Every miscarriage is different – they’re very painful for some women, but not for others – but it’s common to experience heavy bleeding (possibly passing blood clots) and have strong, period-like pains. If you have three or more miscarriages, it’s diagnosed as recurrent miscarriage.
The amount of cramping during a miscarriage tends to vary by the person and how far along the pregnancy was at the time of the loss.
Cramping Without Bleeding
It’s normal to have cramps during the first few weeks of your pregnancy because your uterus is growing. The feeling is similar to having your period. If you have any vaginal bleeding with your cramps, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.
What are the Warning signs of Miscarriage?
If you experience any or all of these symptoms, it is important to contact your health care provider or a medical facility to evaluate if you could be having a miscarriage:
1. Mild to severe back pain (often worse than normal menstrual cramps)
2. Weight loss
3. White-pink mucus
4. True contractions (very painful happening every 5-20 minutes)
5. Brown or bright red bleeding with or without cramps (20-30% of all pregnancies can experience some bleeding in early pregnancy, with about 50% of those resulting in normal pregnancies)
6. Tissue with clot like material passing from the vagina
7. Sudden decrease in signs of pregnancy
Medical Management of Miscarriage
Once a doctor makes a miscarriage diagnosis, she may recommend medical management so you can completely pass the pregnancy. During this process, the medicines typically cause cramping and bleeding, similar to the miscarriage or your period. You may receive additional medication to deal with the cramping.
What Are the Chances I Will Have a Miscarriage?
There’s about a 10 to 20 percent chance you will have an early miscarriage and a 1 to 4 percent chance you will have two in a row. Having 3 or more miscarriages in a row is called recurrent miscarriage and is very rare.