Early miscarriage is when a woman loses her pregnancy in the
first three months. It may be accompanied by vaginal bleeding and
pain. It often occurs before a woman has missed her first period or
before her pregnancy has been confirmed. Once you have had a
positive pregnancy test, there is around a one in five (20%) risk
of having a miscarriage in the first three months. The risk also
increases with age, smoking and heavy drinking.
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Bleeding and pain in early pregnancy
Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy is common and does not
always mean there is a problem. However it can be a warning
See your doctor or midwife if you:
- experience bleeding
- feel pain
- stop feeling pregnant
How can I get help?
You can get medical help from:
Losing a pregnancy is a deeply personal experience that affects
everyone differently. It can affect the woman, her partner and
others in the family. Many women grieve, but come to terms
with their loss. Other women feel overwhelmed and find it difficult
to cope. Physical symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite,
difficulty concentrating and trouble sleeping can be signs of
emotional distress. Some women feel fine initially and only later
do they experience difficulties.
You should be given all the time you need to grieve. Talking
about how you feel with your healthcare professional can help. If
you feel you need further assistance in coming to terms with your
miscarriage, ask for a referral for support or counselling.