Natural miscarriage means waiting for the miscarriage to complete on its own. A benefit to miscarrying naturally is knowing for certain that your baby in fact has died (see concerns with D&C). It also allows you to spend time gathering your feelings and processing the transition from experiencing hopes and joy to experiencing loss. A common concern that your medical provider may have about you miscarrying naturally, is is the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. The risk of complications of a natural miscarriage is increased, the older the baby was when he or she died. Generally, studies indicate that approximately 70% of mothers who miscarry naturally do so without unexpected complications. Natural miscarriage is safest if the baby’s gestational age is younger than 10 weeks. If you and your medical provider have both determined that natural miscarriage would be a safe option for you, it is important to know what to expect and how to prepare yourself.
If at any time you fill a maxi pad sooner than a half hour, experience dizziness, tingling in your hands or feet, or a racing heart (or any of these even with light bleeding), you should consult a medical professional immediately.
Please use our customized birth plan for natural miscarriage.
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