Pregnant with an IUD

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Can a person successfully carry a baby that was conceived while an IUD was in place? The symptoms of pregnancy were all there and a test came out positive. I began bleeding and passing softball sized clots. Is that a possible miscarriage?

ANSWER

It sure sounds like it, especially if you had a positive test. With that much bleeding, you should get follow-up care (if you haven't already) to make sure all the products of conception have been evacuated. In some cases, the IUD will need to be removed for a period of time.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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