Signs and symptoms

When you see a miscarriage portrayed on television or a film, you often see a woman suddenly overcome with excruciating pain and then collapsing in a pool of blood. In fact, that’s not what happens to most women.

Some will have pain, which may be a dull ache or strong abdominal cramps (like bad period pain) or sharp or severe pain (especially if it is an ectopic pregnancy).

Some will have very heavy bleeding, while others may have spotting or a brown vaginal discharge. Some women have no symptoms at all and may discover that their pregnancy has ended only when they have a routine ultrasound scan.