A miscarriage occurs when a pregnant woman spontaneously loses the baby she is expecting and usually occurs approximately before reaching 20 weeks of gestation. In addition, according to statistics, 20% of pregnant women can suffer a miscarriage, with less than 5% suffering twice in a row this loss of the fetus. However, it is very common for a woman who has suffered from it once or several times throughout her life to have certain doubts about the health of her female apparatus and ask: “How do I know if I am pregnant after an abortion?”, “Will I be able to get pregnant again?”.
In we want to solve this type of doubt and therefore, in the following article we explain if there is any problem or not to get pregnant after having suffered an abortion. Read!
Types and Symptoms of Miscarriage
As we have explained in the first lines of this article, a miscarriage is one that occurs when a woman loses her fetus to natural causes before reaching the 20th week of her pregnancy (if it happened after this week, we would be talking about premature birth). The main cause of this situation is usually due to a genetic malformation of the fetus, although it can also be caused by other reasons such as infections, drug use, nutritional deficiency or some diseases such as diabetes, among others.
Miscarriage or miscarriage can be of three different types:
- Complete: occurs when the woman completely expels the gestational sac or fetus.
- Deferred: in this case, the deceased fetus is still inside the mother's uterus, but there are no symptoms that indicate that we have suffered an abortion.
- Incomplete: occurs when the woman has not completely expelled the fetus and there are still remains of the gestational sac inside her uterus.
It is important that you know how to identify a miscarriage or signs of threatening pregnancy during the first three months so that you can go to the doctor as soon as possible. Among the most common symptoms of miscarriage are the following:
- Very sharp abdominal pain very similar to those of menstruation.
- Bleeding or heavy bleeding through the vagina.
- Clots or tissue matter expelled through the vagina.
In this other article we talk about what are the symptoms of a miscarriage.
Can I get pregnant after an abortion?
It is absolutely normal that after having suffered this traumatic experience, a woman wonders if she will be able to get pregnant again. The answer is that YES, there is no problem in re-conceiving after an abortion, either natural or induced, as long as there have been no further complications during this process. It is also very common for some women to think that it is more difficult to get pregnant after an abortion. However, this is totally false, since the chances of having a healthy and successful pregnancy are the same as in the case of women who have not suffered an abortion.
In addition to these doubts, below we solve the most frequently asked questions about abortion and the possibility of a pregnancy after this
How long it takes to ovulate after an abortion
After having suffered a miscarriage, the woman will experience vaginal bleeding along with abdominal pains that can last from one or two days to a couple of weeks. These subsequent symptoms of abortion act as a kind of menstruation, so once the bleeding is gone, it will take approximately up to two weeks for the woman to ovulate again.
Here you can learn more about when your period goes down after an abortion.
Time to get pregnant after an abortion
The truth is that, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you don't need to wait to try to get pregnant after having an abortion. In fact, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal, women who remain pregnant before six months after the abortion have been less likely to suffer another loss of the fetus. In addition, according to the same study, the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy, premature birth and/or conceiving a low-weight baby would also be reduced.
However, it all depends on the emotional state of the mother. Therefore, the WHO recommends waiting at least 6 months before trying to conceive a child again since they consider that it is the time necessary for a woman to recover psychologically from the trauma of losing a baby.
How to tell if I'm pregnant after an abortion
There really is no difference between a pregnancy with or without having passed an abortion. If you're looking to have a baby again, you'll need to see if, within weeks of trying, you have any of the following pregnancy symptoms:
- Delay or missed menstrual time.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Brown vaginal bleeding (known as implantation bleeding).
- Pain in the breasts and abdomen.
- Alterations in taste.
- Abdominal swelling.
However, the absence of these symptoms does not mean that there is no pregnancy. Therefore, the best way to know if you are pregnant after an abortion is through a simple pregnancy test. To perform the test correctly, that is, it does not give you false results, it is necessary that you do it after the 15 days of menstrual delay. In the event that the pregnancy test is positive, it is recommended that before making too many illusions you go to the doctor to make a more specialized review and with an analysis tell you if you really are or not, because it is the most reliable way to know.