A miscarriage is a heart wrenching experience for many expectant mothers no matter how early it takes place. Miscarriage, known by the medical name ‘spontaneous abortion (SAB)’ denotes a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of conception. This pregnancy loss may take place even before a woman identifies that she is pregnant.
Studies report that about 15% of pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion, and most of them give some warning signals. The article explores some of the common symptoms and signs of a miscarriage.
Signs & Symptoms of a Miscarriage
Vaginal bleeding that advances from light to heavy flow is a common sign of miscarriage. Even though all bleeding and spotting might not indicate a miscarriage, it is sensible to inform your doctor about it. In most of the cases brown, pink or red spotting or bleeding are the first warning signals. Passage of large thick blood lumps can also be a warning signal and do not hesitate to consult a medical practitioner. If bleeding is accompanied by severe cramps, it most probably points to an impending miscarriage.
Severe Abdominal Pain
Severe abdominal pain or lower back pain during first weeks of pregnancy should be taken seriously. Intense pain concentrated on one side of the abdomen might signal an impending miscarriage.
These symptoms might also indicate ectopic pregnancy and immediate medical help needs to be taken.
Cramping with or without bleeding is a major sign of miscarriage. Harmless cramps in most cases will fade away within an hour of rest. Random cramping is common during pregnancy indicating the automatic natural stretching and pulling of body to contain the growing infant. One time cramps that force you to take double breath and those that are followed by bleeding require great medical concern. Cramping accompanied by back and abdomen pain also signals a miscarriage.
A feeling of pressure in pelvis area may also indicate an impending miscarriage. If this is escorted by bleeding and pain immediate medical attention should be called upon.
A Decline in Pregnancy Side Effects
A sudden dip in the common signs of pregnancy that one used to experience is a common symptom of a miscarriage. Certain by-products of pregnancy such as weight gain, nausea, tender and sensitive breasts might vanish signaling the risk of a miscarriage.
Sudden chills, fever, unrestrained vomiting and weakness are certain other symptoms of miscarriage. The presence of any of the above mentioned symptoms during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy should be informed to your gynecologist and follow his/her instructions diligently to avoid an imminent miscarriage. Some of these signs may be normal but additional monitoring is advisable to avoid unnecessary worries. Timely action will save an expecting mother from a great deal of distress.
A woman who has experienced a miscarriage needs to be taken care of properly to promote fast recovery and to guard potential fertility. Possibilities of infection are high during this time, and hence proper medical care should be provided. A woman with a history of one or more miscarriages need not lose hope. She can try again for a successful pregnancy and give birth to healthy babies.