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Miscarriage Signs and Symptoms

Updated on February 25, 2012

There are many scary thoughts and symptoms that accompany pregnancy. One of the most scarry being the thought that you may lose your baby. Miscarriage generally happens within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, although it can happen later on in your pregnancy as well.

First of all, if you have any sort of cramping, bleeding, or back pain you need to call your Dr. right away or go to the ER. The thing to remember is just because you may have one or all of these symptoms does not always mean you are having a miscarriage.

It is normal as your body is adjusting to pregnancy that you will feel sometimes sharp pains in your abdomen. It is also normal to feel a pulling sensation. Any sign of blood is always scarry during any part of your pregnancy. Here's what you want to look for when it comes to blood/discharge. It is normal to see a darkish, reddish brown discharge. The darker color means that it is "old blood." If you have a very large amount of this, you should call your Dr. or go to the ER.

Bright Red Blood, is it a Miscarriage

If you have any sort of bright red blood, you need to call your Dr. or go right to the ER. Don't panic, this does not mean you are having a miscarriage. Sometimes the placenta tears and can cause the bright blood, or other things similar and your Dr. a lot of times can fix this.

You also want to call your Dr. or go to the ER if you have any sort of cramping like you would have with your period. Sometimes the "cramping" can start in your back and radiate around to your stomach, or it can start in your stomach and radiate to your back. This is a sign of miscarriage, but again seek medical attention immediately.


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