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Physical Recovery Concerns After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Physically, most women return to normal fairly quickly after a miscarriage or stillbirth. Your doctor will give you information about what to expect based on your specific circumstances, but here are some general resources about common physical recovery concerns after pregnancy loss.

Physical Recovery After Stillbirth
After a stillbirth, a woman goes through many of the same physical changes as in a live birth, but there are special considerations and instructions for coping with the physical recovery. This article covers vaginal bleeding, pain, lactation, signs of infection, c-section, sex and contraception and signs of depression.

How Can I Relieve Engorgement Pain?
Learn techniques and tips for getting through engorgement and reducing milk supply after a stillbirth or neonatal death.

Hemorrhage or Excessive Blood Loss Due to Miscarriage
Hemorrhage is a rare complication of miscarriage, but one of the leading causes of maternal death due to miscarriage. If you have signs of a hemorrhage or excessive blood loss due to miscarriage bleeding, seek emergency medical attention.

Can I Use Tampons After an Early Miscarriage?
There's no specific evidence showing that tampons are dangerous after a miscarriage, but doctors usually advise women to use menstrual pads for the bleeding due to a possible risk of infection. After an early miscarriage/chemical pregnancy, you might wonder about the safety of tampons.

Possible Complications After a Miscarriage

Most of the time, a first-trimester miscarriage is a tragic but relatively uncomplicated event from a health perspective -- your body recovers fairly quickly and you can go on to get pregnant again without further concerns. Sometimes, however, complications can arise. Make sure to see your doctor if you suspect you have any of these problems.

Miscarriage Recovery Questions and Answers

Physical recovery after a miscarriage varies from one person to the next, often depending on how far along the pregnancy was at the time of the miscarriage. These are some common questions about the physical aspects of miscarriage and the following weeks or months afterward.

Lactation and Pregnancy Loss
Frequently Asked Questions about what to do when your milk comes in after a stillbirth, and what to do with any breast milk you have saved if your baby dies.

Are There Any Medications I Can Take to Stop Producing Milk?
After a pregnancy loss, some women don't want to deal with the lactation reflex that makes their milk come in, so they're looking for a quick solution. Learn more about medications that may help decrease your milk supply.

How Much Miscarriage Bleeding Is Normal?
Normal bleeding after a miscarriage can sometimes be surprisingly heavy, but make sure that you seek medical attention if you have any suspicion you might be hemorrhaging.

Period After Miscarriage - Waiting for Period After Miscarriage
It's hard to predict how long it will be until your period returns after a miscarriage. Some women go back to having normal periods right away whereas others face weeks or months of waiting. Read others' experiences here on waiting for a period after miscarriage, and share your own.

Do I Have to Suppress My Milk Production After a Pregnancy Loss?

When Can I Start Exercising Again After a Miscarriage?
Unless your doctor has told you otherwise, you can probably go back to the gym and resume your normal exercise routines after a miscarriage as soon as you feel ready.

Frequently Asked Questions About Donating and Selling Breast Milk
Learn more about donating or selling your excess breast milk after a pregnancy loss.

How Long Does It Take for hCG To Drop to Zero After a Miscarriage?
Your hCG level does not fall to zero immediately after a miscarriage; it can take some weeks to return to pre-pregnancy levels.

I Had a Miscarriage. Why Do I Still Have Pregnancy Symptoms?
It can take some time for your hormone levels to return to normal following a miscarriage, so it is not uncommon to still feel pregnancy symptoms for a few weeks after a miscarriage.

Why Do I Still Have a Positive Pregnancy Test If I Had a Miscarriage?
It can take some time for your hCG levels to return to zero after you have had a miscarriage, so it is normal if you are still getting a positive pregnancy test in the first week or two following your miscarriage.

How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
Theoretically it may be possible to conceive and get pregnant again a mere two weeks after a miscarriage, but menstruation resumes at different types for different women. You should use contraception if you do not want to be pregnant again right away or if your doctor has advised you to wait.

Symptoms of Infection Due to Incomplete Miscarriage
Whether women choose D & C, natural miscarriage, or medically expedited management after receiving a miscarriage diagnosis, there is a small chance that retained tissue in the uterus could lead to an infection. Learn the symptoms of a post-miscarriage infection.

How Much Cramping and Pain Is Normal During a Miscarriage?
The amount of pain and lower abdominal cramping during a first trimester miscarriage tends to vary by how far along the pregnancy was when the miscarriage happened and other individual circumstances. Severe pain could by a symptom of ectopic pregnancy.

Sex After Miscarriage - When Is it Okay?
Doctors usually advise abstaining from sexual activity for one to two weeks following a miscarriage because of increased chances of gynecological infections during the miscarriage bleeding. Be sure to consider contraception if you do not want to get pregnant again immediately.

When Will My Period Come Back After a Miscarriage?
Your menstrual period should return within six to eight weeks after a miscarriage. The exact time will vary based on the circumstances of the pregnancy loss.

How Long Does Vaginal Bleeding Last After a Miscarriage?
Length of vaginal bleeding from a miscarriage varies for each woman, but it should stop within about two weeks of the pregnancy loss in most cases.

Physical Recovery After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Recovery from a miscarriage or stillbirth will be different depending on the point in pregnancy when the pregnancy loss occurred and whether or not you had a D&C. In all losses, you will probably be advised to avoid sexual intercourse and tampons for at least two weeks and you will need a RhoGAM shot if you are Rh negative.

When Will I Get My Period After a D&C?
The wait for the return of your period after D&C can be frustrating, especially if you are hoping to begin trying to conceive after a miscarriage. Find out the normal time for resumption of menstruation and what to do if you haven't had a period within a few months.

Will My First Period After Miscarriage Be Abnormal?
Many women experience an unusually heavy and crampy period when menstruation resumes after a miscarriage. This might be more common in women who have had a D&C.

First Menstrual Cycle After Miscarriage - Describe Your First Menstru…
Many women report an abnormal first menstrual cycle after miscarriage with bleeding that is heavier or lighter than normal. What was your experience?

What Should I Do If I Have No Period After Miscarriage?
It can take some time for your monthly menstrual cycles to resume following a miscarriages, but if more than three months have passed with no period after miscarriage, it's time to talk to your doctor.

Get Your Period After Miscarriage
Resumption of menstruation after miscarriage depends on the individual. Some women will have a period within a month while others might have to wait two to three months before menstrual periods resume. Here are common questions about menstrual periods after miscarriage.

Can I Use Tampons for My First Period After Miscarriage?
Your doctor will probably tell you to not use tampons for the bleeding associated with the miscarriage, but tampons are fine for your first regular menstrual period after the miscarriage.

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