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    Understanding Miscarriage -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Miscarriage?

    Typically, the symptoms of a miscarriage worsen as the miscarriage progresses. Spotting turns into heavier bleeding; cramping starts and becomes stronger.

    Among pregnant women, any of the following symptoms may indicate miscarriage:

    • Vaginal bleeding or spotting, with or without cramps; this bleeding may occur very early in your pregnancy -- even before you miss your menstrual period and know that you are pregnant -- or it may occur later, after you know you are pregnant. This is the most common symptom.
    • Mild-to-severe lower back pain or abdominal pain or cramping, either constant or intermittent.
    • A blood-clot-like material, or a gush of clear or pink fluid that passes from the vagina.
    • Decrease in signs of pregnancy, such as loss of breast sensitivity or nausea.

    Call Your Doctor About a Miscarriage If:

    • You are pregnant and have vaginal bleeding, with or without cramps
    • You are pregnant and notice clot-like material passing from your vagina
    • You have severe cramping

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on March 02, 2015

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