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Question about miscarriges

At what point in time can you say you've had a miscarrige? If you are a day late and have a positive pregnancy test and then start your period shortly after finding out? or is it at a certain number of months/weeks???


Asked by Anonymous at 12:51 PM on Apr. 14, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (5)
  • If you are early on (within the first three weeks), it is called a chemical pregnancy. The embryo implants and then stops development or dies, and it simply gets cleaned out during your period (which can come on time or a few days late). You can receive a positive test and then negatives every day after. There is no such thing as a false positive. If you had one positive and then all negatives, you have likely suffered a chemical pregnancy.

    If you are 4-5 weeks up until 13 weeks, you have a positive pregnancy test (generally) and the fetus either stops development or dies. Because of this, your body will either self abort or miscarry or your doctor will supplement you with pills to help you self-abort or miscarry.

    If you are past your first trimester (13 weeks), your fetus stops development or dies and you have what is called a DnC.

    Answer by littlemrsmarcel at 12:57 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • response to the above answer sometimes there is a DnC done even before the 13 week mark I have had two for them. They are normally for an abnormal miscarriage, but sometimes it is necessary to do a DnC with a normal miscarriage. But if you are only a couple days/weeks (like 1 or 2) your body should be able to remove it on its own.


    Answer by Sbahns at 1:01 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • sbahns is right i just had to have a D&C a month ago and i was 9 weeks, but it does sounds like to me you had a chemical pregnancy, which tectaly is a really eairly miscarriage.

    Answer by mandyjh at 1:13 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Thanks gals, that's just "in-general" information. A friend of mine had to have a DnC at 12 weeks. My Aunt's third miscarriage at 7 weeks wouldn't self-abort and they ended up having to do it for her. But on average, the info above is about it.

    Answer by littlemrsmarcel at 1:18 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • if you have taken a pregnancy test and it come up positive, and sometime after that you lose the baby, it's a m/c. d&c will be done if for some reason the m/c is taking too long on it's own. or for some reason the body isn't passing the baby on it's own.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Apr. 14, 2009