A miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is the unexpected death and delivery of the fetus and embryo before the 20th week.
In reality, miscarriages are so much more common than we think they are. In our culture, it's not very common to talk to about miscarriage. It's uncomfortable for people to talk about and sometimes, it's uncomfortable for people to hear about.
If you've experienced a miscarriage, I encourage you to talk to your family and friends about it. Emotional support is really important during this time.
Oftentimes, the reasons for a miscarriage are unknown, which makes it more difficult to process sometimes. There are some signs to look for if you think you might be having a miscarriage, vaginal bleeding or intermittent abdominal pain.
If you're having any of these symptoms, call your care provider immediately. If you've had a miscarriage and you're considering trying to get pregnant again, give yourself a good amount of time to process this, both physically and emotionally.
There's no set recommendation or time, but most doctors or midwives would recommend giving yourself at least a few months before trying to get pregnant again.