What Does A Miscarriage Look Like?

The majority of first pregnancies will end in miscarriage. A miscarriage happens before 12 weeks of pregnancy. The two main signs are cramping and bleeding.

The majority of first pregnancies will end in miscarriage. It is rare, but some women will never know that they were even pregnant. They will believe that their period was a few days late, heavy and painful for that month. However, most women will know that they have miscarried. There are only a few known reasons for why a miscarriage happens. The most common reason is due to the egg and sperm not meeting right. If the egg or the sperm has the wrong chromosomes, the egg cannot develop.

Usually miscarriages will happen before 12 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriages can happen after 12 weeks, but the chances are lessened. After 20 weeks, it is considered giving birth. The two main signs that a miscarriage is happening are cramping and bleeding. Cramping and bleeding can also be normal during pregnancy. If you are having mild cramps without bleeding, you may be feeling your ligaments stretching. If you're bleeding lightly with little or no cramps, you may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is usually spotty, pinkish and will usually last a day.

Just with any pregnancy or birth, the signs for and events of a miscarriage will vary among women. A miscarriage can happen suddenly and all at once or it might happen over a few days. When a miscarriage begins, the first thing you might notice is lower back pain that is constant and/or sharp. Lower back pain is usually followed by mild or severe abdominal cramps. You may experience spotting for the first few days. The bleeding that occurs might be dark or bright red and will be very heavy. It may seem like a normal period, not to heavy and not too light or you might feel gushes of blood and may soak a pad within an hour. You may notice small or large clots and grayish tissue. This may last a few weeks. Your normal period will return four to eight weeks after a miscarriage.


Although some cramping and bleeding can be normal during pregnancy, you should always trust your intuition. If at anytime you experience these signs or feel that something may be wrong, don't hesitate to call your doctor. Depending on how your body handles a miscarriage, you may need a D&C. For some women, their bodies will clean itself out completely. For others, they will need a little help. If you need a D&C, your doctor will use a special instrument to open your cervix if it is closed to clean out the rest of the tissue.

The loss of a baby is not only physically painful but emotionally painful. If you have experienced a miscarriage, there are support groups that you can get involved with to help with your grief. Remember one miscarriage will not keep you from getting pregnant again. It is possible to have a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy. If you are planning on having another baby after a miscarriage, it is recommended that you wait at least 2 regular cycles before trying to conceive. Some will recommend that you wait at least 6 months to a year, so your body can heal.

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