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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 normally. Stress, exercise, or sex does not cause a miscarriage.
While many miscarriages pass on their own, some do not. These are called incomplete miscarriages and missed miscarriages. With an incomplete miscarriage, some of the pregnancy tissue stays in the uterus after a miscarriage. With a missed miscarriage, all of the tissue stays in the uterus after a miscarriage. Incomplete and missed miscarriages often require treatment. Medicine or a surgical procedure is used to clear the tissue from the uterus.
If your blood type is Rh negative, ask your doctor or midwife if you need a shot of Rh immune globulin (WinRho) to 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 call line 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 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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