What does an early miscarriage look like?
Many early miscarriages simply look like heavy menstrual periods, with maybe a few tiny blood clots in the discharge.
But sometimes in a later first-trimester miscarriage, there may not be recognizable tissue if the pregnancy began to deteriorate before the onset of the miscarriage bleeding.
How do I know if I had a miscarriage or my period?
Signs and Symptoms of a Miscarriage
Signs of a miscarriage can include spotting or vaginal bleeding similar to a menstrual period. The bleeding will often have more clots than a regular period, appearing as tiny lumps in the vaginal discharge. Abdominal cramping may also accompany.
How long does a miscarriage last?
A woman early in her pregnancy may have a miscarriage and only experience bleeding and cramping for a few hours. But another woman may have miscarriage bleeding for up to a week. The bleeding can be heavy with clots, but it slowly tapers off over days before stopping, usually within two weeks.
What is miscarriage pain like?
It may be mild or severe, a dull ache or sharp pain or feel like backache. A discharge of fluid from the vagina can also indicate a miscarriage. You may simply feel that you are not pregnant any more. Your pregnancy symptoms such as tender breasts or sickness may have gone.