If you are having a miscarriage now, you may first notice water leaking from your vagina, followed by some bleeding and blood clots. The fetus is tiny and fully formed. If you see the baby, it could be out of the pouch now. It can also be attached to the umbilical cord and placenta.
Surgical management. This treatment involves a surgical procedure known as dilation and curettage (D&C) that is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure removes any pregnancy tissue from your uterus. It is successful 95 to 100 percent of the time, but there are small surgical risks.
If you have a late miscarriage, you will need labor to deliver your baby. This can be a very stressful time and you may be in shock. The staff looking after you at the hospital will understand this and will clearly explain your options so that you can make a decision about your treatment.
You will experience similar symptoms to a heavy period, such as cramping and heavy vaginal bleeding. You may also have vaginal bleeding for up to 3 weeks. In most units, you will be sent home to complete the miscarriage. This is safe, but call your hospital if bleeding becomes excessive.
Some women deposit the remains in a toilet and just flush them away, while others want to take a closer look. Both reactions are completely natural. Some women want a healthcare professional to confirm they have had a miscarriage so you can contact your midwife, GP or hospital and ask what to do next.
Unfortunately, sometimes that excitement is punctuated by a sudden loss of life. “Angel Baby”, “Sunshine Baby” and “Rainbow Baby” are terms that refer to babies born shortly before or after the loss of another baby for various reasons.
Not all miscarriages are physically painful, but most people experience cramps. The cramps are really severe in some people and mild (like a period or less) in others. It is also common to have vaginal bleeding and to pass large blood clots up to the size of a lemon.
All in all, a miscarriage can last anywhere from hours to weeks. While one woman has only light bleeding and cramping, another may bleed for several days. Usually, the physical process of miscarriage is gradual and resolves within 2 weeks.
Bleeding during a miscarriage can appear brown and resemble coffee grounds. Or it can be pink to bright red. It can switch between light and heavy, or even stop momentarily before starting up again. If you miscarry before the eighth week of pregnancy, it can look like a heavy period.
Many funeral homes offer free urns or caskets for miscarried babies. As part of this process, you may also need to contact a local group that serves a cemetery in your area. You may need to purchase a burial site if the cemetery does not have a dedicated tomb or mausoleum for miscarried babies.
We also care about what you’re feeling emotionally
A miscarriage – or even the thought of a miscarriage – can bring with it many feelings. You may feel scared or like you are in a bad dream. You might start blaming yourself or someone else. And despite the stats, you may feel very, very alone.