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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 20 weeks. Miscarriages are very common. Most happen because the fertilized egg in the uterus does not develop as it should. Stress, exercise, or sex does not cause a miscarriage.
While many miscarriages pass on their own, some do not. These are called incomplete and missed miscarriages.
Both types often require treatment. Medicine or a surgical procedure is used to clear the tissue from the uterus.
If your blood type is Rh negative, talk to your doctor. You may need a shot of Rh immune globulin (WinRho). It can prevent problems in future pregnancies.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor, midwife, or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
The type of treatment you have will affect what you should watch closely for. Be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of: February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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