Your emotions

After a miscarriage, women feel a broad range of emotions that can be strong and long lasting.  It way take longer to recover from these effects than from the physician effects.  Support from your doctor, maternity care provider, therapist or support group can help. Information from The Foundation for Medical Practice Education, www.fmpe.org

When to seek medical care?

Promptly call your maternity care provider or go to the emergency department if you notice heavy or long lasting vaginal bleeding (soaking two “maxipads” an hour for more than two hours or passing a clot the size of a walnut), severe abdominal pain, fever or chills, or a bad odour from your vagina.

What are the signs of a miscarriage?

Spotting (light vaginal bleeding) in early pregnancy is not always a sign of miscarriage and may happen when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus. In about half the cases, the pregnancy will continue normally. Your maternity care provider may send you for an ultrasound or other tests to find out what might be going on. When a miscarriage happens, your uterus contracts to push out the pregnancy tissue. You may have severe cramps and pain, heavy bleeding that may include clots, or pass the placenta (may look like blood clots or liver). These symptoms usually lessen within a few [...]

Why miscarriage happens?

Most happen by chance and are usually due to one-time problems with the genes that prevent the fetus from developing normally.  Miscarriage is not caused by bending, stretching, carrying heavy weights, having sex, working long hours or having an emotional upset.

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