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What are the symptoms of pregnancy loss/miscarriage?

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Symptoms of miscarriage may include vaginal spotting or bleeding; abdominal pain or abdominal cramps; low back pain; or fluid, tissue, or clot-like material passing from the vagina. Although vaginal bleeding is a common symptom when a woman has a miscarriage, many pregnant women have spotting early during their pregnancy because of other factors but do not miscarry. Regardless, pregnant women who have any of the symptoms of miscarriage should contact their health care providers immediately.1


  1. Promes, S. B., & Nobay, F. (2010). Pitfalls in first-trimester bleeding. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, 28(1), 219-34, x. doi:10.1016/j.emc.2009.10.005 [top]

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
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