Often the underlying cause is the same, particularly between late miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and this is why Tommy's funds research across all types of loss and complications.
What is early miscarriage?
An early miscarriage is one that happens in the first trimester (until 13 weeks of pregnancy). After 13 weeks, the risk of miscarriage drops.
Early miscarriages are more common than you may realise, often occurring before the mother even realises she is pregnant. Many early losses happen to mothers who simply assume the bleeding is a normal period.
Find out more about early miscarriage and what can cause it
What is late miscarriage?
A late miscarriage occurs between weeks 14 to 24 of pregnancy. This is much less common.
Find out more about late miscarriage and what can cause it
Miscarriage is more common than people realise. Up to 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetime. Many miscarriages are unreported and some go unnoticed as it happens so soon. Among women who know they are pregnant, it is estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
What are the symptoms of miscarriage?
Experiences of miscarriage can be different, but common symptoms include the following:
How do I prevent miscarriage?
As we still don’t always know why miscarriages happen it makes it very difficult to prevent them.
Sometimes, your doctor may be able to work out why you may have miscarried and provide treatment to help prevent it happening again. For instance, if you have a health condition which might have contributed to miscarriage, then this condition could be managed in a next pregnancy.
Whilst as many as 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in their lifetime, only 1 in 100 have multiple miscarriages and the vast majority of women go on to have healthy babies.
Why does miscarriage happen?
Unfortunately, we still don’t know why every miscarriage happens. That’s why Tommy’s is funding the cost of the UK’s first national Miscarriage Research Centre and aims to halve the number of miscarriages by 2030 by funding medical research.
We do, however, have a good understanding of some types of pregnancy loss and you can find all the information you’ll need on this site, along with stories from other women who’ve experienced miscarriage for themselves.
If you or someone close to you have experienced miscarriage, it's natural to have lots of questions. We have them covered.
Miscarriage is more common than you may realise. The majority of miscarriages happen before others, and sometimes even the mother herself, are aware of the pregnancy.
How to get a referral to the Tommy's National Miscarriage Centre
Referral information for the Tommy’s National Miscarriage Research Centre clinics
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research has recurrent miscarriage clinics in three different sites in the UK:
- Birmingham Women’s Hospital
- University Hospital Coventry
- St Mary’s Hospital London
All of the clinics will accept patients who have had 3 miscarriages and an appropriate General Practitioner (GP) referral from anywhere within the UK (there is more specific information on criteria for each clinic below). This will provide you (and your partner) with the opportunity to be part of research towards finding the cause of repeated miscarriages.
The clinics are centres of excellence and work hand in hand with the research centres by offering women the opportunity to have new tests and take part in new trials.
Tommy’s strong view is that all women should get referral after 2 miscarriages and our clinicians and centre directors are working towards this goal. However, until it is made normal NHS funded practice, we are unable to offer it as standard across the clinics. Currently only the clinic in Coventry has an arrangement that allows women with 2 miscarriages to be referred and then only from the local area (see more below).
If you have had 3 miscarriages and wish to be referred to a Tommy’s clinic, you do not have to live within the area of any of the clinics; a GP referral can be made to whichever centre is convenient to you.
Your referral can be made on the basis that the Tommy’s centre offers tests and treatments not offered by your local hospital. This can be the reason for your request for out-of-area referral.
Choice is enshrined in the NHS charter.
There is not a specific referral form that needs to be used; your GP can use their own.
NHS funded tests available by clinic
|lupus anticoagulant test||to test for anti-phospholipid antibodies (sticky blood conditions)||Y||Y||Y|
|anti-cardiolipin antibody test||to test for anti-phospholipid antibodies (sticky blood conditions)||Y||Y||Y|
|thrombophilia screen||to test for congenital sticky blood conditions||Y|
|thromboelastogram analysis||to test for global bleeding tendencies||Y|
|detailed pelvic ultrasound scanning||to look for abnormalities in the womb or ovaries||Y|
|rubella test||to ensure immunity to German measles or rubella||Y|
|TSH, T3 and T4 tests||to identify any problems with the thyroid gland||Y*|
|vitamin D test||to identify vitamin D deficiency||Y*|
|coeliac disease screen - TTG antibody test||to investigate autoimmune serology, whereby healthy cells inside the body may be attacked by abnormal cells||Y||Y|
|HbA1C test||to investigate for diabetes||Y*||Y|
|fetal karyotyping||to identify any structural or genetic problems of the foetus||Y*||Y*||Y*|
|parental karyotyping||performed if the above test reveals any genetic issues, to identify any genetic abnormalities in either partner||Y*||Y*||Y*|
Referral details by clinic
- 3 or more early miscarriages
- GP registered in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland
Contact details for referrals
The Tommy’s Miscarriage Clinic @ Birmingham
c/o Miss Haleema Sadia, Medical Secretaries
Birmingham Womens NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 0121 623 6834
- 3 or more early miscarriages
- one or more late miscarriage(s)
- women referred should be <42 years old
- women do not need to be from the local area
Contact details for referrals
Professor Lesley Regan
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
St Mary's Hospital
Recurrent Miscarriage Office
Ground Floor, Mint Wing
South Wharf Road
- 2 or more miscarriages if local to Coventry
- 3 or more early miscarriages if from outside this area
- one or more late miscarriage(s)
Contact details for referrals
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Clifford Bridge Road
Fax: 02476967584Hide details
1. Stephenson M, Kutteh W (2007) Evaluation and management of recurrent early pregnancy loss 2007, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2007;50(1):132-45
2. NHS Choices Miscarriage overview, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/miscarriage/ (Page last reviewed: 01/06/2018 Next review due: 01/06/2021)
Miscarriage is more common than you may realise. The majority of miscarriages happen before others are aware of the pregnancy.
Recovering from a miscarriage can be tough, so look for support from those close to you, and from your doctor.
Miscarriage is by far the biggest cause of pregnancy loss in the UK, and it’s also the least understood.
If you or someone close to you have experienced miscarriage, it's natural to have lots of questions. We have them covered.
Knowing what and what not to say to people after the loss of a baby can be difficult. We have come up with a list to help you better comfort a bereaved loved one.
Your treatment for miscarriage will depend on the type of miscarriage you have.
Don’t be afraid to seek help or advice quickly if you experience any of the symptoms of miscarriage in during your pregnancy. It is helpful if you can make a note of when symptoms began.
If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, we’re here to help and support you.
Medical lingo can be confusing. We hope to clarify some of the medical terms commonly used in relation to miscarriage.
It’s generally thought that most miscarriages can’t be prevented, but with research, we hope to change this.
We still don’t understand why every miscarriage happens, but for those we do, a particular name for that miscarriage may be used.
I love hearing stories from inspiring women. From birth stories to infertility struggles to adoption stories, I leave each read feeling inspired and in awe of what women face and overcome. After reading a couple of stories and talking with my husband, I decided to share the story of our son Lane.
Those dreaded words that I didn't want to hear 'I am sorry but you're having a miscarriage'.
Sadly the scan showed I had lost the baby, there was no heartbeat.
2 days before my 12 week scan, I noticed some spotting.we had had a missed miscarriage.
ℹLast reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.
By Elaine (not verified) on 13 Mar 2019 - 12:55
Hi I had a miscarriage last April i was 8 weeks was trying for over 17 years and still struggling please help
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2019 - 16:39
I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, we can support you if you would like to email us [email protected] we can see what support we can arrange for you.
By Jo (not verified) on 28 Feb 2019 - 23:03
I had a miscarriage 4 days ago and was 6 weeks pregnant...I had a scan which confirmed there is no debris etc...I stopped bleeding today, how long do I have to wait until I can have sex again?
By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Mar 2019 - 11:57
I am sorry to hear about your recent miscarriage. If your bleeding has completely stopped, then you can have sex whenever you feel ready.
By Helen (not verified) on 30 Jan 2019 - 09:49
My husband and I conceived through IVF, using two embryos in March. Both implanted, in separate sacs but we suffered a missed miscarriage with both foetuses at around 7 weeks.
We conceived again in November, with IVF again, and last week we went for our 12 week scan and found out that we have also lost this baby at 8-9 weeks.
Does this "count" as three miscarriages or will the NHS class the loss of our twins as one loss and the loss of this baby as the second loss?
We are struggling with the thought that we will have to go through this again in order to get help, as we have lost three babies and only have two frozen embryos left to work with.
I also have an exceptionally rare autoimmune disorder and am concerned that this could have had some involvement.
By Midwife @Tommys on 31 Jan 2019 - 11:12
Dear Helen - thank you for your message. I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your babies.
Your question requires a bit more information before I can advise, please email me at [email protected] and I can provide further information and advice.
By Maxine (not verified) on 24 Jan 2019 - 12:36
I need advice as the hospital aren't giving me any. I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks last week but it was incomplete. I had the scan on Monday. I've been given 6 tablets in all which I inserted in myself at home over 2 days. Nothing has happened and the hospital won't see me till next Tuesday. I wemt to the loo today and what appears to be the half dissolved tablets have come out. Any advice on what i should do?
By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jan 2019 - 12:54
HI - Thank you for your message.
I'm so sorry to hear you are having difficulty getting advice and support following your miscarriage. It sounds form the brief details you have shared that you are having medical management for the miscarriage using vaginal pessary's.
Medical management of miscarriage is effective for about 85 percent of women. For a small number, this method doesn’t succeed, and in this case, surgery may be needed.
As you are finding it difficult in getting support and advice from your hospital, please contact your GP for advice and support.
By Fee (not verified) on 19 Jan 2019 - 15:37
I had a surgery for our MMC 10 days ago and had an internal scan yesterday which confirmed a complete miscarriage (the lining is less than 15mm, 14mm in my case) but the consultant also said that the lining isn't smooth yet and that there are still some blood clots left. They left me with two options : waiting for the remaining tissue to pass naturally or taking a prescription to speed things up. I'm so confused as to what to do. With the surgery it seems like I've put my body through enough already and the prescription sounds a little extreme to me considering they said in medical terms it is a complete miscarriage but on the other hand they wouldn't have suggested it if they didn't think it was necessary? Do you have any advise? Thank you so much in advance!
By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jan 2019 - 10:42
I am sorry to hear about your miscarriage and what you continue to go through. It is your choice as to what you would like to do, as long as you are feeling well and not showing any symptoms of an infection or bleeding heavily then it would be find to wait if this is what you would like to do. If you would like to chat further then please do email us, [email protected]
By Julia (not verified) on 11 Jan 2019 - 12:07
I have just returned from hospital after a missed miscarriage :(. We're were so looking forward to our baby and want to try again soon. We chose the surgical management and I was wondering if the surgery has a similar effect to what you describe in your research as scratching of the womb?
Thank you, Julia
By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Jan 2019 - 12:40
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby and what you are going through at the moment.
Surgical management would not be the same or similar to scratching the womb as discussed as part of the research.
If we can support you or discuss with you further then please do email us, [email protected]
By Caroline (not verified) on 5 Jan 2019 - 16:02
I’m currently going through my 5th miscarriage, I have been blessed enough to have 1 successful pregnancy. I had one miscarriage before this and now on my fourth in 3 years. I have been under a consultant at the hospital but was discharged as everything seemed normal. I asked about them testing my partner but they refused as we have had a successful pregnancy. I don’t know where to go from here? I don’t know if I can handle anymore heartache but I know I will never be happy if I don’t try again. Surely something must be wrong for it to keep happening?
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jan 2019 - 16:14
Please feel free to contact us via email ([email protected]) to request more information and advice (as this is not a private page). If you live in the UK, you might be able to be referred to one of our recurrent miscarriage clinics to be reviewed there. We look forward to hearing from you. All the best, Tommy's Midwife
By Lisa (not verified) on 9 Dec 2018 - 13:06
This is my second miscarriage in just over a year. I know I have to wait until my third - which seems like agony and more heartache to go through - before I can even get tested.
I had a friend who had two miscarriages and a missed miscarriage. She went on aspirin tablets and they really helped, allowing her to carry her son and daughter both to full term. Do they help? Because I really can't go through a third or fourth try of this.
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Dec 2018 - 13:08
Hi Lisa, Thank you for your comment.
We are so very sorry to hear about your losses, this must be a very difficult time for you and your partner. Some women are prescribed aspirin but this is under the direction of a doctor and may be for a medical reason, it may not be appropriate for everyone. It would be advisable that you see your GP and have a discussion about a future pregnancy and what options are available to you, the GP should be able to give you more accurate medical advice. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Broken (not verified) on 5 Nov 2018 - 22:14
I'm in a very bad way. 12 weeks & just found out my baby has no heartbeat, died at 8 weeks. Thankfully I have 3 healthy children but this is my 3rd mc in a row 4th in total. I'm devastated worse than ever before as I'm 40 & hubby says that's it. I'm heartbroken. I really want another baby!!
By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Nov 2018 - 15:22
Hi, Thank you for your comment.
We are so sorry to hear about your losses, this must be a very difficult time for you and your family. Try and talk to your husband about how you are feeling, he is probably feeling the loss as well but deals with it in a different way. As you have had 3 recurring miscarriages then you are eligible for a referral to one of the Tommy's miscarriage clinics if you feel like you want to pursue another pregnancy. Please look at the following link for more information https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/our-research/research-miscarriage. You can always contact the Tommy's Midwives directly on 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected] Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Georgia (not verified) on 31 Jul 2018 - 01:09
Hi I was 12w baby measured 9w no heartbeat my 2nd mc not bleeding so app arranged for following week. Bleeding started a few days later one day of strong pains passing clots next day not too bad up and about. Tonight I noticed a horrid smell worse than stall blood I go to the toilet abit of clot comes out decided to look with a mirror and I could see a clot stuck I think it’s the baby I tried a warm bath, Squatting over the mirror trying to push abit nothing. Gave up went to bed I’m not in pain just achy. What do I do? Will it just pass or will I need medical help?
By Midwife @Tommys on 31 Jul 2018 - 15:44
You need to go to the hospital if you have not already to be assessed. The smell is what worries me the most as you will be at an increased risk of infection. Please go in now if you have not already been seen!
Please take care
Sophie, Tommy's Midwife
By Rosie (not verified) on 1 Jul 2018 - 00:26
I miscarried at 10-11 weeks in 2015, and I’m now training to be a midwife myself, however I think I may have PTSD from the way it was ‘managed’. I went to A&E and was told to “go home, stick a film on and just get on with it”, “there’s nothing we can do, you don’t need to be here” etc., which I tried to do. I then haemorrhaged at home the next day (to the point of losing consciousness, vomiting bile and being unable to maintain my own temp.) and was diagnosed with an incomplete miscarriage several days later. I wasn’t offered medical or surgical management or any follow up (not even a full blood count to check my hb) or any form of aftercare. I continued to bleed for another 6 weeks, and I didn’t realise this wasn’t normal at the time. It was a month before I could leave the house properly, due to my physical condition. It’s left some deep mental scars - is it too late to get some support with this through a charity such as yourselves? What kind of support is out there?
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Jul 2018 - 12:43
It is never too late Rosie and you would be welcome to call us on 0800 0147 800. We are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm. Getting support for a trauma in the past can help you to move on and can also help you to support other women who experience a similar situation as you will in your midwifery training. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care
By Rmma (not verified) on 24 Jun 2018 - 07:21
I’ve reacently just found out I have had a missed miscarriage. I would have been 13 weeks and was going for my first scan but before this I started have a discharge that had blood in I knew something wasn’t right it turns out the baby hadn’t grown past 8 weeks I was devastated I thought I had made it past the danger zone but it turns out I hadn’t . I have to go back in a week to make sure it’s gone . I’m not sure how long to wait till we start trying it’s so disheartening as I’m so scared this will happen again .
By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jun 2018 - 16:28
Hi, A missed miscarriage is always devastating and I understand your distress. The good news is that you have found our site and you can read so many success stories of other women who have gone through this and gone on to have happy and healthy pregnancies. There is no hard and fast rule about when to try again. Some doctors suggest to wait until after your first period. This can help with dating a pregnancy but is not essential. The best option is to wait until both you and your partner feel physically and mentally ready for another pregnancy. Best wishes
By Jennie (not verified) on 22 Jun 2018 - 22:24
Hi, five weeks ago I had my 2nd miscarriage in a row the previous being in September last year both at 11weeks
The first was found at the12W scan and I had a medically managed miscarriage in hospital , was sent home after passing my baby then had haemorrhage at home and was taken back in for emergency surgery . We were very sad/devastated but were told there was no reason for us not to try again
This time around I started to miscarry naturally but again expiranced server bleeding and again ended up having emergency surgery . Have been told again there is no reason for us not to try again As I have had one successful pregnacy !
At risk of sounding dramatic I'm not sure I can put myself through this again without getting a few answers, and a real fear that next time I will haemorrhage so badly I will leave my two year old without a mother .
So why do I have to wait for a 3rd before anyone will see us? Is there such a thing as second baby syndrome?
By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jun 2018 - 14:32
Really sorry to hear this Jennie, At Tommy's we would like to see a change in this so that women who have had two miscarriages are referred for tests. However, at present this is not possible in the NHS who are only able to fund tests for those who have had three miscarriages. The good news is that only 1% of women will experience three miscarriages in a row and 60% of these women will go on to have a successful pregnancy.
By Sian (not verified) on 22 May 2018 - 20:54
My daughter had her 4th miscarriage yesterday and feels really down hearted she reakon she won't be a mother as keeps loosing her wanted babies my daughter was 12 weeks pregnant in her 1st one and 3 weeks in her 2nd one and 7 weeks in her 3rd one this one she was 10 weeks and was so looking forward to meeting him or her but she had to go through the pain again
By Midwife @Tommys on 24 May 2018 - 11:02
Hi Sian, we are so sorry to hear about your daughters experience and cannot even begin to imagine what you are all going through at this time. As she has had more then 3 miscarriages then she can see her GP who can refer her for further investigation if she hasn't don't this already. You can always email the Tommy's midwives on [email protected] or call on 0800 0147 800 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and we can have a chat about your daughter being referred to one of our recurrent miscarriage clinics if this is an option that you think she may want to do, we will help you in any way we can. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Sian Gellard (not verified) on 21 Aug 2018 - 14:10
Hi my daughter just recently found out she is pregnant again she went to the gp yesterday who have referred her to tunbridge wells hospital now which will be a long wait to be seen and she will have her first midwife appointment in 2 weeks times she is in early stage of pregnancy the sickness and crampness in the stomach ect but she is petified that she will miscarriage again before she have the appointment to the hospital or the midwife I never experience a miscarriage myself and to see my daughter going through that is heartbreaking I am abit nervous for her to tell you the truth
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Aug 2018 - 11:24
It is normal for women to be seen by their midwife for the first time from 8 weeks onwards for the booking appt.
I know with her history, she will be very anxious and that is understandable.
If she is concerned by any abdominal pain - then she can go to her GP who can refer her to the local early pregnancy assessment unit for earlier review before seeing the midwife.
If she has any further questions, you can get her to email or call our helpline ([email protected] or 0800 0147800)
All the best
By Sian (not verified) on 25 Aug 2018 - 18:41
My daughter went to A&E yesterday night they said there was nothing they can do and that with her history it most properly a miscarriage they sent her home they didn't even sent her to early unit or to see a gyno they booked her in to a early scan on Monday but that's it they did do a urine sample which showed up normal they just basically said there nothing they can do I have gave your number over to her so that she can ring thankyou so much for your understanding
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Aug 2018 - 12:41
I am sorry to hear this has happened again. Please do encourage your daughter to call us if she wishes to get any further advice or support.
All the best at this difficult time
By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Apr 2018 - 06:23
I am currently having my 5th miscarriage, which felt like it had been brought on by an early scan @7wks. I have fairly light bleeding but awful cramps for the past 5 day. The earliest I can be seen for a scan is two weeks away so they can't give me anything to speed up the process prior to confirming the pregnancy has ended. My 4th miscarriage lasted 2.5weeks before I could be seen and have the 'product' (horrible word) removed - stuck behind my large fibroid. Recurrent miscarriage investigations locally have just been a few blood tests and a scan and "we don't think the large fibroid is the problem". I am on a waiting list for counselling from my previous miscarriage 6 months ago. I feel totally alone in this with no support.
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Apr 2018 - 16:08
Thank you for your comment
I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriages and can only imagine what a difficult time this has been for you. Is there any family member or friend you can talk to about this as it must be so difficult feeling so alone.
It may be worth contacting your hospital to see if you can have your scan sooner than 2 weeks.
As you may know, Tommy's supports Miscarriage Research centres in Birmingham, Coventry and London-your GP can refer you to one of these as you do fit the criteria of having had 4 miscarriages- I have attached a link with more information about these centres and the referral process-
We also have Tommy's PregnancyLine-0800 0147 800 if you would like to speak to a Tommy's midwife about how you are feeling.
You can also contact us by [email protected]
I have also attached a link to the Miscarriage Association who also offer support and information
Hope this helps
By Mrs burke (not verified) on 25 Jun 2018 - 17:58
I have suffered 3 miscarges in the last 2 years after going under investigation they found a small fibroid in my uterus they have said to me to the 'don't think' it's a problem however I can have removed if wished after going home and researched a lot on these fibroids they can cause miscarge im now on the waiting list to have mine removed have you not been given the chance of having removed?
By Anne (not verified) on 11 Mar 2018 - 22:22
We had a scan at 8&3 and everything was ok. I started feeling better at 9 weeks...reading up on this it can be natural at this stage. At 10&2 I noticed my breasts weren't sore anymore - more reading confirmed can be natural at this stage. 11 weeks, bleeding and lower back pain. Hospital confirmed cervix closed - babies heart stopped 8&5. I was just on the cusp and able to take medical management which I took the next day. After 6 hours I was getting significant pain but little blood and started to suspect that something was wrong...2 hours later and having exhausted the 4 types of painkillers I was prescribed I was in agony and starting to gush blood. I knew that the pregnancy was stuck in my cervix and rushed into hospital. Half an hour in, still in agony, I was getting my very much wanted pregnancy pulled out of my cervix with what can only be described as a metal knitting needle. The first two days afterwards I was very much still in shock from the physical aspect of what happened. But now i'm really starting to worry...would I know if damage was done to my cervix during this procedure (pain etc)..could this result in preterm loss of a pregnancy in future due to cervical incompetence..can I ask to be checked for this now or if I get pregnant again in future. Do i need to go back in for a scan to check everything has cleared. Do I have an increased risk of infection. When can I safely have sex again..........I have looked extensively online and there is very little coverage of aftercare in this situation. It was a very traumatic experience and as someone who finds comfort in educating themselves to help deal with problems I'm finding this lack of information very stressful. I'm not able to contact the hospital as I was abroad when this happened so feel adrift as to where to get information.
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Mar 2018 - 15:08
Hi Anne, So sorry to hear what you have been through and we understand how difficult it is when you lose your much wanted pregnancy.
It is very unlikely that any damage was done to your cervix and cervical incompetence is not a likely consequence related to this procedure. The operation involves gently opening your cervix with a small metal tube and removing any remaining pregnancy tissue with a suction device. The risk of infection is very low and most women have only light bleeding for a few days afterwards. You can resume intercourse when the bleeding has stopped and when you feel ready.
You are welcome to call us if you want advice or just to chat. We are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm. Best wishes from Tommy's midwives
By Jackie (not verified) on 27 Jan 2018 - 09:09
After light bleeding at 11wks a scan showed only 6wks and no heartbeat. We were booked to return a week later for follow up scan. On Monday I had a natural miscarriage passing most that evening but ended up in a&e hospital with excessive bleeding. Scan next day only showed 3x1.5cm retained tissue which i'm waiting to come out naturally and due to have another scan next week. My questions are firstly what will happen if scan shows tissue still there as I really do not want surgery and also if I was unfortunate to have another miscarriage next time would I have the excessive bleed again the same (just so I can be prepared)? The gynecologist at the time said I had highly ? (Something cant remember the word) that meant lot of blood vessells which is why I had heavy bleeding. Thank you.
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 - 14:12
So sorry to hear what you are going through. in answer to your question, if there is still tissue present at your next appointment, you will be offered either an ERPC surgery or medical management. If you choose medical management you will be given either a tablet or a pessary of a medication called Mifepristone or Misoprostol. This will cause your uterus to expel the remaining products of conception. If though you experience very heavy bleeding again you should go back to A/E. About 2% of women have such heavy bleeding that they require a blood transfusion. There is no strong reason to suggest that you will experience this again in the future. This link may help you. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/miscarriage/what-happens/#medication . Best wishes to you x
By Kisan (not verified) on 5 Jan 2018 - 09:40
Sir we had some tissue like blood loss 3weeks after pregnancy and the ultrasound result was not clear due early pregnancy.and doctor advice us to take ultrasound after 2 weeks.why he hesitate to my problem
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jan 2018 - 16:26
I am sorry to hear that you are having a worrying time during your pregnancy. In early pregnancy, it is difficult to be very accurate and the doctor needs to be sure what is happening therefore it is guidance and routine practice to have scans two weeks apart to monitor for any growth or changes with the fetus to confidently confirm whether a miscarriage has occurred or if the pregnancy is continuing. I understand waiting two weeks feels like a long time and this is very frustrating not knowing what is happening. If we can support you then please do be in touch. Take care x
By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Jan 2018 - 17:48
Hello, I went today for my dating scan. I had a scan at 7 weeks which showed a heartbeat and viable pregnancy. Today they told me there was no heartbeat. I had miscarried Jan 2017 at 5 weeks. To say we are devastated is an understatement. Now just waiting for baby to pass. Want to try again but now too scared of the same thing happening again. I know there was nothing we could do but to see a heartbeat and then have it taken away is heartbreaking.
By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jan 2018 - 16:14
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby and what you are going through at the moment. It is completely understandable to be feeling so devastated and scared that it may happen again. It is all very raw at the moment as only happened recently. Please know that we are here to support you, you can call us 0800 0147 800 or email us [email protected] We are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm so do be in touch if we can help at all. Take care x
By Rebecca (not verified) on 4 Jan 2018 - 19:48
Thank you for replying. I am booked in for surgery tomorrow but have just started bleeding. I am angry at my body for harbouring this secret for so long. Today I learnt that it is more common than I realised and nothing I did caused it. Once tomorrow has happened the healing can start for all of us.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 Oct 2017 - 20:26
Hi I had a misscarrage with my first pregnancy, I was 10 weeks but sadly my baby stopped growing at 6 weeks. I had a natural misscarrage at home and the bleeding lasted a few days after. I had 1 normal period the month after that lasted just over a week and have just missed my 2nd period this month. Iv had no period pains either. Is this normal? I took a pregnancy test as we started trying again after my first period and it came back negative, I'm so confused and scared I wont be able to get pregnant again
By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Oct 2017 - 14:28
Hi. It is quite normal for your periods to be irregular for a time after you have a miscarriage. Try not to worry about this. Even if your periods have been regular until now it may be a few months until you get back to normal. Try to ensure that you are eating and exercising well and this will give you the best chance.
By Adele (not verified) on 15 Aug 2017 - 12:08
Hi I suffered a miscarriage on Saturday at 9 weeks - blighted ovum - still bleeding today (Tuesday ) but not heavy , tonight I get this horrendous stabbing sensation down below ! Very bad for about an hour ! Took two pain killers and now it's gone -... What was it? Is it normal
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Aug 2017 - 12:25
Hi, We are so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. We hope you have lots of care and support around you.
It can take a few weeks for your body to return to normal and it isn't unusual to have occasional pains in the weeks after. However, it this continues you should return to see your doctor who may refer you for a scan.
Take good care of your self
By rose tyler (not verified) on 31 Dec 2017 - 09:18
Had a miscarriage at 5 weeks pregnant. And was told I wouldn't be able to get pregnant again
By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jan 2018 - 12:49
Hi Rose, Thank you for your comment. We are so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, this must be a difficult time for you. If you would like to talk about this more or would like further advice then please contact the Tommy's Midwives on 0800 0147 800 or email on [email protected] We would like to hear from you if we can offer you any support. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x