How Do I Know If I've Had a Miscarriage?

How Do I Know If I'm Having a Miscarriage?

Although it may be difficult to know whether you are definitely having a miscarriage, there are some signs to watch for. Some of the possible signs include:
 
  • Vaginal bleeding. While some bleeding and spotting is normal for many pregnancies, heavy bleeding and passing blood clots may indicate a miscarriage.
  • Abdominal pain. If you are having severe or persistent pain in your pelvis or lower back, it may be a sign of a miscarriage. This pain may feel like a dull pain or pressure on your lower back. It may also feel like severe cramping.
  • Blood clots. If you notice that you are passing tissue, your healthcare provider may ask that you collect it and place it in a clean jar or plastic bag and bring it in for them to determine whether you had a miscarriage.
  • Morning sickness and breast tenderness stop early in the pregnancy. Morning sickness symptoms and breast tenderness are common during the first trimester (first three months) of pregnancy and begin to subside during the fourth month. However, if you have a sudden loss of these symptoms earlier than in the second trimester, a miscarriage may have occurred. However, it is also normal for symptoms to come and go, so don't panic if your morning sickness takes a break for a day or so.
 
If you are pregnant and develop any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away. While these signs may be caused by something less serious than a miscarriage, you should still have your healthcare provider check you out.
 
In some cases, women do not show any signs of a miscarriage and may not know one has occurred until the next prenatal visit. This type of miscarriage is called a "missed abortion."
 
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