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Q&A: Signs Of A Miscarriage?

I’m six weeks pregnant, and still in that “worry” zone. If I were to have a miscarriage, how would I know?

Signs Of Miscarriage

It’s perfectly normal to worry, but keep in mind that most pregnancies end with a healthy, happy baby — not a miscarriage. That said, if you do experience a miscarriage, the first sign is usually vaginal bleeding — it can be light or heavy, and constant or irregular. If you see blood, though, don’t panic — just call your doctor. Sometimes, women spot as the embryo implants itself in the uterine wall.

Other signs include pelvic cramps, abdominal pain and lower back pain. No two miscarriage experiences are exactly the same, though, so it’s tough to self diagnose. If you have any symptoms or questions, contact your doctor. And if a miscarriage does occur, know that it’s not your fault. Contrary to what you may have heard, too much sex, exercise or time spent in front of the computer cannot cause a miscarriage.

By Paula Kashtan