Six signs you’re having a miscarriage

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Sharp stabbing pains are not okay. (Getty Images)
Sharp stabbing pains are not okay. (Getty Images)

Apart from death and debilitating illness, miscarriages are one of the worst things that can happen to a pregnant woman.

One minute you’re rubbing your beautiful baby bump and bonding with your baby, the next moment that "pregnant feeling" can be gone. 

According to a local study, "An estimated 10-20% of recognized pregnancies in developed countries end in miscarriage". 

While knowing the warning signs may not safeguard against miscarriage, it may be helpful in assisting when to check in with your doctor. 

Here are six symptoms to help you understand when you can start stressing about a miscarriage:


1. Bleeding
All pregnant woman spot, that’s normal, but when it starts getting unbearable and feeling like you've got your period you have to get to your gynaecologist or doctor as soon as possible. 


2. Severe cramps or pain

Cramps that can be compared to period cramps are fine, but pain that resembles sharp stabbing pains are not okay and that’s when you need to see your doctor. 

Also read: Miscarriage: Your questions answered

3. Blood clots or tissue

Very small blood clots can be normal (less than pea-sized), but large blood clots are not normal. Passing tissue is never normal in pregnancy.


4. Fever, chills or dizziness

Miscarriages can cause infections and with infections comes fevers that are usually accompanied by either chills or dizziness. This can be a sign that something may be wrong. 


5. Decreased movement of the baby

Miscarriages can happen right through from the first to the third trimester, one of the easiest ways to detect a miscarriage is the decrease in movement of your baby. Try testing your baby by counting their kicks. Eat something, then note how often your baby moves.


6. You lose the ‘pregnant feeling’

Following your intuition is very important, even after consulting your doctor and he says everything is fine; you’ll still have peace of mind. 

Have you experienced any of these symptoms while being pregnant?

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