What does a miscarriage feel like?

Krista - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 52 moms have responded )

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im 6 weeks and i started spotting a few days ago along with cramps and severe abdominal and lower back pain.. i went to the hospital the other day when i was really bad, my cramps felt like contractions.they gave me an ultrasound n said they couldnt see much n it looked like i was only 5weeks and they did a bunch of bloodwork and took some kind of a hormone test to see where my hormone levels were at, they said next time i get that done if the number goes down im probably loosing the baby. but i still have to wait for my referral to go thru to make an apt to have that done.

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Margaret - posted on 09/10/2012

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I am about 5 weeks along....been having light staining for 3 days then sudden heavy bleeding for the pass 2 days. I went to ER to check & after a scan they found an empty uterus. The dr on duty was not compassionate at all. Ordered a blood test & asked me to go back 2 days for another. I wasn't given any rest and had to go back to work the nxt day(which is today...) have been bleeding all the while. I'm really depressed & hoping that it is not a ectopic pregnancy.

Robin - posted on 01/12/2012

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I'm so sorry-- it is scary not knowing. I haven't had a miscarriage but had bleeding and cramping with my recent (successful- born 12/12/11) pregnancy. It could go either way. There are a large number of people who get something called a subchorionic hematoma, a blood clot where the placenta attaches. Sometimes they recommend bed rest, and sometimes progesterone to help with the cramping. The HCG levels in the blood (pregnancy hormone) are the only way they can tell whether your pregnancy is continuing successfully, though. If they continue to rise then you are okay. If they didn't see a big blood clot in the ultrasound, then maybe this is not your problem, but you can ask your doctor whether bed rest is appropriate and progesterone as well. Either way you might want to take it easy until you know. Good luck!

Beverly-Anne - posted on 01/17/2012

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I just had a miscarriage last week, and it's the toughest thing anyone could go through. The hardest thing is after trying for two years to get pregnant and then you do bam you find out that you''re having a miscarriage. Monday I went to use the bathroom after work, I wiped myself and there was blood on the TP, ok i freaked out, but did not want to jump to conclusion. No cramping just bleeding,(light pink blood). I went to emerg, dr checked by cervix and said it was closed but I can still miscarry with a closed cervix. He sent me home only for me to come back the Tuesday for an ultra sound. Results from the ultra sound showed that I was having a miscarriage but nothing but blood clots was showing on the ultra sound. By then the cramps had intensified. I was told to come back on Wednesday to have a hormone level test done. If the numbers were lower than my first test, then that means my body is doing what it is suppose to do naturally. Wed morning I was in excruciating pain. Felt like contractions. I felt like I wanted to push. Wednesday night sat on the toilet and something just pushed right out of me.

The scary thing about this is I was expecting a blood clot, because that's what they kept telling me. I looked down and it was a sac with something freaky. That was when I came to terms that I actually had a baby and I had miscarry. I was 10 weeks and 4 days, first miscarriage.

I am trying to come to terms with this but it is rather difficult. Sounds to me like you are or you did have a miscarriage. All the dr said to me was it wasnt my fault and it's just the body way of dealing with an unhealthy pregnancy.

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Lyssa - posted on 01/19/2012

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that's very right. in early term miscarriages, the doctors hands are tied and at the point encourage nature to take it's course. and if you have a good doctor, they will give you meds to help you get through it. i wish you my best i have to offer and can chat about this anythime.

Lyssa - posted on 01/19/2012

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been down that road krista and you have my sympathy. everyone loves to tell you "it wasn't meant to be," but to a grievning mother that means nothing at the time. just keep your chin up, and when you get pregnant again, if this is indeed a miscarriage, as much as it hurts, you buck up and move on, because there is so much life out there for you to still live!

Brianna - posted on 01/18/2012

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krista first of all im sorry u are going threw this. ive had 2 miscarriages in 2011. if u did end up miscarrying feel free to join my community called after miscarriages, trying to concieve again and pregnancy after miscarriages. we will be more than happy to help you threw this hard time and answer any questions you may have.



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Martha - posted on 01/17/2012

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You still should go to the dr. If it is a miscarriage they need to check to make sure nothing is left behind. Usually it's a complete miscarriage but sometimes a D&C is needed to clean everything out and make it ready for another pregnancy. For me I also needed a rhogam shot since I'm Rh-negative.

Krista - posted on 01/17/2012

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its not eptopic, when i went into the hospital i had an ultrasound and they would have been able to see if it was eptopic.. but i think ill make an apt tomo anyways..

Beverly-Anne - posted on 01/17/2012

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Krista you still have to go because if it's an atopic pregnancy they would have to do surgery...So you still have to go to just be on the safe side....I advice you to please go.

Krista - posted on 01/17/2012

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thanks everyone.. i had a dr apt but i felt too sick and didnt want to go.. ive put off my apt cuz im too scared to go.. and if i am miscarrying theres nothing they can do about it anyways right?

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2012

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I miscarried at 7 1/2 weeks. It started with spotting and then turned into a very heavy period. I had some cramping, but it wasn't horrible. I didn't need a doctor to tell me that I miscarried, I just knew. There is no way I still could be pregnant having bled that much. I asked not to have an ultrasound because I knew it would be hard on me to visually see the miscarriage. My doctor respected my wishes and just asked that I come in for blood work a week later to confirm the miscarriage and then a few weeks after that (to ensure that my body had cleaned out everything).

I mourned the lost for a few days and then moved on. Miscarriages are nature's way of cleaning out a pregnancy that wasn’t good from the start. I was glad that my body went easy on me and had the miscarriage early on. I moved ahead with my life and got pregnant with a healthy baby a few months later. I hope you aren't having a miscarriage, but should that be the case, know that better things are on the horizon for you.

Kenyetta - posted on 01/12/2012

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When I was having my miscarriage a clear film was coming out along and severe pain so I went to the hospital. Having a miscarriage is the worst feeling anyone can have.

Beverly - posted on 01/12/2012

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When I had a miscarriage I didn't have any pain and only had slight bleeding, made me lay down with feet up on a few pillows, it stopped but just to return a few weeks later stll no pain but was bleeding harder went through some test and showed the baby wasn't growing, so the doctor said I needed a D&C, when he got results back from that it showed that I already miscarried it before the D&C I was 12 weeks pregnant when I miscarried

Brandy - posted on 01/12/2012

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So it has now been a couple of days, have you had any tests run?? Do you have any answers?

Faye - posted on 01/12/2012

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I had cramping with all of my pregnancies. My first 2 were just that, cramping and stretching of the uterus. My 3rd, I started spotting at about 5 weeks and had bad cramps for a few days along with a heavy period for about a week. My 4th, I had cramping and was extremely nervous but we now have a beautiful almost 3 year old. Praying that everything works out for you :)

Maryanne - posted on 01/12/2012

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I mean thumbs, not thubs! For the record I also had cramping during my first trimesters with both my healthy babies

Maryanne - posted on 01/12/2012

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Hey Krista - I had a lot of bleeding throughout my second baby and two miscarriages before my first child, so I was very paranoid. My second baby turned out perfectly despite all my worrying. Dont settle if you have questions get a second opinion and another scan. Holding thubs babs is ok xx

Teachermomva - posted on 01/12/2012

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Krista you can spot and still not miscarry. My early miscarriages were at 6 and 8 weeks and I was very crampy and it was heavy flow. Some women do spot and have flow and still carry to term. As a side note, I had two 9lb baby boys...so if you did miscarry, chances are you will have a healthy baby next time! (hugs)

Angie - posted on 01/12/2012

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This is how my miscarriage started. I would have severe, sharp cramps in my lower back during the night. It just didn't feel 'right.' I miscarried at 9 weeks. Praying for you!

Jade - posted on 01/12/2012

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Lets hope not. Rest as much as you can and try to keep your feet up. Until that time, just take it easy

Natalie - posted on 01/11/2012

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I lost 3 pregnancies last year... first one was at 12 weeks (no heartbeat at scan) day before scan had brownish blood spotting, second was at 7 weeks day before dating scan started bleeding and third was at 6 weeks woke up one morning and was bleeding heavily. With the last two I had cramps similar to period cramps - it does sound like the start of a miscarriage to me - but you may be one of the few that has spotting that happens around this time and everything turns out fine. You have to prepare yourself for both, and if it does turn out not so good remember that you are not alone and that it is relatively normal to miscarry at this early stage.

DARCY - posted on 01/11/2012

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That happened to me too with my daughter. miscarried in July.big period in august and got pregnant in september.

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I've never been pregnant. My children are adopted. All I really know is that you will bleed a lot and pass what looks like a rather large blood clot. I think there is some cramping and such. You might research it more on the internet.

Shannon - posted on 01/11/2012

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Yeah I didn't know I had lost my baby either until I went to doctor. Everything happened the following day.

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2012

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Not always. Every miscarriage and pregnancy are different. I had what you are describing with my first born for 3 months. She is now a happy healthy 10 year old. My second and third kids I spotted and cramped with off and on the whole pregnancy. I've had 4 miscarriages and each one was mostly the same but different too if that makes any sense. I would keep off my feet, rest, and dink a lot of water and stay positive. My thoughts are with you

Emily - posted on 01/11/2012

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I had 3 miscarriages before I finally had my son. I never had any cramps or no kind of pain...with the first two miscarriages, I didn't know until I went to the doctor for a check up to see the baby's heartbeat. With my last miscarriage, I was passing blood clots! (Don't mean to be graphic!) I would say that you will just have to wait for your results.

Shannon - posted on 01/11/2012

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2 months ago I had a mis carriage. Found out I was pregnant on a Wednesday afternoon so went to the doctor the next afternoon at 1, when they done thr pregnancy test it came up negative and I was told that sometimes without reason they can just be gone. That night I started to feel really sick and crampy. The next morning I had labour type cramps in my stomach and back and then I had my bleed out. Which felt awful. I never had spotting though. just about 7 days worth of bleeding. Sorry for the TMI and goodluck.

Jesy - posted on 01/11/2012

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With my first pregnancy I had spotting with no cramps. I went to the hospital and had the same tests done as you and they said the same thing. The spotting lasted about a week yet I everything went well and I carried full term. My son is now 4! When my son was one I got pregnant again. At about 6 weeks I started spotting and had pretty bad cramps. Went to the doctor, they did the same test. They were able to tell me that the baby's heart beat was pretty slow. They had me come back a week later and they confirmed I was having a miscarriage. It sucked as you can imagine. It was painful and emotional but we got through it. We got pregnant again last year and now have a healthy 5 month old girl! So, it may be a miscarriage you are having. It may not be. You can spot and even cramp and not be having a misscariage. It's sortof a waiting game for you right now. I know that sucks! It consumes your thoughts and is very emotional. Hang in there! The best of luck to you!

Brandy - posted on 01/11/2012

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Go to your regular doctor and ask for an hcg test. He or she can send you directly to the lab and you will have your answer sometimes by the end of the day if not early the next. Please try not to worry. I had the same thing happen to me during two different pregnancies. My first pregnancy I lost but the 2nd pregnancy progress normally and I now have a beautiful healthy son. Call your gp right away! Dont need to wait for a referall! Good luck!

Martha - posted on 01/11/2012

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I'm so sorry you're experiencing this. Each time I hoped it was just a little spotting which is normal in some pregnancies. Unfortunately, for me it meant miscarriage. I've had 4. The first one started 16 years ago today. If it is a miscarriage, you'll need to get checked to make sure everything comes out and nothing is left so you can get pregnant again. I lost my first in Jan 1996, had my period in Feb and got pregnant after that and had my second son in Nov 1996. Keep us posted.

DARCY - posted on 01/11/2012

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Hi krista. I hope you are feeling better. You're right. It is serious. When I had my first pregnancy I bled and cramped and laboured. It ended at 12 weeks. Suddenly, everyone seemed to have a miscarriage story to share and commiserate about. It's such a taboo subject to discuss. Nobody wants to dwell on what could go wrong. Sadly, it happens though. I had 3 miscarriages but I have 2 great children (8 and 11). Their pregnancies had spotting and trauma too though. With my daughter, I was bed-bound for 3 weeks at about 12 weeks. Staying still and doing nothing helped her "set-up" I guess. By the time I got pregnant with my son, my doctor had me taking baby aspirin and a hormone which would prevent my body from spontaneously aborting (even if the fetus was no longer alive). It was all very scary but he did great and I feel so lucky. When I'd miscarried, lots of people said stuff like "it was meant to be", etc. I could have punched them. In retrospect though, I wouldn't have these two beauties in my life if those pregnancies had gone to term... It's so hard to know what to do or what to say. I hope you are well.

Tracy - posted on 01/11/2012

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I had cramping with both my healthy pregnancies, but no bleeding. I hear spotting is pretty normal early on. My first miscarriage I was 5 weeks and had terrible cramping with heavy bleeding. My second was at 12 weeks and was what they call a silent miscarriage, my body didn't recognize that anything was wrong and needed a d&c. I will keep you in my prayers, miscarriages are a heart wrenching experience.

Cindy - posted on 01/11/2012

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When I miscarried, I had severe cramping and everything you said with the back pain. You can always go to the hospital but since you are only 5 weeks along, and IF you miscarriage it will probably be at home. Good Luck!!

P.S. I just got the email or I would have responded sooner.

Kathy - posted on 01/11/2012

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Sorry you are going through this it is a very emotional no matter how far along you are.Early miscarriage feels like just bad menstrual cramps, if you are a further along it is like contractions. I have had both types of miscarriages a 6 wks it was like a heavy crampy period and the one a 12 I was in labor for 3 hours. The blood work is called a beta test it checks the hcg levels in early miscarriage around six weeks it will confirm the pregnancy was a loss and the further along you are they do them until the numbers drop below 5 to make sure it is a complete miscarriage, to make sure nothing is left if they don't drop a d & c is required

Bonnie - posted on 01/11/2012

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Mild cramping and some spotting is normal in early pregnancy. Some women have bleeding throughout their pregnancy.

I am almost 17 weeks pregnant right now and I had spotting for two days earlier on and some cramping. Try to stay positive.

Melysa - posted on 01/11/2012

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this sounds to me like it could just be regular implanting very normal I had similar with my 3rd and she is perfect I had early stage cramping with all 5 think positive and all will work out fine best of wishes for you

Anne - posted on 01/10/2012

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luckily i never had one, but pls stay positive and try to rest i really hope for that everything is alright, stay out of mental stress, fingers crossed xx

Maria - posted on 01/10/2012

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I haad spotting with one pregnancy and it was fine. The other started with spotting ad then bleeding and I lost the baby. I would love to give you a definitive answer. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2012

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That sounds like how my miscarriage felt like. I hope you are ok if you are not getting answers you need to go back or go to your gp ring the hospital and ask them what's going on.

Sheila - posted on 01/10/2012

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If it is still going on now I would elevate your feet and rest until morning if you can and then have someone take you to your doctor if you can't wait go back to the ER and ask that an ob doc be called for you yours if they will. It could be nothing but if its getting worse the sooner your rechecked the better.

Claire - posted on 01/10/2012

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I had spotting early with both pregnancies. i reseted in bed with one but not the other . Both are fine! Cross fingers!

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2012

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My miscarriage felt like that. I hope for your sake and baby's sake that that is not what is happening because it is an extremely hard thing to go through. Thoughts and prayers.

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2012

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My miscarriage felt like that. I hope for your sake and baby's sake that that is not what is happening because it is an extremely hard thing to go through. Thoughts and prayers.

Sharon - posted on 01/10/2012

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When I had my miscarriage' at 10.5wks, there was no pain or anything until my spotting started turning into an actual bleed. Then I went through what the midwife classed as labour, with regular contractions etc for about 7hrs (probably my body 'cleaning' itself).
For both of my healthy pregnancies I had spotting and painful cramping in the first trimester.

Patty - posted on 01/10/2012

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Go back to er tomorrow or call Dr in am they will likely bring you in for another blood level in a day or two. I had bad cramps and light spotting with my first son, he is almost 6 if your bleeding gets worse go back to er

Charlie - posted on 01/10/2012

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This is how mine happened, spotting, slight smell, cramping followed by contractions.

I'm hoping for all of you it isn't Krista.

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Thats how my miscarriages went down. It feels like a sever period. Just stay positive until you know for sure, always hope for the best :)

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2012

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It sounds like my miscarrage but that doesnt mean you are having one. Sorry but you wont know until your next blood work which should be tomorrow??

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