Call your health care provider if you know or suspect you are pregnant and you are experiencing any of the following:
Go immediately to the hospital's emergency department if any of the following are true:
If you are not sure if you are pregnant, a home pregnancy test will confirm or exclude pregnancy in most cases.
Your health care provider will monitor you until the pregnancy resumes or if the miscarriage becomes complete.
Avoid exerting yourself. You may feel better if you rest, although resting will not prevent the miscarriage from happening.
Do not douche or insert anything in your vagina, including tampons.
Do not have sex until the symptoms have completely gone away for one week.
Return to the emergency department if the following symptoms develop:
With another blood test, your quantitative beta-HCG level may be checked in 48-72 hours. The rise or fall of this level is helpful in predicting the viability or failure of the pregnancy. If the level is falling, then the pregnancy may have ended.
A follow-up ultrasound may be done at some point.
There is no way to predict or prevent a miscarriage. Certain steps can be taken, however, to give your pregnancy every chance to continue to term.