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Possible Signs of Miscarriage

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With all the changes going on in your body, it's no surprise that occasionally you may worry if they mean something is wrong. A lot of changes and sensations are perfectly normal and shouldn't concern you. However, there are some you should know about that may be signs of a possible miscarriage.

Vaginal Bleeding

Bleeding during pregnancy doesn't always automatically signify a miscarriage. The Mayo Clinic reassures that it's normal for some women to have bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding or placenta previa (when a low placenta covers the cervix) may cause bleeding, but many women who experience vaginal bleeding for these reasons go on to have healthy babies. Bleeding should not be written off without worry, however. When there is a miscarriage, it's likely to be accompanied by bleeding. A miscarriage may involve spotting, light bleeding, heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding, constant bleeding or blood clots. It is not a quick event; a miscarriage is a process that your body goes through that can take days. Any kind of bleeding may be an early sign.

Mild to Severe Cramping

The American Pregnancy Association website reports that some cramping during pregnancy is normal, particularly in the first trimester. Light aches, pains and pulling sensations are common as the uterus stretches and the body changes. Cramping can also be because of ligaments in the lower abdomen stretching to support your growing uterus. But sometimes cramping is a sign that something is wrong. Cramps may occur during miscarriages because the uterus contracts to spontaneously abort a bad pregnancy. During a miscarriage, cramping may be severe or may be accompanied by vaginal bleeding.

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Back Pain

Backaches can be caused by any number of issues during pregnancy. You might dismiss back pain as nothing more than the result of weight gain, being on your feet too long or a bad mattress. If backaches are persistent you should not ignore them. Sometimes miscarriages are accompanied by a dull ache, pressure or pain in the lower back region.

Vaginal Discharge

According to the WebMD website, normal hormonal changes during pregnancy can result in discharge for a variety of reasons -- such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. Sometimes discharge can be a miscarriage warning sign. Beware of discharge that is smelly or that is pinkish or brownish in color.

Material Passing From the Vagina

Sometimes when the body begins to spontaneously abort you may not feel anything out of the ordinary, but when you go to the bathroom you might notice that there is grayish tissue or clot-like materials passing from the vagina. This could be caused by a miscarriage. A pelvic exam may reveal that the cervix has effaced (become shorter, thinner or softer) or dilated, and the body is trying to expel the fetus.

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