Miscarriage and Breast Pain

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One of the common side effects of early pregnancy is breast soreness, so if you are having a miscarriage you may notice that breast pain disappears at first. A loss of pregnancy symptoms during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy may be a sign of miscarriage.

Miscarriage and Breast Pain
Miscarriage and Breast Pain (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Significance

During the first trimester of pregnancy hormones such as HCG and progesterone rise, causing symptoms including nausea, morning sickness and tender, swollen breasts. When a miscarriage is happening these hormones drop off, which can lead to a sudden drop in breast pain.

During the first trimester of pregnancy hormones rise, causing nausea.
During the first trimester of pregnancy hormones rise, causing nausea. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Causes

According to Medline Plus breast pain can have a wide range of causes, many related to hormone fluctuations in women. Breast soreness is common during the first trimester of pregnancy and during the last trimester of pregnancy as milk comes in.

Breast soreness is common during the first and last trimester.
Breast soreness is common during the first and last trimester. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Considerations

Breast pain during a miscarriage is likely related to pregnancy hormones still circulating through your system. If the soreness is severe, talk to your doctor about a possible secondary cause of the pain.

If the soreness is severe, talk to your doctor about a possible secondary cause of the pain.
If the soreness is severe, talk to your doctor about a possible secondary cause of the pain. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Warning

You should call your doctor about breast pain if you have had discharge from your breasts, if they are red or if you notice a lump. Some of these changes may be related to hormonal fluctuations due to the miscarriage.

You should call your doctor about breast pain if you have had discharge from your breasts, if they are red or if you notice a lump.
You should call your doctor about breast pain if you have had discharge from your breasts, if they are red or if you notice a lump. (Image: Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Prognosis

Breast soreness should subside within a few weeks of having a miscarriage, although some women claim that the tenderness spikes around the time of diagnosis.

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