After Care at Home

Tiredness​

Women report symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion during and after a miscarriage. This is due to the hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy. Sometimes taking time off work or normal activities to recover physically and mentally is beneficial.

It is advisable to rest for a couple of days following a miscarriage. Normal physical activities can be resumed once you feel you are ready. It is not unusual to feel tired and emotional for the next few weeks. Returning to work is an individual choice and is dependent on how you are feeling. If your tiredness persists and does not improve please consult your GP.

It is normal to experience light bleeding for 7 to 10 days following a miscarriage. Your period should return 2 to 3 weeks after the bleeding has stopped, however this may vary from person to person. If you have any concerns please contact your GP.

 

During this time, to minimize the risk of infection, condoms should be used during intercourse.​

Possible complications following a miscarriage

In most cases after a miscarriage follow up is not necessary.

 

However if you experience any of the following please contact your GP, South Doc, ER or the EPAU/Aislinn Suite:

  • Positive pregnancy test 2 weeks after you have stopped bleeding

  • Bleeding for more than 2 weeks following miscarriage

  • Heaving bleeding i.e. filling one sanitary towel in 30 minutes

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Offensive discharge from your vagina

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Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Wilton, Cork, Ireland

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