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Miscarriage Risk Factors, Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Statistics

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If you're pregnant and worried about miscarriage symptoms or hCG blood test results, learn more about what these signs might mean below. You can also find out about risk factors for different types of pregnancy loss and what you might be able to do to reduce your risk before you conceive.

  1. Miscarriage Signs and Symptoms
  2. Other Early Pregnancy Concerns
  3. What to Do if You Have Symptoms
  4. Interpreting Your hCG Levels
  1. Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
  2. Late Pregnancy Loss Concerns
  3. Risk Factors
  4. Your Odds of Miscarriage

Miscarriage Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms

In early pregnancy, symptoms like bleeding or cramping can occur for multiple reasons. Learn what your symptoms might mean and when it's time to see a doctor.

Other Early Pregnancy Concerns

Pregnancy Worries

Early pregnancy can be a nerve wracking experience, and it is not uncommon to be worried about miscarriage even if you don't have any clear miscarriage symptoms.

What to Do if You Have Symptoms

When in doubt, the best answer is usually to call your doctor and ask if you need to come in. But here are some issues to keep in mind when deciding whether to wait and see what happens or to go in to see the doctor.

Interpreting Your hCG Levels

Understanding Lab Results

In very early pregnancy, doctors often check levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, a.k.a. hCG, to determine the likelihood of miscarriage. In most viable pregnancies, levels of hCG in the blood should double every two to three days. Learn what different results might mean.

Early Pregnancy Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Your doctor may perform an early ultrasound as part of the effort to track the development of your pregnancy or determine whether or not you are having a miscarriage. Learn what the results might mean and what to expect of a first-trimester ultrasound.

Late Pregnancy Loss Concerns

Late Pregnancy Concerns

If you are concerned about late pregnancy bleeding or that your baby isn't moving enough, learn what each might mean and what to do.

Risk Factors

Risk Factors

The following factors can increase your risk for one or more different types of pregnancy loss. Not all risk factors can be avoided, but whenever it's realistic to do so, it makes sense to do what you can to reduce your risk before conception.

Your Odds of Miscarriage

Risk Factors

Your odds of miscarriage will vary by the point in pregnancy and which risk factors you have. Many of us find safety in numbers and in knowing the general odds of a miscarriage occurring in different situations.

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