Will I find out straight away if I have miscarried?

In most cases, an ultrasound scan will show whether you are still pregnant but, in some cases, you may not be able to find out straight away.

If you go to the hospital or Early Pregnancy Unit with symptoms of miscarriage, your healthcare professional will usually do an ultrasound scan to check your baby’s development. However, unfortunately sometimes the scan department may closed (for example, if it’s the middle of the night) or it may be too early in the pregnancy to give you a definite answer. For example, they may be able to see a pregnancy on a scan, but it might be too early to see a heartbeat.

You may also be offered blood tests to measure whether the pregnancy hormone (hCG) is rising or falling. You will have 2 tests, at least 48 hours apart. If your hCG level is falling, this may indicate that you are not pregnant. However, doctors may still not be able to know whether you have miscarried straight away.

If this is the case, they may ask you to have more blood tests and have an ultrasound scan again in 1 or 2 weeks. Before you leave the hospital or Early Pregnancy Unit, make sure you know exactly when you need to come back. You should also be told if there’s any reason why you should come back earlier. For example, if you develop any new symptoms or if your symptoms get worse.

Going home without knowing what’s happening can be very difficult. You are likely to feel very anxious and upset, and will need good support from a friend, partner or family.

If you haven’t told anyone about your pregnancy, this may be a good time to talk to someone close to you who can support you. They can also come back to hospital with you, if that is what you would like.

If you need support, you can also talk to one of our Tommy’s midwives for free. You can call them Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm on 0800 0147 800 or you can email them at [email protected]. They will be able to talk to you about everything you are going through.

Review dates
Reviewed: 12 February 2020 | Next review: 12 February 2023