What Happens If a Dead Fetus Is Left Inside the Mother's Womb?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 7, 2020 9:13:39 PM ET
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ExitCare Patient Information states that treatment for a dead fetus should take place within two weeks. If a dead fetus is left in the mother's uterus for more than two weeks, she may experience infection in the fetal materials and an increase in bleeding. Medscape warns that if a dead fetus remains in utero beyond three to four weeks, the mother can develop problems with blood clotting, known as coagulopathy.