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Is it wise to wait a year before trying again if you have a stillbirth?

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Dr. Kelley Clark
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

If your stillbirth occurred in the second half of pregnancy (greater than 20 weeks), your body needs time to recover from the physical and nutritional demands of pregnancy.
Pregnancies in less than 6 months can be associated with a slightly higher risk for preterm delivery and growth restriction. Nutritionally, you should at least stay on prenatal vitamins or take supplemental folic acid.

In brief: Maybe

If your stillbirth occurred in the second half of pregnancy (greater than 20 weeks), your body needs time to recover from the physical and nutritional demands of pregnancy.
Pregnancies in less than 6 months can be associated with a slightly higher risk for preterm delivery and growth restriction. Nutritionally, you should at least stay on prenatal vitamins or take supplemental folic acid.
Dr. Kelley Clark
Dr. Kelley Clark
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Spacing births

How much time to wait to get pregnant again after a stillbirth depends upon what gestational age the still birth occurred.
The further along in the pregnancy, the longer it will take to return to normal. It also depends upon how long it takes for you to grieve. Certainly for a term stillbirth waiting 6 to 9 months before trying to get pregnant is wise. But there is no data saying what is optimal.

In brief: Spacing births

How much time to wait to get pregnant again after a stillbirth depends upon what gestational age the still birth occurred.
The further along in the pregnancy, the longer it will take to return to normal. It also depends upon how long it takes for you to grieve. Certainly for a term stillbirth waiting 6 to 9 months before trying to get pregnant is wise. But there is no data saying what is optimal.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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