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What are Some Signs of Miscarriage?

For many couples, miscarriage can be a truly devastating and scarring experience, especially if they’ve been trying to conceive for some time. If a miscarriage occurs later on in pregnancy, it can be especially troublesome. By that point, the woman has probably already felt her baby moving quite a bit, and it can take time and a ton of emotional energy to come to terms with the miscarriage. Even the thought of miscarriage can be frightening to some couples. It’s important to recognize the signs of miscarriage so that if you believe you may be miscarrying you can take the steps you need to take to give your baby the best hope of being born.

Here are some of the most common signs of miscarriage:

  • Bleeding.  Bleeding is the main symptom that women have when they miscarry.  Some light bleeding during the first trimester is normal, but if you have heavy bleeding you may be having a miscarriage.
  • Cramping. If you have cramping and bleeding together this can be a sign of miscarriage.  It is not uncommon to have some twinges and abdominal pain during early pregnancy, this is part of the uterus growing and stretching to accommodate the growing baby.  But, if you have strong cramps that make you double over or breathe heavily followed by bleeding, you could be experiencing a miscarriage.
  • Lower back pain or abdominal pain. This can occur with or without cramping. Of course, many women will experience lower back pain during pregnancy regardless, but if it’s particularly intense you may be having a miscarriage.
  • Passing tissue. If you have heavy bleeding and pass clot like material or tissue you could be having a miscarriage.

If you have any of these symptoms, you need to contact your doctor. If you’re unable to reach your doctor, you should consider an immediate visit to the emergency room. While a miscarriage usually cannot be stopped once it truly starts, you want to seek medical care in case the symptoms are due to another condition that can be remedied.

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