Can you see a miscarried baby?

Answered by Willie Powers

When I had a miscarriage, I remember how difficult and heartbreaking it was. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of my baby, to have something tangible to hold onto and mourn. But the reality is that most women can’t see anything recognisable during a miscarriage at this stage.

During the bleeding, you may pass clots, which can be quite large and alarming. Sometimes, within these clots, you may notice a small sac filled with fluid. This is where the embryo would have been, and it is about the size of the fingernail on your little finger. It may be difficult to identify it as such, as it can be easily mistaken for other tissue.

If you do happen to see this sac, you might also notice a placenta attached to it. The placenta is a vital organ that develops during pregnancy to provide nutrients and oxygen to the growing fetus. It can appear as a round, flat structure, often reddish or purplish in color.

It’s important to note that not all miscarriages will result in the visible passage of these structures. Sometimes, the embryo and placenta may not be easily distinguishable, or they may pass without being noticed. This can be emotionally challenging, as there is no physical closure or visual confirmation of the loss.

Every miscarriage is different, and the experience can vary from woman to woman. Some may find solace in seeing these small sacs or placenta, while others may not have the opportunity. It’s important to remember that grieving is a personal process, and there is no right or wrong way to mourn the loss of a pregnancy.

In my own experience, I didn’t see anything recognisable during my miscarriage. It was a painful and emotional time, and I had to find other ways to cope and heal. It may be helpful to lean on your support system, seek counseling or therapy, and take time to process your emotions.

If you have concerns or questions about your miscarriage, it’s always best to consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance, support, and ensure that you receive the appropriate medical care during this difficult time.

Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources available to help you navigate the emotional journey of miscarriage. Take care of yourself and allow yourself to grieve in whatever way feels right for you.