What happens to my body during a miscarriage?

When a pregnancy is lost, the womb contracts to expel the pregnancy tissue. These contractions of the womb muscles causes cramps and pain.

As the fetus, placenta and lining of the womb come away, the bleeding you experience may be heavy or clotted at times. If the bleeding is heavy you may feel faint and it would be advisable to seek medical help quickly, with a relative or friend to accompany you to hospital.

Your pregnancy hormones, will begin to fall, although the rate varies from woman to woman.  Once your bleeding stops, your hormones should gradually return to normal.  You may be monitored to make sure this is the case.

Finally, you will also find that other pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea or breast tenderness, also fade away.

Miscarriage may bring mental as well as physical toll on your wellbeing but  however. help and support are available so do make sure you ask your midwife or GP if you feel you need to talk to somebody about your experience in the days and weeks afterwards.

    Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By Madison Mills (not verified) on 10 Feb 2020 - 00:06

      So I was pregnant but it never got confirmed I miscarried the first 5 weeks I didn’t even get to see it develop and it’s been almost 3 weeks since it happened and my partner has met his peace with it. Or at least acts like it doesn’t bother him and I just kinda feel like I’m fighting it alone :(

    • By Missy (not verified) on 12 Feb 2020 - 12:06

      Yesterday mine started. I didn’t know how to tell him and when I did, he seemed like he was ok. I got so upset...mad, sad, hurt so I told him how he was hurting me and I cried. Men are like this...1)they are trying to act tough for us 2)they are hurt but not as much as we are especially if SO was absent (military man mine is) he didn’t bond with the baby, WE as mothers will feel so much more and for longer. I think just say how you feel. Text it, write it, speak it; however, just get it off your chest. And if he is over it use it as strength to help yourself. We will have those times of grief and sadness that the guys will never understand. Just vent it all to him...you are not alone.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 7 Mar 2020 - 04:25

      Its been 2 weeks since I had my miscarriage, once I told my husband I felt as he was not as hurt as I was; as if he was trying to be tough. It did bothered me at first but as I was grieveing and tried to communicate with him, he explained to me that it hurts him more right now that I'm very emotional and hurting. As a mother you instantly have a connection with your baby and for men its a little different I would say. Yes they are very excited (my husband was) but they don't feel that connection just yet like a mother does. My advice is to tell him exactly how you feel maybe he's being strong for you so he can be your support and the person who tells you everything will be ok. I hope this helps.

    • By Mimie (not verified) on 4 Feb 2020 - 15:52

      I used to sore breast few days to my period but since I got pregnant and had miscarriage,I don't feel anything in my breast before my period arrives anymore and I have been trying to conceive for the past 6 months to no avail...am confused

    • By Leah (not verified) on 29 Jan 2020 - 13:30

      I was 9 weeks along and I had a miscarriage, it’s been about 6 to 7 months since then and my feet and hands are still swollen. Anyone know what this is or what I should do?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2020 - 14:07

      Dear Leah
      Please visit your GP for a review :)
      Take good care of yourself
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By Nobody (not verified) on 16 Dec 2019 - 21:20

      Has anybody else had leg swelling during a miscarriage

    • By Patricia (not verified) on 20 Nov 2019 - 04:03

      Hello everyone. We have been trying for 2years to get pregnant and when I finally do I lose the baby. We have been to 3 different hospitals and each one told us a different story. I’m not having any heavy bleeding any pain any cramps just spotting and today I actually seen a blood clot in the toilet. Iam loosing my mind and slowly drifting away from my husband. Can somebody please talk to me my thoughts are bringing me down and I just cannot cope alone.

    • By Mariah (not verified) on 4 Dec 2019 - 03:37

      Hello, I am currently going through the same thing. Constant flow no major cramping but today I have had clots. We tried 3 years and finally got our daughter and two years for this one. I am in nursing school and trying to juggle it all. My husband is keeping his guard up and acting like it isn’t affecting him or even wanting to talk about it. I feel like we are drifting apart and I’m going through it alone. I will be more than happy to listen and even talk if you like.

    • By Missy (not verified) on 12 Feb 2020 - 12:18

      I’m sorry...I know how you feel, this is my 6th miscarriage. Just don’t push him away! Until yesterday I thought men didn’t feel anything at all when we got through pregnancy and miscarriage. You can’t expect your husband to always read you like a book. You have to be needy in such times and cling to close friends. My secret is writing the baby’s name and the date miscarriage started. I keep it in my locket, and when I feel lonely I take it out, unfold it and read and kiss the paper and cry. And then I tell this to my SO. He doesn’t have words but he tried his best to comfort me. Just saying “We got this, it’s ok, I’m here with you, I love you” is enough.
      Girl, you’ll be ok. Don’t give up hope. I was so depressed yesterday I told him I wanted to have my uterus removed. Try to find a specialist and remember it’s not your fault...I’m struggling with thatt concept too. But blaming ourselves doesn’t help. Rest, distract ur mind with a movie, reading, try to drink and eat. It’s ok. It will pass.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Feb 2020 - 12:16

      I can’t say much. I am just in the same situation right now. I am having pains and I don’t know if it is spotting of miscarriage. But I have no hopes. I will not tell him yet.

    • By Ellie Roberts (not verified) on 29 Feb 2020 - 01:54

      Me and my partner was trying for 2 years I finally caught pregnant in September 2019 then I found out I was losing it beginning of October. 4 months later I caught again and I’m currently in the middle of a miscarriage. Had a scan at 8 weeks and they couldn’t find a heartbeat, just know that it’s nothing you are doing, it will happen one day

    • By Joy (not verified) on 29 May 2019 - 16:15

      I have miscarriage last 3weeks ago and I'm having some stomach noise what is the cos or is it baby in side my stomach pls answer no insult

    • By Vandana (not verified) on 2 Dec 2019 - 16:12

      Joy, I can understand your pain, as I have also lost my baby after 6 week pregnancy. I feel that baby is still in me n breathing. But doc says that there is no cardiac activity in it... M in deep pain.

    • By Nkosana gwegwana (not verified) on 19 May 2019 - 07:27

      we recently experienced a miscarriage in less than seven weeks, this is the second miscarriage. Is this normal or a cause for concern.

    • By ARIVERA (not verified) on 26 Aug 2019 - 05:21

      I've experience the same case with you, i mc on june 7 and had a dc and found out im pregnant again with faint positive result at 7 dpo on july 31, i miscarried again this aug 24 at 6w and 4days, no early signs that i would miscarry from the past days, now my ob advised to take a test for Apas.

    • By maria bryce (not verified) on 14 May 2019 - 16:34

      What happens to the body weight after a miscarriage. Does your body return back to normal size? Is it also true depending on the shape of the uterus after a miscarriage it then pushes the uterus forward. The pregnancy after having a miscarriage the uterus or baby bump sticks out giving the illusion that the mother is further along then preceived?

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