Miscarriage: The Warning Signs
At the first sign of a miscarriage the woman should go to bed and rest, and the doctor or midwife should be consulted. However, resting may not prevent a miscarriage if it is inevitable.
Three warning signs occur in succession if the miscarriage takes its full course:
• The commonest symptom is loss of blood from the vagina. If the embryo has not been dislodged, the pregnancy may continue.
• If the condition becomes worse, pains like small labour pains may come and go at regular intervals. This is a sign that the threatened miscarriage may have become inevitable.
• The bleeding may also increase at this stage.
If you have a threatened miscarriage, avoid intercourse until the bleeding has stopped.
Effect on the baby
Because the bleeding of a threatened miscarriage comes from the placenta (afterbirth) and not from the baby itself, a threatened miscarriage does not increase the risk of abnormality for the baby.