Losing a Pregnancy (Miscarriage) 235
The warning signs of miscarriage are:
• small amounts of brown, red, or pink blood from
• pains or cramping, no matter how small.
What to do when signs start:
Once a miscarriage starts there is usually not much that can
be done to stop it. If you are bleeding slightly, without pain:
• lie down and rest for 2 or 3 days.
• do not have sex.
If bleeding continues or becomes heavy, or if you are more
than 4 months pregnant, go to a hospital and tell them you
IMPORTANT If you are in the first 3 months of pregnancy and
you have severe pain, feel faint, and have some bleeding, you could
have a pregnancy in the tube. Go to a hospital immediately. Be
sure to tell them you are pregnant.
Before you try to get pregnant again:
• Follow the guidelines on page 234 about treating health
problems and practicing good health habits. It is especially
important to avoid caffeine, to stop smoking or chewing
tobacco, and to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs. These
things can all help cause miscarriage.
• If your miscarriages always happen after you have been
pregnant for 3 months, it may be that the opening to your
womb is weak. This can sometimes be treated by having a
doctor put a small tie around the cervix
to keep it closed. Make sure that the
doctor has experience giving this
treatment. When it is time to give
birth, the tie has to be removed.
If you do become pregnant:
• try not to lift heavy things.
• try not to have sex for the first
6 to 8 weeks of your pregnancy.
• rest when you can.
Losing a pregnancy is
common. If it happens
to you, it does not mean
you cannot have a healthy
pregnancy the next time.
➤ Miscarriage often
happens no matter
how careful you
are. Do not blame
Where Women Have No Doctor 2012