Miscarriage Symptoms and Morning Sickness

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 | Blog Posts, Pregnancy Health Category | | Print This Article

One of the biggest worries a pregnant woman can have is the prospect of miscarriage. Miscarriage typically happens during that first 13 weeks or so of pregnancy, and can be devastating especially for a couple who have been trying to conceive for a while.

What makes it even more frustrating is that the causes of miscarriage are often unclear. In some cases, it’s purely a genetic or medical issue, not related to anything you did or didn’t do.

Here are some symptoms that can indicate you’re having a miscarriage:

  • Pregnancy symptoms suddenly stop. You’re going to stop having morning sickness, usually between 10 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. However, if you notice that all of your pregnancy symptoms have stopped, such as breast tenderness, cravings, or any other pregnancy symptoms beyond morning sickness, it can be a sign of trouble.
  • Stomach cramping. This is most often the first symptom of a miscarriage. If you have abdominal pain and/or back ache for several days, or if you feel pain similar to menstrual pain, it can indicate a problem. Don’t jump to conclusions without talking to your doctor, of course; sometimes, you’ll just have mild cramping because your body is adjusting to pregnancy.
  • Vaginal bleeding. Constant or heavy vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is usually not a good sign. Any time you experience bleeding during pregnancy you should talk to your doctor. There can be occasional light bleeding because of implantation or cervical irritation, but it’s always worth checking with your doctor.
  • Early labor. If you’re having labor pains prior to the third trimester, it can indicate that there is a problem or that you are miscarrying.

If you suspect a miscarriage, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can examine you to determine whether or not you’ve miscarried. You’ll likely need specific medical care if you have experienced a miscarriage. In addition, be ready to face the stress and grief that can often come from this kind of loss, and seek support from friends, family, and medical professionals. 

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