If you are going through a pregnancy loss or miscarriage, we first want to share our deepest sympathy, and we hope that you are finding ways to be gentle with yourself in this challenging time.
Below, you will find some information on how to use the app moving forward.
How to log a pregnancy loss
To log the end of the pregnancy, you can select No Longer Pregnant or log a negative pregnancy test from the Add Data page (by scrolling all the way down > Pregnancy Options).
Once you have logged the pregnancy loss, you will be prompted to answer a few questions (for instance, to confirm the date the pregnancy ended). This will help the algorithm to better understand your current situation and adjust accordingly.
Which app mode should I choose?
If you did not select a mode yet, you will be asked about how you want to use the app moving forward:
- NC° Recovery (part of NC° Plan Pregnancy — with no fertility status)
- NC° Plan Pregnancy (to find fertile days)
- NC° Birth Control (to prevent pregnancy)
If you need a mental break from the app and want to have a more personalized experience, we would recommend the Recovery Mode. We write about the Recovery Mode in greater detail here.
How to measure after a pregnancy loss
Moving forward, we encourage you to continue measuring your temperature to stay in the routine of measuring, if you feel comfortable with this.
The algorithm will take into account the changing hormone levels, which may affect your cycle for some time.
At this stage, you may experience cycle irregularities, temperature fluctuations, and/or anovulatory cycles, which means that you may have more red days (for NC° Birth Control) or brown days (for NC° Plan Pregnancy) initially, but this will even out in time — remember to be patient with your body.
The predictions will be adjusted to give your body space to recover.
How to log pregnancy loss bleeding
If you bleed from the pregnancy loss, we recommend that you log this as Bleeding in the app, for as long as you bleed. The Bleeding option will be available for three weeks after the pregnancy ends, and it will replace the Period option (you will not be able to log a period at this time). You will get the Period tracker back seven days after you’ve last logged Bleeding, or once ovulation has been detected by the algorithm. The Bleeding option will then be removed.
Note that the end of pregnancy will mark the start of a new cycle (Cycle Day 1), and the algorithm will not start a new cycle if you log Bleeding. It will only start a new cycle once you log your next period: Period is not the same as Bleeding.
You can learn more about periods here.
The most common questions
We understand that you may have a lot of questions at this time, so we have compiled answers to some of the most common questions related to pregnancy loss, such as ‘When will my cycle go back to normal?’. You will find the Pregnancy Loss cards in the Learn section of the app, under Guides. These cards will be available if you’ve logged a pregnancy loss, whether or not you are in the Recovery mode.
This CycleMatters article on miscarriages may also answer some of your questions (it covers the causes, frequency, types, symptoms, etc).
As well as physical symptoms, you may also experience emotional symptoms and may need extra moral support at this time.
Please, do not hesitate to seek professional help or contact a local pregnancy loss support group.
The Natural Cycles support team is also always available as a listening ear, so should you wish to share your experience with us, feel free to contact us anytime.
You may also wish to track your emotions and symptoms to follow your emotional recovery. The Natural Cycles app has many trackers available — you can adjust these by clicking the top menu > Settings > Trackers. If you would like to track additional symptoms, feel free to use the Notes section on the Add Data page.
If you are in need of more support, here is an overview of who to contact depending on your needs:
How to use the app, how to measure, how to log or adjust data, questions about predictions, and fertility status, etc.
The Natural Cycles support team
Contact us here
Questions about bleeding, pains, and symptoms, what is normal, etc.
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*Please note that the feature described in this article is only available if you logged a pregnancy loss while on the app version 4.5.4 (or any more recent app version). If you have an older app version and have questions about logging your pregnancy loss, please contact our support team*