Will a past abortion affect my pregnancy?

The fact that you’ve had a previous abortion is not likely to affect your pregnancy.

The fact that you’ve had a previous abortion is not likely to affect the health of another pregnancy. If there were no problems with your abortion it will not affect your future chances of becoming pregnant and it won’t increase your risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or low placenta

What are the risks of a previous abortion to pregnancy?

Studies have shown that there is a very small increased risk (around 1.5 percent) of premature birth linked to previous abortion.

Repeated abortions can cause damage to your cervix and increase your risk of late miscarriage.

Should I tell the midwife about a previous abortion?

Although you do not have to tell your midwife about a previous abortion, it’s best to mention it so that they have your full pregnancy history. Your midwife won’t judge you and they are unlikely to refer to it again. The information about your abortion doesn’t need to go into your pregnancy notes.

If you take someone along to your antenatal appointments and want to talk to the midwife about your abortion in private, your partner, family member or friend can wait outside for this part of the appointment. In fact, the midwife will normally want to speak with you alone at least once in case there is anything you’d like to talk about in confidence.

If it’s difficult to talk to the midwife alone during an antenatal appointment, you can ring your midwife and arrange to speak to her privately later.

Read more frequently asked questions in pregnancy


1. RCOG (2012) Information for you: Abortion care, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-abortion-care.pdf

2. RCOG (2011) The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion: Evidence-based Clinical Guideline Number 7, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/abortion-guideline_web_1.pdf.

3. NHS Choices [accessed 10 February 2015] ‘Abortion – Risks’, : http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Abortion/Pages/Risks.aspx 

4. General Medical Council (2014) ‘Confidentiality guidance: sharing information with a patient’s partner, carers, relatives or friends’, London, GMC: http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/confidentiality_64_66_sharing_information.asp 

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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  • By By Elizabeth (not verified) on 28 Jun 2018 - 14:43

    I had abortion 15years ago and since then I have not been pregnant

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jun 2018 - 11:36

    Hi Elizabeth,
    If you have been trying to conceive and been having regular intercourse without contraception then do see your GP who can refer you for some support with trying for a pregnancy. It won't be anything to do with you having had an abortion.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Apr 2018 - 18:18

    Im a bit worried I have done abortion five years back and now I want to conceive but no luck ,I have met gynaecogist but cant do hormonal count due to menstrual cycle so he has given me another date thing is I menstruate 1day so is it possible for the test to be done if I menstruate on the 7th and my date is on the 26th pls help me out I need this baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Apr 2018 - 10:41

    Hi, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties conceiving. Generally they want to test your hormone levels mid cycle, given the dates you have provided then your appointment on the 26th should be fine.
    Wishing you all the best, Tommy's midwives.

  • By Ashley (not verified) on 29 Jan 2018 - 07:55

    What will happen if I abort my child 1 year ago and now Im pregnant ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 - 16:42

    There should be no reason to think that this pregnancy is affected by what happened a year ago. Try to keep positive if you are wanting a pregnancy now.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 28 Oct 2017 - 20:42

    I have previously had an abortion, due to wrong timing, not because I never want to be a mother. I have now fall pregnant but am still worried it’s the wrong time.

    I’m worried my notes from my previous abortion will be on file. Can someone tell me this information

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Oct 2017 - 11:53

    Yes, whenever you have a procedure on the NHS, your medical records will be kept on file. However there are strict laws and regulations to ensure that your health records are kept confidential and can only be accessed by health professionals directly involved in your care. Please don't worry, you have a right to anonymity and to be treated with dignity and care x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Feb 2017 - 10:05

    Unknowingly in an immature stage I fall in love with one person & finally ends with an abortion in a hospital..Now I got married and planning for kids..If I conceives now does doctor identifies about my previous abortion ..?? Bcoz no one knows about my past in my family..

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Feb 2017 - 14:03

    You have the right to keep anything private. It can be useful to tell your midwife your previous history but this doesn't need to be visible on your notes. Often a midwife will find a point in the booking appointment to talk to you on your own or if this is not possible you can call the midwife at a different time to discuss it with her. Please be confident that no one will judge you. Best wishes x

  • By [email protected]'s on 1 Jun 2016 - 12:44

    It is unlikely that a previous abortion would affect a later pregnancy but if you would like to, please call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 to talk. They are on the line 9-5 Mon to Friday.
    Hope this helps,

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 May 2016 - 12:16

    I feel in love with a wrong person and became pregnant 3 years ago. He wasn't supportive, and also due to my families situation, I had to undergo abortion without any option,  I am unable to reveal this to anyone around, as it would create a huge issue in my family. Now am 23 my parents had found the right guy for me and am happily got married 1 year before. Now we are plan to have a baby. So before that we went  hospital to know my health condition. And gynecologist prefer to anxioum to conceive scan.My worry is that, will my abortion affect my future? Can doctor identify that i have undergone abortion in my past ? Am completely worried about it. Can someone help me on this ? Also, my husband don't know about my past. Kindly help me with my question.

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