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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
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

The doctor will tell you whether to come to the office or seek emergency help.

Follow Up

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.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on October 28, 2013

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