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
- 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)
Around one percent of all women experience recurrent miscarriage. Doctors define this as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies.
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 Miss Davost-Muller (not verified) on 15 Nov 2019 - 09:06
After suffering for 1 month of severe vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum), I had to go to the early pregnancy unit at the Hospital, where they discovered that the baby was not in the good place, so they had to remove it. At this stage, I was 10 weeks pregnant and accepting the surgery was very difficult for me as I already had a miscarriage a year earlier. Also, I didn't believe the doctors as I didn't have any Ectopic pregnancy symptoms (bleeding, pain). I knew that if the baby was in the Fallopian tube, the tube would have already broke at 10 weeks (it's often break at 6-7 weeks).
I've sent the scans to other Gynaecologists, whilst still being at the hospital and all the Gynaecologists confirmed that the baby wasn't in the good place and insisted that I had a surgery ASAP as it was too dangerous for my life.
The next day, I accepted the surgery: a salpingectomy where they removed the right Fallopian tube and discovered that I had 2 uterus, also called a unicornuate uterus (although some doctors in France said that it was a bicornuate uterus). This part of the uterus was too small for the baby to grow and would have exploded very soon. They removed both the baby and this part of the uterus, which saved my life.
It's been 1 month since the surgery and I still not feel better emotionally. I am worried about the future as I don't know how difficult it would be for me to have children (will the remaining uterus be big enough, will I need a surgery of the uterus to make it bigger?).
I know that what I have is rare... but not unique.
I would love to talk with women that had a similar experience and understand what their journey was to have children with a unicornuate uterus or bicornuate uterus.
Thanks in advance for your support!
By Danielle (not verified) on 13 Nov 2019 - 16:39
I miscarried almost 3 months ago at 11 weeks pregnant. Scans show the gestational sac was 7 weeks 6 days. I still have not passed the remaining tissue, the latest scan still shows the sac as being 7 weeks 6 days and blood tests show positive. I’ve been told the sac has become vascular and they need to do an MRI before they can surgically remove anything. It’s been over 2 weeks since then and I’m still waiting for the MRI with no updates on when that will be. I’m going through the public hospital. My question is, how long should I wait before I get another opinion? I’m starting to get cramping at times and I’m quite concerned about how long it’s been inside me. I can’t find any info online about similar situations 3 months after miscarriage.
By Nila Matthews (not verified) on 18 Oct 2019 - 13:33
Having been through both a late and early miscarriage and finding there was no one to 'talk to', I felt really isolated and suffered from bouts of low mood, self-esteem and depression. I eventually met someone who had experienced something similar and we began to tell our stories. Through this process, I began to heal. I am now trained up to support people properly so have set up an Oxfordshire based face-to-face support group called PebblesStory. All are welcome if you want real people to talk to who understand and a cup of tea! https://www.facebook.com/groups/PebblesStory/
By Claire (not verified) on 30 Aug 2019 - 14:20
I’m currently 6 weeks pregnant. I had a miscarriage back in april, during that pregnancy I felt deep down something wasn’t right as I had no pregnancy symptoms at all. I miscarried at 10 weeks and was told the baby stopped growing at 6 weeks. This time I still haven’t had any sickness etc yet, and I’m terrified the same this is going to happen again. I have no idea how to stop worrying, I just want the next 6 weeks to pass quickly so I can get to a scan and find out.
By Natasha (not verified) on 29 Jul 2019 - 23:23
I’ve had three miscarriages in the last 6 months and all happened at 4 weeks and 2 days. Is there a chance that this is just a coincidence? My GP has referred me to a reoccurring miscarriage clinic but I’ve already been waiting a month for the first appointment letter. I’d like some advice as to whether it’s just a coincidence I’ve miscarried at the same time with all three or not please?
By Swathi (not verified) on 17 Jun 2019 - 21:43
Hi this is swathi,
I had a miscarriage last week.. till the last early Tiffany scan, everything was ok.. suddenly my water broke early morning and we visited doctor that morning.. we got it scanned and doctor said that sac got ruptured and the whole amniotic fluid drained.. and she has given some antibiotics for a week so that baby should not get infected.. if the baby survives for a week and water level improves them I ll take it further she said..and after coming home.. I took that tablet.. right then I got very high fever and visited hospital again.. they have given medicines to get the temperature down but the next morning I started bleeding and got aborted.. but the placenta took two hours time.. doctor performed d and c and took it out..and she said there is some sepsis infection and they cleared it I was in I u for 5 days..but they did not mention from where this infection has come and how.. did it come when my baby was in the stomach or did the foetus generated it or it was there form long time.. and will this miscarriage effect my next pregnancy? And how many days should we wait.. please suggest..
By Asma kouser (not verified) on 12 Jun 2019 - 21:40
Hey I just had 1 misscaridge still bleeding I wanted to ask dc gave me Letrozole bcz my periods was irregular gave me these medication to help me get pragnant I did get prag i wanted to ask that I'm still bleeding so can I start these tb now or not? Pls answer me as quick as u can thank u
By Yash (not verified) on 11 Jun 2019 - 17:00
I am 29 years 7 months , this is my first pregnancy but i am not prepared for it . I am depressed from the day i got confirmation .
I always think it would be good if i get miscarriage . Currently i am into my 8 weeks of pregnancy
By Louise (not verified) on 9 Jun 2019 - 23:03
Hi. Struggling to cope after second miscarriage in 8 months. Gp offered no help or guidance told me I’m young and it’s common. I’m 30 and been struggling to conceive for over two and a half years. Really down about it all as all my friends are having successful pregnancies and I’m not.
By Shirin (not verified) on 24 Jun 2019 - 05:33
I’m also 30 and I’ve just lost my first baby on 8 weeks... we’ve been trying for the last 2,5 years. It’s been emotional for both of us with my husband.
Lately I’ve been praying, I’ve also realized I need to stay positive as I can. Please don’t give up. God sends us all different tests, we need to keep praying and having faith.
God bless :)
By saima (not verified) on 3 Sep 2019 - 16:11
plz I m know a days going through this booked for surgery in 5 days scared need to now whatever it's ok to wait naturaly (already 5 weeks passed) or something else like surgery plz guide me very hard to decide.
By Raquel (not verified) on 4 Jun 2019 - 00:20
I had a misiscarriage last Sunday and I'm still feeling weird cramps and I feel like I could have an infection. Should I go to E&A? Or to my GP. Thank you
By Ri (not verified) on 14 Jul 2019 - 15:46
Hi so sorry to hear about your loss.
Please go to your gp or early pregnancy unit as having an infection can be very dangerous
All the best
By LOUISE (not verified) on 29 Jul 2019 - 12:02
Sometimes it's normal to get stomach cramps as long as you don't pass big clots you will be fine trust me but if you feel unwell in yourself I suggest get some medical advice kind regards Louise
By Renata (not verified) on 18 May 2019 - 13:08
Hello, I just had miscarriage of 8 weeks pregnancy. it was big shock for me and my head is really messed up about it. i had medical miscarriage management two days ago, feeling very weak mentally and physically because baby was very waited and wanted. could I ask my gp/doctor for a off work sick note? because I am not ready to come back to work after this??
thank you for your answer.
By Anne Thorpe (not verified) on 13 May 2019 - 03:38
My husband and I just had sex for the first time since my miscarriage and an hour later I have belly ache which is making me feel sick. It is not painful as such, more of an ache and it’s uncomfortable enough to stop me sleeping. Is that something to worry about?
Background that might be relevant: I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks which started on 3rd April. I had my first period 27 April-3rd May and ovulated today. On 8th May I was discharged from the hospital’s early pregnancy unit as my hCG hormone level was finally back to negative. I learned that I have two fibroids, one posterior and one in the right lateral wall (I have other questions about them for another time!)
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 Sian (not verified) on 1 May 2019 - 17:39
My daughter went on to have a full pregnancy she was a week overdue with a son she went to a& e on Monday with labour pains the midwife monitored Michael heartbeat for 30 minutes and checked my daughter cervix and said she wasn’t dilated and she was in establish labour and that she will be reduce on Wednesday she sent my daughter home that day Monday at 2.05 am my daughter scream for me she was having the same pains as before and she said I think his coming he was I delivered my stillborn grandson at home it was heartbreaking the paramedic arrived 2 minutes after Michael was born the tried to resuscitate Michael to no avail my daughter was taken to hospital in Tunbridge wells and place in delivery suite room 3 and stayed overnight with her still born son and she can hear everyone having there babies why she with her so wanted son it not fair
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.