What are the signs of a miscarriage? Pregnancy Loss

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The threat of miscarriage looms over every pregnant woman's mind, especially during the early weeks of pregnancy. Since spotting and cramping can be normal during pregnancy, how would you know for sure if you were miscarrying? Read these moms' miscarriage experiences, and this expert's advice, and talk to your doctor about any concerns ASAP.

Bleeding Is Not Always a Sign

"The first sign of miscarriage many women notice is some bleeding, sometimes with cramping. But don't panic if you do see blood early on -- about a third of women will have some bleeding in the first trimester and about half of them will go on to carry perfectly normal pregnancies. But if you do experience bleeding, check with your provider, who will probably arrange an ultrasound to check up on the health of the fetus." -- Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University, New Haven, CT

Bloody Urine

"I had a bad urinary tract infection during my first pregnancy and didn't even notice symptoms because I had to pee a lot anyway. When I started urinating blood, I went to the emergency room, and the receptionist told me it was a miscarriage. It also ended up being a severe urinary tract infection. I was given medication and the UTI went away in three days.

Heavy Bleeding

"I had spotting off and on during my last two pregnancies and have had two healthy boys, but, with my first pregnancy, I had the same thing and it turned into heavy bleeding. I later found out I had miscarried."

Severe Cramps

"I had the worst cramps I'd ever experienced and was bleeding heavily (I went through two pads in about an hour's time) and when 'it' finally happened, the discharge was grayish but had blood in on it. I could just kind of tell."

Blood Clots & Lower Back Pain

"I just lost my baby and here's what happened: first, spotting, which led to light bleeding, large blood clots (black or deep red in color), and lower back pain."

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