Miscarriages are more common than you might think. Unfortunately, it is generally a topic that people don’t want to talk about or think about. And when it happens to a woman, she is usually left wondering whether she had done something to cause it.
So what are the signs of a miscarriage?
It isn’t always easy to determine if a miscarriage is happening. Usually because it doesn’t happen as a single event, but rather as a chain of events over a span of several days. Another really important thing to keep in mind is that one woman’s physical experience of a miscarriage can be completely different from another’s experience.
Research shows that most miscarriages happen within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Some of the common signs of a miscarriage include:
Decrease in pregnancy-related symptoms: Not feeling pregnant anymore? While this is less common than other signs of miscarriage, it is still noticeable. During the first trimester, if you’ve noticed a reduction of breast tenderness, less nausea and/or vomiting, then it may be due to a decrease in pregnancy hormones.
If this isn’t your first pregnancy and you are noticing these decreased symptoms, then it doesn’t necessarily mean cause for alarm. During your first pregnancy, your breasts are growing and developing the duct system that creates milk for your baby. During your next pregnancy (especially if it’s soon after the first), there will be less development and growth, so naturally they will be less tender and sore.
Bleeding: You might experience bleeding that is spotting, light or heavy, irregular or constant. While bleeding is often considered the first sign of miscarriage, first trimester bleeding can occur during normal pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, It is estimated that about 20-30% of women will experience bleeding during early pregnancy. Approximately half of those who bleed do not have a miscarriage.
A miscarriage is more likely to happen if bleeding progresses from spotting or light bleeding to something similar to a normal period. Also, if the color is bright red rather than dark brown, or if you are experiencing cramps as well.
Cramping or Pain: There are a lot of non-concerning reasons as to why you might experience cramping during pregnancy. However, if you have a persistent, dull ache in your lower back, have belly pain or pelvic cramps, then it might be cause for concern. Cramping or pain (especially if experienced with other symptoms like bleeding) is the second leading symptom of a miscarriage.
There are various risk factors for a miscarriage. However a miscarriage is not caused by sex, exercise, or stress. While it is normal to wonder whether you did something to cause it, know that most miscarriages happen due to the fertilized egg in the uterus not developing normally, not because of something you did or did not do.
If you are experience signs of a miscarriage and have questions, please be sure to check out the community forums for answers from women who have had a miscarriage.