Early miscarriage

What is an early miscarriage?

An early miscarriage, or a first trimester miscarriage, is one that happens in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Most miscarriages are early miscarriages. Different types of early miscarriage could include a chemical pregnancy, a missed miscarriage or an incomplete miscarriage

Ectopic pregnancy and molar pregnancy are also types of early pregnancy loss.

Losing a baby can be very upsetting. No matter when in your pregnancy you miscarry, you may need support to help you come to terms with what’s happened. You can talk to a Tommy’s midwife for free, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You can call them on 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected]. All our midwives are trained in bereavement support and will be able to talk to you about what you’re going through.

What are the symptoms of an early miscarriage?

Read more about the signs and symptoms of miscarriage and where to seek help if you need it.

What causes an early miscarriage?

We have more information about the causes and risk factors for early miscarriage, and second trimester loss, here

What happens next?

We have more information about how early miscarriages are managed.

Find out more about your care after 1 or 2 miscarriages, and your care after 3 miscarriages here.

It can be hard to recover from a miscarriage. We have more information about your feelings and emotions after a miscarriage and stories from other people who have also experienced an early miscarriage. We hope these will help you to know you are not alone and there is support out there.

Trying again after a miscarriage

After losing a baby you might want to be pregnant again quickly, or not sure if you can cope with it right now, or ever. You may be somewhere in the middle. Find out more about trying again after a miscarriage.

Our Miscarriage Support Tool can help you understand more about your individual risk of miscarriage as well as giving advice and guidance. Find out more here.

NICE Guideline: Ectopic Pregnancy and Miscarriage: Diagnosis and Initial Management (April 2019). Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng126/chapter/Recommendations#early-pregnancy-assessment-services

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2016). Early miscarriage. https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-early-miscarriage.pdf



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Reviewed: 26 February 2024
Next review: 26 February 2027