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What is Normal for the First Period After Miscarriage?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

A normal first period after miscarriage normally occurs within seven weeks of a pregnancy loss, but it is difficult to say what constitutes "normal." This is due to the fact that different women may have different experiences that are all within the range of normal. For example, some women may have a heavy first period while others may have lighter ones. Likewise, some may have painful cramps while others may not experience cramping at all. Additionally, some women will have spotting that eventually gives way to moderate-to-heavy vaginal bleeding while others may start off with heavy bleeding and gradually taper off to spotting.

In many cases, a woman will have her first period about four to seven weeks after a miscarriage. If a woman experiences vaginal bleeding after only a week or two, it is unlikely to be the result of menstruation. Likewise, if a woman has not passed at least 20 consecutive days without spotting or bleeding from the vagina, the vaginal bleeding she notes is probably not menstruation.

A first period after miscarriage can be expected after about 7 weeks, but many women's experiences vary.
A first period after miscarriage can be expected after about 7 weeks, but many women's experiences vary.

As far as the amount of bleeding that is considered normal for a first period after miscarriage is concerned, this is harder to gauge. There is a wide range of bleeding that may be considered normal. Some women may experience heavy bleeding while others may notice a lighter flow. It is normal for some women to start a first period with spotting that gradually becomes a heavier flow. On the other hand, it is also normal for some women to start off with heavier bleeding that eventually tapers off to spotting.

Cramping is considered normal after miscarriage.
Cramping is considered normal after miscarriage.

Often, women experience some cramping, and this is usually normal. It is also normal for a woman to have a first period that does not include any cramping at all. Extreme pain beyond what a woman might experience during a typical period may not be normal, however, and may mean the woman is in need of medical attention.

It may be easier to judge what is not normal for a first period after miscarriage. For example, spotting that lasts for an extended period of days is usually not a normal first period. Likewise, spotting that occurs off and on is probably not a period at all. Additionally, heavy bleeding that lasts for longer than a week may indicate a condition that requires medical attention.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Discussion Comments

anon331915

I'm in need of advice. I had a miscarriage operation four weeks ago and had heavy bleeding for about a week or so after.

Today I started really light spotting and it's a pinkish color. I'm also feeling very nauseated and very, very tired, sleeping up to three times a day. I'm getting the same pregnancy symptoms I did before. Might these be signs of pregnancy?

My other half and I haven't used protection and we began intercourse four days after the operation as I was feeling O.K. Please help me with some answers and advice,

anon314014

I miscarried naturally in December 2012. I got my period this morning without any spotting previously. So far, it seems pretty normal, and right on time, which is making me a little suspicious.

anon291466

I am in the same boat. My miscarriage ended seven weeks ago and today I have pink discharge only when I wipe. I don't know when to take a pregnancy test because I don't know when my period is due or when I ovulated!

anon153829

I had a miscarriage about a month ago, and I have side cramps. I am spotting, but it is just a light pink. Could I be pregnant again or is it normal to spot?

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    • A first period after miscarriage can be expected after about 7 weeks, but many women's experiences vary.
      By: Vladimir Voronin
      A first period after miscarriage can be expected after about 7 weeks, but many women's experiences vary.
    • Cramping is considered normal after miscarriage.
      By: olesiabilkei
      Cramping is considered normal after miscarriage.
    • There is a wide range of bleeding that may be considered normal after a miscarriage.
      By: Monkey Business
      There is a wide range of bleeding that may be considered normal after a miscarriage.