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Am I Miscarrying? Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy Loss

Vaginal bleeding, or spotting, is often the first sign of a miscarriage -- but it does not always mean pregnancy loss. Only your doctor can tell you whether you are miscarrying, but you can read more about the possible symptoms here.
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6 Times You Probably Don’t Need to Call Your Doctor
Pregnant women have lots of questions, and worrying about miscarriage or stillbirth definitely fall into the question arena. It can be hard to determine when the right time is to contact your doctor or get checked out at the hospital. Here is a list of 6 of some common concerns for pregnant women that probably don't need a trip to the ER. ...

Severe Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy
Severe abdominal pain in pregnancy can be a warning sign of complications. If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain while pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider at once or go to the emergency room.

Should I Worry If I'm Cramping on One Side?
Cramps in early pregnancy are normal, but if you are feeling cramping on one side of your lower abdomen, it's worth checking with a doctor to rule out ectopic pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms
It's important to see a doctor right away if you're having tubal pregnancy symptoms, as ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening when they are allowed to continue without treatment.

Pregnancy Cramps
Early pregnancy cramps frequently occur in normal pregnancies and are usually not a sign of problems, but in some cases it's a good idea to call your doctor to be on the safe side.

What Does an Early Miscarriage Look Like?
In early pregnancy, miscarriage symptoms would generally include spotting, vaginal bleeding, and possibly cramping. Doctors may call this a chemical pregnancy.

What Are the Signs of a Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy?
Signs of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy may include sharp stabbing pain in the abdomen or shoulder, dizziness, vomiting, or feeling faint. If you feel you have symptoms of a ruptured tubal pregnancy, go to the emergency room right away.

Signs of Miscarriage - First Signs or Symptoms of Miscarriage
The most common signs and symptoms of early miscarriage are pregnancy bleeding and cramping, but having those symptoms doesn't always mean miscarriage. It's also possible that the first sign of miscarriage could be hCG levels or ultrasound results.

If I Have No Morning Sickness, Is That a Sign of Miscarriage?
Studies have shown that women with morning sickness may be less likely to miscarry, but that doesn't mean that it's a bad sign if you don't have any nausea -- plenty of women never experience morning sickness in normal pregnancies.

What is a Missed Miscarriage?
A missed miscarriage is a pregnancy loss, usually in the first trimester, in which the doctor diagnoses the miscarriage based on lab results or other clinical evidence but the woman has not have definite miscarriage symptoms.

Is It Possible to Have a Miscarriage with No Bleeding?
It is quite possible to be diagnosed with a miscarriage without having bleeding, cramping, or other obvious symptoms. A miscarriage with no bleeding usually means the diagnosis has come before the body has recognized that the baby has died.

Are Stomach Pains Normal During Pregnancy?
Stomach pains, in the true sense of the word, are usually not a miscarriage symptom. The cramps associated with miscarriage are more likely to be centered in the lower abdomen or lower back. However, stomach pains should be mentioned to a doctor, and call a doctor right away if pains are severe, as ectopic pregnancy should be ruled out.

Was My Late Period Really an Early Miscarriage?
It's natural to wonder after having a late, heavier-than-normal menstrual period whether it was actually an early miscarriage (chemical pregnancy). Much of the time, it's not possible to answer that question.

Was My Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Caused By a Miscarriage?
Vaginal bleeding can occur for a wide range of reasons, and vaginal bleeding is a common first sign of miscarriage when the bleeding occurs during pregnancy. But when considering a past incident of unusual vaginal bleeding, it is sometimes impossible to determine the cause.

Miscarriage Symptoms
Sadly, somewhere between 1 in every 3 to 5 confirmed pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Miscarriage symptoms before diagnosis usually include vaginal bleeding and cramping low in the abdomen or back, but these signs don't always mean miscarriage (and not every miscarriage will have symptoms at the time of diagnosis).

Missed Miscarriage - Signs of Missed Miscarriage
Did you have any warning signs or symptoms before you were told that you had a missed miscarriage? Please share them here.

What Are Missed Miscarriage Symptoms?
Most women do not have warning signs of a missed miscarriage -- and as a result the diagnosis can catch you off guard. Possible missed miscarriage symptoms can include loss of pregnancy symptoms or lack of a fetal heartbeat on ultrasound.

Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy - First Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy
If you have had a tubal pregnancy, what were the first signs that the pregnancy was ectopic? And what kind of treatment did you end up needing? Please share your story.

The Doppler Didn't Detect My Baby's Heartbeat. Should I Worry?
Handheld fetal heart monitor doppler devices usually detect the baby's heartbeat by about 12 weeks of pregnancy. It's easy to worry when the doppler does not detect the heartbeat, but if you are earlier than 12 weeks, it doesn't mean anything is wrong.

Does Lack or Sudden Loss of Breast Soreness Mean Miscarriage?
If you are nervous about miscarriage, it is easy to start obsessing over your pregnancy symptoms or lack thereof. But if your breasts are not sore, or if your breast soreness suddenly goes away, this is not a sign of miscarriage.

My Morning Sickness Suddenly Stopped. Is That a Sign of Miscarriage?
Although nausea and other pregnancy symptoms usually last until around the end of the first trimester, suddenly disappearing morning sickness or nausea is not necessarily a sign of miscarriage.

Can You Be Pregnant and Still Get Negative Pregnancy Tests?
False negative pregnancy tests are a definite possibility if you are trying to test before your menstrual period is due, but by the time your period is late, a pregnancy test should show a positive if you are pregnant. Getting a negative pregnancy test after having had a positive could be a sign of early miscarriage.

Subchorionic Hematoma
Bleeding during pregnancy can be a sign of miscarriage but another possible explanation is a subchorionic hematoma, a type of bleeding between the placenta and the wall of the uterus. A pregnancy with a subchorionic hematoma faces an increased risk of miscarriage but can also go on to be viable.

Is a Lighter Colored Home Pregnancy Test Line a Sign of Miscarriage?
Comparing the color of lines on home pregnancy tests is not a reliable way to determine whether or not you are miscarrying. Concentration of hCG in urine varies heavily throughout the day. Blood tests are a more accurate means of monitoring hCG levels than home pregnancy testing.

Incomplete Miscarriage
The term "incomplete miscarriage" means a miscarriage in which tissue remains in the uterus. Most miscarriages that are incomplete at the time of diagnosis will complete without intervention, but sometimes a D&C is needed to remove pregnancy tissue that is retained in the uterus.

Can a Miscarriage Ever Be Misdiagnosed?
Naturally most women want to be absolutely certain that it's really a miscarriage before making decisions about treatment. Most doctors are very careful about being totally certain before giving a diagnosis of miscarriage, but rarely, viable pregnancies may be misdiagnosed as miscarriage.

Determine Whether You Are Having a Miscarriage
Signs and symptoms of miscarriage are rarely definitive, especially for first-trimester miscarriage, and it is not always easy to tell for sure if you have had a miscarriage. Learn how to interpret your signs and symptoms, and find out what tests your doctor might use.

What to Do if You Have Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms
Early symptoms of tubal pregnancy might be mild cramping in the lower abdomen or spotting in early pregnancy. Women should call their doctors if concerned. Anyone having symptoms of a possible ruptured ectopic pregnancy should head for the emergency room.

Should I Worry About High hCG Levels?
Many women worry about higher or lower than average hCG levels, but individual levels usually don't mean anything. Having a trend toward higher hCG levels can be normal or can be a sign of complications like molar pregnancy.

Does Chemical Pregnancy Mean I Had a False Positive Pregnancy Test?
Getting a positive pregnancy test and then having vaginal bleeding usually means a condition called chemical pregnancy, a form of very early miscarriage. A chemical pregnancy is not a false pregnancy but rather an actual conception that did not go on to develop.

Is Loss of Pregnancy Symptoms a Sign of Miscarriage?
Pregnancy symptoms can fade, fluctuate, or disappear entirely even in a normal pregnancy -- so loss of pregnancy symptoms of disappearing morning sickness is not necessarily a miscarriage symptoms. However, if it happens alongside other miscarriage signs, fading pregnancy symptoms can be a cause for concern.

Cramping in Early Pregnancy -- Is It a Sign of Miscarriage?
Many women worry about cramping during pregnancy. Although early pregnancy cramps can occur in a miscarriage, mild cramping on its own is not necessarily a sign or symptom of miscarriage. Severe abdominal cramping, however, can be an ectopic pregnancy symptom. Cramping accompanied by vaginal bleeding is more likely to mean a miscarriage.

Signs and Symptoms of Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss
Worried about miscarriage? Learn the signs and symptoms that may indicate pregnancy loss. If you experience vaginal bleeding or pain in your lower abdomen, or if you're in the second or third trimester and you are not feeling your baby move, be sure to call your doctor.

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