Common Miscarriage Symptoms
A miscarriage is the loss of a fetus during the early stages of pregnancy due to not developing normally. If this happens, it often occurs before the 12th week of pregnancy but can be as late as the 20th week. For those of you who are in the early stages of pregnancy, here are miscarriage symptoms to be aware of.
The Common Symptoms
These miscarriage symptoms and their severity will vary from woman to woman depending on the stage of the pregnancy.
A "Chemical Pregnancy" is a very early miscarriage that occurs as quickly as a few days after the implantation. Some women may not have even known they were pregnant.
A "Clinical Pregnancy" is still an early stage where the fetus is not visible on the ultrasound and is usually only 4-5 weeks along. The symptoms of having a miscarriage may just seem like a late and heavier than normal period.
There are many other types of miscarriages such as a missed miscarriage, threatening miscarriage, inevitable miscarraige and a incomplete and complete miscarriage.
The most common miscarriage symptoms include:
- Severe Abdominal Pain
- Mild to Severe Lower Back Pain
- Dark Vaginal Spotting or Bleeding. This may start light but then becomes heavy over several days.
- Passing of fetal tissue from vagina
Miscarriages can last anywhere from a few hours to three weeks. The body needs to completely eliminate fetal tissue which every womans body will handle differently.
It is important to keep track of how you are feeling after the miscarriage as well. If you start having symptoms of fever, sever pain, chills or heavy bleeding, contact your GP straight away.
The Emotional Side
Even if you are only in the early stages of the pregnancy, you are starting to become attached to the baby and it can be traumatic to experience a miscarriage. Not only are miscarriage symptoms hard on your physical body, but it is exhausting and difficult on your emotions. These can often take longer to heal so it is important to make sure there are people there supporting you as well.