What are the Signs of a Miscarriage?

Our body structure is extremely complex. Each mechanism from ovulation, through fertilization, cleavage and embryo implantation, must be just right. If any of them fails, it is likely that pregnancy will be unsuccessful. Learn the early signs of a miscarriage and proceed accordingly.

How will a woman know if she has had a miscarriage?


There are some symptoms that are often related to miscarriage. Some of the most common are:

  • Spotting: Usually the main symptom of spontaneous abortion is bleeding or vaginal bleeding. However, we must take into account that many women experience spotting and not always due to a threatened abortion.
  • Blood loss may be due to the occurrence of intrauterine hematoma, one of the most common causes of bleeding in the first quarter, or implantation bleeding, a slight discoloration or dark pink that occurs when the embryo implants in the womb. Vaginal bleeding can also be symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, a class of spontaneous abortion. It is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus, which of course fails. It may have vaginal discharge brown or light bleeding for several days or weeks before the pain, but these losses will not if there is no rupture of the tube. The pains are very intense, with extreme sensitivity, especially in one of the sides in the lower abdomen.
  • Another variant of natural or spontaneous abortion is an empty egg. It is the product of a fertilized egg, which is implanted in the uterus; it develops normally, but there is no embryo. Of course, pregnancy is unsuccessful and bleeding occurs.

Intermittent Spotting

Intermittent spotting, or brownish vaginal bleeding, can be a symptom of molar pregnancy, another variant of natural abortion, resulting from abnormal fertilization of the egg that produces a deformed growth of the placenta. Therefore, intermittent blood loss is one of the signals of a miscarriage.

Miscarriage Symptoms

More Considerations

It should be considered as an alarm signal if the blood loss has one of the following traits:

  • If bleeding is stronger than vaginal bleeding typical of a normal period.
  • If vaginal bleeding exceeds a thick pad, or a pad within an hour.
  • If bleeding is accompanied by clots.

Abdominal Pain

Bleeding is not always accompanied by pain. In general, bleeding occurs first and then get a severe abdominal pain. However, there are times when cramping without bleeding may occur, as in case of ectopic pregnancy. Abdominal pain may be in the form of constant
or intermittent cramping in the form of cramps. It is in general a pain in the lower back, similar to the pain of menstruation but a lot stronger.

Some abortions are detected on routine prenatal care, without having shown any signs of a miscarriage, yet. In case of missed abortion or fetal death occurs held weeks before symptoms such as bleeding or cramping. With ultrasound, the doctor may perform a
vaginal examination to determine if the cervix is ​dilated, a sign that can lead to a miscarriage.

Disappearance of Symptoms of Pregnancy

One of the signs that may indicate Interrupted pregnancy is not persistent symptoms of pregnancy. As a final hint, in case of threatened abortion, perform a blood test to determine levels of beta HCG quantitatively.



Always consult your physician or other qualified healthcare provider for guidance on medical issues.