Miscarriage can be one of the most unfortunate things that can befall on a woman. Apart from the health issues that can crop up with miscarriage, the effects of miscarriage on the psychology of a woman can be far reaching. Physical recovery after miscarriage is relatively quicker.Recovering from the psychological effects of miscarriage can take longer and require support and encouragement. Miscarriage can also lead to life-threatening complications such hemorrhage if you don’t seek medical attention.
As such, it is quite essential for you to know the different types of miscarriages in early stage of pregnancy and the symptoms associated with each type. If experience any of these symptoms, you can call up your doctor so that timely action can be taken.
The first type of miscarriage is threatened miscarriage. This usually happens in the first trimester and may or may not lead to miscarriage. The common symptoms of threatened miscarriage are vaginal bleeding and mild cramping. Usually the cramping is not severe and may not even occur in some cases. Although you may experience vaginal bleeding, there may not be dilation of cervix.
You may have to undergo several tests including ultrasound and physical examinations. These are required to find out the tenderness level of your cervix and whether your fetal membranes have passed. Also the viability of the fetus is examined. Threatened miscarriage happens in 25 to 30 percent of pregnancies. As such, it is fairly common. And the good news is that more than half of these cases end up having successful pregnancies.
Another type of miscarriage is missed miscarriage, which happens in very early stage of pregnancy. In this case, you won’t experience any symptom including bleeding, cramping, abdominal pain or even dilation of the cervix. However, upon examination you will find that there is no fetal heartbeat and the fetus has passed away. Then there is incomplete miscarriage. Symptoms include heavy bleeding, intense cramping, and dilated cervix.
Although the tissues have passed, some uterine contents still remain and you require immediate medical attention. Lastly, there is whole or complete miscarriage. Here the symptoms are intense and severe. The cervix is dilated, the bleeding is heavy, and the cramp is severe. The tissues have passed. And an ultrasound reveals an empty uterus.