Will I miscarry again?

Having a miscarriage is distressing and it’s natural to worry about it happening again. However, if you have miscarried before it doesn’t mean that it will happen again.

If you have miscarried, you are not alone. Having a miscarriage can be distressing and it’s natural to worry about it happening again. Be kind to yourself. It’s understandable if you’re not enjoying trying again and it’s natural to feel some anxiety about how this pregnancy will progress.

If you are struggling with negative feelings, you may need help. Tell your GP and midwife how you feel. They will help you access the support you need.

You can also talk to one of our Tommy’s midwives for free. You can call them on 0800 0147 800, 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. Or you can email them at [email protected]

Early miscarriage

Early miscarriage happens to about 1 in 5 (20%) women in their lifetime. But most miscarriages are a one-off and there’s a very good chance that your next pregnancy will be successful.

You are not at higher risk of another miscarriage if you have had 1 or 2 early miscarriages.

Late miscarriage

Late miscarriages (a miscarriage that happens after 3 months of pregnancy but before 24 weeks) are less common than early pregnancy. 1–2% pregnancies end in a late miscarriage.

If you have had a late miscarriage, you and your partner should be seen by a specialist health professional. Your doctor should talk to you about your situation and your likelihood of having another miscarriage and successful pregnancy. Most couples who have a late miscarriage are likely to have a successful pregnancy in the future. Find out more about late miscarriages.

Recurrent miscarriages

Recurrent miscarriage is very rare, affecting 1% of couples trying to have a baby. If you have had a recurrent miscarriage, you and your partner should be seen by a specialist health professional. Your doctor should talk to you about your situation and your likelihood of having another miscarriage and successful pregnancy.

Most couples who have recurrent miscarriages are likely to have a successful pregnancy in the future. Find out more about recurrent miscarriage.

“No one can tell you if you are going to have a successful pregnancy or not. You can only trust your gut and if something doesn't feel right, go and get checked out. That way, you know you did what was right for your baby.”

Louise

Molar pregnancy

Having a molar pregnancy doesn't affect your chances of getting pregnant again. The risk of having another molar pregnancy increases, but this risk is still small (about 1%).

It's best not to try for a baby until your after-treatment monitoring has finished.

Find out more about molar pregnancy.

Ectopic pregnancy

If you get pregnant within 2 years of having an ectopic pregnancy, the chances of having another ectopic pregnancy are higher. But the risk is still small (around 10%). Find out more about ectopic pregnancy.

What can I do to reduce the risk of another miscarriage?

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do that will guarantee that you won’t have a miscarriage. However, we have lots of information about what you can do to stay as healthy as possible before you try for a baby and during pregnancy.

Our midwives can offer you support and information about miscarriage. You can call them for free on 0800 0147 800 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday) or email them at [email protected].

Find out more about trying again after a miscarriage.

 
 

Sources

NICE (2019). Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management. National Institute for health and care excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng126

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2016) Early miscarriage https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-early-miscarriage.pdf

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2012) Recurrent and late miscarriage : tests and treatment of couples https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-recurrent-and-late-miscarriage---tests-and-treatment-of-couples.pdf

NHS Choices. Molar pregnancy. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/molar-pregnancy/ (Page last reviewed: 20 July 2017. Next review due: 20 July 2020)

NHS Choices. Ectopic pregnancy. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/ (Page last reviewed: 27 November 2018. Next review due: 27 November 2021)

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    • By Nicole (not verified) on 6 Feb 2020 - 13:54

      Hi everyone. First off I’m sorry for your losses. I have had 3 devastating miscarriages. Two were 7 weeks, one was 8. I am 9 1/2 weeks right now and my next ultra sound is a week from today. I heard it’s little heartbeat right away at 6 week ultra sound. I’m at the stage where my morning sickness has gone away and that worries me.
      Strangely I’ve gained 20 lbs of belly in my 1st trimester already. I think all is going well, but I’ve read the statistics and am deciding to stay clear of the internet from here on out

    • By Destiny (not verified) on 12 Jan 2020 - 00:08

      Hi
      I got pregnant about two months ago, and I tried again last month, I went pee a few days ago and I noticed I was bleeding. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Sometimes I get little pains here and there, only once it made me stand still for a second. Should I be worried about anything?

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Jan 2020 - 22:14

      I will be 40 yrs old this April.. I have had two miscarriages..2012 and 2019...I had trouble conceiving throughout the past 15 yrs that ive been trying...Could it be I have a fertility problem..

    • By Chey (not verified) on 7 Jan 2020 - 19:33

      I had got pregnant in 8/19 had a miscarriage 9/19 started with bleeding for one day and it had disappeared I was under a big amount of stress through this pregnancy. I did manage to get pregnant again 12/19 when I found out I was pregnant it was the new year day bleeding started light and got heavier towards the end it’s been a week of bleeding I did have another miscarriage 2nd time back to back. I do wanna know ladies if you have had this problem and after 2 miscarriages that we’re you able to have a successful pregnancy after? I do want one more kid. That’s all I’m asking.

    • By Moon (not verified) on 27 Dec 2019 - 04:41

      I just found out i am pregnant and i had a miscarriage before, im soo worried I'll miscarry again, I'm over thinking everything. Do u hav any advice for me?

    • By Sara (not verified) on 21 Jan 2020 - 08:02

      I don’t know that I can offer you any advice but please know you ARE NOT ALONE in your fears. I found out a week ago I was pregnant for the second time in my life after a painful miscarriage and am facing the same dilemma with overthinking and basically freaking out at every cramp or slight discomfort. I guess the best thing we can do is take care of our bodies as best as possible! I have been walking every day, taking my prenatalS , talking to my husband and praying every night. I wish you the best sister❤️!

    • By Sandy (not verified) on 5 Dec 2019 - 22:01

      I am 40 years old, my last miscarriage was 8/2017. My husband and I have had pregnancy surprises and planned pregnancies as well. We have had 7 miscarriages. I am now pregnant again, tomorrow I will be 8 weeks. We have had ultrasound and for the first time the heart rate is normal. Although I am taking care of myself. I'm still not excited, I can't be heartbroken again. For the most part I feel good.

    • By Rebecca (not verified) on 4 Dec 2019 - 11:57

      Hi guys, I experienced my first miscarriage in August 2018. Kind of a blank moment as the day I found out I was pregnant is the same day that I had a miscarriage. I was on holiday this year from sept to oct although i had heard of dvt I never actually understood what it meant or was. Long story short I came back from my last leg of holiday where I came off the plane and my feet were swollen I went to the hospital the same day (last place I wanted to be on my last day of my holiday) only to find out that I was pregnant. Now the way I have found out I’m pregnant is that I have had my period and then it stops for 1 day then I spot the next day. All pregnancies I’ve had all happened exactly the same except this time round I was light bleeding for 1 whole month. I went through what felt like the worst 4 weeks of my life as I was only around 5 weeks. The issue I’m having now is that my miscarriage was completed early November this year I then had a 2 weeks break from the bleeding then had my first period from the 23rd - 28th period has stopped completely. I woke up on the 30th as I just had my first pee of the day and wiped myself and saw a spot of blood on my toilet paper tried not to think about it and carried on with my day. I think I’m pregnant again but actually really scared this time round I don’t think I could go through another traumatic experience again a third time round. Does anyone have any advice they could provide to me to try and ease my anxiety as I’m that scared that I won’t even tell my husband about it I can’t stand to be in the health section in the supermarket without crying or feeling anxious.

    • By Danielle (not verified) on 3 Dec 2019 - 00:25

      I had a misscarriage two months ago. I let my body have a normal period before trying again and I just found out that I’m pregnant. I know I’m clearly fertile no problem. I noticed some spitting while urinating . I have slight cramping but not consistent . The last two times I intimated there was nothing and no spitting when I wiped. I feel some twinges if pain here and there but I am very worried because this is what happened two months ago . I was only about 6 weeks last time and right now only 4. I called my doctor today and went to get blood work done to check my hcg levels and also my progesterone. Though I’m praying for a happy ending I have a feeling it won’t be. Anyone have some bleeding in early pregnancy and everything turned out to be ok? I’m not sure if it’s implantation bleeding.

    • By Sarinka (not verified) on 21 Oct 2019 - 04:21

      I found out I was pregnant August 20th, unfortunately I miscarried September 21st and just found out yesterday October 20th that I am pregnant again, I’m absolutely terrified, took 5 tests, all came back positive, my OB gave my boyfriend and I the okay to try again just 2 weeks after my miscarriage, and ya not thinking I could get pregnant right away, didn’t believe her, well here I am, pregnant again, and happier than ever

    • By Angie (not verified) on 2 Sep 2019 - 23:44

      I had a miscarriage 9 years ago when I was 21, I am 30 now. I just found out over the weekend that I’m pregnant. Took 3 tests and all say positive. I haven’t been to the doctor to confirm anything yet though. But I’m extremely worried I may miscarry again. I’m probably 4 weeks and two days. What can I do to keep my mind at ease?

    • By Carmelita (not verified) on 25 Jul 2019 - 19:55

      Is the purple line a sign of early pregnancy?

    • By Ann (not verified) on 21 Jul 2019 - 02:06

      I just got pregnant again four months after a miscarriage any way to keep this pregnancy safe

    • By Shae (not verified) on 30 Jul 2019 - 22:04

      I'm just finding out I'm pregnant again I'm so emotional cause I don't want bad news I'm 5 weeks and I go to doctor next week to check

    • By Lia (not verified) on 14 Aug 2019 - 03:00

      I feel exactly the same, just got pregnant again, two months after my miscarriage and I'm so worried that the same will happen again. I'm over-analyzing every small detail.

    • By Sarah (not verified) on 19 Sep 2019 - 17:12

      I found out I was pregnant in July and sadly miscarried 3 days later so from being overwhelmed to heartbroken all in 3 days was the worst experience in my life!! 3 months later I’m pregnant again and found out only yesterday. Every little thing is running through my mind and you know what girls just think positively and have regular checks i haven’t been the hospital yet but I’m feeling a lot better this time round I just want to wait a couple of weeks until I feel okay enough to go back the hospital because of what I experienced last time. Just turned 19 and i would say I’m only about 2 weeks pregnant if that.

    • By Mercy (not verified) on 20 Aug 2019 - 13:26

      How can I keep my 5weeks pregnant away from miscarriage.

    • By Andie (not verified) on 15 Aug 2019 - 02:33

      Hi
      I just wanted to reassure you that a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage is possible. I became pregnant 3 months after a miscarriage at 10 weeks. We now have a beautiful, cheeky little girl! The whole pregnancy after a miscarriage is terrifying but try to breathe and trust your body knows it is doing the right thing for you.
      Sending love xx

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