When to Start Trying Again

Once You've Decided

Once you and your partner have agreed to try to get pregnant again, be sure to:

  • Find a supportive doctor or midwife who is willing to give you the kind of care you want. You may need to see a fertility or maternal-fetal specialist.
  • Talk to your health-care provider about your timing and the physical issues that affect when you can try to get pregnant again. For example, your milk may have come in, and it may take a while for you to stop bleeding. Your provider may suggest waiting a certain number of menstrual cycles, as well.
  • Go for genetic counseling, if it's appropriate.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle by avoiding alcohol, smoking, and illegal drugs; take a multivitamin containing folic acid every day; eat a healthy diet, including foods rich in folic acid like fortified cereals, leafy green vegetables, dried beans, and orange juice.

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