ExitCare ImageA miscarriage is the loss of an unborn baby (fetus) before the 20th week of pregnancy. The cause is often unknown.


  • You may need to stay in bed (bed rest), or you may be able to do light activity. Go about activity as told by your doctor.

  • Have help at home.

  • Write down how many pads you use each day. Write down how soaked they are.

  • Do not use tampons. Do not wash out your vagina (douche) or have sex (intercourse) until your doctor approves.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not take aspirin.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

  • If you or your partner have problems with grieving, talk to your doctor. You can also try counseling. Give yourself time to grieve before trying to get pregnant again.


  • You have bad cramps or pain in your back or belly (abdomen).

  • You have a fever.

  • You pass large clumps of blood (clots) from your vagina that are walnut-sized or larger. Save the clumps for your doctor to see.

  • You pass large amounts of tissue from your vagina. Save the tissue for your doctor to see.

  • You have more bleeding.

  • You have thick, bad-smelling fluid (discharge) coming from the vagina.

  • You get lightheaded, weak, or you pass out (faint).

  • You have chills.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.