How can you tell if you've had a miscarriage? Some of the most common symptoms include vaginal bleeding, blood clots, abdominal pain, and morning sickness that stops suddenly. However, just because you've had one of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you've lost the baby. To find out the cause of your symptoms and what they mean, tell your healthcare provider immediately about any problems.
Have I Had a Miscarriage?
One of the greatest fears women have during pregnancy is that they will have a miscarriage. If you have any type of bleeding during pregnancy, you may be extremely worried. It's a terrifying thought. But how do you know if the bleeding is normal or if it means you are losing your baby?
Just because you are bleeding doesn't necessarily mean you are miscarrying. Spotting and cramping can be normal during pregnancy. However, knowing what to look for and when to seek medical attention can help to alleviate your concerns.
What Is a Miscarriage?
A miscarriage, also called "spontaneous abortion," is the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week of the pregnancy. They are common, with one to two of every ten pregnancies ending in miscarriage. A miscarriage is most likely to happen early in a pregnancy, usually within the first three months. In many cases, women have miscarriages before they even miss a period and may not even realize they were pregnant.
In most cases, miscarriages are caused by a random event in which the embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes. With an abnormal number of chromosomes, the embryo cannot grow and survive.
(Click What Causes or Increases the Risk of a Miscarriage? for more detailed information on this topic.)
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