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Miscarriage & Early Pregnancy Loss


A miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy before 14 weeks.  A Miscarriage may also be called a spontaneous abortion.  Miscarriages are very common and happen in about 10% of known pregnancies.  


Miscarriages happen for various reasons, but it is almost never the fault of the mother.  Stress, working, exercise, injury, sex, or using birth control prior to pregnancy does not cause a miscarriage.  Most miscarriages happen randomly and occur when the embryo does not develop correctly.  You are more at risk from a miscarriage as you get older. The risk at age 40 of a miscarriage is 30%. 


Symptoms and diagnosis

Symptoms of a miscarriage may include vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramping or the passage of tissue.  If you experience these symptoms, please contact us or your health care provider.   An ultrasound and HCG blood tests are often used to diagnose a miscarriage.  


Ultrasounds are helpful when the pregnancy is far enough along to see a embryo or gestation (pregnancy) sac. If you are not far enough along in your pregnancy or if the ultrasound is inconclusive, you may need blood testing and a repeat ultrasound to determine the state of the pregnancy. 



The treatment options for miscarriage often depend of how far along you are in the pregnancy and if you are experiencing any complications.  Here are the most common options for treatment:

  • Expectant Management:  Allowing your body to naturally pass the miscarriage with close monitoring.  In some cases this may take up to 2 weeks. 
  • Medication:  Some medication will help your body to recognize a miscarriage and start to pass the miscarriage.  Again this is done with close monitoring and follow up. 
  • Surgical interventions:  A D&C (dialation and curettage) is a procedure used to remove the miscarriage tissue from the uterus.  You can choose this option at any time, but it is recommended if you are farther along in your pregnancy or are having complications with the miscarriage. 


When to call your Provider during miscarriage

If you have excessive bleeding, severe cramping, or fever you should contact your provider immediately or go to the nearest emergency center. 


Blood type and miscarriage (Rhogam Shot)

It is important to know your blood type if experiencing a miscarriage or any bleeding in pregnancy. If you have Rh negative blood type (i.e. O negative, A negative, AB negative, etc) you will need a special shot to prevent risk of complications with future pregnancies. 


Coping with Miscarriage

A miscarriage can be very emotionally challenging.  We are here to support you and help you through the process.  It is important to allow yourself to grieve and seek support.  We encourage you to talk to your partner, family or a close friend about your emotions as they can offer you support during this difficult time. 


Future Pregnancies

In most cases, having a miscarriage does not increase your risk of having another miscarriage. Talk with your health care provider before trying for pregnancy again.  Often you can try again in a few months after a miscarriage.   If you have had multiple miscarriages you may need further evaluation and medication to help prevent miscarriages in the future. 


A miscarriage is an emotionally stressful event even though it is very common.  Please know that we are committed to helping you medically and mentally through this uncertain time.


We are conveniently located Downtown Spokane in the Doctors Building and in the Spokane Valley. You can request an appointment online for either location.

Downtown Spokane

Sacred Heart Doctors Building
105 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 6060
Spokane, WA 99204

(509) 838-4211 | GET DIRECTIONS

Spokane Valley

Valley Mission Professional Building
12509 East Mission Avenue, Suite 201
Spokane Valley, WA 99216

(509) 928-2866 | GET DIRECTIONS

Construction Notice

The City of Spokane Valley is improving the Pines & Mission Intersection near our Spokane Valley location. 

Starting April 15th, 2024, most of the work will happen between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM, with some daytime work too.

They’ll try to limit traffic disruptions, keeping the intersection open and businesses accessible but please plan accordingly when visiting our Spokane Valley office.

Click below for more details:

We can expect minor traffic changes mostly around the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection. This involves digging for the wall, upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals at Pines & Mission intersection, and improving its northeast and southeast corners.

Traffic revisions involve closing westbound Mission Avenue and the northwest shoulder of Pines Road near the 190 offramp, with ongoing modifications to traffic signals, retaining wall construction, sidewalk improvements along northwest Mission Ave, and prep work for repaving Pines Road and Mission Ave.

Traffic changes will close westbound Mission Avenue and part of the northwest Pines shoulder, limit center lanes on the east side of Mission and the south of Pines, pave parts of Mission Avenue and Pines Road, and reconstruct the traffic island at the Pines Road and Mission Avenue intersection.

Mission Avenue will be fully closed from the Pines intersection westbound to just before Applebee’s parking lot’s west driveway, with center lane restrictions on eastbound Mission. The project involves grinding existing asphalt, paving new asphalt, adding traffic islands, installing new road markings and signs, and landscaping the northwest quadrant of Mission and Pines.

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