SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Most miscarriages occur before the 12th week of pregnancy. Signs and symptoms include:
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding (although spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy is fairly common)
- Pain or cramping in your abdomen or lower back
- Fluid or tissue passing from your vagina
In most cases, women who experience light bleeding in the first trimester go on to have successful pregnancies. Sometimes even heavier bleeding doesn't result in miscarriage.
When to see a doctor
Call your doctor if you experience:
- Bleeding, even light spotting
- A gush of fluid from your vagina without pain or bleeding
- Passing of tissue from the vagina
You may bring any tissue that is passed into your doctor's office in a clean container. It's unlikely that any testing would define a cause, but confirming the passage of placental tissue helps your doctor determine that your symptoms aren't related to a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy.
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