Signs of Miscarriage in the First Trimester

Miscarriage, also called spontaneous abortion, is the loss of a pregnancy prior to 20 weeks gestation. Miscarriage is much more common than many women realize. In fact, miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.   Up to 25% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage.  If you experience any of the signs and symptoms of a miscarriage see your doctor immediately. Signs of miscarriage in the first trimester include the following:

Warning Signs of Miscarriage

  • Sudden decrease in the signs of pregnancy (nausea, tender breasts, bloated heavy feeling, etc)
  • Clot like material passing through the vagina
  • Bright red bleeding with or without cramps.  Bleeding may be light or very heavy, but any bright red blood is a cause for concern.
  • Painful contractions occurring every five to twenty minutes
  • Whitish-pink colored mucus passing the vagina
  • Weight loss
  • Mild to severe pain in the back

Reasons Why Miscarriages Occur

The common cause of miscarriage is chromosomal abnormality. Other causes of miscarriages are:

  • Trauma to the mother, including severe trauma to the abdomen, such as that sustained in a car accident
  • Maternal age
  • Improper implantation of the embryo on the uterine wall
  • Unhealthy maternal lifestyle, including dangerous practices like drug use, smoking, exposure to radiation and more
  • Other maternal health complications
  • Remember that unless you were living a dangerous and unhealthy lifestyle, you did not cause the miscarriage.  Women often feel enormous guilt following a miscarriage, believing that they could have done more to prevent the loss. This simply is not true.  Miscarriage happens because something is wrong with the baby, and those things happen no matter what you do.

Chances of Having a First Trimester Miscarriage

Women in their childbearing years have about a 10 – 25% chance of a pregnancy ending in miscarriage. The older a woman becomes, the greater the chance of miscarriage becomes.  Women over the age of 35 are much more likely to lose a baby to miscarriage than are younger women.  Also note that the chances of miscarriage decrease as the pregnancy progresses.  Most miscarriages happen during the first trimester, or before 12 weeks gestation.

1 response to Signs of Miscarriage in the First Trimester

  1. I'm fifteen and I think I've had a miscarriage but I'm not sure

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