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What are symptoms of a miscarriage?

Spotting or heavy bleeding, cramping, or a gush of fluid can be warning signs for a miscarriage.

Many women will experience symptoms in early pregnancy that may cause them worry. For example, light spotting or cramping can be entirely normal. However, heavier bleeding or spotting that doesn’t resolve or pain or cramping that doesn’t improve may be signs of a miscarriage. A gush of clear fluid like water can also be a sign something is wrong. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your obstetric provider to determine what kind of evaluation you will need.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

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  1. I found out on feb. 25 that I was pregnant by taking an at home test. Almost 2 weeks later I went to the doctor and they done an ultrasound. According to my last period I should have been a little over 6 weeks. When doing the ultrasound they seen what “could be” the sac but said if so I would only be around 3 weeks along. Is it possible to find out on an at home test at 1 week? I miscarried in October of last year. My doctor won’t be back until the 20th for the follow up ultrasound.

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    1. Hi Brittany, If you mean if it is possible to find out you are pregnant a week after your last period, that’s very unlikely as your body hasn’t had time to release an egg and become fertilized and implanted yet (which is what needs to happen to make a pregnancy test positive). I’d say two scenarios are likely here: your dates are a little off and your period/ovulation time is different than what you think, or you have an abnormal pregnancy that has stopped growing normally. Your doctor can usually figure this out by follow-up ultrasounds and/or bloodwork. I will cross my fingers for you!

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  2. newmom669402-24-2016
    Hi ok so I’m 13 weeks in and i had bleeding last night went to the er and they did a sonogram found gestational sac within the endometrial cavity with fetal pole corresponding to 13 week and 4 day gestation. .fetal heart rate 160bpm .anterior fundal placenta with venous lakes and small amount of retroplacental fluid no evidence of torsion small amount of free fluid with in the cul-de-sac please help I don’t know what any of this means

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  3. I’d never heard of the gush of fluid being a symptom. That’s interesting. I had a miscarriage the first time I got pregnant. I was around 6 weeks along. I just never stopped bleeding. I don’t really remember any cramping, but I definitely know that’s a symptom.

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