Pregnancy after miscarriage: What you need to know

Pregnancy after miscarriage can be stressful and confusing. When is the best time to get pregnant? What are the odds of miscarrying again? Get the facts about pregnancy after miscarriage.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Thinking about pregnancy after miscarriage? You might be anxious or confused about what caused your miscarriage and when to conceive again. Here’s help understanding pregnancy after miscarriage, and the steps you can take to promote a healthy pregnancy.

What causes miscarriage?

Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Many miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally. Problems with the baby’s chromosomes are responsible for about 50 percent of early pregnancy loss. Most of these chromosome problems occur by chance as the embryo divides and grows, although it becomes more common as women age. Sometimes a health condition, such as poorly controlled diabetes