Signs and Symptoms of Miscarriage

Miscarriage is not always detectable with symptoms and some symptoms of miscarriage don’t necessarily mean you are or will experience one. So while there is no sure sign of miscarriage that can be diagnosed.

Strong signs of miscarriage:

After a positive pregnancy test you experience any or all of the following:

  • heavy bleeding that soaks a pad in a few hours or less
  • passive of tissue that looks like large blood cloths or pink/grayish material
  • strong cramps that stop you in your tracks – usually with a heavy flow of blood

Possible signs of miscarriage:

After a positive pregnancy test you experience any or all of the following:

  • bleeding – not heavy or continuous but visible either bright red or pinkish
  • cramping – light cramping is common in pregnancy and typically you only need to be concerned if you are unable to walk through it – if it hits you like labor

Not usually a concern:

After a positive pregnancy test if you experience any of the following:

  • loss of pregnancy symptoms – though can cause some concern typically this is not a sign that something is about to go wrong. Some women don’t have any symptoms and some only experience them for a short amount of time and that is totally normal.
  • cramping – if you have light cramping like light menstrual cramps or a light tug to one side these are typical of the your uterus growing. Unless you have cramps that stop you in your tracks you are likely okay

The rule though is that if you are in doubt better to talk to your doctor. Especially if you have experienced loss before it can be important to find a health care provider who can help with the special anxieties of pregnancy after loss.

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About the author: Devan McGuinness

is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief , which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss.

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