The first warning sign of a miscarriage is usually bleeding. However, not all bleeding means that you are going to miscarry. In fact, bleeding especially in the first trimester (usually between 0 to 13 weeks) of your pregnancy is very normal. This is what is called spotting. When spotting occurs, you will notice a few spots of blood, usually brownish in colour on your underwear. This occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. During this time some women may bleed more than others. So how do you differentiate between an early miscarriage and normal spotting? Here are some signs to watch out for:
Slight cramping accompanied by spotting is usually normal during the first trimester of pregnancy as the egg attaches itself on the uterine wall. However, if you experience excruciating pain and cramping in your abdomen, you could be on your way to having an early miscarriage. If you have heavy cramping accompanied by heavy bleeding, you should see your doctor.
Mild to severe back pains
Back pain can occur in both early and late miscarriage. Even so, it is possible to experience back pain throughout pregnancy without it relating to a miscarriage, as it is a normal side-effect of carrying a growing fetus in the womb. However, intense pain in the lower back is commonly a feature of both early and late loss of pregnancy.
Even though some women experience more blood in their spotting than others, if the bleeding progresses from light spotting to something more like a normal period, this should be a cause for concern. Check the colour of the blood produced during this time and if it’s bright red rather than brownish and you experience cramping, then you could be having an early miscarriage.
Discharge of tissue or fluids from the vagina
A vaginal discharge of fluid that is pink or clear is a sign of an early miscarriage. This fluid may contain clots or other tissue usually from pregnancy tissue and fluids from the uterus.