A miscarriage is a fairly common occurrence. Around 15% to 20% of all pregnancies result in a miscarriage. 80% of these miscarriages happen in the first trimester. That said, it doesn’t make the devastation any less. It is important to know the early signs of miscarriage so that proper steps be taken likewise.
While discussing the warning signs of a miscarriage, it is important to state that most of the times a miscarriage is not the result of a mistake on part of the mother. In fact, a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage has very little to do with something the mother did. In most cases it is inevitable. All you can do it give your baby a healthy and stress free environment to grow in. I want to highlight some key signs and symptoms of a miscarriage and when to seek help. If timely treated, a miscarriage can be avoided.
Common Signs of Miscarriage
Signs of Miscarriage: Bleeding
Some amount of spotting is normal in pregnancy, but be mindful about the frequency and amount of this spotting. A spotting that persists, or which increases in flow is a warning signal that something is wrong. If it is also accompanied by cramping then it is best to seek medical help just to be sure. Also, bright red bleeding is a big warning sign.
Signs of Miscarriage: Cramps
Get ready for a lot of cramps while pregnant. This is because as the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby, it will result in cramps. A fair level of cramp intensity is normal, however, persistent cramping and especially the ones which seem to increase in intensity is something that should be looked into. See your doctor to set your mind at ease.
Signs of Miscarriage: Out of the ordinary pain
Pain is an inevitable consequence of being pregnant. As the baby grows, the uterus expands and puts pressure on the mother’s internal organs. Be wary of this pain intensity. If you feel the pain is a little too much, don’t wait in seeing you OB/GYN. Follow your instinct in this matter. The pain can be completely normal or it could be a sign of ectopic pregnancy, which can be life threatening.
Signs of Miscarriage: Loss of Pregnancy Symptoms
Pregnancy comes with its fair share of symptoms, not all of which are pleasant. Some of the most common symptoms are nausea, extreme fatigue, food aversions, increased hunger, sore breasts, etc. Some women may not have severe symptoms in the first place. So if you have these symptoms and they suddenly disappear, then it is a cause for worry. While it can be completely normal, it will be a good idea to check up with the doctor any way just to be sure.
These are some of the most important signs of miscarriage. Early detection may or may not help. Sadly, once a pregnancy is about to miscarry, it cannot be saved. It is a very painful experience both physically and mentally, but since it is something all first-time pregnant ladies need to know.
If you are at a threat to miscarry, I want you to know that it is an inevitable decision made by Allah. There is nothing wrong that you did. Most women blame themselves for their miscarriage which is a completely wrong approach. There is nothing you could have done to stop a life from entering this world if Allah had decided for it to come. Similarly, there is nothing you can do to save it from miscarrying if it is a command already ordained by Allah. Having said that, it is always wiser to be mindful and have knowledge of what your body is trying to tell you.
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