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Pregnancy and Fertility After a Miscarriage

Pregnancy and Fertility After a Miscarriage

One common question we receive is… “What do I do after a miscarriage?”. In this article, we will discuss ways you can help to support your body’s healing emotionally and physically, as well as discuss some natural therapies to support your body’s recovery such as fertility cleansing, and self fertility massage.

Believe it or not, miscarriages are a common occurrence. As scary as that may sound, one in four women experience a miscarriage while trying to get pregnant.  So if you have stumbled upon this website because of a recent loss, we are here for you…

The concerns most expressed frequently are:

  • “Why did this happen? I did ———-fill in the blank—-, do you think that could have caused it?”
  • “What are my chances of getting pregnant after a miscarriage?”
  • “I just had a miscarriage; how do I get my period back?”
  • “I just had a miscarriage; what can I do so I can get pregnant right away?”
  • “We want to try again as soon as possible; what can we do?”

While determining the cause of a miscarriage requires immediate testing at the right times (some tests require segments of the placenta or blood drawn before the miscarriage), many times the results are still diagnosed as an “unknown cause”. “About half of the couples who have investigations don’t come out with any clear finding of why they miscarried,” according to the Miscarriage Association of the United Kingdom.

Why is this, you ask? Well, one reason is that reproductive medicine is still in its infancy, with 50% of women being told they have “unexplained infertility” after numerous tests and hardly any answers for women who have had a miscarriage. The other reason is that many miscarriages happen because they are supposed to happen. If the embryo is not viable, the pregnancy will end. This is how a healthy reproductive system works. So, don’t automatically assume that something is wrong with you if you have had a miscarriage.

Some miscarriages are caused by chance (e.g. a chromosome abnormality in the baby) and cannot be predicted or prevented. Fortunately, they are not very likely to happen again. ~ Miscarriage Association UK

What are you to do? Well, thankfully nature provides. You can look to nature to help you prepare your body for your next pregnancy. There are herbs, foods, supplements, therapies, and mind-body techniques that can be used to your advantage. You can read about natural therapies for helping to prevent another miscarriage on, but this article is going to focus on what you can do after you have had a miscarriage to help your body heal and get your fertility back on track. Here are some suggestions. Read over them and then listen to your body, tune in, and see what resonates with you…

1. Rest, recuperate and be gentle.
Many women want to get pregnant right away after a miscarriage, wanting to hurry up and move on. I felt like this after my first miscarriage. As I look back, I believe hormones had something to do with feeling that way, as well as realizing how much I actually wanted a child after being pregnant (our pregnancy was a surprise). It may be different for each person, but the body really needs to rest and sort itself out. It would not be best for your body or hormonal system to try to force your period to come early. Generally, it may take 2 weeks to 2 months for the menstrual cycle to come back, the pregnancy hormones to balance back to pre-pregnancy levels, and for your body to replenish its reserves.

Be gentle on yourself. Take some time to explore what you are going through and rest and focus on taking care of yourself. You don’t have to rush back to work right away. Work can wait!

2. Nourish yourself.
Pregnancy demands a lot from your body, as does a miscarriage. Nourish yourself with whole foods that are iron rich, full of fiber, and contain vibrant colors. Eating a natural fertility diet will help to support your body in healing and replenishing nutrients.

3. Protect yourself from infection.
Directly after a miscarriage, it is a good idea to help support your body in warding off infections that can occur. Avoid hot tubs, douching, taking baths, or having sex until the bleeding subsides. Some natural therapies that are known to help prevent infection are:

  • Aged garlic capsules or fresh garlic
  • Vitamin C
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Oil of Oregano

While each of these has great benefit, perhaps the most researched is garlic. Professor Michael Givskov and colleagues of the University of Copenhagen have focused on garlic’s effects on bacteria since 2005 (although research dates much farther back). Through their work, they’ve learned that garlic extract is able to inhibit many bacteria, even very tough antibiotic-resistant bacteria; the sulphurous compound ajoene being responsible for its effectiveness.

Use each supplement as bottle suggests.

4. Support the uterus and liver.
After the bleeding has stopped and a new menstrual cycle is beginning, you may want to perform a natural Fertility Cleanse. The best time to start a Fertility Cleanse is the day after your period has stopped, so you may want to plan ahead. This will help to support the liver in cleansing old/excess hormones, medications taken, and in turn help to balance the hormones. The Fertility Cleanse is also very effective at helping to support the uterus in cleansing itself. Sometimes there is old stagnant blood left in the uterus which could use some help getting out. The Fertility Cleanse is a gentle cleanse that can be done in conjunction with a nourishing fertility diet to help support and bring your body back to balance. It is best not to try to conceive while doing the Fertility Cleanse.

5. Massage the uterus.
When you feel ready, all bleeding has stopped, and you are not on your period, you may want to start massaging the uterus. This can help to relax the uterus, help bring fresh new blood to the area, and tonify the uterine tissues. It is a wonderful way to prepare your body for getting pregnant after a miscarriage. Uterine massage can be performed by a uterine massage therapist or you can learn to do it for yourself in the Self Fertility Massage™ DVD.

It’s wonderfully relaxing and soothing to your body if you start with a castor oil pack and hot water bottle. Then follow that with some essential oils (one or two drops of rose, lavender or geranium) and begin the massage. Be gentle with yourself and with the pressure that you use as you become accustomed to massaging your uterus. Emotions may come up, let them happen and soon they will be released.

6. Educate and prepare.
Prepare for conception by educating yourself on your options. There are many natural things you can do to help prepare your body for a full term, healthy pregnancy. I have covered them in this guide: 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages.

Click here to learn about our recovery wellness kit to help support physical and emotional recovery after a miscarriage…

It is also extremely important to work through the emotions of both loss and beginning trying to conceive again. Trying to conceive after loss often comes with fear, worry, anxiety, all the emotions around thoughts like “Am I strong enough to try again?”, “Will I have another miscarriage?”, “Will this pregnancy be healthy?” and on and on. We offer mind-body health tips in our guide 5 Science Based Benefits of Mind-Body Therapies For Fertility Health

Sarah Bailey, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow is presently research to evaluate “whether a coping strategy (a sort of self-help card) developed for a similar group of women would be acceptable and useful to women suffering recurrent miscarriage.” Bailey says in a Miscarriage Association UK report, “We want to see if it reduces the anxiety and worry they experience during the early stages of any new pregnancies.”

Miscarriage Q&A

Q: “Why did this happen? I did —-fill in the blank—-; do you think that could have caused it?”

A: I have no easy answer for you. Without testing it is hard to tell why the miscarriage occurred. We can begin to analyze every little thing we did… maybe it was the hot tub, or that one drink, or maybe because we had sex, etc…. The list can go on and on. There is no way of knowing without getting some testing done, and most doctors won’t test until the 3rd miscarriage unless you demand it, since miscarriages are so common.

Q: “I just had a miscarriage; how do I get my period back?”

A: The best way to get your period back after a miscarriage is to let your body do its work. Allow the body the time it needs to balance everything out. If it has been a couple of months and you still have not gotten your period, then you may want to step in and try some natural therapies to bring your period back.

Q: “What are my chances of getting pregnant after a miscarriage?”
The statistics show that the chance of getting pregnant after a miscarriage are the same as during any other cycle.

Q: “I just had a miscarriage; what can I do so I can get pregnant right away?”

A: Basicall,y the same thing as anyone who is trying to get pregnant. Support your body by:

  • Eating healthy
  • Eat a natural fertility diet
  • Use herbs and supplements to help bring the body into balance

But make sure to allow enough time for you to rest and your hormones to get back to normal. Many doctors say you can start trying again after your first complete menstrual cycle.

Q: “What are the causes of miscarriages?”

A: There are many, but the most common are:
* Immunological (body is attacking the embryo)
* Hormonal (low progesterone)
* Chromosomal (you could have some impact on this by protecting your DNA; both women and men will need to work on this)

Q: Are there natural therapies I can use to help to prevent another miscarriage?”

A: Yes. We have had many clients have a healthy pregnancy following many miscarriages. For the best opportunity, take the steps needed for at least 3-4 months before trying to conceive. You can learn about how to prevent a miscarriage here…

Too learn more about related subjects covered in this article, please visit the following links:

After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery

5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Dear Elizabeth,

    Sadly, I just miscarried at nearly 10 weeks after IVF. I will be 42 this December. I have two frozen embryos. My questions are: how can I both detox/recover after this miscarriage and prepare for IVF in December/January at the same time? I am considering IVF instead of FET in December because of my age and the small chances of the FETs taking. Would you recommend IVF or FET in December, and IVF again in April if necessary (taking my age into account)? I would not be able to do anything between January and March (due to logistics etc). Obviously, I consult with my doctors on all this but would very much value your opinion and any pointers.

    Thanks and best wishes,

    • Dear Rebecca,

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      A great place to start is by focusing on your diet. When the miscarriage is complete, a Fertility Cleanse can be considered as part of IVF or FET preparation, whichever you choose. Our guide How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally explains this in detail.

      There are also ways, many similar to those in the guide above, that can help set you up fro FET success. We share those in our guide 5 Steps to Preparing for a Frozen Embryo Transfer.

      Even prior to that though, do take the time you need to recover and heal! Rest, nourish yourself, follow up with doctors and take the time you need.

      I am honored that you want my opinion on whether to try IVF or FET, but it matters not. This is a decision best made based on your overall health and fertility health, doctors thoughts, partner’s thoughts, finances, resources, etc. etc.

      My very best to you and may your heart know the best path forward!

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    I hate taking pills, is there something else you can suggest to help me? 3 miscarriages and not trying to conceive but just want to try something to help in case I decide to do that in the future, I’m 40 years old so obviously can’t wait too much longer

    • Dear Evette,

      I am sorry for what you have been through! Have you learned the causes of the losses?

      For general nutritional support, which is key, dietary changes are a first step. Consider incorporating fertility superfoods and things like the products of the Fertility Smoothie Kit (none of them pills). There are also several liquid herbal extracts to support hormonal balance, liver health, a healthy stress response and much more. Self Fertility Massage and Castor Oil packs are manual natural therapies as is Yoga and Acupuncture. We also value herbal teas like Conceptions Tea and Red Raspberry Leaf, DIY Uterus Strengthening Tea, etc. Progesterone cream is applied topically in most cases too should the reason for your losses be related to low progesterone.

      There are many many options, so don’t let not liking to take pills limit you from supporting your health naturally. If it would be helpful to have someone create a 3-6 month program for you, please do consider a Fertility Consultation.

      My best!

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    I unfortunately had to have a D&E at 20 weeks on the 9th of February. Even though this is over 2 months ago I cannot seem to lose weight. I even weigh a bit more that I did when I was 2 weeks pregnant. I train 4-5 times a week and trying to eat healthy. Is here something I can do to get my hormonal balance right again as I really want to fall pregnant but also lose this weight

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    When I had the miscarriage, the doctors said everything looked fine and saw no reason that I couldn’t immediately conceive again. We started trying one cycle after that and nothing. I have read a ton of infertility threads and posts and websites, but none of them really tell you where to start. I don’t even have an OB/GYN. I feel like I’m a complete idiot when it comes to treatments for infertility. But once accidently I get to know about Biotex clinic in Ukraine. Some years ago we even didn’t know about this country. When I was in this center for the first time I was pleasantly surprised to see Chines and Arabic citizens among clinic’s patients. They have different packages. You are able to choose what is more feet for you. We used there surrogate motherhood procedure. I liked it very much. Firstly, the price of the medical is fixed. And it means that patients do not pay extra money. Also clinic pays surrogate mother money. Manager of the program connect us with surrogate mother. It is very comfortable and allowed avoid unnecessary complications and troubles. So, now we happy parents with healthy baby thanks to such program.

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    I miscarried at 9 weeks into my pregnancy earlier this year. I just found out I am pregnant again (it is CD 24 for me). I used the fertility diet, smoothies with maca root and royal jelly to help with fertility. Now I am just taking the Baby & Me vitamin. I have been spotting for 4 days now, it is very intermitent but I am scared that I will have another miscarriage. What can I do to prevent this? Please help!

    • Dear Cassandra,

      While I am very sorry to hear of your loss, CONGRATULATIONS!

      If you have not already (sorry for this late reply), do at the very least call into your doctor’s nurse. Your doctor may or may not want to see you given he knows your health history. That said, some women do spot in early pregnancy and it is not cause for concern. Our guide, Spotting in Early Pregnancy, may offer help in understanding there are many causes for this other than miscarriage.

      All that said, it will be best to address this naturally, if possible, with the support of your doctor or a midwife or herbalist near you!

      All my best!

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    I’m 43 years old. I had a miscarriage the day before Christmas Eve. My boyfriend and I were heart broken. It was my first pregnancy and his first too. I don’t think it will happen again. This experience changed me emotionally, spiritually, physically and I can’t get over our loss. I don’t even talk about it. I just want to forget!!! I know he is having a hard time too. Sometimes I think he’ll be better off with someone else.

    • Dear Angel,

      I am so sorry for your loss and what you have been through!

      Miscarriage brings up an often overwhelming array of emotions, from fear and worry to sadness, anger, denial and guilt. It is very important to be able to share these emotions with someone, to not bottle them inside. While we have a variety of additional resources (in addition to this article), which I will share below, I hope you can find someone to confide in, a shoulder to lean on. You deserve this! Opening up about your personal feelings may help others understand what you are going through and even help them to help you.

      Here are those resources…
      After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery
      5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages

      Miscarriage can happen to anyone and so very often there is no known cause. It does not make you less of a woman, sister, daughter, friend, wife! It does not!

      I do wish I could help you forget, but I can not. Consider taking time to How to Honor Miscarriage Through Ritual as a way to come to peace with moving forward.

      I do hope this is helpful! I sincerely wish you well!

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    hi I just had a miscarriage I was only 6 week along , iam 39 and my husband is 41 what are the best vitamins should I and my husband take so this dose not happen again .

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    How soon after a miscarriage do I need to wait before beginning the fertility cleanse, or do I need to wait at all? Do I need to take all the suggested things for the cleanse, or just a few of them? I purchased the raspberry leaf and maca capsules, I addition I’m taking my prenatal vitamins and folic acid supplement. I’m 39 and my husband is 42, is there anything more we should do to prepare?

    • Hi Desmone,

      I am sorry to hear of your loss. There are two great articles to read to help get you started:
      After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery
      How to Honor Miscarriage Through Ritual

      To answer your questions…The Fertility Cleanse Kit doesn’t contain maca or red raspberry leaf tea, though those two herbs may be taken safely with the Fertility Cleanse, along with a prenatal vitamin and folic acid. You shouldn’t need to supplement additional folic acid if your prenatal multi contains at least 800mcg of folic acid.

      Since your husband is over 40 and you are close, you may benefit from reading our guide to preparing for conception over 40. As you read these articles you are going to see common elements, and specific therapies we find are best for all couples, in all types of situations that help to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, like Fertility Cleansing. If you feel completely lost, we do offer consultations.

  9. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Hi, what herbs and vitamins should i use after DNC. Thank you. love your site

    • Hi Alison,

      Our article on Asherman’s Syndrome should be helpful for you. Asherman’s syndrome is caused by damage to the uterus that causes the formation of adhesions (scar tissue). The number one cause of Asherman’s is D&C.

      All the best, I am sorry for your loss.


  11. can i take maca right after d&c? for balancing hormone after miscarriage

    • Hi Ranita,

      Maca has been shown safe to use everyday, even during your period. That is because it is a food. It has been eaten by the peoples of Peru everyday in some cases, with no known side effects.

      I am sorry for your loss. Take care!


  12. This is wonderful advise. I myself was a victim of 2 miscarriages. and now am tryign very hard to conceive.