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 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 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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