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Miscarriage Symptom

Updated February 1, 2004


Are you having a Miscarriage Symptom?

By Brian Benjamin Carter, MSci, LAc

Brian is an author and public speaker. He is currently writing several books on the topics of fertility, prevention, and weight loss. Brian practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in sunny San Diego, California.

How do you know if you're having a miscarriage symptom?

What's scarier than that idea that you're having a miscarriage symptom? It's hard for me to write this without feeling some anxiety for you who read this.

First, let's get the facts straight before leaping to conclusions:

One common miscarriage symptom is bleeding from the vagina. This bleeding may be light or heavy, constant or irregular. It can sometimes be difficult to know whether light bleeding is a miscarriage symptom.

But if your vaginal bleeding comes with pain, it's more likely to be a miscarriage symptom. This miscarriage symptom pain can be pelvic cramps, abdominal pain, or a persistent dull lower back ache. It may may not begin until a few hours or days after the vaginal bleeding.

If you pass blood clots or grayish tissue from your vagina, this also may be a miscarriage symptom.

It isn't always easy to tell whether a miscarriage is taking place - it may happen over a number of days, and one miscarriage symptom experience can be very different another's.

Some miscarriages cause no symptoms for several weeks after the fetus has died. This is called a missed miscarriage. Breast tenderness and weight gain diminish. You'll need a medical examination to identify a missed miscarriage.

How is a miscarriage diagnosed?

If you are concerned that you might be miscarrying, see your health professional. If your symptoms and a pelvic examination do not confirm whether a miscarriage is in process, your health professional can test your blood for changes in your pregnancy hormone levels, perform an ultrasound test, or both.

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