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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