How To Spot Early Miscarriage Symptoms
Ini has had up to six miscarriages. Out of the six spontaneous abortions, at least four occurred very early, even before she realized she was pregnant. There were no signs that early in the pregnancy; or she didn't recognize them. But what are the miscarriage symptoms in early pregnancy?
Miscarriages often occur in the first trimester (week 1 to week 12). About one percent of pregnancies are lost after the 20-week gestation period. Such losses are considered stillbirths.
“For most women, early spontaneous abortions are like a short nightmare. They often take a while to come to terms with the loss,” says Prisca Obi MD, Obstetrician at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital. “I think it’s because women don’t understand all the complex changes that occur from the moment of conception. If one or more of those steps—embryo implantation, placenta establishing a link between mother and baby and other complex processes of cell division—goes wrong, a miscarriage can occur.”
What are the common causes of early miscarriage?
Contrary to popular belief, orgasms, exercises, work-related stress and matrimonial brawls cannot cause early miscarriages.
“When women mourn for too long, I remind them that most spontaneous abortions are simply the body’s way of expelling a fetus that might not have been developing normally,” says Prisca Obi. “Of course, I discuss the other factors that might cause a miscarriage. But most importantly, I try to make them see that it isn’t their fault and that some, if not most, miscarriages are unpreventable.”
Five common miscarriage symptoms
It is not uncommon for women to miscarry a pregnancy without experiencing any symptoms. In rare cases, not even bleeding occurs before or after the loss. However, most women experience all or some of these common symptoms:
While some women experience severe cramps, others have barely noticeable, mild cramps. It is one symptom every pregnant woman must not ignore. See your doctor if you experience cramps early in your pregnancy. It might be a bad sign.
Often mistaken for morning sickness, nausea can sometimes be one of those easily-overlooked early miscarriage symptoms that occur 2 weeks after conception. While it is safer to be optimistic about your pregnancy, it is also important to know that vomiting can be a sign of pregnancy loss.
If a pap smear comes up with a thick, light pink mucus, doctors will further investigate to see if you’re showing any of the other common early miscarriage symptoms two weeks after conception.
This is one of the most common early miscarriage symptoms. Women often notice that their vaginas are discharging blood clots and tissue. This is definitely a sign that your body is getting rid of the foetus. If you experience this symptom, be sure you contact your doctor or midwife.
5. Pregnancy symptoms suddenly disappear after a2 weeks miscarriage
Sometimes, morning sickness and oversensitivity of the breasts are good signs. They signify a healthy pregnancy. When all the symptoms of pregnancy suddenly disappear, it might be a sign of spontaneous abortion.
Early miscarriage symptoms also mimic labour signs as well. That’s because you are actually in a mini-labour. The difference is that you haven’t carried your pregnancy to full term or the baby hasn’t reached 20 weeks of gestation.
Abdominal and back pains in the first 12 weeks of gestation can be a bad sign. See a doctor if you experience this or any of the aforementioned symptoms.
Tips For Preventing Miscarriages
Medical experts believe that most miscarriages are unpreventable. However, it helps to know what risk factors increase the chances of one occurring.
When Ini visited a gynaecologist, she discovered that all her miscarriages were caused by low progesterone levels. Other preventable causes include thyroid imbalance, blood clotting disorder or unhealthy lifestyle choices (such as smoking, alcohol abuse and drug abuse).
Here are a few effective ways to prevent a spontaneous abortion:
• Avoid medications capable of inducing a miscarriage. Read the contraindications on the leaflet of every prescription drug. Check with your doctor before you take any drugs. Many malarial and typhoid medications cause miscarriages, stillbirths and deformity in babies.
• Maintain a healthy body weight
• Prepare your body for conception by taking recommended amounts of prenatal vitamins and minerals. A few examples of these include B vitamins, folic acid and Vit. C.
• Prevent sexually transmitted infections. If you’ve caught an STI, take steps to treat them before you conceive.
A miscarriage can feel like a blow, but it isn’t the end of the world. Women go on to have many babies even after one or more miscarriages.
“After a spontaneous abortion, go for a routine medical check-up. Guard your mind and allow your body to heal. Mourn, if it makes you feel better, ” says Prisca Obi.