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Although your body can recover quickly from a miscarriage, you and your partner may be grieving for quite some time. You might find comfort in knowing that most miscarriages are not preventable. About 1 in 5 pregnancies end in a miscarriage, and the loss is generally due to a chromosomal abnormality or an issue with fetal development, according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA).
Coping with the unexpected end of a pregnancy can be difficult. Your obstetrician is your best source of information and advice, but the following information may help.
The amount of time it will take your body to heal depends upon how far along you were into the pregnancy.
Most miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy, and women who aren’t aware they were pregnant often mistake the event for an especially heavy menstrual flow. However, physical symptoms are not uncommon. You may experience any of the following after a miscarriage:
Pregnancy hormones may remain in your bloodstream for a month or two, but your menstrual cycle should resume in about 3 to 6 weeks.
If you experience a miscarriage, you should see an obstetrician to confirm the end of the pregnancy (via pelvic exam and ultrasound) and determine if any additional treatment is necessary.
For a miscarriage early on in pregnancy, you will likely not need any further medical care. The same is true if your OB/GYN examination reveals that your uterus is completely clear of fetal and placental tissue. If any remain, however, your doctor may:
If your miscarriage is a stillbirth, which is a loss that occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy, your obstetrician may decide to induce labor and delivery.
Your OB/GYN may prescribe a course of antibiotics to help prevent infection. You can also take additional precautions to avoid complications, including:
You should be able to resume your normal activities as soon as you feel ready. But talk to your obstetrician before engaging in any strenuous exercise.
Although having a miscarriage can be traumatizing emotionally and physically, talking to your doctor or medical practitioner can help you overcome the challenges you experience.
“Physical Recovery After Miscarriage.” American Pregnancy Association (APA).
“Miscarriage.” Kids Health.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.