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how long does it tke to pass blood after a misscarriage?

By Anonymous June 7, 2009 - 10:07am
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Hi Anonymous,

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your baby. Sore nipples are common. It is also common for milk to come out of the nipple area after a miscarriage which may be the scabbing that you are experiencing. Since many physicians will request that breast stimulation should be minimized, you can try warm water on a washcloth to try and remove the scabbing (and or possible dried milk).

Follow up with your physician is also recommended since there is always always a possibility with complications after any procedure. You indicated that your results should be back next week so this is a good thing. Here is a great website to learn more about the after effects of a miscarriage that may be helpful to you http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/obgyn/patedu/prenatalcare/miscarriage.html.

Again, I am very sorry for your loss. Please keep us updated.

September 25, 2010 - 9:43am
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hi there, after finally miscarring on thursday im still bleeding, mild bleeding like a period but am still having some pain and cramps, nothing like i had previoisly. Im hoping this is all my body getting back to normal after the miscarriage as ive read lots of stories about "products" still being left inside resulting in an infection.
I dont have my final scan till the 7th of october so cant help but worry, ive also discovered today that my nipples are scabbed?? Is this normal? Thanks for the support and advice. rachael

September 25, 2010 - 9:09am

Hi Rachael,
I was 34 when I had my miscarriage. It happened in August that year, and I got pregnant again in December that year. My doctor told us that as soon as the bleeding stops and you're ready, you can try again. What did your doctor tell you? I know some have differing opinions on it. Some want you to wait until you have a good cycle and period after the miscarriage.
It's important to allow yourself to grieve, regardless of how much you try to make a new pregnancy and how soon. Everyone deals with it differently, one friend who went through it in January of this year (a nurse) said she took it as a break from being pregnant and tried not to think about it, another friend went through a real grieving process--cried, was angry, jealous of women who were pregnant, etc. Here's my story:
Here is one of my friend's story:
We can be your own little support group!

September 23, 2010 - 1:20pm
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i found out last thursday that i had miscarried at 8 weeks at that point i was 13 weeks pregnant. I had light bleeding which started tuesday and i finally miscarried fully last night, which was the most painfull horrific experience of my life.
How long should o bleed for now ive actually miscarried.

September 23, 2010 - 11:16am
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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question, and for finding EmpowHER. I'm so sorry for your loss. If the miscarriage is complete, bleeding can last one or two weeks. If you soak more than one pad/hr for a few hours, you need to seek medical attention.
Please know you are not alone in this time. Many woman experience miscarriage. I experienced miscarriage like you, at 13 weeks--it was my first pregnancy. My next two pregnancies went fine.
I know how horrible your experience must have been. Again, I'm so sorry you're having to go through this. Here is the Miscarriage page in case you want to read more stories about dealing with miscarriage, and have questions, etc.:
Good luck, and let us know how you are, or how else we may be able to help you through this difficult time. We are here to support and inspire you.

September 23, 2010 - 12:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

thanks so much for your reply.
Yes have read plenty of miscarriage stories so that i compleatly understand what should expect.
At the moment the bleeding is the same as a light period and is still a little crampy.
This was also my first baby and very much planned and wanted.
How long did you wait before trying again, im 33 this year and was trying for a while for this pregnancy, am very anxious that it may take a while. Thanks again for the support. Rachael

September 23, 2010 - 1:04pm

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), (you can read the entire online brochure by clicking on orange hyperlink: Miscarrige. The brochure states:

"...You can expect spotting and some discomfort for a few days. You should call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
* Heavy bleeding
* Fever
* Chills
* Severe pain"

The recovery will take longer:

"Your recovery will take some time. If you are beyond 13 weeks of pregnancy, you may still look pregnant and your breasts may leak milk. Light exercise is good, but increase your activity slowly. Ask your doctor about which exercises are best and how often you should do them. It is safe to have sex after the bleeding stops.

You can ovulate and become pregnant as soon as 2 weeks after an early miscarriage. If you do not wish to become pregnant again right away, be sure to use birth control. "

Did you have a D&C? If so, bleeding can occur after this procedure for up to a week (refer to your doctor for more specific information about bleeding and expectations, as this differs from woman to woman).

When did you miscarry? Would you describe your bleeding as heavy?

How are you doing emotionally, mentally and physically? We are here if you have any other questions, or would just like to talk about your experience. You can also read the EmpowHer's Miscarriage information, which includes stories and questions from other women by clicking here.

June 7, 2009 - 3:08pm
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Hi Anonymous,

Most of the time you bleed for about 2 weeks although you will get your period again, so this may extend your bleeding time. If it lasts longer than about a month (counting your regular period), you should consult your physician.

The better health channel provides more information on miscarriages, symptoms and the aftermath. You can read more about it here http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Miscarriage_explained?open.

I hope this helps.

June 7, 2009 - 10:28am
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