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Miscarriage Symptoms

Learn to identify miscarriage signs

Simply put, a miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy spontaneously ends within its first 20 weeks. It is a traumatizing and, unfortunately, all too common occurrence -- it has been approximated that in North America, anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Although there is often nothing that can be done in terms of prevention, it is important for pregnant women to be aware of the most common symptoms of miscarriage and of any changes their bodies experience.

Symptoms of Early Miscarriage

First of all, if you experience early miscarriage symptoms that progress into the unexplained loss of your pregnancy, it is important for you to acknowledge that you did not do anything wrong and that you could not have prevented the miscarriage. Most miscarriages take place before week 14 of the pregnancy and with no clear cause whatsoever. That said, women who tend to be at greater risk for miscarriage include those who had difficulty becoming pregnant, and those with a history of previous miscarriage, still birth or preterm labor.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may be experiencing the beginning of a miscarriage: vaginal spotting or bleeding, pinkish fluid or clotted discharge; persistent low back pain; nausea and abdominal cramps; dizziness; or decline in/loss of pregnancy symptoms, such as breast sensitivity.

Responding to Late-Pregnancy Miscarriage Signs

Although most miscarriages occur in the first trimester, they can also happen later. Miscarriage symptoms that occur later in a pregnancy will be similar to those that occur during early pregnancy -- the very important difference is that, unlike with an early miscarriage, a prompt and appropriate response to later-pregnancy miscarriage symptoms can make a significant difference in the outcome. It is in no way a guarantee, but in the case of late second- or third-trimester miscarriage symptoms, bed rest and restricting activities as much as possible can reduce the likelihood of their progression.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, it does not necessarily mean you are having a miscarriage, but it does mean you need to contact your prenatal care professional immediately.

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