When You Become Pregnant
Most women become pregnant within the year following the loss of their baby. Remember, it's okay for you to grieve for the baby you lost even during a subsequent pregnancy. When you do become pregnant:
- Be positive and remind yourself that every pregnancy is different and that every baby is unique and special.
- Get prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant.
- Take healthy steps. Continue going for prenatal care and taking folic acid. Eat healthy food, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Decrease stress and avoid smoking, illegal drugs, and alcohol.
- Take charge of your medical care. Get information about pregnancy, prenatal care, and other topics that will help reduce your anxiety.
- Consider your feelings about whether you want prenatal diagnostic testing. A test is useful when it identifies situations that can be monitored to prevent problems.
- Recognize that this pregnancy may be difficult mentally and emotionally, as well as physically taxing, and that the hardest point to get past will be the point of your previous loss.
- Get the reassurance you need from your health-care providers and be open about your concerns and fears.