If a woman is about to have a miscarriage, miscarriage symptoms may be present, or she may not know at all what is about to happen to her until the miscarriage takes place.
One of the first signs of a miscarriage I had was an empty sac on ultrasound. At first, the doctor thought everything was okay, but on further examination of the ultrasound photos, I was told that the sac was empty and that I would miscarry. This was very crushing to me, as it is to any woman who has longed for a child.
Next I had one of the very common symptoms of a miscarriage, which was vaginal spotting that turned into heavy bleeding. This occurred about two weeks after my ultrasound that revealed an empty sac.
What followed was about two weeks of heavy bleeding with clots and grayish tissue. Every time I passed some of the miscarriage tissue I would weep once again for the baby I had lost. Although this tissue was not the actual baby, but the thickened uterine lining, it was another reminder that my baby was gone.
Some of the miscarriage warning signs and early miscarriage symptoms you might want to be aware of are:
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding. Although vaginal bleeding is one of the most common early signs of a miscarriage, bleeding in the first trimester (or second trimester, for that matter) can occur without an impending miscarriage. Bleeding with pain is definitely seen as more serious, however, and is more likely to indicate a miscarriage. Vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy is often referred to as a threatened miscarriage, as it is not certain to cause miscarriage only a threat that it could occur. Approximately 70% of all pregnancies have bleeding at some point, so some spotting is very common. Although it’s very scary to experience vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, it’s not a sure miscarriage warning sign.
- Pain. Pelvic pain, cramps, abdominal pain, or back pain. Pain may occur before or after bleeding has begun. I didn’t have any pain until after the bleeding was well under way, which was the result of passing the clots and tissue. Cramping does not necessarily mean you will have a miscarriage. Many cramping and pulling sensations are normal during pregnancy, especially early on, and are simply your body changing and making room for the growing baby inside.
- Blood clots or tissue passed from the vagina. Usually, this is one of the later miscarriage signs, coming after bleeding and cramping has begun. However, the passage of blood clots and pink or grayish tissue can occur without pain or cramps.