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- The most obvious signs of miscarriage are vaginal bleeding and pain/cramps in the lower abdomen.
- Bleeding can vary from light spotting, to as heavy, or heavier than a normal period. You may see some clots, or brown discharge or other tissues.
- Not all bleeding means miscarriage, but if you get any at all, see your doctor or midwife.
- You may notice that symptoms of pregnancy, such as morning sickness and tender breasts, disappear.
- Unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do to prevent a miscarriage.
There are also four different types of miscarriage:
- Inevitable miscarriage: This describes bleeding during pregnancy where the cervix is open and the pregnancy will inevitably be lost.
- Incomplete miscarriage: An incomplete miscarriage means that a miscarriage has started, but some tissue is left in the womb.
- Complete miscarriage: This means the miscarriage is over. Your womb is now empty and the cervix is closed.
- Missed miscarriage: Some women are unaware they have miscarried and may only discover during a routine appointment that the baby has died.