Miscarriage occurs in 10 to 15% of pregnancies, making it one of the most common pregnancy complications. While it can be a heartbreaking experience, miscarriages are often unpredictable and out of control. However, some warning signs may indicate a miscarriage is likely to occur. In most cases, a Memorial City pelvic pain specialist will help you understand if you are experiencing any miscarriage symptoms. Here are the signs you should be aware of to ensure you seek medical attention if necessary.
Heavy spotting and bleeding
Some bleeding is normal during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester. However, if you are experiencing heavy bleeding, you should speak to your doctor. This is especially true if the bleeding is accompanied by clots or is as heavy as a period.
Spotting is usually pink, brown, or red, while heavier bleeding will be bright red. If you are soaking through a pad every hour or so, it is heavy bleeding. The heavier the bleeding, the more likely it is to be a sign of a miscarriage.
Back and pelvic pain
Mild cramping is normal during pregnancy as your uterus expands. However, sharp, consistent pain in your back or pelvis may signify a miscarriage. Pelvic pain occurs as the uterus begins to contract and expel the pregnancy. The pain can range from mild to severe and is often accompanied by cramping.
In some cases, the pain may be severe enough to require hospitalization. If the pain is accompanied by bleeding, it is likely a sign that the miscarriage process has already begun. It can be challenging to distinguish between normal pain during early pregnancy and the pain associated with a miscarriage. Call your doctor immediately if the pain is severe and is accompanied by other symptoms.
Passage of tissue and fluid
In some cases, you may pass the pregnancy-related tissue and fluid. This can happen all at once or in small amounts over a period of days. The tissue will be dark red or brown, and there may be clots.
If you think you are passing tissue, save it in a clean container and take it to your doctor. They can confirm whether or not the tissue is from pregnancy. Sometimes, a miscarriage can happen without you passing any tissue.
Decrease in pregnancy symptoms
If you were experiencing early pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue, and breast tenderness, and they suddenly disappeared, it could be a sign of a miscarriage. This is especially true if the stoppage of symptoms comes with heavy bleeding or cramping. Remember that pregnancy symptoms can come and go in the early stages, so this is not always a surefire sign of a problem. You should speak to your doctor if you are concerned about decreasing pregnancy symptoms. They can help you determine whether or not it is cause for concern.
Consult a pelvic pain specialist
These are the most common warning signs of a miscarriage. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not a miscarriage is likely and provide the appropriate treatment. Schedule an appointment at Memorial Women’s Specialists for a comprehensive evaluation of pelvic pain and other miscarriage signs.