a pregnancy loss, you are likely to be very worried about experiencing another loss. Some women feel extremely nervous until they pass the point at which the previous pregnancy ended. Try to take things one day at a time and avoid worrying unnecessarily. Talk to your physician about your concerns and discuss any risk factors. The majority of miscarriages are chromosomally abnormal or have embryos with serious birth defects; in most cases, it is the mother's body's way of dealing with an abnormal pregnancy. Generally, having one miscarriage does not increase the risk of a second miscarriage. For the most part, you are likely to have a happy and healthy pregnancy this time around. The loss that you suffered will never completely leave you, and you may still find yourself noticing the due date for that pregnancy go by or other milestones. The child that you lost will always be a part of you.