What is miscarriage?
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 24 weeks.
An early miscarriage is one which occurs between the date of a missed period, up until 13 weeks of pregnancy.
What is early miscarriage?
Early miscarriages are more common than you may realise, often occurring before the mother even realises she is pregnant. As a result, 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
The loss of a baby after 24 weeks is called a stillbirth.
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.
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.
Whilst as many as 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in their lifetime, don’t forget that only 1 in 100 have multiple miscarriages  and the vast majority of women go on to have healthy babies.
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
- women do not need to be from the local area
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
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.
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I didn't need ten days, I passed my baby the next day, I knew I was no longer pregnant, the second scan confirmed a blighted ovum, but to me that wasn't a blighted ovum, that was my baby.
On that Monday I remember saying to the nurse, "I'm worried it might be ectopic." Her reply was that it probably wasn't. And that was that.
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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
By Lisa (not verified) on 15 Oct 2017 - 17:33
Pls help hurts more than they said it would. 16 wks. Choose to do at home naturally. Very bad pain right now feeling much pressure in my vagina area. They didn't prepare me I should've done d/c hubby here what to do pls it hurts ob said I'm ok but I'm scared
By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Oct 2017 - 11:29
It sounds like you need to take yourself to hospital urgently and by ambulance if you are bleeding a lot! . I am so sorry to hear that you are loosing your baby at 16 weeks, i know that this is very difficult for you, but you need to ensure the health of yourself in hospital as it can be dangerous to deliver at home in these situations. Please get into a hospital urgently so that they can take care of you!
By Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Jul 2017 - 15:16
Hi I have just miscarride last month on the 1 June and after that I have this shap pain on my left and right side of the abdomen ,it just pinch and pass, and now the other day we had unprotected sex and I'm afraid Im pregnant again and what's worse is that I'm still having those pinching pains , I went to the doctor and she said maybe it was because my womb is still swollen after D&C , please help me because I'm thinking of getting pills to take out the pregnancy if I'm pregnant because I'm afraid of raising my hopes up again .
By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jul 2017 - 16:07
Hi, We are so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. 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. Regarding a possible pregnancy, the emergency contraceptive pill must be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex or the IUD contraceptive device can be inserted within 5 days to prevent a pregnancy. I would advise that you make contact with a family planning clinic as soon as possible. Best wishes
By Charlene (not verified) on 27 May 2017 - 21:16
I miscarried Monday 22nd May, I bled until Friday morning. It's the 27th and the bleeding has started again, pretty heavy and it is bright red and I'm passing a lot of small clots. I'm getting cramps and back pain is this normal? This is my second miscarriage this year, the first was pretty straightforward and nothing like this. Thanks
By Midwife @Tommys on 31 May 2017 - 09:20
I am so sorry to hear of your 2nd miscarriage.
I think it would be sensible, if you haven't already done so, to seek medical attention either at an early pregnancy unit or your GP if the bleeding has subsided. If the bleeding is very heavy, then i would urge you to go to a&e as a matter of urgency. Please also feel free to email us on [email protected] or call us on 0800 0147800 to speak to one of us privately. Please take good care of yourself
By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 Apr 2017 - 12:46
Hi, I'm still getting abdominal bloating, stabbing pain on my left side and when I sit, it feels like my insides are being pushed up. I had a natural miscarriage 14th March (passed the last bit).
I've been examined at the GUM clinic (didn't know where else to go as had no advise or support) and they say I'm fine but they didn't scan to see if everything had gone. Should I still be in this much physical pain
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Apr 2017 - 16:43
Hi, thank you for posting. I'm sorry that you are still in agony a month after having a natural miscarriage. I don't think you should still be in as much physical pain and I would advise you to go back to your GP so that you can be assessed and referred for a further ultrasound if indicated.
Please let us know how you get on.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Apr 2017 - 16:06
Hi Tommy’s Midwives
I went back to the GUM clinic where they made me feel stupid for being there and sent me on my way with antibiotics because they said it's probably my PID flaring up. I haven't taken the antibiotics because my partner and I had been having unprotected intercourse, so incase pregnant again (still not menstral education since miscarriage), I didn't think it wise to take them.
The pain I was having has subsided completely without medication so who knows what the pain was.
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Apr 2017 - 10:16
I'm sorry you had a difficult time at the GUM clinic - I would advise in future to see your GP regarding any care related to your natural miscarriage or pregnancy in general.
It is advisable to take antibiotics prescribed to you for any infections - especially if you are trying for a baby. If you are concerned about the safety of the antibiotics prescribed to you I would strongly advise you contact your GP and discuss if they are safe to be taken, as well getting pre-conception advise and support. Please also start taking folic acid if you haven't already.
By Emily (not verified) on 28 Feb 2017 - 14:45
I'm so confused...please help? In 2014-15 I sadly suffered 3 miscarriages, late 2015 I was selected for and took part in the Resonse trial at Southamptons Princess Ann, and I was blessed to have a little boy. The results are still pending but I'm convinced I had the drug...
Following my pregnancy I went on to have an issue with my thuroid, however this seems to have recovered, but the Dr advised I have tested positive for thyroid peroxidase...and has referred me to see an endocrinologist. This appointment isn't until June.
This month I have suffered a further miscarriage, after falling pregnant unexpectedly...I'm not thinking of trying for a baby just yet but certainly am thinking about that in a few months time.
Should I be asking my GP to be referred back to the multiple miscarriage clinic in Southampton, to your teams at Tommys? Or would the endocrinologist deal with this issue?? Alternatively would there be any private clinics that would look at this...?
Or are my thyroid and miscarriages likely to be unrelated?
Thank you in advance....Emily
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Mar 2017 - 16:03
Hi Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to hear about your recent miscarriage and hope that you are recovering.
Thyroid disease is thought to be linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, it may be helpful if your endocrinology appointment can brought forward if you are hoping to try for a baby again soon.
As this is your 4th miscarriage I would suggest discussing with your GP if you can be referred back to the multiple miscarriage clinic. Alternately he may refer you to a Tommy's National Miscarriage Centre-these are located in London, Birmingham and Coventry if you are able to travel.
I hope this helps and I have attached 2 links that may be helpful to you
Please contact us on Tommy's Pregnancy Line 0800 0147 800
if you need any more information
By Louise (not verified) on 27 Feb 2017 - 06:15
I had my miscarriage back in July 2016 and still to this very day I still don't want to believe it, I know that may sound silly as its been 7 months and I know my baby is gone but I'm scared that if I let it really sink in that I may just fall apart, I know that I need to really understand what has happened, but I'm scared of talking about it, is this normal to feel like this so long after a miscarriage cause all my friends say I'm silly for feeling like this.
By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Feb 2017 - 11:41
The way you are feeling is not uncommon or "silly" at all! You are still in the process of grieving for your baby.
You really might benefit from some counselling - if you visit your GP and feel that you can discuss how you have been feeling, then they can refer you for some additional support in your local area.
Counselling is a great way to air your concerns and emotions in a safe environment, with a professional who can help you to understand and cope with your loss. This is not for everyone, but it might be worthwhile for you, so it is worth a go.
If you feel that chatting with one of us on the midwifery team would be useful to you, you can call us on 0800 0147800 Mon to Fri, between 9am and 5pm. We get a lot of calls from women and their partners who have suffered the loss of a baby at any gestation. We are not trained counselors, but we are trained in bereavement care.
Please do take good care of yourself and feel free to contact us if you feel that this would be good for you.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Jan 2017 - 10:14
My first pregnancy was healthy and I have a 18 month old. Sadly the second pregnancy ended in a natural miscarriage at 9 weeks gestation. We tried again immediately, before my period arrived and fell pregnant straight away, sadly after confirming the 3rd pregnancy on home tests, I started bleeding again (around 4'ish weeks gestation) blood HCG was 6. Did we try again too soon? Could my uterine wall have been insufficient? There is very little information/ scientific evidence/ research on when to try again/ trying again before a full cycle. We are keen to try again now, I have stopped bleeding and as I am due to ovulate next week. Should we wait until the next cycle? Are there any basic tests I can get my GP to run now (? Folate, B12, ferritin, clotting).
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jan 2017 - 12:33
I am so sorry to hear that you have been through two miscarriages. The general advice is to wait a full cycle before trying to conceive again, this generally is to make dating the next pregnancy easier and more accurate. If you feel emotionally and physically ready to try to conceive again then you can do this straight away. With regards to the tests you are asking about, as a general rule tests are not offered until a woman has experienced 3 miscarriages in a row therefore it is unlikely that these will be offered to you, however some GPs are prepared to do some tests before this time depending on your maternal and medical history. If you would like to talk in more detail then please do email us [email protected]
By Rachel (not verified) on 11 Jan 2017 - 20:53
Hello, I had a D & C on the 28th Dec after finding out a week earlier that our baby died at about 11 weeks.
We are interested in trying again.
I am seeing lots of positive stories on the internet that you can try again when you have stopped bleeding, which it appears i am. The reason to wait for your first period is for dating. However the pregnancy tests are accurate to the week and the dating scans can confirm your 'stage' too. I do not want to endanger a tiny baby by being hasty but are there any reasons to wait for a period before trying?
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Jan 2017 - 10:52
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your baby at the end of last year. As you stated usual advice is to wait until you have had a period before trying to conceive again however as you said this is simply to date the pregnancy for accurately. If you feel physically and emotionally ready to start to try again then absolutely you can do. Start taking your folic acid if you have not already and good luck for when you are ready.
By mrs Louis (not verified) on 9 Jan 2017 - 06:10
I had a miscarriage on the 8 of December 2016, and since am still bleeding, and it's 9 January 2017, is it normal because am really scared?...
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jan 2017 - 09:46
Hi there Mrs Woods. Some women do experience bleeding for a few weeks after an early miscarriage. However, if you have been bleeding heavily for a month now, then i would recommend either going to your GP or your local early pregnancy assessment unit for review. If you have a temperature or feel generally unwell, then this could also suggest that you may have an infection and need to be seen asap to be treated with antibiotics.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Dec 2016 - 22:57
Hi, i had a miscarriage in January 16 since then every month i get pains in my right side after my period why would this be? Miscarriage took 2weeks pain was awful every month im so cranky now and some months very weepy which before miscarriage i wasnt, i would just love to know why i get this pain every month and will it have an effect on conceiving in the future as i am 37? Thanks
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jan 2017 - 16:33
So sorry to hear about your miscarriage last January. I would advise that you see your GP to discuss this as you would need to be examined to make any meaningful diagnosis. You would also be welcome to call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 to discuss. Best wishes
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Dec 2016 - 11:50
Hi, I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. It sounds like the cramps are very severe if you can't even walk properly.
Are you taking pain relief and did you need to go into hospital for an operation or have you miscarried without any intervention?
If you are experiencing increased abdominal pain, heavier bleeding or fever you need to be seen by your GP or A&E department. You are also welcome to call us here at Tommy's on 0800 0147 800. Please let us know how you are doing.
By susan (not verified) on 14 Dec 2016 - 09:17
I had miscarriage, now I've got serious cramps, can't even walk properly, just wanna know if what causes them and how long will they last?
By Sarah (not verified) on 12 Oct 2016 - 17:52
Hi I'm looking for some advice. I am 40 and have had 2 healthy pregnancies (18 and 21) one was early at 37 wks and the other was elective c section at 38wks due to him being breech. And 2 early miscarriages. One 10 years ago and the latedt one was last nov. I found out i was pregnant when i was 5 wks. 2 days after my missed period andAccording to my dates I am 10 + 1 wks pregnant. Last week I had some slight spotting so went to gp and she sent me to gau for a scan. Scan showed a embryo 5-6wks. And no heart beat was found. And was told to prepare for the worst. I then saw the nurse and she said it looked ectopic because the embryo and yolk sack were in the top left hand corner of my womb. The consultant then said I have a heart shaped womb and it was possible it wasn't ectopic just the shape of my womb making it look that way. So they checked my hpg levels and they were 2500. And to gp back 48hrs to check again. They had dropped to 1717. Again 48 hours later they had dropped to 1221. (I'm guessing they did this to rule out ectopic.) I have had no more bleeding or cramps since then. And I am to go back next Monday for repeat hcg levels. Since yesterday I have been getting a lot of cramps. (Ibuprofen eases them) and some bleeding (red and has a slight odor ) but only when I wipe. I'm guessing the hospital thinks that I have had a missed miscarriage. But no one is telling me definitely. What do I do know? I don't want to wait longer than I have to but I'm scared of infection. Because if embryo hasn't grown and has passed away does this mean I've been carrying it for nearly 6 wks? I'm so worried and just need someone to tell me if this is the correct way.
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Oct 2016 - 12:35
Hi Sarah. I am sorry to hear what a tough time you have been through. It is difficult to say exactly, but from the information you have provided about your falling hcg levels and bleeding, it is quite likely that you are unfortunately, experiencing a missed miscarriage.
If you feel unwell and you are bleeding quite heavily, then i would suggest that you take yourself to a&e to be reviewed. There you will be reviewed by a Gynae doctor and you may be offered a procedure to remove any remaining tissue. You will also have bloods taken to test for infection and given antibiotics if these come back positive. Take care of yourself!
By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Oct 2016 - 14:33
I can understand your confusion... Sometimes it can be dependent on the type of ultrasound used. The trans-vaginal ultrasound is able to find the baby's heartbeat quite early between 6 to 7 weeks, but the abdominal ultrasound often takes one more week (7 to 8 weeks) to find heartbeat. This may be relevant in your particular case. However, if the trans-vaginal ultrasound shows no heartbeat at 8 weeks then there might sadly be a pregnancy loss. I agree that asking for a repeat scan in 1 week seems sensible and this would then allow you a clearer picture of what was going on. Also if you conceived on 18th August & your periods are regular , you would be 7 weeks + 4 days gestation on 24/25 September according to your dates.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Oct 2016 - 11:41
Hi, i went for a routine scan last week at what i calculate to be 8 weeks (according to first day of LMP) i was told baby had no heartbeat and measured 7 weeks 4 days. I am really confused by this as i know the exact date that i had unprotected sex which was 18th august so baby should not have measured as big as that. I feel that baby should have only just been 6 weeks? They wanted me to see a doctor there and then and discuss medication for the missed miscarriage but i refused and have asked for another scan this week. Im so scared to go back for another scan to be told the same but i also know that i am 100% right on my dates. I did a clear blue pregnancy test on 8th sept which said 2-3 weeks which also takes me back to conception around 18th august. Could the baby have been too small for a heartbeat? But why was it measuring bigger? I have not had any pains or bleeding whatsoever and still have pregnancy symptoms of slight sickness and very sore breasts. So confused and don't know if I'm coming or going :-( Am i right to not give up hope just yet? Many thanks
By claire (not verified) on 25 Sep 2016 - 08:57
Hi all I have had two miscarriages this year one in February and one in July. I am now pregnant again. This time was different as I have been very sick but bleeding started yesterday stopped again now but have cramping and my symptoms are less dont feel very sick Im worried as Im getting married on Saturday
By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Sep 2016 - 09:27
The best course of action would be to go to your GP or Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit asap to be seen and be reviewed.
They would need to arrange a scan for you to confirm if the pregnancy is ongoing or unfortunately failing. Because of the circumstances of your wedding also, i feel that they should be able to do this for you.
By Samara (not verified) on 19 Sep 2016 - 11:17
Its the fifth time im expecting and my GP still not recommended me to any specialist or any centre. I Called my surgery and spoke to them also made them open referral page with reference of St-Mary's hospital and professor Lesley Regan. Lets hope they refer me asap and take it seriously.
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Sep 2016 - 11:40
If your GP has now made the referral for you, then you should be able to call the Miscarriage centre at St Mary's directly and make an inquiry as to if your referral has been received and to find out when it might be possible to see you for review. The GP referral process if on our website - if your GP is not sure how it is done or the criteria, then please print it off for them and give it to them to follow. All the best
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Aug 2016 - 16:21
Hi. Thank you for your question and sorry to hear about your bleeding. The doctor is right. Spotting or light bleeding without pain is not uncommon before 12 weeks and is often not serious. However, the symptoms you describe could be a sign of a miscarriage and therefore a scan in the early pregnancy unit would be recommended.
By [email protected]'s on 19 Jul 2016 - 09:33
I am so sorry to hear what an awful time you have been through. I can only imagine how you must be feeling! It is completely normal top be feeling the way you do and it’ll take some time to be able to process it all.
I feel that it would be of real benefit for you to call us on 0800 0147800 and speak to one of us (we are all friendly midwives) for some more in-depth information and support. We run the service Mon- Fri 9am-5pm. We also have an email service [email protected] where we can email back and forth and send you far more in depth information, links, telephone numbers and advice – so please do get in touch as soon as you feel that you can!
There is so much that you need addressing that I want to really be able to help you and this is perhaps not the best medium for us to do so. Please copy and paste what you have written and email us (if you do not wish to call us) and then we can properly talk/be in touch. Please do not suffer alone!
I am also in tomorrow and can call you/email you if you send over your details.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jul 2016 - 21:30
Hiya I found out 17 weeks that my baby heart beat stop hospital said looked as if the baby stop going at 14 weeks
At 13 weeks I was suffering really bad with headaches and every now then stomach cramps could the headache be related to my miss carriage
By Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Jul 2016 - 07:44
I am devastated. Had an horrendous experience in hospital last week. Now suffered my 3 rd recurrent miscarriage since October. ( I am 40) On each I should have been 8 or 9 weeks but loose the baby at 6 1/2 or 7.
Have had tablets on 2 occasions , thus time was supposed to be the op so I did not have the trauma of witnessing the passing of the sac. It all went wrong and over two days of being nil by mouth, I kept being cancelled as they didn't have room. Once I was taken down to theatre only to be told it was a mistake. The consultant then came to tell me the anaesthetists had gone home. During the day I had 2 anaesthetists come and explain what would happen, make me answer the same questions and sign the same form. At 3 on the first day, a Doctor came to ask me how the procedure had been!
I ended up so stressed, hungry and dehydrated that I took the tablets again when offered late in the night. I was told by the on call team it was either me or a child with appendicitis.
Whilst waiting, a consultant discussed aps. A lot of this seems to make sense as I suffer hemaplaegic migraines, thyroid and stroke in the family, suffering issues with memory and my 6 year old was born early, low birth weight and I had severe preeclampsia.
I was told by another doctor I was just unlucky. Right now, I feel sad, angry, mistreated and don't know how to get over this.
I lost huge clots after having to pass my baby yet again down the toilet, thus time in hospital into the grey trays, so they could 'monitor.'
I lost so much that I didn't even make it to the toilet but it was literally falling out of me and they took me back in a wheelchair. It was undignified and not why I was supposed to be there.
A week in, I am still bleeding, can't eat and haven't been able to go to the toilet.
I am struggling to see how I can put myself through this again.
When I went to be rescanned I asked about the tests but none knew the time frame between miscarrying and being tested for aps. Please can someone tell me?
By [email protected]'s on 7 Jul 2016 - 11:03
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Pregnancy after a miscarriage can be a very worrying time but you are as likely to have a full term pregnancy this time as someone who never had a miscarriage. There's some information on this page below on what you can do to decrease your risk but it is all around having a healthy lifestyle, which you may have had in your first pregnancy and still had a miscarriage (most miscarriages are unexplained, which is why we want to fund extra research in this area): https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/pregnancy-complications/pregnancy-loss/miscarriage/preventing-miscarriage
If you are very anxious it might be helpful to talk things through with us on our Pregnancyline 0800 0147 800. The call is free and the line is open 9-5 Mon to Fri. Hope this helps, The Tommy's Midwives