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Miscarriage - Home Treatment

There is nothing you can do to prevent a miscarriage. It is usually the body's way of ending a pregnancy that has had a bad start, often at the earliest stage of cell division.

It is important to be alert to the symptoms of a miscarriage so that you can seek medical evaluation. If you are having symptoms of a miscarriage, avoid sexual activity (called pelvic rest) and strenuous activity until your symptoms have been evaluated by a doctor.

Call911or other emergency services immediately if you are pregnant and you have severe vaginal bleeding AND signs of shock. Early signs of shock include:

  • Lightheadedness or a feeling that you are about to pass out.
  • Restlessness, confusion, or signs of fear.
  • Shallow, rapid breathing.
  • Moist, cool skin or possibly profuse sweating.
  • Weakness.
  • Thirst, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Abnormal increase in heart rate.

Call your doctor immediately if you are pregnant and you have anyvaginal bleeding or cramping pain in your abdomen, pelvis, or lower back.

Your doctor may ask you to collect any expelled clots or tissue, if possible, in a clean container. The clots may be examined to see if you have passed fetal tissue.

After a miscarriage

The most common miscarriage complications are excessive bleeding and infection.

It is normal to have mild or moderate vaginal bleeding for 1 to 2 weeks. It may be similar to or slightly heavier than a normal period. The bleeding should get lighter after a week.

Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have recently been treated for a miscarriage and you have severe vaginal bleeding AND signs of shock.

Call your doctor immediately if you have recently been treated for a miscarriage and you are experiencing:

  • Severe vaginal bleeding without signs of shock. If your doctor does not respond immediately, or if you do not have a doctor, have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room.
  • Symptoms of infection. These symptoms include:
    • Fever of 100.4 °F (38 °C) or higher.
    • Moderate to severe abdominal (belly) pain or cramping.
    • Vaginal discharge that smells bad.
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