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Early pregnancy loss (miscarriage)

Every woman's experience of miscarriage is different. This is a guide to help you understand what to expect.

Signs and symptoms

It is normal during your miscarriage to:

It is important to contact your lead maternity carer (LMC) or GP immediately, or attend the Emergency Department if you:


Cramping or period-like pain can continue for several days. This is quite normal.

A mild pain reliever such as Panadol or Nurofen is helpful. Some women also find a heat pack useful.


This is the most common complication of conservative management and is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

The following points may help to prevent infection:


It is important to have a check-up with your lead maternity carer (LMC) or GP two to three weeks after your miscarriage to check that everything is OK.

It is also advisable to have at least one regular period before trying to get pregnant immediately. If you do not want to get pregnant immediately, it is important to use contraception.


Written by Acute Gynaecology Assessment, Christchurch Women's Hospital. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated April 2016.


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