How Long Does a Miscarriage Last?
“How long does a miscarriage last?” Is the question a lot of women with prolonged period (who suspect they might be having a miscarriage) ask.
My friend called me up two days ago. Her voice over the phone was quite low and I knew instantly something was wrong.
I was right. She had just experienced a miscarriage and was quite broken. What made this incidence all the more painful is the fact she has been trying to conceive for a while. It finally happened only for a miscarriage to end her joy.
I listened to her cry outpour of pains and I was at a loss for what to say.
It’s true you really don’t know what a person’s journey is all about until you have walked a mile with them.
Haven never experienced a miscarriage myself, I didn’t know the exact words to tell her to fully give her the comfort she needed, especially as she seemed to think the miscarriage was her fault.
She hadn’t known she was pregnant and being an exercise freak, had continued her schedule of strenuous exercises over the course of a few days and felt that caused the miscarriage.
In the end, I was able to convince her the miscarriage was most likely NOT her fault as 15- 30% of all known pregnancies end in a miscarriage due to chromosomal abnormalities or other such health issues.
Here are Some Other Key Facts about Miscarriages You Should Know
- One of the most common causes of miscarriage is chromosomal abnormalities where either the egg or seem has some abnormalities and is unable to survive the fertilization process.
- Chromosomal abnormalities is more common in women 35 years and above.
- Other causes of miscarriage include immune disorder, hormonal problems, thyroid disorder, diabetes, a problematic uterus, cervical incompetence, and infections.
- Treatment after a miscarriage is not compulsory but is recommended to prevent future issues like an infection of the womb.
- Treatment usually including allowing the pregnancy to bleed out on its own, an occurrence that could span 2-3 weeks, taking a drug Cytotec which will clear out the blood and tissue in a week, or perform a simple procedure (D&C) to clear any remaining blood or tissue.
- It’s normal for the woman to grieve the loss of the child, no matter how early the pregnancy.
- Mothers sometimes feel guilty about the miscarriage, believing they could have done something to stop it.
- Miscarriage could span up to a month during which time lots of blood and large tissue get expelled from the womb.
- Its normal, even expected to feel severe cramping and/or backache s you miscarry.
- Headaches, dizziness, and possibly anemia should also be expected.
- It is recommended you carry out a test to find out the cause if the miscarriage re-occurs (although this isn’t common).
- Most women who have a miscarriage don’t have another as they go on to have healthy pregnancies.
How Long Does a Miscarriage Last?
Research has shown that there is no fixed duration for a miscarriage. While some women will experience their miscarriage in a few hours, for others, the bleeding might span several days (running up to a month in some cases).
A miscarriage is usually preceded by severe and sometimes prolonged cramping that starts in your lower abdomen, but could progress to mild contractions.
Since most miscarriages happen in early pregnancies and mimic the symptoms of menstruation, a woman could actually have one without being aware of it.
How to Get Over the Pains of a Miscarriage
1.As earlier said, understand miscarriages are quite common and can happen to anyone.
It happened through no fault of us and there was likely nothing you could have done to stop it.
2.Grieve the pregnancy in your own way and take as long as you feel comfortable to get over it. The baby was a part of you and it is understandable you will feel his absence.
3.You need to decide your next course of action; if you would like the miscarriage to flow naturally, or go for a D&C to remove whatever is left from the miscarriage.
4.Take as long as you feel comfortable and try when when you feel you are strong enough for it.
5.You might need to work closely with your doctor for subsequent pregnancies, who will monitor you to rule out any repeat health problems.