Vaginal bleeding that may be light or
heavy, constant or irregular. Although bleeding is
often the first sign of a miscarriage,
first-trimester bleeding may also occur with a normal
pregnancy. But bleeding with pain is a sign that miscarriage is more likely.
Pain. You may have pelvic cramps, belly pain, or a persistent,
dull ache in your lower back. Pain may start a few hours to several days after
bleeding has begun.
Blood clots or grayish (fetal) tissue
passing from the vagina.
It is not always easy to tell whether a miscarriage is
taking place. A miscarriage often does not occur as a single event but as a
chain of events over several days. One woman's physical experience of a
miscarriage can be very different from another woman's experience.
Risk factors for miscarriage
Things that may
increase your risk of miscarriage include:
Your age, especially at age 35 and older.
A history of recurrent
miscarriage (three or more).
It is normal to wonder whether you did something to
cause your miscarriage. It may help to know that most miscarriages happen
because the fertilized egg in the uterus does not develop normally, not because
of something you did. A miscarriage is not caused by stress, exercise, or
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February 01, 2013
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