I Have Had a Miscarriage -- What Happens Next?

What Happens Physically After a Miscarriage?

It can take your body several weeks to return to "normal." Bleeding may continue for several weeks, and may change in color from bright red to pink or brown. You may also still have some cramping. Physically, your body will also go through some hormonal responses. These responses are similar to those you would experience after a full-term delivery and may include:
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Changes in appetite and energy level.
Some tips to keep in mind after a miscarriage include:
  • You can usually go back to your normal daily work schedule, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise
  • Do not douche, use a tampon, or have sexual intercourse for at least two weeks
  • You can expect some bleeding or staining for at least a week
  • You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve cramping, which may continue for several days
  • You may have breast tenderness and your breast milk may come in; try wearing a support bra if your breasts are uncomfortable
  • Gradually resume normal activities, such as exercise.
Make sure to call your healthcare provider if you develop any of the following:
  • Heavy bleeding, which soaks through more than two maxi-pads per hour for two hours in a row
  • Bleeding that increases or continues for several weeks
  • Bleeding that turns bright red
  • Fever (more than 38°C or 100°F)
  • Vaginal discharge that has a strange or unpleasant odor, or that is yellow or green
  • Severe pelvic pain or unusual cramping
  • You feel very ill and have lower abdominal (stomach) pain after the heavy cramping and bleeding are over.
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