Miscarriage

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

HOME CARE

  • 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.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • 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.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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