Miscarriage, the loss of the baby within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, is a common problem many women face. However, most of the miscarriages occur during the first trimester, or within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. What could lead to a miscarriage? There are many reasons why a miscarriage occurs and often there is nothing you can do about it. Possible causes of a miscarriage include hormonal imbalance, chromosomal problems, chronic illnesses, uterine problems, high fever, etc.
There are certain factors that increase the risk of having a miscarriage like smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, drug abuse, using certain medications, maternal trauma, advanced maternal age, etc. How can you recognize a miscarriage? 10 common signs of a miscarriage are what follows.
Miscarriage Sign #1: Vaginal Bleeding
The first warning sign of a miscarriage is usually vaginal bleeding. However, it does not necessarily mean that every vaginal bleeding will lead to a miscarriage. Bleeding is quite common during the first trimester of pregnancy when it is just a few spots of blood on the underwear.
On the other side, miscarriage vaginal bleeding progresses from light spotting to something more like a normal menstrual period, accompanied by other signs and symptoms like abdominal cramping, back pain, etc. The color of the blood is bright red, compared to the brownish bleeding during a menstrual period.