Miscarriage

About miscarriage

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.

Further information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Miscarriage/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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 sign.

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:

Your feelings

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.