How Heavy Is Miscarriage Bleeding?

(November 28, 2010)

Statistics indicate that the rate of miscarriages is as high as 20% and most of them take place within the first trimester of pregnancy. Early miscarriage bleeding can be seen in some cases, where the pregnancy is lost soon after implantation. It is possible for a woman to go through a miscarriage during any stage of pregnancy. However, the risk of a miscarriage in the second or the third trimester of pregnancy is much lower, as compared to the first. Several women notice bleeding or spotting during various stages of pregnancy, which may be quite terrifying, as they seem to be similar to heavy miscarriage symptoms.

Heavy miscarriage causes

There could be several factors that lead to miscarriage, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some of the most common miscarriage causes are hormonal imbalances, genetic factors, excessive stress, immune system problems, age (mother’s), strenuous physical activity, chromosomal abnormality, uterine malformation, cervix weakness, physical injuries, placental problems, an unhealthy lifestyle, as well as various illnesses, infections and disorders.

Heavy miscarriage symptoms

Vaginal bleeding is one of the most common miscarriage symptoms, but it can also occur in case of a normal pregnancy. This prompts several women to wonder “how heavy is miscarriage bleeding?”, just so that they know the difference between the two. The amount and the duration that a woman bleeds because of a miscarriage, differs from one pregnant woman to the other. For some women the bleeding after miscarriage appears in the form of spotting, whereas for others, the bleeding is much heavier than normal periods. At times, there may be heavy blood clots present or even a heavy miscarriage discharge, which is reddish brown in color. In most cases of miscarriages, the bleeding lasts for approximately 2 weeks or so. In case the miscarriage took place after the completion of 6 weeks, heavy miscarriage pain and cramps could also accompany the bleeding. Strangely, there are some women who do not experience any symptoms of a miscarriage and only find out about it, during a routine check up. There are also some women who bleed for just about a day or two, and have no other miscarriage symptoms, because the embryo gets reabsorbed by the body.

After a miscarriage, it is advisable to undergo a detailed check up even after the heavy miscarriage symptoms are no longer evident, just to ensure that the body has eliminated all the pregnancy tissue completely and to confirm that there is no possibility of an infection.

Submitted by J on November 28, 2010 at 11:44

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