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Discharge Instructions for Miscarriage

You have had a miscarriage. This is the unplanned end of a pregnancy before the baby can live outside the uterus. You may have had a shock to your system, both physically and emotionally. Because of this, you may not feel well for a few days. Your body is going through changes. And you can expect mood swings. When you are ready, start back to your normal routine.

Home care

Suggestions for care at home include:

  • Return to work or your daily routines when you feel ready. This might be right away, or you may want to wait a few days.

  • Take showers instead of tub baths. This helps prevent infection. Ask your healthcare provider when you can take baths again.

  • Don't do any strenuous exercise right away, such as aerobics or running. Wait until the bleeding slows to the rate of a normal period.

  • Don’t have sex or use tampons or douches until your provider says it’s OK.

  • Get emotional support. Ask your provider about support groups in your area. Many women find it helpful to talk with other women who have had a miscarriage.

Follow-up

Make a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as advised by your provider

  • Chills

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge

  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than 1 menstrual pad per hour

  • Belly pain that is severe or getting worse

Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather Trevino
Online Medical Reviewer: Irina Burd MD PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 6/1/2016
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