How to Know If You've Had a Miscarriage

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See your doctor if you believe you may have had a miscarriage.
See your doctor if you believe you may have had a miscarriage. (Image: beautiful medical staff image by sasha from Fotolia.com)

A miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is the loss of a pregnancy, which can occur in the first 20 weeks of conception. According to MomsWhoThink.com, “More than 80 percent of miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.” If you suspect you may have experienced a miscarriage, or just want to know the warning signs, there are a few symptoms of which you must be aware.

Look for light to heavy vaginal bleeding. Half of all women who experience bleeding during pregnancy will have a miscarriage, according to MomsWhoThink.com. Spotting is also cause for alarm and may be indicative of a miscarriage.

Pay attention to cramping and abdominal or pelvic pain, especially if it is followed by vaginal bleeding.

Be aware of sharp pains or lower backache. Severe pain in pregnancy may be a sign of miscarriage.

Look for a grayish discharge. The discharge of tissue or grayish matter may be indicative of a miscarriage.

Contact a doctor immediately should you experience any of the above symptoms.

Tips & Warnings

  • After the fetal heartbeat is detected by a doctor, your chances of having a miscarriage drop to as low as 3 to 5 percent, according to YourPregnancyPlace.com.
  • Only a doctor can diagnose a miscarriage.

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