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    How long after a stillbirth do you recommend waiting before trying to fall pregnant again?

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  • SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support) is a self-help support group comprised of parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, … View Profile

    There is no single right time. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for someone else. It is best for you and your partner/spouse to make a joint decision about trying again. Share your thoughts and feelings as they may differ. Despite any advice from people around you, allow yourselves to decide on the right time for you both to try to conceive again.
    Physical readiness depends on:

    • the nature of your last pregnancy
    • the nature of your last labour and delivery
    • your age and general health
    Ask your doctor’s advice on these issues.
    Emotional readiness depends on:
    • aspects of the physical experience
    • the type of pregnancy and delivery you anticipate
    • giving yourself time to grieve for the baby who died
    • recognising that another baby will not replace the baby who died
    Seek support from your SANDS parent supporter or the advise of an experienced counsellor should you have personal concerns.
    Distress can be triggered unexpectedly during a subsequent pregnancy. You will need to decide how to respond when people ask, for example, “Is this your first pregnancy?”, “How many children do you have?”

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