how long do you bleed during a miscarriage?

Marley - posted on 08/03/2011 ( 175 moms have responded )

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I just found out that i lost my baby at 6 weeks, I got sick and had to go to the e.r. and the doctors couldn't find the baby, by then there should've been something showing. Now, I'm clotting and letting mother nature takes it's course, but I want to try again, I've been bleeding for almost a week now but I don't know how long it normally takes to get over a miscarriage. My doctor told me that he could give me a perscription to make the miscarriage process go a little faster, but I told him no. has anyone bled longer than a week during their miscarriage?

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Alicia - posted on 08/04/2011

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Hi Marley, So sorry for your loss and I am living proof that you can do it again and be successful! I had five miscarriages in the span of five years with lots of prayers in between and then a final and successful pregnancy at 40! I have to say our angel is such a blessing but it was a very trying time waiting for her and I would say for me personally it was a very quick process! The very first one I was 8 1/2 weeks and had just found out that weekend that I was pregnant and had told my family and everything and then went away to Hilton Head for my husband's family reunion and as soon as I got there I noticed I started spotting and I literally started feeling so bad. Almost like I was dying inside and in a sense I was. A part of me was. I was devastated. I will say this to you as I researched lots of foods and drink during this time period because I wanted to get to the bottom of why I kept losing all the babies and I found that eating lunch meat without heating it can carry a bacteria which can make you get listeriosis which can make you miscarry. It does not bother you if you heat the lunch meat up but if you eat deli sandwiches or anything like cold cuts then keep that in mind. Also stay away from unpastuerized cheeses and milk as this is also damaging as well. Cheeses such as brie and feta. Another thing I would stay away from is Aspartame which is in diet drinks, chewing gum and just about any light yogurt on the market today. This is very bad stuff and has been proven to cause brain tumors. Stay away from sucralose (aka. Splenda) they have found that this is actually geneticlly modified sugar and that the use of it and aspartame can actually make you obese as well instead of having any health benefit to it. Splenda once ingested converts into chlorine chlorocarbons in the stomach after eating. Not a good thing. The sad part is that it took me a while before I could glean all this wisdom by doing this research and I am an avid all-natural and organic type of gal and I really do stop and read every label that I can. I was amazed to find that most of your flavored chips like (cheddar cheese flavored) have MSG in them. It has been proven that MSG causes holes in the brains of lab rats! Nice of the government to allow this in our foods huh? I no longer trust the FDA with anything. I try to buy organic as best I can and thank God Walmart has started riding the organic band wagon! My husband and I would try as soon as I got better so it is to each his own. Some doctors say wait a year but we did not feel that I had that kind of time so we did not. I was tested by two doctors and one was a veteran in the industry as he had been an OBGYN for 30 some years and amazingly enough he taught us how to chart our ovulation period and then to go for it. For me this was 14 days after my period. I am so sorry for your loss and do not let anyone make you feel that it was not a valid loss because they did this to me at the hospital once because they could not see anything but I knew I had lost it when I was at work. For me, my body shed them quite fast. After the first miscarriage it was very early on in the gestational period for each one thereafter. Each was a living being to me that I will see again soon! Remember, Jesus has a rocking chair and even though this one got it's wings early somehow somewhere God has a greater Yes waiting for you! God bless you dear in trying again!

Ntseliseng - posted on 08/28/2011

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Bleeding after miscarriage/abortion is a process that cleans the womb/uterus and makes it go to origional position- it goes in stages from red-pink colour discharge. This usually takes more than a week but not over 2 weeks. The amount of blood is usually heavy at 1st 3 days, approximately 5-8 heavily soaked pads in 12 hours, then decreases gradually. Continuous Heavy bleeding may denote some problems like retained products/parts of fetus in uterus. The uterus will bleed a lot in an attempt to expel the ' foreign' body. If u bleed a lot, it's wise to summon for medical attention, in which case they might have to do D&C to clean the womb. Having a baby right a way is not a very good idea. You need to regain strength and probably find out 1st what caused the problem lest the same thing happens again.

Marisa - posted on 10/05/2011

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First two days I had severe cramps which even woke me up out of my sleep. Then found out I miscarried at 7 weeks. I bleed heavy those two days, and gradually started to get lighther almost a pinkish color. Im doing better now and look forward to my follow up docs appt to get as much information possible. Look forward to trying again soon! Wish me luck gurls!

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Shannon - posted on 01/11/2012

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I had a miscarriage 2 months ago at 5 weeks and I bleed heavy for 7 days and then it was all gone. Really sorry for your loss xxo

Gemma - posted on 01/09/2012

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I had a scan at 5 weeks everything looked great hearbeat etc I had this scan due to spotting, I had really bad nausia with this pregnancy at around 11 weeks i woke up to loads of blood ( no Pains) went to Er they booked me for a scan few days later, at that scan they could see the sac but no fetus anymore, I had to back a week later for a d&C as they suspected a molar pregnancy, after my d&C they said my sac was measuring 12 weeks but they couldnt find the baby anymore, they ran tests for molar but it came back negative, I was told I may bleed for a few days 2 weeeks tops, well its been almost 7 weeks since mc 6 weeks since D&C my bleeding goes heavy light red to brown red brown light heavy etc constant changing, the hospital only ever says give it another 2 weeks, I havent been offered any tests of any sort I have had no pains at all so I know I haven't had a period yet, if I am still bleeding in a weeks time I have to go back to the consultant, I really hope it stops soon :(

Shannon - posted on 01/04/2012

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Oh bless, im really sorry this happened to you hon. I recently had a miscarriage at 8 weeks on the 3rd December 2011....i was spotting the week before and the baby came out during the night when i felt contraction like pains....continuing cramping a few days before and i knew something was wrong. I lost a lot of blood in the process so i went to hospital and was put on a drip..and when i had the all clear to go home...from that day i was bleeding quite heavily with clots for a few weeks at the most.

Monica - posted on 01/02/2012

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Hi marley I'm sorry for your lost ..
I kno what your going thru I was 8 weeks when had the miscarriage on nov 2011 I was bleedin a lot too w but the weird thing its that I had my menstrual period on dec n it stop on the 27 of dec it last lme almost two weeks and now on new years I started it again

Vette - posted on 10/05/2011

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Marisa , sorry for your loss. my prayers and thoughts are with you . take time to heal it will be worth it. blessings

Amanda - posted on 09/16/2011

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Also I was in worse pain than after giving labor to both my children, had contractions for a week after they can prescribe something for pain for you and it will help.

Amanda - posted on 09/16/2011

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I bled for almost 2 wks after i miscarried. I was 2 1/2 mnths pregnant. It was very hard for me. My midwife said if i didnt stop bleeding after 2 wks to come in just to make sure everything was ok and make sure no infection was forming.

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2011

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i have 3 miscarrages and 2 full term pregnances i bleed about 1 week the last one i was 12 weeks thats one was a little longer 8 or 9 days .dr said keep testing make sure levels are down and d and c if bleeding is to long but didnt need that .

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2011

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I bled for almost 3 weeks after my first miscarriage, though not as long after others. One to three weeks seems to be the norm, as each person in different.
Since you would like to try again, I would suggest waiting at least 3 months so your body is able to regulate itself again, and you also will have some time to recover emotionally if needed. As soon as your period is regular again, have at it.
Sorry for your loss, and good luck in trying again!

Rachel - posted on 09/09/2011

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I had a miscarriage, and I believe I bled for 2-3 wks (not positive) But I let mother nature take her course. It was very hard and painful process. Drs told me that I couldn't have any kids......I'm a mom today with 2 wonderful kids! :)

Denise - posted on 09/08/2011

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aw so sorry for the loss. It is hard expecially when you were looking forward to an addition to the family. It happened to me and it was a while. a week or so. It was painful in the heart and the tummy. My back hurt so bad and my right leg. Had to drive myself to the e.r. Not good. Prayers to you. I hope you try again after time passes. Don't be afraid. God gives us what we can handle. And the next child will be nice and healthy for you and your hubby. : )

DEENA - posted on 09/06/2011

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I bled for about two week's when I had my miscarriage.
I found out at ten weeks that the baby had stopped growing at around 6 week's, I was told the gestational sac was empty :0(
I too am trying again, I lost my baby at the end of May this year.

Angel - posted on 09/05/2011

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toont if you have any concerns about the belly pain i would call your doctor.

Angel - posted on 09/05/2011

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i bled for a week when i had my miscarriage. I was only about a week to two weeks along. And i am so sorry for your loss

Mary - posted on 09/04/2011

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I am sooo sorry to hear this!!Its hard to handle.
First let nature take its coarse as far as the physical part of it goes! If you start got see signs of deprssion than you need to talk to the Dr! Bleeding can last upto 6 weeks just like a normal full term birth!! Clots and bleeding with contractions! Let your body heal for at least 3 months it takes a toll on you to go through something like this!! I pray for you and may God Bless you in havin a baby!!

Leonor - posted on 09/03/2011

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this is very helpful to me I think I just had a miscarriage and On the first day I bleed heavy then on the 3rd day I was hardly bleeding made me wonder if it really happened? I called my doc. all they say is to come in but thought I would wait and see what happens. This afternoon it started up heavy and I'm still in pain! I'm going through so much stress in my life that I think that is what caused it but I'm 37and have 3 girls and want to try for a boy! so I will be trying again! Hopefully by then my stress will be less! Sorry for your lose and everything goes good for you too!

Natasha - posted on 09/01/2011

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i had 2 miscarriages one at 6 weeks and i bled for a week or just less a few pains but nothing major...and then again at 14weeks i had some brown spooting and went to hospital i had it a couple of weeks earlier but scan showed everything was good at 11+5 weeks had another scan at 14 weeks and baby had died they tried telling me my baby had been there 2 weeks but i knew they werent right i still felt pregnant morning sickness and horrid mouth till that thursday morning when i went hospital...i left the hospital distraught with an appointment to go back at 9am the next morning...i started bleeding bad at half past 3 the next morning and at 4.45 i lost my baby i lost loads of blood and was taken to hospital on gynae ward and went home that afternoon...i bled for about 5 days then had another scan which showed parts of the baby was still remaining this lasted for 7 weeks....every week scans and still nothing was moving i had speradic bleeding in between....finally as i didnt want a d and c i had 3 tablets inserted and by the next week i had a sucessfull negative pregnancy test...8 weeks later...in that time i had bled not as much as i thought i would...i lost more blood while i was loosing my baby i am very glad i didnt do it at the hospital...to have those people tear my baby apart for an answer is heartbreaking....as it took 8 weeks for my mc to complete i had a period then as i had be artifically made to bleed 4 weeks later i was pregnant and our beautifull daughter abbie grace was born on 6/01/11 she was due on the 16/01/11 excatley a year after we lost our baby...she is our angels gift from above...dont loose hope and i didnt wait i couldnt best thing i did helped me recover and think of something beautifull...they only tell u to wait more so u know dates for defo and recovery time but anytime is a good as any xox

Claire - posted on 08/29/2011

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i had one just before xmas hun you find ya start to stop bleedin wen ya actually pass the pregnancy sac it looks like a kidney bean mine wa the size of my hand and after a few days i stopped bleedin i wa supposed to of been 10 wks and the sac wa empty wen they checked with an internal exam but wen i passed the sac there was a white tiny baby inside

Charlie - posted on 08/22/2011

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Most likely Braxton Hicks then , practice contractions .



You may want to start a new thread next time so its clear what you are asking and so we dont derail Marley's thread with an off topic subject.

Bj - posted on 08/21/2011

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firstly, I want to extend my deepest sympathy for you. After such tragic experience, you should be examined by your ob/gyn. There are several types of miscarriages, If you continue to bleed, you may need to have a dilation and curettage (D&C). it may be helpful to keep a journal and describe your menstral flow; color; heavy, light, or medium; are there any clots..things of that nature. I know that this is a very difficult time too, but a journal also can be use to express your feelings/grieving period as well. No, I am not a MD. but I am a nurse. Again, my deepest sympathy for you.

Charlie - posted on 08/20/2011

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TOONT - you will experiance after pains , this is your body contracting your uterus back to its regualr position for some people its not noticable for others it is .

Charlie - posted on 08/20/2011

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Marley I bled for around two weeks its different for everyone though.

Kimberly in Aus they only do a DC if it is necissary , usually it is only performed if the doctor thinks everything hasnt been expelled naturally.

Kimberly - posted on 08/20/2011

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To my knowledge they make you do a dnc when you miscarry it is required for safety and not doing it isnt usually an option

TOONT - posted on 08/17/2011

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my question is why am i having belly pains at 12 weeks.but there not to bad they just noticeable

Diane - posted on 08/17/2011

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Meryl. My name is Diane back twentyeight year ago it will be twentynine year this November 8 of this year.I had a baby that was still borned.It was a boy the unbilical cord was tied around his neck. I thank it was the pills that they gave me that did it The Nurse ask me if some where to go.We lived up stair I told her no so she said if my husband would me I could go home.Because the pills would me very sleepy.So my husband had to take his boss back to him.So I stayed a wake until he got back home so when he got back home I when to bed.when layed down I when right off to sleep.when the pill relaxe me it did the same the my baby.when tost and turn I thank that when the umbilical cord tied around his neck.I was due in oct he was borned on november 8.I cared him died in side of me for a month.So thats why I thank the pills that they gave me coze him to die.I can't spell to good.It told me a long time to get over with it.The same year I lost my son I got pregnat and I had miscarriage and bleeded alot.Then two year later I had a beatful daughter and then two year later I had aother beatful daughter. How i can't have any more babys.

Priyanka - posted on 08/17/2011

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Hi Marley, sorry about your miscarriage.. i want to tell you that i had also a miscarriage (in April) and i was 5 mnths pregnant.. after my miscarriage i bled for 15-20 days. If you bled for a week then it is normal.

Cindy - posted on 08/16/2011

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TOONT LOVE : where syour question hun and i see if i can (was it in this thread?)

Meryl - posted on 08/16/2011

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I am sure I did, I was 5-l/2 mos. pregnant and my baby died inside me and my body did not go into labor so I had to have his little body removed via pushing on my abdomen. I was totally poisoned and sick and went to pieces and it took me 2 years, without medication, to feel I would be normal again so I could stay with my two adorable little girls. which I did. I never knew what happened but was in shock from my husbands cheating when I got pregnant. Did my baby turn too many times around the umbilical cord. He was active. This was the most horrible thing I ever dreamed I could live thru. If any one else knows of this happening to anyone I would so appreciate hearing about the cause.

Trisha - posted on 08/16/2011

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Did you call your ob/gyn? When I had one I bled a lot for a day or two, and then a little for about a week. Very traumatic, I hope you are ok!!

Jamey - posted on 08/16/2011

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I am very sorry for your loss and I just went through this exact same situation myself. You will bleed much longer than a week sweety. It's like having a baby, you bleed for 6 weeks and sometimes longer. Depending on whether or not you are taking those pills. I chose not to because of the side effects. I bled for about two weeks before the actual miscarriage took place. And trust me, you will know when that is! Wear lots of pads and if the doctor gave you pain pills, take them. You will start having throbbing down below and feel lots of scary gushes of clots come out when the majority of the miscarriage takes place. Just stay calm and let the process take place. I bled so much that I was given another medication to make me stop bleeding. I was also a bit further along than yourself so my situation may have been a bit more complex. However, the emotional pain is always the same. Just know that there is nothing you could have done and it isn't your fault. Also know that once you get through this, it will take a few cycles to get you back to your regular self. I had my miscarriage in late march and I have finally been having more normal cycles. I still have problems with knowing when to expect them though, but the flow is more regular. Also keep in mind that this is personal experience and every persons body is different. I would stay in close connection with your doctor and they will guide you through this process in the best way possible. Again, I am so sorry. I hope you get through this quickly

Shaz - posted on 08/16/2011

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ive had two 'normal' miscarriages and a missed miscarriage which ended up with me having to be 'cleaned out' because it just wouldnt come away naturally and i can say each time was different...but i agree dont rush the next one. you need to deal with the loss of this one.

Nokuthula - posted on 08/16/2011

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I lost my baby at 8 weeks, it was not easy as i was looking forward for my pregnacy. U have to take your time and heal first b4 trying for another back, i think you should take your Dr's advise to speed up the process and deal with a pain and lose.

Vette - posted on 08/15/2011

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depends on u & your body, be patient when i had my miscarriage in 2oo5 we were given the same option , but choose the natural way. thank God i had my husband and our Pastor. 2 babies later .... blessing huney , take your time and use your careful judgement . Yevette

TOONT - posted on 08/15/2011

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oh and i was so sad and wanted my baby again that i messed up and had sex with my babyfather three days later just wishing i can get pregnant but you not suppose to do that you suppose to wait until you heal and go to the doctors first..it took me a year and here i am 11 weeks pregnant...

TOONT - posted on 08/15/2011

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how you doing i am a 2o year old female who just went threw a miscarriage on april.7th.2010 it was so hard for me to get over and i honestly can say im still not over it but i think i only bled for 2-3days after i had the dc...

Summer - posted on 08/15/2011

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I've had 2 miscarriages and I bled different lengths with both of them. The first one I bled for what seemed like a dang month, but it was about 2 1/2 weeks. My second one was less. It was about a week and a half. It differs with each woman! If you're still bleeding after 2 weeks or so, call your doctor.

Cindy - posted on 08/14/2011

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i bled for a month but i was 12 weeks when i miscarried, and i had a feeling there was something stuck inside me at one point because after it passed i virtually stopped bleeding. i have had a few miscarriages the ones when i was only a few weeks like you seemed just like a normal period just a lot heavier and crampier. so sorry for your loss :'(

Vicky - posted on 08/14/2011

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I lost my baby at 10 weeks (tho the heart stopped at 7) and I bled very lightly for 1 week (and unexpectedly got pregnant 2 weeks later as my cycle progressed as normal, but the signs didn't!), but my sister who had a MC 5 months before me, bled heavy for 3 weeks. Just make sure you rest up as much as possible and take care of yourself.

Julleanna - posted on 08/13/2011

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Oh, that is so hard to deal with, but it seems to happy to many of us. It's ok to cry a lot during this time. I was at my 10 wk OB appt in January when they realized by pregnancy had not progressed past 6 weeks, but I had no signs of bleeding yet. A few days later it started, and to be honest, it was heavy and very painful for almost 2 days. If you start to have strong cramping, leave work, go home and rest...it's not easy. The bleeding stayed fairly heavy for a few weeks but I felt ok, so my OB said I didn't need to do a D&C, which I agreed with. Then 4 weeks later, the bleeding actually became heavier and at an OB appt it became ridiculous (I'll spare you the details). I ended up fainting and was rushed to the ER on my birthday for an emergency D&C surgery (which was actually very easy recovery thankfully). So, the bleeding is normal, but you it should lessen after your body passes the miscarriage. Do not let it continue heavy for many weeks!

Denise - posted on 08/12/2011

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I've had 5 miscarriages all lost around the 6 week mark I bled on and off for about a month with one. All mine nature took it's course and I never needed a d&c. But do see a doc if you have concerns. Sorry for your loss I know how hard it can be. Best of luck in the future.

Terri - posted on 08/11/2011

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Hey Marley....just checking in to see how you were doing. Been praying for you

Maria - posted on 08/11/2011

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I did... it was heavier and much more painful than my normal cycle...it also lasted longer....

Tammy - posted on 08/11/2011

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it depends sumtimes it could last lke you had it to and to depends to if your iron was ok i had to have a dc had to get scraped after i had one cause i couldnt stop

Tabitha - posted on 08/10/2011

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I can tell you that you should let your body heal before you try again. When I had a miscarriage it was in March we tried again in June. And then at the end of june we found out that I was pregnant again. I hope this helps.

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