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Miscarriage

Unfortunately, some pregnancies end in a miscarriage. We speak of a miscarriage when an embryo is lost before it is able to survive independently within the first 16 weeks of a pregnancy. This occurs in approximately 10% of all pregnancies. In most cases this is the result of a problem with the fertilization of the egg by a sperm and nature resolves this by rejecting the pregnancy. You cannot cause a miscarriage yourself, for example as a result of intercourse or heavy lifting.

Common symptoms of a miscarriage are spotting and abdominal cramps. Experiencing some blood loss does not always mean that you are having a miscarriage. Spotting may occur at the beginning of a pregnancy without any consequences. If a miscarriage is suspected, an ultrasound will always be made for confirmation.

If some tissue remains in the womb, this is called an incomplete miscarriage. The blood loss and the abdominal pain may pass temporarily, but will often return later. In this case the miscarriage may be medically induced with misoprostol or curettage may be offered. Misoprostol are vaginal tablets that can induce a miscarriage in case it does not complete spontaneously. Curettage takes is a surgical procedure, which takes place under anaesthetic. Even if the preference is to wait until the miscarriage completes naturally, it is possible to make an appointment with the gynaecologist to discuss the various options.

If you have miscarriage and you experience any of the following issues, please contact the midwife on call on 040 – 255 39 75:

  • On-going blood loss with a lot of clotting
  • Constant intense pain
  • Fever (above 38C)
  • If you are worried or you have questions, you may always call

If you had a miscarriage it is important that you take the time to process this emotionally. Grief, anger, and jealousy towards pregnant women are very common. For support with processing a miscarriage you may always contact us.

The physical recovery after a natural miscarriage or curettage usually progresses quickly. During 1 to 2 weeks there will be some blood loss and brown discharge. Once the blood loss has stopped, the body has recovered sufficiently. Your menstrual cycle can restart and it is possible to become pregnant again.