General Article Signs of a miscarriage: should I be worried?

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Once you’ve confirmed the result on a pregnancy test, being pregnant is a nerve-wracking time for all mums-to-be and miscarriage is a worry that crops up for many of us, causing confusion and fear. But what exactly are the signs of a miscarriage?

A miscarriage is the name given when a pregnancy ends before 24 weeks. If you miscarry in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester), it is called an ‘early miscarriage’ – around three quarters happen in this initial stage when some women don’t yet realise they’re pregnant. A miscarriage after the 12-week mark is called a ‘late miscarriage’.

Signs of a miscarriage

1. Vaginal bleeding

The most common symptom of miscarriage is vaginal bleeding. You’d either have a light brown discharge, or heavy bleeding and bright red blood that gradually reduces to a stop after a few days. Light vaginal bleeding during your first trimester of pregnancy is common, so try not to automatically jump into panic mode. Still contact your maternity team ...

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