Fertility Basics: Miscarriage After 40

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, Is it too late for me to have a baby?

Question

I am 42 years old and I had a miscarriage and D&C about three weeks ago (first pregnancy). When should I start getting my period again and when can my husband and I start trying for a baby?

Answer

You can expect your period in about one to two months. Some doctors recommend you wait three to six months before trying again. I personally feel that if you ovulate, then your body is ready to conceive again. Therefore, most of my private patients do not use contraception and start trying right away.

Staying on prenatal vitamins would be a good idea because they include folic acid, which is very important to take so that you can decrease the chance of birth defects.

Those of us who are 40 and over, of course, have an increased chance for problems with conceiving and carrying a normal pregnancy. The oldest patient I have delivered of a first baby is 45 and I have a good friend who delivered a first baby at 49, so keep trying.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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