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Spontaneous Miscarriage


A spontaneous miscarriage is the loss of a fetus (unborn baby) within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Use sanitary pads if needed: You may have light bleeding and then spotting for 8 to 10 days. Use sanitary pads rather than tampons to prevent a vaginal infection.

  • Rest as needed: Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

  • Sex: You may have sex when you feel ready. Stop if it causes pain.

  • Ask about birth control: If you do not want to get pregnant again, ask your primary healthcare provider which type of birth control is best for you.

For more information:

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    P.O. Box 70620
    Washington , DC 20024-9998
    Phone: 1- 202 - 638-5577
    Phone: 1- 800 - 673-8444
    Web Address:

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have severe abdominal pain.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have foul-smelling drainage coming from your vagina.

  • You have heavy vaginal bleeding (soaking 1 pad or more each hour).

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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