Symptoms of Miscarriage

On this page you will find four categories of miscarriage symptoms: definite signs of a forthcoming miscarriage, possible signs, signs that might scare you but are really okay, and unusual periods that are not necessarily miscarriages.


Definite Signs of a Miscarriage

You are having a miscarriage if you have already had a positive pregnancy test, then get these symptoms:

  • Heavy bleeding that soaks a pad in a few hours or less.
  • Strong cramps that make you double over or breathe in a huffy way. Bleeding will usually follow quickly.
  • Passage of tissue, resembling large thick blood clots in the earliest weeks up to pinkish/grayish material, with or without cramps or pain.

A little bit of bleeding without cramping should be okay, but call a doctor. Small darting cramps, even if they hurt, are also okay, usually they just signal the body stretching and pulling to accommodate the growing baby. Lie down and the cramps will usually go away within the hour.

These symptoms can be other things rather than a loss of pregnancy, however, if you are not sure you are pregnant. Check the “I’m not sure I was pregnant” section.

What should you do?

If it is during doctor’s regular working hours, call your regular doctor first. They will give you instructions. If it a night or weekend, first call your regular doctor’s after-hours number. Usually this will be on their answering machine or with their answering service. The nurse or doctor on call who calls you back will help you decide if you need immediate attention or not. Don’t feel like you are bothering them needlessly; this is a natural and expected part of any OB practice.If you can’t get through, don’t have a doctor, and you are afraid, then go to an emergency room.

Be prepared for some possibly insensitive treatment. While some hospitals are well equipped for handling this situation and do a good job, often you are left alone in a room for hours, or told to sit on a toilet and catch tissue, or just sent back home because “there is nothing they can do.” It may be worth the trip, though, if they draw blood for an hCG test or give you a sonogram.

When I began bleeding heavily on an airplane on a Friday afternoon, I still waited until Monday to see my doctor. I did not want some total stranger telling me the baby had died, or to have a sonogram in an emergency room and be told to “call my doctor for the results.” While I was sad about the possible loss of the pregnancy (turns out I lost one of a set of twins at 10 weeks), I was resolved to wait for a comforting, familiar doctor’s office.

There is not really a risk to waiting until Monday or the next morning if you are in your first trimester. There is no magic way to stop an early miscarriage at the hospital. What is going to happen will happen. If you are farther along than 12 weeks, though, and you are merely in labor and not bleeding, then you should take quick action to see if labor can be stopped.If you are passing tissue at home, and it is your first miscarriage, it is not necessary to catch the tissue and take it in. You may do this if you choose, however, and you can store it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator until you get to a doctor. However, it is rare that tissue caught this way will be usable. Tissue from first miscarriages is rarely tested, since it is assumed your miscarriage was due to a genetic defect. The best way to ensure testable tissue is to have a D&C.

Possible Signs of a Miscarriage

Sometimes, but not always, there may be signs that a miscarriage is pending. None of these things means a miscarriage is certain, but usually you will want additional monitoring if they happen.

Bleeding: Bleeding that starts and stops and starts and stops is often a sign that your hormone levels are falling. While you may still be okay, you need to have your blood hCG pregnancy hormone levels monitored. Heavy bleeding that soaks a pad in an hour is a sign that a miscarriage may be beginning. See the sections on “Definite Signs” for more information on what to do. Keep in mind that while bleeding is always scary, 70% of all pregnancies have bleeding at some point. Both of my normal pregnancies had bleeding, heavy and red. And the one I lost at 20 weeks never even spotted.

Cramping: You are going to feel a lot of random cramping down there the whole pregnancy. The only time cramping is a concern is if you are breathing in a labor-like huff, or if you also begin bleeding with the cramps.

Loss of pregnancy symptoms: This is a question I get all the time. While the complete and sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms can signal a pending miscarriage, usually it is not the first sign. You will have many days where you don’t feel pregnant, when the nausea abates for a day or two, or your breasts are less sore. This is expected and not a concern at all. Around weeks 10 to 14, this is completely normal, as your hormone levels even out and the placenta takes over. The loss of pregnancy symptoms during a miscarriage is usually something you see in hindsight, not ahead of time.

A pregnancy test that fluctuates between positive and negative: If you have tested super early, this is normal. However, if you are a couple weeks in, this could mean an ectopic pregnancy. Often you may also see spotting. If you have taken a pregnancy test that is positive, then another one a few days later that is negative, alert your doctor immediately. You want to rule out an ectopic or take care of it before you have to go the surgical route. If you are taking the tests in the same day, though, you might be right on the edge of a positive result, and urine later in the day may not be concentrated enough to keep the test positive. Test again the next morning to be sure.

You should always call your doctor when you are worried, however; because it is better to call for something that does not turn out to be a problem than to stay up half the night worrying about it.

When You’re Okay

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or you have already been through a loss, one thing we all have in common is worry, worry, worry. This is okay, but remember that 90% of pregnancies end with a squawling baby, regardless of the turmoil the mom has gone through to get there. Here are the most common things you will fret over, and why they are not really a problem.

Bleeding: Small amounts of brown blood (which means it’s old) are expected when the egg implants in the uterus (7-10 days after ovulation) and sometimes at the point when you would have expected your period. You may also bleed slightly after having sex, but this is probably NOT from the baby. Your cervix is soft and filled with blood, so it may bleed a little from sex. This is not considered by many doctors to be a problem, but if it alarms you, call. Up to 70% of all pregnancies have bleeding.

You will be especially scared if you see bright red blood. If you are between 10 and 12 weeks, or if it is a time you would have expected your period, do not panic. Remember that until you are quite far along, much of your uterus is not involved in nourishing the baby, and can bleed with a minor hormone fluctuation. If you are not cramping, call your doctor to let them know, stay lying down on your left side, and hopefully it will slow down, start to turn brown, and eventually stop. If you push the issue, your doctor might schedule a sonogram to put your fears to rest.

When bleeding is a problem: If it is heavy enough to make you change pads or bright red, call your doctor right away. If you begin to have cramps with the bleeding, follow the instructions under “Definite Signs” above.

Cramping: You are going to feel a lot of random cramping down there the whole pregnancy. Most of the time it is caused by the round ligaments expanding to accommodate your growing baby and uterus. If it goes away after a few pains or after you sit down and rest a bit, then you are probably all right. Cramping is a sign you are growing to accommodate the baby and sometimes a sign that you are overdoing it and should rest.

When cramping is a problem: If it continues or gets worse or if you start bleeding too, call your doctor immediately. If you begin to have labor-like breathing or a gush of fluid or blood, follow the instructions under “Definite Signs.”

Inability to eat or keep food down. This is normal! Remember that the baby is the size of a grain of rice and not exactly demanding steak dinners. When the baby starts to need the extra 300 calories a day, you will be eating fine. Just do the best you can with your saltines and soda, and remember that the more severe your morning sickness, the better your hormones are functioning.

Few or no pregnancy symptoms. Not everyone spends each day throwing up or sleeping all the time. Many people have symptoms that are light or nonexistent. This does not mean you will miscarry. Each pregnancy is different, and usually pregnancies after the first will be easier on your body. I had so few pregnancy symptoms the third time around that I actually ordered a margarita at a restaurant before my husband said, “Aren’t you forgetting something?” This never would have happened with Emily, when I spent every non-working hour sleeping or bawling over a migraine.

You should always call your doctor when you are worried, however; because it is better to call for something that does not turn out to be a problem than to stay up half the night worrying about it.

Unusual Periods that Are Not Necessarily Miscarriages

There are many things that can happen in a cycle to make you wonder if you were pregnant and lost a baby, but you never took a test to know for sure. For information on this topic, click on “I’m not sure I was ever pregnant.


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826 thoughts on “Symptoms of Miscarriage

  1. I am 6-7 wks preg. started bleeding Sun. night went to the doc on Mon. had u/s and was told my hormone levels and u/s showed I was only 4-5 wks. or that was when the fetus stopped growing. I am still bleedind and now passing clots, but have no cramping. I have miscarried before and had severe cramps right away. I have to get more blood work tomorrow to check hormone levels again I am really nervous. Does anyone know anything about the H1N1 vaccine ? I had one when I was about 4-5 wks. and I am wondering if that is what has caused all of this ?!

  2. Hi, I have three children and I’m now 7 weeks pregnant with my fourth. A few days ago I started lightly bleeding. Mainly when I wipe. It’s been either brown or light pink, no red. I’ve never bled before during any others pregnancies, so this is all new. I don’t have a doctors appointment for about two weeks and I was a little worried. Any help here would be great. Thanks.

  3. Generally I respond privately, but since H1N1 is mentioned, I’m going to post my answer to Amy.

    There is no medical connection between the vaccine and miscarriage. Actual swine flu is, however, dangerous to pregnant women.

    I know we want answers. Most miscarriages are caused by genetic errrors during cell division. There is no way to predict when it might happen or to prevent it.

  4. Dear Deanna,

    This website seems really helpful. Thank you for hosting it. I’m 5-6 weeks pregnant–based on HCG levels on Nov. 13 (214), 16 (1535), and 18 (3557) and an ultrasound on the 20th. This is my first pregnancy. Yesterday (November 24) I had an approximately 15 minute episode of severe cramping. It was the kind of cramping that made me break out in a sweat and not be able to move. I wasn’t breathing in a huffy way, however. There was no accompanying blood, but about six hours later I found a half a dime-sized amount of thick brown mucus in my underwear. There was no blood when I wiped. I called my OB’s office this morning and spoke with the nurse, who told me to rest and keep my feet up and refrain from sex for 48 hours. I’m still feeling pregnant–mild nausea, tender and enlarged breasts–and have little twinges of crampy feelings in my abdomen and a very small amount of whitish discharge, which I have read is normal. Do you think I’m ok? I know it’s just a waiting game, but I’m trying to get all the information I can. Would it help to get HCG levels today and Friday? Would it help to take a pregnancy test? Is it possible that I have miscarried without any bright red blood or without discharging any other tissue? Is it likely I will miscarry, if I haven’t already?

    Thank you so much for your help.


  5. Hi Deanna,
    I am 11 weeks pregnant and have been spotting first red, now brown blood for two days. I have had back ache but no cramping, but today my only pregnancy symptom, my sore breasts, has stopped. I am really worried, it’s my first pregnancy and I haven’t told any family members yet as I wanted to wait until 12 weeks when I felt things would be a little more stable, so I have little support. I have spoken to my midwife, who is sympathetic, and referred me to the early pregnancy unit, who said that my symptoms didn’t warrant an early scan (in the UK so my first scan isn’t until 12 weeks). My scan is the 7th December, and it looks as if I’m going to have to wait until then to find out for sure what is going on!!
    Any advice would be really appreciated as I am feeling very worried and tearful, which isn’t helping matters if baby is still sticking in there!!


  6. HiDeanna, I lost my son in august at 18.5 weeks and another son last year also at 18.5 weeks. Now I am pregnant again. At least I think I am. I have taken over twenty home pregnancy test and they were all positive. By calculations I should be about six weeks. I should be excited however I am so confused! With my other pregnancies I had severe morning sickness from day one till 16 weeks. With this one I have NONE AT ALL! And ts freaking me out. I feel great. No tiredness, no breast tenderness, no nausea. No symptoms. Is this normal. I can’t see my doctor yet until my insurance it activated next week. In the meantime I am freaking out! Am I really pregnant? Or did the pregnancy stop? Please help!

  7. I’m moving into my 11th week. For the last 9 days, I’ve had increased bleeding each day. On days 4 and 6, I had HCG tests done: the numbers were increasing. I’ve “passed” small blot clots during this time, some the size of the head of pin, others the size of about 8-10 pins. Always bright red blood, never dark. Basically speaking, it’s been like having a menstrual cycle during pregnancy. Last night, I passed the largest clot I’ve ever seeen in my life, about 1/2″. All this time, limited cramps (nothing to cause me to catch my breath, just a bit of discomfort), and not soaking a padliner within a few hours. Just always bleeding. Its been over the holidays, and there has been little anyone can do but wait. I am starting to feel this is a drawn out miscarriage; what are your thoughts? I will be seeing the OBGYN in the next 2 days. Thanks. No, I’m not panicking as there is little I can do but wait as well. Which does stink. Thanks.

  8. hello i have really tried ma level best to get pregnant from may to dec i have been trying but all in vain but i was once operated because i had ceasts but my husband and i want akid we are so confused and normally i have painful cramps when in my periods, my doctor said i have all what it takes to become pregnant though im still confused please advise me

  9. I am 23 years old-my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for a little over a year. I found out I had endometriosis over the summer and had a laparoscopy done in September. My periods were always very heavy with horrible cramps and even quarter sized (and larger) blood clots. After my surgery, I had two “normal” periods (one within 1 week of my lap). The pain was less severe than before and the flow was not as heavy. This month, I was about 5 days late. I had a re-scheduled post-op appointment with my GYNO so I went ahead and took a pregnancy test that morning just in case (since I was going to be there anyway). To my excitement and surprise, it came back with a faint positive. I went ahead to work but by 9:45am, I started bleeding (was a dull red/pink color). I got really upset but went to my doctors appt. with high hopes anyway. My doctor was thrilled that I had even gotten a positive test and sent me to have a blood test done. I called the next morning and they said that it was positive but very low-meaning either a VERY early pregnancy and my levels weren’t high enough to prevent bleeding or an early miscarriage. I was still pretty disappointed but am trying to keep a good mind about it. I prepared myself for a miscarriage but it doesn’t really seem like one (a bad one at least). The first day I started I was simply wadding up toilet paper (had no pad with me) and changing it ever couple hours. The next day was about the same-wore a panty liner and got through most of the day with just that. The third day I stopped bleeding all together. The fourth day (today) I have some brown discharge that is on my panty liner. The blood/discharge is not that heavy (MUCH lighter than my normal period) and there are little to no cramps. I started having cramps about 1 week before my period was supposed to be due but they were very minimal. I had prepared myself for a miscarriage but now I can’t but wondering if I am one of the few that simply has a “cycle” while I’m pregnant-especially if I got pregnant later in my cycle. Any thoughts-my doctor is going to be out of town the rest of the week so I can’t see him again until next Thursday (9 days after my appt). It’s killing me to wait this long to know if I’m still pregnant. Should I just prepare for the worst and hope for the best or am I hoping for nothing?

  10. Also, I had nausea for days before my test. The nausea disappeared while I was bleeding but returned today (minimal though)-also my breasts are SLIGHTLY sore on the sides-could just be coincidence though.

  11. I had an ultrasound last week that showed what the dr said was an ABnormally Large Yolk sac with a fetal pole measuring 5 wks 5days. I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time. there was no heartbeat. He sent me home telling me that it was 50 50 chance of miscarriage. 5 days later i have had mild cramping and two cases of brown discharge when wiping and one small trace of red blood. If this is a miscarriage, then when will it be over. Most of the time when I wipe its clear and the cramps are not consistent. My dates are not off and I should measure 8 weeks. Please advise on the time it takes to be done with this as the waiting game is killing me and my husband. How often do you hear of this happening and a miscarriage is misdiagnosed? Thanks in advance for your time as we are emotionally disturbed by this information from our dr. Please dont sugar coat anything I need the facts so I can process this. Thanks again. You are really doing a great thing here by helping folks.

  12. I’m going to add a reply here as well as my private one about the abnormally large yolk sac, since it is not currently covered on my site.

    A normal yolk sac measures between 5 and 5.5mm. A yolk sac gets too large if the baby is not taking any nutrients from it, which usually means the baby has died. If the sac is between 5.5 and 8 mm, the rate of miscarriage is very high, but a small number will go on normally. If it is larger than 8mm, then the pregnancy is almost certainly a blighted ovum or a genetic miscarriage.

  13. Im 6 weeks pregnant i got my period at normal yesterday. but its really light red bleeding. i have some lower back cramps but they come and go it doesnt feel like a normal period as i normally get really bad cramps.
    I went to the hospital yesterday as i was concerned being my first pregnancy. when i had the initial blood tests to find out if i was pregnant the first one came back equilateral and the 2nd one came back possitive. On tuesday the 8th i had all the initial blood tests done for the hospital and got a mid wife letter. To me it sounds like my hormons arent high enough at the moment to stop my period. I also have my period when i was 2weeks pregnant.
    But mum got her period as normal for the first 4months of being pregnant with my 2 brothers and myself, my sister ws went to be a miscarrage that didnt happen..
    I dont know what to think about all this. do you have any idea’s?

  14. hi, i have done pregnancy test at the doctor when i was 5 weeks, im now 14/15 weeks and woke up during the night with cramps, then went to the toilet to find i had started bleeding. It was dark red in colour and lasted a couple of hours, and then it turned like an off brown colour, what does this mean?? am i still pregnant or miscarriged??

  15. This one month, I missed 5 days of my birth control pills, so I went and got plan B. I was 2 weeks late for my expected period and 3 pregnancy tests confirmed that I was pregnant. My doctor confirmed I was pregnant. I was staying healthy for the next 3 weeks, but at 3am my husband had to call an EMS because of a sudden severe onset of pain in my abdomen. 2 hours after the pain started to subside a dark red clot the size of a quarter came out of me. After this clot passed, I had about a day of light pink spotting. Hospital staff took tests and sent me home with out answers. I went back to doctors who said I am not pregnant. I have had 2 periods since which change from light pink to dark red clots to light pink flow. What shall I do? This is not a normal period for me and doctors are not listening to me.

  16. I had a miscarriage @ 7 weeks about a month and a half ago. This last week, I started what I thought was my first period since the miscarriage. It began very light and pink for the first 3 days but the last 2 have been very clotty with heavy flow and severe cramping. Is this ‘leftover’ from the miscarriage? Twins? I feel like I’m repeating the same thing.

  17. This site helped calm my fears! My mother has a history of miscarriages and Im just very scared that it could happen to me. Im 12 weeks and praying every single day that everything is okay. Im only 18 and the doctor said everything looked normal, but I cant help but worry, This is probably crazy, but I’ve had nightmares about it. Since Im out of my first trimester is it likely that I will miscarry?

  18. i am 15 years old and im pretty sure im pregnate<i am so scared and worry.i already toke a test an came out positive,i was wondering if my activites in school and exercising could lead to a miscarriage.

  19. Hi I’m 10 weeks 3 days pregnant. My only symptom of pregnancy was very sore and full breast. At 7 1/2 weeks my breast were not sore or full anymore. I called my OB’s office many times and the nurses keep telling me its normal, not to worry as long as I’m not bleeding or cramping. Well I read about missed miscarriage and I’m very nervous. So my breast have not been sore in 3 weeks. My next u/s is Jan 4. I don’t know if I should prepare myself for bad news or is this really normal and has it happened to anyone else.

  20. Hi I wrote to last week about losing my pregnancy symptom (breast tenderness). Well I went to my OB today for my ultrasound and everything is great! She moved my EDD from July 26 to July 22 🙂 Thanks for everything 🙂

  21. Hi. I am 16 years old and I believe I am pregnant. Me and my soon to be husband have already been trying to have a baby and have been unsucessful for several months but I think this time I am pregnant but am scared. I have been having brown discharge for a couple days and started bleeding slightly this afternoon but nothing heavy at all. I’m very scared I am miscarrying. We’ve just been disappointed and are hoping this time it works out. Am I worrying too much? Am I actually too young and my body is rejecting the pregnancy everytime?

  22. hello everyone my names michelle and im 21 years old me and my bf have been trying to have a baby for abt 9 months now and everytime i wud take a test it would come out negative or i wud get my period when expected so i knew i wasnt preg.aftter a while i sarted thinking either something is wrong with me or my bf.around nov 29 or so i had my period and didnt get it the month of december no signs or sypmtoms of even getting it other than my breast were sensitive and they felt bigger so i figured i was just getting my period late, anyhow i ended up taking a preg. test on sunday 1/3/10 just to be sure and it came out positive but one of the blue lines was light like a faded type thing but it was very clear either way it was positive so i took it as im pregnant i was very excited because 9 months of trying and finally my wish came true so i go to the clinic the next morning and they did the urine test and again the blue line was bearly showing so the nurse did it again and the second one was the same so she told me yes im pregnant because if iwasnt those lines wouldnt show up at all so thats 3 positive tests that i took so the nurse told me to start on prenatal care and that based on my lmp im about 5 weeks that same night i go to the br to urinate and when i wiped i noticed blood but very light and not so much of it either way i panicked because i didnt think that was normal so i told my bf right away and he told me that some girls spot and so on and that its normal and not to worry or stress out abt it,but i still couldnt get it off my this morning at abt 1030 or so i got to the br and when i wiped the bleeding was more than the night before it was as if i was getting my period it wasnt heavy at all and i didnt feel any pain or cramping either way i was told to go the er and get that checked out so me n my bf rush to the nearest er and the dr came in checked if i had any blood clots or anything inside my vagina but he didnt see ne or at least he didnt tell me he did so i figured thats a good thing then i get an ultra sound to measure my pelvis and the ultrasound tech told me it was normal and that she doesnt think i have anything to worry abt so that calmed me down a lot, they also did blood work to check for the hcg.i waited for wat seemed like an eternity and finally the dr comes in and tells me thast it looks like it was a miscarriage but he wasnt suree,he said my hcg was at 6 and at 5 weeks it shud b alot higher.after i heard the word miscarriage i just blanked out and stopped listening its the worst feeling ever!anyway the dr told me to go back in 2 to 3 days to do the hcg test again to make sure that it was a miscarriage cuz itt cud b that im not 5 weeks that i may just bearly b one or two weeks either way im scared and sad .i can only hope that i really didnt have a misscarriage and that the dr is right abt how far along i really bf is staying positive and is really being there for me because he srtongly feels that i did just bearly get pregnant and thats y the preg tests were so light and it says that at 1 week the hcg shud b at 5-50 so thats somewhat good news and makes me feel alot better i can only hope that i still am pregnant.ill find out in a few still bleeding once again it just seems that im on my period the bleeding isnt heavy or unusual im not in any pain im just laying down to rest and im going to take it easy for the next few days i only hope that im pregnant if u can pls let me kno what u think i wud really appreciate it in other words i need a second opinion.i dnt have ins so im going to fill out the application for medi-cal to see if i qualify and so i can see an actual gynecologist and see what he or she tells me.if worst comes to worst and it ends up being that i did have a miscarriage, when i can start trying to get pregnant again???i hope to hear from u all u ladies that are going through the same worries or who have had miscarriages, god bless u all u r not alone but dont lose hope everything happens for a reason or for no reason at all these things just happen and are happenning everyday its very sad and its the hardest thing to deal with.i wish u all the best of luck in the future stay positive.Once again god bless u all tonight and from now on ill be praying for each and everyone of you!!!Goodnight:)

  23. Im 5 weeks pregnant as of today.
    i’ve had my normal cramping for the past week and a half. earlier today i was laying down, and i started to feel naseus so i went to the bathroom and went pee and when i wiped i noticed a little bit of pink blood on the toilet paper, so i put on a pad. i’ve been going to the bathroom atleast ever 15 minutes to check cuz im so scared of bleeding a lot and having a miscarraige. but there hasnt been a lot of blood. theres never any blood on the pad but when i wipe and apply pressure there’s a little brown blood on the toilet paper. is it possible that its nothing? or is it most likely a miscarraige?


  24. I am 27. I have had endometriosis since I was 19. I have had to laparscopic surgeries to try and remove adhesions and other problems with endo. I have had less and less symptoms over the last 6 years thanks to high doses of birth control. I was married in June. I decided to go off my birth control in March of 09. My husband and I have been trying since then to get pregnant. My doctor has told me for 6 years to get pregnant but we were not married yet and were not financially stable. Well NOW we are.
    I am scheduled to have a laparscopic HSG with exploration in 8 days. I am a week late with my period. I have taken 6 pregnancy tests. Two of which were positive, however faint lines. I have had breast tenderness for over 3 weeks. Two days ago I started having cramping more so on the left side.
    Could I be having an ectopic pregnancy? My twin sister has had one and three miscarriages. I am very worried that I might not ever have children of my own.

  25. I’m going to go ahead and post my response to Jill publicly, since it is so important to know what to do when there is a history and signs of an ectopic:

    With your family history, the endo and surgeries, and the pregnancy tests that come and go as positive, you are in a high-risk category for ectopic. You are not in any danger right now at 5 weeks pregnant, but definitely go to the hospital if you get strong cramps, pain in your shoulder, or abdominal pain, or a fever. DEFINITELY call your doctor the moment the office opens to be assessed and make sure this is not the case. If it is, you should be plenty early enough to do a non-surgical intervention that preserves your tubes without scarring.

    Hang in there. I know it’s scary. Let me know how you are.

  26. Hi,
    I am 28 years old and about a week ago I had what I thought was just a longer than usual period. By day 7 (even though typically mine last for 3-4 days) I got nervous and took a home pregnancy test. It came out positive. I took 3 more urine tests, and a blood test and they also came out positive, but since then I have experienced more bleeding and mild cramping. The bleeding has not been consistent but is heavier than ‘spotting’ as I have been changing pads every 4-5 hours. The nurse at the urgent care clinic I went to calculated that I could be 2 weeks along and another said perhaps 6 weeks according to my LMP. I’ve had virtually no symptoms aside from bloating and breast tenderness which have both went away. I’m concerned that I may have miscarried. How long after a miscarriage will a pregnancy test show positive results? Is there a standard length of time for a miscarriage? I am not scheduled for an ultrasound for another 2 weeks but my nerves are going crazy.

  27. hi deanna, thank you for this site. It’s been comforting. I had a positive hcg test a week ago and i should be in my week 5 now. However, 3 days ago i had a brownish blood discharge which progressed to intermittent gushes of reddish blood like 2ce or 3ce a day for abt 3days now but not enough to soak up a pad-jst my liners. My gyn placed me on duphaston from d day i first saw d brownish bld. I’ve been off work n on bed rest for 3 days now. I’ve also experienced mild cramping in my lower abd from just before my missed period. The only other preg symptom i had was d tender breasts which has significantly reduced now.
    I was quite concerned till i read ur w/site. I’ve been praying n talking to my body. Though i’ve come to terms wit d worst case scenario. Been attempting conception for abt 15mths now. I’m still hopeful, though.
    What dyou think?

  28. HI! Im a 26 year old Mother of 4 children and found out 2 weeks ago were going to have number 5! We were very excitred about this as my husband has no children of his own & we weren’t sure he could have kids! This last sat I felt a “gush” thinking it was maybe discharge I didn’t worry to much. After a trip to the rest room I discovered there was bllod. Not alot but there was a clot! I freaked rushed to E.R. and didn’t get many answers. They did do a hcg level and said come back for another! Here it is almost a week later & after all the testing I still don’t know for sure if my baby is ok or not! Ive come to belive(maybe just calming myself) but after being told I have a U.T.I. today I think I may actually have a kidney infection and thats what the pain has been all along! What ever happened with starting with a urine test first??? Maybe Im wrong but I sure hope not!

  29. I am 9 weeks preganant and over the last week my pregnancy symptoms have slowly went away. My boobs are slightly sore but other than that my energy seems to have come back for the most part and I am barely nauseous and just don’t FEEL pregnant. I had some stretching pain several days ago but not in the past few days. I know this can be “normal” but is also listed as a sign of miscarriage. The heartbeat of the baby at 6 w 5 days was 129 which the doc said was fine but seems lowish to me. I also feel the scan was off by about 3-5 days as I know when I could have potentially conceived. I am such a paranoid pregnant person and I know this but do I have any reason to be concerned. I should add in that my 2 year old got a good kick by accident to my stomach about a week ago when this all started but I read this should not have caused any issues.

  30. I am 21 almost 22 yrs old. I got diagnosed with endometriosis a little over a year ago. they told me it will be hard to conceive. My bf and I have unprotected sex but I am on birth control for my endo. my periods have been regular, but last wed (01-20-10) I started spotting but it was like brown, old blood? Anyways, before that I started getting crampy, fatigued, going to the bathroom every 30 min, bloated, and unbelievably hungry. Today my bf & I had sex and when I went to the bathroom I noticed brown clumpy stuff? I am really confused, any advice?

  31. The last time I had sex was in October (’09). I’m on birth-control, and usually use a condom. Since October, I’ve gotten my period with the pill-no problems, nothing unusual. Then this month, (Jan) I got my period 4 days earlier than I was suppose to and it hasn’t stopped. I’ve had it for almost 9 days now. And it’s heavy, there is discharge, which isn’t uncommon with me, but there’s a lot of it, and a lot painful cramping. I’ve gained some weight; the pregnancy test I took was negative, though I can’t help but think it was a miscarriage. Do you think it would be a good idea to go to a doctor and just see what’s up? Or should I wait and hold off? I just don’t know what to do.

  32. Hi.
    My body is really confusing me right now. I have suffered two past misscariages, the most recent being last March. The first day of my last period was Dec 31, 09. On Jan 14 I started spotting. On the 23 I decided to take a Preg. test and it came back positive. All the while I have not stopped bleeding, and actually the bleeding has gotten heavier, more like a regular period. I’ve gone to see my doctor, he took some blood and says to call if my symptoms change. My next appt is in a few days. It is the 2nd of Feb. and I am still bleeding. I’m going crazy at this point. Any advice?

  33. I was 12 wks along and went to my dr appt on Monday (2-8-10) and was supposed to hear the heartbeat for the first time. The dr couldn’t find it so he sent us to get an ultrasound. The tech looked and looked and couldn’t find the baby. We were able to see the sac and the yolk sac … empty. She measured it to be 6 wks and 6 days. The dr says I could have been farther along and it could be shrinking to be passed naturally. I never bled so I didn’t have a miscarriage. He checked my levels and I’m still pregnant for some reason. I asked if it could be ectopic and he said no because of the sac. It’s so upsetting that my body won’t recognize that I’m not pregnant anymore and let me start trying again. I go in Friday for a D&C because I don’t know when I’m going to pass it. Like I said before, I’m so upset that this happened to be, especially it being the first, and I’m grieving the loss because I’ve made it this far chemically and thinking there’s something growing. Should I really get this D&C done or wait for it to pass on it’s own. Also, when can I start trying again? We are already in the mind set of being pregnant, why not try again?

  34. i am 8-weeks pregnant. i had an US done at 5 weeks and everything was great. the heart beat was strong. i went to the high-risk doctor yesterday and they couldn’t find a heartbeat. i have had no cramps or bleeding. did i have a misscarrage or is it something i shouldn’t worry about? please help

  35. Hi I’m 38 years old. Last year in Aug I had a miscarrage – the baby stopped growing when he is 5 weeks old. I didn’t know and carried it till 8 weeks when I finally see a doc. Gone through an operation and cried a bucket. This month my period was late but at about 5 weeks I suddenly have red blood spots (when I wiped). Then nothing else. i really fear that I had miscarriage. I haven’t done any preg test and have move my appt with Dr to this week (it was supposed to be a review of my operation done last Aug). Now I’m worried sick.

  36. I was 7 weeks and 5 days when I was scheduled to go in and see the baby’s heartbeat (vaginal sonogram) on 2/10/10, my dr couldn’t find it so he scheduled me 1 wk in exact on 2/17/10 (yesterday) I was 8 weeks and 5 days now, no heartbeat detected. My dr said he was 99% sure that I will miscarry this pregnancy :'( Three years ago I miscarried, I didn’t even know I was pregnant. This is a huge loss for me, I was very excited about becomming a 1st time mommy-to-be. I don’t know how long I should wait, my dr suggested to get my HCG levels tested to confirm it with myself that I wont be removing a live baby when the D&C is done that is scheduled for next wednesday. Should another sonogram be done? Should I get a second opinon? I have no symptoms of a miscarriage, none that I felt when I had my first miscarriage. I notice that my pregnancy symptoms have faded, but I don’t want to be making a mistake, Drs have been known to misdiagnose a miscarriage. I’ve heard you can try to listen to the heartbeat? My dr has never tried that, should I request for that? Your help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

  37. hey i have a couple of concerns
    i was late this week, tested a faint posotive friday then started spottin creamy brown discarge, then yesterday saturday and today medium red flow with smally tissue clots, have i misscarried?
    also i m/c 4 months ago at around 5weeks
    iam rh negative but i have a 4 yrold son with no problems,… would there be a complication why ive miscarried? or is this due to a vessel being damaged or somthin with implantation>?

  38. Hello,
    I recently found out i am 6 weeks pregnant. I am worried because i have random period cramps that occur and then disappear. And i also get quite a sore lower back and my stomach feels like its got very mild period pain the whole time (achy). And it feels like sharp pains shoot through my overies from time to time. Is this an early symptom of miscarrage?

  39. Hi Deanna, Here is my story … My Lmp was on Dec 19/09. Today I went for an ultrasound today (3/3/10). According to my dates I am 10 weeks pregnant today and the ultrasound tech told me that I am measuring about 6 weeks . (I had a transvaginal) Doctor could not find a heart beat. She said that I could possibly have a misscariage in the next few days. The baby might of stopped growing at 6 weeks or I’m not that far along. I have another ultrasound scheduled for Monday, 3/08/10
    A part of me thinks that the baby died and stopped growing at 6 weeks and my body hasn’t recognised it yet. I want to be hopeful and believe everything is okay but…
    My Doctor doesn’t seem worried and seems to think I merely miscalculated my dates. I’m trying to stay calm and think positive but not understanding what is happening is killing me. Do you have any advice? Thank you!!!! ~ Claudia

  40. Claudia,

    How did it go? I’m going through the exact same thing right now!!! So strange – I’m a week behind you – my LMP was Christmas day and my first u/s was today. No heartbeat and it measured 6 weeks.
    How did your u/s today go?
    Fingers crossed for all of us here…

  41. My last period started on December 10th and ended about 5 days after that. I have not had a period since. There were a few days in late January where i had very dark brown spotting. I was hoping I would soon start my period after that, but still nothing came. Lately my breasts have been very tender and swollen, which although I know this is a PMS symptom, it has never lasted quite this long. I’ve been dizzy lately and nauseous.
    I’ve also taken numerous pregnancy tests and each time they read negative.
    Most of the people I’ve spoken with, (friends and colleagues) have told me not to worry and it is most likely just stress, or due to the fact that I am very skinny and hypoglycemic, but I’m still not sure.
    The past few days I’ve been getting sharp pains deep in my lower abdomen. They come and go fairly quickly though so I passed it off as nothing.
    Then today I went to the restroom and when I wiped I saw very very bright red blood, unlike any period blood I have ever had. Now I’m having excruciating cramping and spotting, but not nearly enough to fill a tampon.
    I’ve been researching and it sounds as if I am having a miscarriage. How can this be if I had several negative results on pregnancy tests?

  42. Deanna,
    can you post a publis reply to this? I have seen several posts with the same situation.
    I am about 10 weeks and 3 days ago all of my pregnancy symptoms stopped. I do not feel bloated, no more soreness in breasts, my appetite is growing. I feel completely normal again. At 8 weeks I had an ultrasound, babys heartbeat at 160. Is this
    more normal or more likely a symptom of miscarriage?

  43. My Fiance is about 5 weeks or so, you can tell her stomach is bigger, her breasts aren’t as sensitive as they were, one still is sensitive. The other is kinda fading. She started seeing a bright red blood with clots, not too much blood though, we did have intercourse before all of this started. I was wondering if it is just because the cervix is filled with blood and we hit it and that is how it started bleeding or what happened there, but then how can there be clots? Is that just the body healing itself from us having intercourse? Thank you for your time.

  44. Deanna,
    I’m not sure what to think of this month’s cycle. My breasts started hurting about 2 weeks prior to my period being due. They usually are sore about a week before but they were severly painful just thought it was going to be a rough period this month. On top of that I had started wanting foods that I normally can’t stand and just thought just my body being wierd. I was gettin sick alot especially when I ate and had an elevated temp since about the same time my breasts started hurting and wildly vivid dreams. With that I assumed the flu but it should be over by now. My period came but with absolutely no pain, was somewhat lighter in flow and darker than normal. No clots which I always have clots. I forgot I even had it. I didn’t bloat or feel miserable which usually with the strong symptoms I know it’s going to be rough and I’m very sensitive to the hormone changes. I can’t take birth control because of it making me sick. The last time I tried I lost 20lbs in less than 4 weeks and was sick for 5 weeks when it finally worked it;s way out of my system. My period came and ended but I’m still getting sick and feeling slght cramps. Also, still having food cravings and now they’re just plain grossing people out. I thought all these signs would have left when my period started and my hormones leveled back out again but now I’m slightly concerned. My boyfriend thought I was pregnant and has been out of town and I didn’t think to tell him I got my period because it’s expected every month anyways and he was assuming I was pregnant still today. I was thinkin that even if I had been and had a miscarriage these symptoms should have stopped by now. My period came a week ago and all the normal symptoms usually end on the 1st or 2nd day of my period. My breasts aren’t painful like they were but ache a little at times and are super sensitive. I just don’t really know because this has never happened to me before. If you can explain anything to me I’d greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you

  45. well i found out i was pregnant beginning of feb and was having severe pains went to the hospital got an ultrasound to make sure it wasnt tubal and everything seemed okay. went back22nd of feb jus to make sure with another ultrasound. still everything was ok. well today i go to a new prenatal doctor and they want to do an ultrasound well they do the ultrasound and cant see a heartbeat and told me i miscarried. i havent had any cramping..any bleeding i havent had anything since the first time i went to the hospital…could it be possibly that its still to early to see the heartbeat? they want me back in 3 more weeks for another us

  46. Pam, here is your public reply! (I don’t reply to them all here on the site or there would be thousands of them, and many answers are covered, even if they are hard to find!)

    It is very normal to lose your symptoms between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is the point at which the placenta takes over the hormone production. It heralds the beginning of the middle, and easy part, of most pregnancies as hormone prodution evens out.

    There’s more on this at

  47. hello i am about 5 weeks pregnant i fount out i was pregnant 10 days ago 2 days after i fount out i started bleeding light first then i passed a clott the size of a quarter, i started to bleed heavy bright red, i actualy sat on the toilet and it poured out i new this was a miscarrage. went to the hospital cause i started feeling dizzy. when i got their they checked my cervix and it was closed they took hcg levels that were at 1622 and this was sat march 20, and just on march 19 i had hcg levels done and it was 1000 so they send me home saying their is no sighn of a miscarrage.. i am so cunfused if that wasn’t a miscarrage i could only imagine what one would be like mind you i am very sore cause wile i was in the hospital i past 3 more clotts they tell me this can be normal…so i go home the blood started lightening up to light red. i went to my ob on the 22 were they gave me another hcg test the results go up but they did not double it was at 1819. and that was just 2day pls i need help this dont sound right has any1 else experianced this if so pls let me know???

  48. Hello deanna, I am a bit worried I think I am about 7 weeks pregnant I have had 2 ultrasounds which still havent confirmed an exact date, but on the 23/3/10 I started bleeding it was very light but has gotten heavier over the last couple of days I have passed two clots that are a long and skinny but I have had no cramps when I usually get a period I am bent over in pain and cant move. I go back to my dr today for another hcg test, but was wondering if you could give me some advice as my dr doesnt usually delve into things with me. Thank you.

  49. I found out I was pregnant on Monday. Yesterday afternoon (Thursday), I went to the bathroom and discovered blood in my underwear. I have been bleeding since then and passing clots. No cramping as of yet. Am I grasping at straws or do I have a chance?

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