If you have had 1 or 2 early miscarriages (a miscarriage that happens in the first 3 months of pregnancy), it’s unlikely that you will be offered any tests. This policy can seem frustrating. You’ve been through a traumatic experience and it is completely understandable to want to know why it happened. The reason for the policy is because most women who have 1 or 2 miscarriages will go on to have successful pregnancies.
However, some hospitals may see women after 2 miscarriages in a row. It is worth talking to your GP to find out whether you can be referred for tests.
Finding a cause
It’s important to know that sometimes doctors will not be able to find a reason why you have miscarried. Try not to worry too much if this is the case. Most couples are likely to have a successful pregnancy in the future, particularly if the test results are normal.
Tommy’s research into miscarriage
1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss or preterm birth – and most parents never find out the real reason why. Our research is entirely dedicated to finding out why miscarriages happen and how to prevent it in the future.
Find out more about our Tell me why campaign.
Getting pregnant again
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to guarantee that you won’t have another miscarriage. However, there are things that you and your partner can do now to improve your health that will increase your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
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.pdfHide details
ℹLast reviewed on February 6th, 2020. Next review date February 6th, 2023.