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Your Options After Pregnancy Loss (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month)

Your Options After Pregnancy Loss (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month)

Losing a pregnancy to miscarriage often devastates you emotionally. This October, the team of fertility specialists at New York Fertility Institute recognize Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Many families who have experienced the grief of pregnancy loss or recurrent pregnancy loss still want to try for another healthy conception and delivery. You mourn the pregnancy or child you lost forever, but continue to feel interest in expanding your family as you move forward into the future.

What are your options for a healthy conception and pregnancy after pregnancy loss? At the New York Fertility Institute, our team of same-sex family friendly fertility doctors may have the answers you need.

Here’s what we want our new and existing patients at our Upper East Side, New York City fertility clinic to understand about your options after pregnancy loss. 

Understanding your past pregnancy loss

A miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy spontaneously ends before you reach 20 weeks. Many factors can contribute to a miscarriage.

Problems with fetal development cause around half of all early miscarriages. As an embryo divides and grows, chromosome problems can develop. Older mothers have a greater risk of pregnancy loss due to abnormal fetal development.

Pregnant people with other pre-existing health conditions, including uncontrolled diabetes and uterine defects, also face a higher risk of miscarriage. However, it’s not always possible to determine exactly why a miscarriage took place.

Repeated miscarriages are rare. After suffering a miscarriage, you’re most likely fine to go on to carry other healthy pregnancies. After a single miscarriage, your risk of future pregnancy loss is about 20%. If you have two consecutive miscarriages, your risk rises to around 28%.

Moving forward after pregnancy loss

Pregnancy loss puts you and your partner through intense emotions. Deciding to try again for a baby may only add additional guilt or anxiety to the mix. Don’t rush your healing process — but when you’re ready to try again, consulting with a fertility specialist may improve your odds.

If you’ve experienced recurrent pregnancy loss, we recommend testing to determine the cause of your repeat miscarriages, if possible. The team at the New York Fertility Institute provides both blood and chromosomal testing to look for potential underlying causes for recurrent pregnancy loss.

After a single miscarriage, fertility treatments are most likely not needed. You’re safe to try again a few weeks after your miscarriage, though you may need more time to be emotionally ready.

If you don’t conceive again within a few months, or if you have specific gynecological concerns like irregular menstrual periods, fertility interventions may be needed to help you and your partner conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy to term after a prior pregnancy loss.

Fertility treatments after pregnancy loss

Genetic counseling can help people who suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss. The New York Fertility Institute team can also refer you to medical specialists for underlying health issues like diabetes that could be a cause for concern with a future pregnancy.

In cases where your miscarriage was related to uterine issues, like scar tissue or a bicornuate (heart-shaped) uterus, corrective surgery may be needed before you can carry a healthy pregnancy to term.

If the cause of your recurrent pregnancy loss isn’t clear, or if you experience infertility issues when you try to conceive again, reproductive medicine interventions like in vitro fertilization (IVF) may still allow you to carry a pregnancy to term.

And, the providers at the New York Fertility Institute can also help you navigate the waters of using a gestational carrier or surrogate to expand your family.

For support with fertility after pregnancy loss, including for same-sex families, contact the medical team at New York Fertility Institute today. Schedule your appointment at our Manhattan offices on the Upper East Side of New York City, New York by calling us at 815-513-6056 now, or go online to book.

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