Call 911 or go to the emergency room if a pregnant woman has:
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe pain
Call a doctor if a pregnant woman has:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Bleeding that progresses from light to heavy
The doctor will tell you whether to come to the office or seek emergency help.
The doctor will do a pelvic exam and ultrasound to confirm miscarriage. The next steps depend on the individual case:
- If miscarriage is complete and uterus is clear or if it is very early in the pregnancy, there is usually no further treatment.
- If some fetal or placental tissue remains in the uterus, the doctor will recommend treatment with drugs or surgery.
- If it is later in the pregnancy and the fetus has died in the womb, the doctor may induce labor and delivery.
- If the pregnancy is healthy despite bleeding, the doctor will monitor the woman closely.
- Mild discomfort and spotting are common after miscarriage.
- Call the doctor immediately for signs of infection after a miscarriage: heavy bleeding, fever, chills, or pain.