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Pregnancy remains

If you have an abortion before 9 weeks of pregnancy, you will usually have it at home. You can dispose of the remains as you wish.

If you have an abortion between 9 to 12 weeks, you will have it in a hospital.

Hospital staff will explain what options are available for disposing of the pregnancy remains. This will be done in a sensitive manner. They will help you make a decision that is right for you.

If you do not wish to make a decision about your pregnancy remains, the hospital can make a decision for you. They can dispose of the remains.

Urgent advice: Contact your GP or MyOptions as soon as possible if:

  • you feel that you have not passed the pregnancy tissue from your body

You may need further treatment


Page last reviewed: 20 October 2022
Next review due: 20 October 2025