When you are first pregnant, life is wonderful and you really don't have many cares. But once that bubble has been shattered by miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, you have a lot of questions about subsequent pregnancies and healthy babies. The Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss Guide
has many great articles about trying again after a pregnancy loss.
One of the first questions you may want to know is when can you try again. You will need to take into account the physical as well as the emotional aspects when trying to decide. Are you physically healed? Does your body need a break from pregnancy or treatment, particularly if your loss involved surgery or medications. What about emotional readiness
? What does your practitioner say
about when you should try again? There isn't an easy answer.
When choosing a doctor or midwife for your next pregnancy you may have a lot of questions. If you still have anger or other feelings about your previous practitioner, either because of how your situation was emotionally or medically managed, you should be honest with your new practitioner about this situation. This will help them provide you with the care you need and prevent future issues of miscommunication, etc. You may also need to address the question of whether or not your will need to seek specialized care
in future pregnancies.
Once you've experienced a loss, fear and anxiety are normal. How will you feel in your pregnancy? Will your stress effect the new pregnancy? How will you cope with anniversaries and other dates of interest? Will you feel better at certain milestones? How can you move on and still honor your lost baby? These are just some of the questions asked by women who have experienced pregnancy loss and are facing a new pregnancy.