I think I'm having a miscarriage...


These are symptoms of a possible miscarriage, derived from many sources throughout the internet:

  • Mild to severe back pain (but there is not always pain)

  • Abdominal cramping, much more intense than menstrual cramping (but there doesn't have to be this pain)

  • Discolored, pink cervical mucus

  • Drop in pregnancy symptoms (this can be difficult to assess in early pregnancy)

  • Bleeding: brown or red (up to 30% of pregnancies may have some bleeding, with about half of those going on to have full term deliveries

  • Any sized tissue or clots passing from the vagina

  • Remember A+B+C = abdominal pain, bleeding, cramping.  These three together are signs of a possible miscarriage.


If you are experiencing any of these, please contact your local maternity unit as soon as possible, even if you are not yet booked in to any hospital. They can assure you of what is happening in your pregnancy.  They may refer you to the early pregnancy unit.

The hospital will probably recommend a trans-vaginal ultrasound scan if you are in the first trimester.  This is different to the ultrasound used later in pregnancy in that it is carried out using a probe inserted into the vagina.  This is generally not painful, but can be unpleasant and upsetting, but is necessary to get an accurate picture of the womb in early pregnancy.  It is nice to have the loving support of a partner, friend or relative at this time so don't be afraid to bring someone.

Information on what happens next can be found here on the Stillbirthday website