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Spontaneous Miscarriage

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

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

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

A miscarriage may cause heavy bleeding. If all the tissue has not been removed from the uterus, you may get an infection.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Medicines:

  • Antibiotic medicines: These help fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.

  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.

  • Rh Immune globulin: You may need this injection if your blood type is Rh negative. This helps prevent problems with future pregnancies.

Tests:

  • Blood tests: These may be run to check to see if you are still pregnant.

  • Pelvic ultrasound: This may be done to check for your baby's heartbeat or to see if there is tissue left in your uterus (womb).

Treatment:

  • Blood transfusion: You will get whole or parts of blood through an IV during a transfusion. Blood is tested for diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV, to be sure it is safe.

  • Dilatation & curettage: This procedure is also called D&C. It is done to remove the tissue left in your uterus. The D&C may also be needed to control bleeding or to keep you from getting an infection.

  • Surgery: You may need to have surgery if caregivers cannot control the bleeding.

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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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