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How Do I Know If I'm Having a Miscarriage?

By November 7, 2007

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Experiencing spotting or bleeding in pregnancy is scary, but it happens a lot. About 20% of all women who give birth report having had some level of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. Of course, when it happens it is obviously cause for concern.

If you have spotting or other miscarriage symptoms, call your doctor for advice. He or she should be able to perform some tests to find out what is going on and give you some answers. You will probably need either a series of two blood tests or one or more ultrasounds, but the exact protocol will vary by each individual situation. If you are having severe cramping or heavy bleeding, go to the emergency room, but if you are having only light bleeding or spotting, your primary doctor or OB/GYN is usually your best resource. He or she will be familiar with your medical history and in the best position to determine whether the bleeding means a miscarriage or if your pregnancy still viable. Doctors cannot stop a miscarriage from happening, but you should at least be able to get some answers on what is going on.

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