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Miscarriage has been in the news lately as more celebrities are opening up about pregnancy loss and struggles with fertility.
If a woman is sitting at a table with three other friends, it is very likely that at least one of those four women has had a miscarriage. It's no wonder that most women who become pregnant have a fear that something will go wrong and the pregnancy will end, particularly if they have had trouble getting pregnant or have experienced a previous miscarriage.
The signs of miscarriage are not always clear, however. A miscarriage does not always occur quickly, and the events may take place over several days. To follow are the symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding. This can be light or heavy, constant or irregular. Also, women can have some spotting during their first trimester, so light bleeding does not always mean a miscarriage.
- Pain and cramping. Pain with bleeding means a miscarriage is more likely. The pain can be cramps or a dull ache.
- Passing blood clots or tissue.
Every woman's experience with miscarriage is different. If you have any signs of a miscarriage, see your doctor immediately to confirm whether you are having one and find out whether you will need treatment or the miscarriage can happen naturally. And make sure you talk to someone about the experience — while miscarriage is a common experience among women, and most heal physically very easily, the same can't be said for the emotional healing.