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How to Identify the Potential Symptoms of a Miscarriage

Learn the symptoms you can watch for to spot a potential miscarriage.


  • Step 1: See if you have more severe symptoms if you aren't sure if you are having a miscarriage. Symptoms of a septic miscarriage, or one that results from an infection in the uterus, can include fever, chills, and body aches.
  • FACT: The reasons for miscarriage vary, and most often the cause cannot be identified.
  • Step 2: Feel for cramps or pain in the abdomen or back. If there is bleeding and pain together, see a doctor immediately.
  • Step 3: Check for clots to pass through your vagina. Any tissue accompanying bleeding can signal a miscarriage.
  • Step 4: Watch for bleeding. This can be anything from light spotting to heavy bleeding.
  • TIP: All spotting or bleeding does not indicate a miscarriage. Bleeding happens even in normal pregnancies.
  • : If you think you are experiencing a miscarriage, see your doctor immediately.

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