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Discharge Instructions for Miscarriage

You have had a miscarriage. This is the unplanned end of a pregnancy before the baby is able to live outside the womb. You may have experienced 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

  • 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 health care provider when you can take baths again.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise, such as aerobics or running, until the bleeding slows to the rate of a normal period.

  • Don’t have sexual intercourse or use tampons or douches until your doctor says it’s OK.

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

Follow-up

Make a follow-up appointment with your health care provider.

When to call your health care provider

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

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or chills

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge

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

  • Abdominal pain that is severe or getting worse

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