The Signs of First Trimester Miscarriage

Updated at: Dec 02, 2013
The Signs of First Trimester Miscarriage

First trimester is the time when most miscarriages happen. You need to identify the symptoms of miscarriage in the first trimester to give yourself the best chance of preventing it.

Gunjan Rastogi
PregnancyWritten by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: Sep 07, 2011

First few months of pregnancy are filled with anxiety for expectant mothers. It is the time when most miscarriages happen.

miscarriage first trimesterAt times, you cannot prevent it as the condition of pregnancy worsens beyond the capacity of any medical treatment to restore normalcy. That is why you need to be very vigilant about recognising the early signs of pregnancy. With simple precautions, you and your partner can reduce the risk of miscarriage after identifying its symptoms.



Vaginal bleeding is only expected at the start of pregnancy but watch out whether it is spotting or much more voluminous. If you find its colour to be brownish, it is a cause for concern. Thus, while it is common to have spotting at the start of pregnancy but unusually heavy discharge with brownish fluid can be an indication of miscarriage. You should seek medical attention in any case though.


Vaginal Discharge

A more definite sign of miscarriage in first trimester is the colourless or pink vaginal discharge. This fluid can also have tissues or clots. The pregnancy tissues and blood clots indicate damage to the uterus and result in miscarriage.


Abdominal Pain

If you experience severe pain in the abdomen accompanied by cramps in the first trimester, it is a sign of miscarriage. This pain is also persistent and lingers stubbornly at your lower back or pelvis.



Although morning sickness is very common during pregnancy, a feeling of light-headedness follows miscarriage. It can be very severe and you will feel dizzy or fainting.


No symptoms

The pregnant women who suddenly stop showing pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester should take it seriously. Some common symptoms of early pregnancy are swelling and tenderness in breasts and morning sickness. It is natural for these symptoms to subside at the start of second trimester but if you find that you are feeling normal before that, it is something worrisome for your pregnancy.


The baby can stop growing before symptoms such as bleeding or cramping show up. The physician can tell you definitely after detecting lack of growth or absence of baby’s heartbeat. The need to undergo additional tests becomes imperative to determine whether the miscarriage has already occurred or not. Miscarriages can be caused by many reasons but the most probable reason in the first trimester is chromosomal abnormalities. Most of the miscarriages occurring in the first trimester are a result of some defect in the baby’s chromosomes. You can prevent miscarriages by adhering to the advice of your OB/GYN.



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