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Missed Miscarriage

A missed miscarriage, also known as a missed abortion or a silent miscarriage, occurs when a fetus dies, but the body does not recognize the pregnancy loss or expel the pregnancy tissue. As a result, the placenta may still continue to release hormones, so the woman may continue to experience signs of pregnancy.

A missed miscarriage is usually diagnosed during a routine checkup, where the doctor will fail to detect a heartbeat. A subsequent ultrasound will show an underdeveloped fetus.

Signs of Missed Miscarriage

A missed miscarriage is often known as a silent miscarriage because women generally do not have common miscarriage symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding, heavy cramping, or expulsion of fetal tissue. With a missed miscarriage, the placenta may still release hormones, which can continue the signs of pregnancy for women. However, some women may notice that their pregnancy symptoms, like breast tenderness, nausea, or fatigue, may disappear. Some may also have brownish or red vaginal discharge. Doctors can diagnose missed miscarriages by lack of a fetal heartbeat and an ultrasound that will show an underdeveloped fetus.

Rates of Missed Miscarriage

Approximately one percent of all pregnancies will result in a missed miscarriage. Around 20 percent of pregnancies will result in miscarriage.

Missed Miscarriage Causes

Most missed miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, which do not allow the pregnancy to develop.

Treatment for Missed Miscarriage

If a missed miscarriage has occurred early in pregnancy, a woman will usually be able to expel the pregnancy tissue naturally. However, if the fetal tissue remains in the body for a longer time, a D&C procedure is usually recommended. In this procedure, the cervix is opened and the contents of pregnancy are removed. This can cut down on infections, which may occur if the fetal tissue remains in the body.

After a missed miscarriage, couples are encouraged to wait between one to three menstrual cycles before trying to conceive again.

Read more about causes of miscarriage here.



Hi I had a missed miscarriage at 8 weeks,about 4 months ago. I have really heavy and clotty periods . I'm now pregnant again I'm terrified I'l have another miscarriage ,can I be tested for blood clotting disorder my nurse says no but I'm worried that's what killed my first baby ?

I had a missed miscarriage at 16 week and since 3 months now I was on able to get pregnant again , I have been worried if something is wrong with me or not pls I need a help.

I have had 2 missed or "silent" miscarriages, back to back. I have one child, 5, very healthy and we don't know Why this keeps happening! Because of he fact that this is the second time, it decreases my chances of having successful pregnancy in the future. Once my hormones get back to normal the doctor has set up some tests for my my fiance and I, to check hat it's not a genetic thing. We have son together so I don't see that being it. Through out both pregnancies I was really stressed at work, which could be contributing factor.

Hi alise,

Miscarriages can be caused by a number of things. How old are you? Women tend to have a greater risk of miscarriage as they age. Are you working with a fertility doctor? Give us a call at 855-955-2229 if you'd like some more information on fertility doctors in your area.

Kim, thank you for reaching out. I am 23 and haven't gone that route just yet. So far, my doctor cannot tell me why this is happening or what I can do to prevent his from continuing. So we are just holding off on trying for a baby for now.

I have two healthy girls. My youngest is 2 1/2. We got pregnant last fall and miscarried at 8 weeks naturally. I got pregnant really quickly and carried that baby to 11 weeks 2 days, when we found out that there was no hb. I am pregnant again and just hit 13 weeks. I am starting to feel movement which eases my mind a great deal. I don't think that 2 back to back miscairrages effects your chances of a healthy pregnancy significantly because you have had one life birth. Google "Miscarriage Calculator". This put my mind a ease as we tried for another one.

Hi Alise, I just found out yesterday that I am having a missed m/c again, my 2nd and back to back. I have no children, and docs wont test me until i've had more then 3 miscarriages, which i think is disgusting. im here if u need to talk, i know what ur going through. Keep strong xxx

miss miscarriage *3. Today I just know that I had my third time missed miscarriage back to back. Don't know what to see

Hi Molly, Are you working with a fertility doctor (reproductive endocrinologist)? They can diagnose and treat recurrent pregnancy loss. Email us at and we can help you connect with a miscarriage expert in your area. Best, Kim

I knw hw u feel my happend to me too twice.i also hv a 5year old heathy baby n I wonder wht could b da cause of my missed miscariages

I had a missed miscarriage at 15 wks and have still not expelled the fetus does anyone know anything about this? It's been almost a month

I am 23 and have not met with fertility doctor. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to however my doctor still hasn't found any reason as to why this is happening. Thank you for reaching out.

You can contact me by calling 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we can connect you with a fertility doctor who WILL help you figure out why you're not getting pregnant. Thinking of you! Kim

I was wondering if you could give me some advice. My little sister was diagnosed at a very young age with 2 uterus's and endometriosis. She had to have some reconstructive surgery so that both could be connected to one cervix etc. Her doctors told her she could potentially get pregnant in both. I was just diagnosed with protein S deficiency as well as lupus anticoagulant. I had to be on lovenox shots 2 times a day while pregnant with my twins. (I have had a DVT as well as a PE after my 2nd child). My sister has just suffered her 3rd miscarriage. her doctors suspect it is due to blood flow since she has 2 uterus's but since I have been diagnosed with this blood disorder I think she should be checked. All three have been missed miscarriages as she has had to have a D&C each time. I have offered to surrogate for her although my doctors are fighting with me b/c of my condition. Any advice you can give would be appreciated!

I definitely think your sister should be tested. Is she working with a fertility doctor or OB-GYN? She can call us at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) to connect with a trusted fertility doctor in her area. Best, Kim

my first baby cardiac activity stopped at 6 weeks i want to get pregnant again so what safety measures should i take

Hi there, Unfortunately, there isn't a lot you can do. Miscarriage is just one of those things that happens even if the pregnancy seems healthy up to that point. Unless you have an autoimmune disease or hormonal imbalance that would cause you to miscarry (like thyroid disease), if the baby stops growing or the heart stops beating, that is just usually something that can't be treated. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope you are successful soon. Kim

age 42 43 in january had a mist carriage a month ago n want 2 know if it is possible for me 2 have a next child?

Hi lorraine, You certainly may be able to get pregnant and carry a child to term. However, at 42, I would recommend working with a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email Best, Kim

had a mist carriage a month ago n wanting 2 have a next is it possible

I have a miscarriage in second month of pregnancy... Doctor said its due to less fetus growth. When i can try for next pls suggest and how we we come to know our fetus is growing or not in initial 1-2 months

Hi bits, If you have a history of miscarriage, it is important to work closely with a fertility doctor or your OB-GYN for monitoring in early pregnancy. Unfortunately, if it is due to chromosomal abnormalities, then only a fertility doctor can help you address that issue. If there is some other issue causing the miscarriage, the OB-GYN may be able to monitor you. Most miscarriages are the result of an unhealthy pregnancy and are not preventable, but monitoring may be able to help you address any issues or figure out the problem sooner. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email Best, Kim

I have just had a missed miscarriage and it has been 2.5 weeks since the baby stopped growing. How long should I wait to have a D & C? I have seen 2 different OBs and one said no longer than 2 weeks to prevent infection and the other said 4 weeks.

Hi Audrey, I have often heard of doctors advising a patient to wait two weeks before undergoing a D & C. In this instance, I think it is up to you to do what you feel most comfortable with. Best of luck! Kim

hi, everyone. sorry for all of your losses. I just found out monday tht my baby had no heartbeat at my twelve week check up. i had to go back nxt day to my dr. she told baby stop growin at ten wks. ibhav a d and c seheduled for toma. two yrs ago i had an abortion, i thnk tht was my biggest mistake. could it be a connection wit my now missed miscarriage?

Hi Nikki, I am so sorry for your loss. Miscarriages are most often caused by a chromosomal abnormality in the embryo. It likely doesn't have anything to do with the abortion. You should consult your OB-GYN or a fertility doctor to address your concerns. Best, Kim

Hey i was wondering if you can help me out i been bleeding these pass 2 days not heavy bleeding just spotting and ii want to know if im in danqer of a miss carraiqe ? Im really scared and ii want to know what i can do about that ?

Hi Lizeth, Some bleeding in early pregnancy is common, but you should definitely call your OBGYN to be sure. Best of luck! Kim

what help can folic acid do for me at my age 42 43 coming january

If you are trying to get pregnant, you really should see a fertility doctor in your area. Please reply here or call at 855-955-2229 if you would like more information. Best, Claire

Hi I had a missed carriage at 11 weeks 6 days. I went thru ivf treatment me and my husband struggled to get pg for 10 year's it been hard to over come it. I'm 35 years old and I have a thyroid problem I am on medication. Do you think that could have been the problem. I wonder what I did wrong I so wanted my baby. I go see the doctor next week. I wouldn't want to go thru this again. Do u think this would happen every time I would get pregnant cause of my thyroid problem. Thanks hope u can answer my ?

Thyroid problems carries a high risk of miscarriages. However you can have thyroid issues and still have a healthy pregnancy, I did. Best of luck to you!!

I'm so sorry for your loss. There are a number of things that can cause a miscarriage - hopefully your doctor will have some answers for you, including those related to your thyroid issue. Best, Claire

I have had two missed miscarriages back to back and have no children. The last miscarriage they said was triplets. Both were at 6 weeks and I found out at abt 9 weeks on a scan. I'm 5 wks 5 days pregnant again and at my doctor visit yesterday they didn't offer a scan or check any hcg or progesterone. hey said to come back in 4 weeks for a dating scan. I have had testing done after the last miscarriage and they can't find anything wrong with me but doesn't it seem like they should monitor it a little closer. they acted like I was paranoid when I asked for a thyroid test. What should I do?

There are doctors who specialize in recurrent miscarriages. Please email us at or call 855-355-2229 so we can help connect you with one.

Hi, I'm sorry for everyone's loss. I had a great cramps and been scan for hb of my embryo at 6weeks pregnancy. I'm 30 y/o, no child. I had found that I have a missed /c after 2weeks. Still at state of shock. Just want to know what will be the best procedure on removing the embryo, both procedure might be painful but I have a continous abdominal and back pain. Is it possible that spontaneous abortion may occur soon? Hoping for each and everyone's right time.

I am so sorry for your loss. Please talk to your gynecologist about your concerns and ask the doctor your questions as well. All the best, Claire

Just went for my third scan. Was told the sac is empty again but no fibroid found which was seen from the second scan. I am not sure if I should go for another scan or to just go for an evacuation. Am scared of the evacuation I really don't mind to go natural. Should be 13weeks today. I need advice on how to go natural instead of evacuation. So worried

hi,am so worried,,i got pregnant 3mnths ago,bu but at 11th week i came to know that my baby is 6 week with no heart beat and doc suggest me DNC,,plzz let me know should i wait further ,is it possible that my baby's growth ll be started or i should go for abortion?

I am so sorry. I would go on your doctor's recommendation. I would follow up with him or her. Best, Claire

I should be 13weeks gone, but started spotting 3dys ago. 1stly, brownish, then pinkish; now bleeding clots. I've had a miscarriage about 5months ago, and had it expelled via d&c which was very painful. Just want to know natural ways of expelling it. Thanks!

I'm so sorry for your losses. You should talk to your doctor about this. You may also want to talk to a doctor about why you are miscarrying. If you need any information, please contact our Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-2229 or Wishing you the best, Claire

I have had 2 missed miscarriages I had my last one 5 months ago I am now pregnant again I am 8 weeks and last week ive stared spotting again I had an ultrasound and everything is ok but im still spotting im freken out

It's understandable that you are stressing out. You should check out the forums on There are a lot of women there in similar situations that can offer you support. I wish you all the best. Claire

I feel so sorry when i read all this sad stories. My story is ectopic in august 2012., which ended with a surgery and left fallopian tube removed, then stillbirth at 38 weeks in august 2013. due to the placental abbruption, and now i am facing missed miscarriage. Just found out today after having brown discharge for a few days. Apparently, baby didnt grow much since the last scan (which was almost 3 weeks ago, baby was then 5+5 weeks and 3.7 mm in length and now is 5.5 mm and no heartbeat). I was told that they need to do another scan in 10 days, as reassurance, and that i might expect cramping and bleeding. If i feel really bad then i should go to ER. If i dont expel fetal tissue then i will be sent for D&C. It seems bit risky to me, to wait that long, but that is the procedure. I kind of lost hope now that i can have normal pregnancy. I am bit worried now, i dont know what to expect in next few days. Is there any advice?

I am so, so sorry for your losses. On our sister site,, there are many women who have experienced similar losses, and would be happy to offer you support and information. When you are ready to try to get pregnant again, I would recommend seeing a specialist. Please let me know if you would like more information. Best, Claire

I went for my scan at 9w2d. I have a. 9 yr old and 2 year old- no past miscarriages. They said the baby did not have a heart beat and scheduled me for a D&C. I am in a Facebook pregnancy group and people were telling me of other situations where they were just not that far.. Ect. I did a lot of research and my dr should have sent me for more blood work or a follow up scan. I felt very betrayed that he told me there was 0 chance of it getting better and scheduling me for the procedure. I canceled my appointment and am looking for a new doctor! I haven't had any cramping bleeding or spotting. I took another preg test and it was still saying 3+ weeks so my hcg hasn't dropped the way I thought it would have. I'm praying they missed it because I have a tipped uterus.

Hi Hun; I had a missed m/c on Sep 25. I was at my 3mth scan. The babies heartbeat had stopped. They said around 11w3d. I saw my doc the next day and did a follow up scan. I insisted. Same result. The next day I went to hospital and had D&C. Then I had to have another one in Oct as there was still product left inside. I have waited 2 cycles as they suggested and I'm preg. First cycle back trying. They say that after a d&c that your all cleaned out and it's easy to fall again quickly & I'm 37. I have one 6yr old. Thought you just might like to hear my story. Oh and I would always go for the d&c option. But that's me. Get a second scan though to make 200% sure the baby has died. X

Hi I saw your post from January 12 and I was wondering how everything turned out for you. I too have a retroverted uterus and was told yesterday by the e.r. doctor and my ob/gyn that I'm having a missed abortion but have experienced np cramping and very little bleeding. If you could give me any information on what to expect it would mean the world to me. Thank you.

- hI mY name is arianna and I was 7w3d . I started spotting on 1/9/14 and went to the emergency room at 9pm to 4am did a ultrasound and the inside one too but there was still 17 more people in front of me and my husband just insisted that we go home so we did the next morning my husband & I got into a argument then I started having brownish discharge so I started to worry I called him at work and he was his way to pick me I started bleeding dark red blood and then we rushed to the emergency room got there at 12pm and they did the first ultrasound and they send they were sending me to a different department of the hospital it started to worry me so i got my blood drawn and waited then then finally called me to the second ultrasound around 3:30 and I was still stopping just not as much then after they were done with the ultrasound then sent me to the room and then the doctor came in a said " there is a baby but not heart beat " he said my hormone level was where It was supposed to be . And I was really confused he did a cervix exam and said it was open and then I went home and I didn't bleed for 2 days and I passed a little tissue but is there anyway that this can be mis diagnosed ? i still have a little hope . Id really appreciate the advice . Thank you


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