Most miscarriages are not caused by anything you have or have not done. However, there are factors that can increase the risk.
Stress is not linked to an increased risk of miscarriage.
No. Some women have light spotting or bleeding that doesn’t lead to a miscarriage.
The first step is to visit your GP and ask them to refer you to a specialist doctor at your local hospital.
Unfortunately, miscarriages are common. We don’t always know why they happen so it can be difficult to prevent them. However, there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk.
In many hospitals, you will then be offered a scan – to confirm you have experienced a miscarriage and to judge whether you need a small operation called an ERPC (which stands for evacuation of retained products of conception).
The most common symptom of a miscarriage is usually vaginal bleeding. Contact your GP, midwife or 111 if you think you’re having a miscarriage.
If you think you may be having a miscarriage, you’ll be offered some tests to confirm what’s happening.
If you have a miscarriage, some hospitals may offer you a simple funeral with a burial or cremation.
When a pregnancy is lost, the womb contracts to expel the pregnancy tissue. These contractions of the womb muscles causes cramps and pain.
We have answered some of the most commons questions women and couples have asked our midwives about what causes pregnancy loss.
In most cases, an ultrasound scan will show whether you are still pregnant but, in some cases, you may not be able to find out straight away.
If you’ve had a late miscarriage or 3 miscarriages in a row, you’ll be offered some tests to try and find out why.
Having a miscarriage is distressing and it’s natural to worry about it happening again. However, if you have miscarried before it doesn’t mean that it will happen again.
ℹLast reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.