8 signs and symptoms of a miscarriage

Signs of a miscarriage

  • 01

    Severe Back pain

    In most cases severe back pain that is unbearable is experienced.
  • 02

    Decrease in pregnancy signs

    Pregnancy signs such as nausea and vomiting suddenly disappear

  • 03

    Painful contractions

    The abdominal and pelvic muscles will contract at an interval of approximately 5 – 20 minutes and the contractions are too painful and unbearable

  • 04

    White-pink vaginal discharge

    A white-pink vaginal discharge that can be blood tinged is usually witnessed before the miscarriage takes place.

  • 05


    Cramping that is a sign of miscarriage is usually very intense and painful than usual

  • 06

    Abdominal pain

    Sudden, intense abdominal pain can be a warning sign of a miscarrriage

  • 07

    Blood spots

    Blood spots or clots can be witnessed and it is a very common sign of a miscarriage

  • 08

    Weight loss

    Pregnant women are usually expected to gain weight. Any sudden weight loss when in pregnancy should be something to worry about as it can be a sign of a miscarriage

Signs of a miscarriage

Signs of a miscarriage can mostly be overlooked by many as some of them almost resemble the normal pregnancy symptoms.

signs of a miscarriage

When pregnant you must take enough caution and always be alert for any change of bodily activities from the normal.

The common signs of a miscarriage that can be experienced are;

Back pain

Mild to severe back pain when you are pregnant can be one of the signs of a miscarriage. This is very common in most women and it usually occurs a few hours before the actual miscarriage occurs. However, some women can experience all through their pregnancy period and it will not signal a miscarriage. But, sudden sharp, intense pain in the lower back is a likely symptom of a miscarriage. This pain can be accompanied by bleeding in some cases and if this happens, try contacting your doctor, midwife or antenatal clinic immediately.

A sudden decrease in pregnancy signs

Some women can also experience a decrease in pregnancy signs. If this happens suddenly, there is a need to worry and contact the doctor as soon as possible. I will not discuss the pregnancy signs usually experienced by women here but you can get all of them in this article.

Painful contractions

Painful contractions that are occurring every 5 – 20 minutes can be a sign of a miscarriage. Normal contractions cannot be severe and consistent. Some women who have encountered a miscarriage never remember these contractions due to the pain and emotional feelings associated with it. The victim becomes uncomfortable and loses concentration. At this point, a caregiver should help out in reaching out to the doctor or midwife.

White-pink mucus discharge

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is usually normal. However, a white-pink mucus discharge can be a sign of a miscarriage. The discharge can also be blood-tinged but an increase in vaginal discharge should not be a sign to associate with a miscarriage as it is usually normal during pregnancy.

This sign of white-pink mucus discharge can sometimes bypass some ladies and this is why it is advisable always check your pant after removing it for any abnormal discharge when pregnant.


Cramping can also be a sign of a miscarriage although it’s also a sign of pregnancy and it is common in the early trimesters of pregnancy. However, cramping that is accompanied by spotting or other vaginal bleeding can be a sign of a miscarriage and should be taken seriously by seeking medical attention as early as possible.

Cramping that is associated with a miscarriage is usually very intense and painful than usual.

Abdominal pain

Severe abdominal pain that usually occurs suddenly can be a warning sign of a miscarriage occurring. This pain is usually associated with the painful contractions of the pelvic and abdominal muscles and it can be accompanied by blood spots.

Blood clot discharge from the vagina

Blood clots or spots are very common signs of a miscarriage. This is usually a red light for the possibility of the occurrence of a miscarriage and appropriate action should be taken. Blood spots can even occur before other symptoms show up and thus if the person is not very careful, she might not notice it.

Normal blood spots during pregnancy usually occur in the first trimester of pregnancy but if after that occurs then you witness again later, there is a need to become worried and take action by visiting a medical facility.

Weight loss

During pregnancy, every woman usually gains weight. If there is sudden weight loss after you have gained weight when pregnant, this can be a sign of a miscarriage coming sooner.

Weight loss during pregnancy should not be taken lightly as it can be a very serious problem in waiting.


If you experience any of the above signs when you are pregnant, try contacting your midwife immediately for help.

Lifon Jeffrey, MD, MPH

Lifon Jeffrey, MD, MPH Is the chief editor of The Healthline medical, health and nutritional articles. His 16 years of experience in the medical field have made him to become more familiar with the daily health related problems and nutritional difficulties people have. He edits all the articles to make sure all the information is accurate, up to date and suits the medical field.

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