Pregnancy loss (miscarriage) – I have had a pregnancy loss. Can I donate?

You will need to wait a little while before donating to allow time for your body to replenish its stores of iron.

If the pregnancy loss occurred during the first or second trimester, you’ll need to wait six months. For a third-trimester pregnancy loss, you’ll need to wait nine months.

Please be aware that one of the questions we ask new donors relates to whether you have ever been pregnant, and for existing donors whether you have had any pregnancies since the last donation, including early pregnancy losses. We understand that this question can be painful for many women. The Blood Service will always treat your answer sensitively and with complete confidentiality.

If you would like more information about why we need to ask this question, please read Pregnancy and Blood Donation – why does the Blood Service ask about past pregnancies in the donor questionnaire?