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The risk of miscarrying is the highest during the first twelves weeks of pregnancy in other words, the first trimester. Newly pregnant women may be very happy to be expecting, but at the same time slightly worried about the possibility of miscarrying. This is even more true for women who have already suffered a miscarriage before. But even first-time pregnant women might feel like they can't sit back and enjoy their pregnancy until the first trimester is over. What are the most common pregnancy symptoms? And can they also be pregnancy signs?

Vaginal spotting. Spotting is not at all uncommon during the early weeks of pregnancy. Before a woman has her period, she may have an implantation bleeding. After that, light spotting is not uncommon either. It can either signify the start of a miscarriage or be totally harmless, and caused by an irritated cervix, for instance. Bleeding. Bleeding is without a doubt the most obvious miscarriage symptom. Clear, red bleeding is a fairly obvious sign that you are miscarrying. Cramping. Lower abdominal cramping may be a result of your new pregnancy and your growing uterus, but it can also be an early sign of miscarriage. Cramps that come in clear patterns, like contractions, especially combined with bleeding, are likely to mean miscarriage. Uncomfortable, hardly noticeable cramps like the ones every woman gets before her period are less likely to mean your pregnancy is in danger. A lack of pregnancy symptoms. Have you noticed that pregnancy symptoms that were previously present suddenly disappeared? This may mean a miscarriage. Pain. Severe lower abdominal pain may be an indication of a miscarriage of other worrying situations like an ectopic pregnancy. Always seek medical help if you suffer from severe pain. Fetal movement stopped. If you are already at the stage that you noticed fetal movement, only to have it stop, that is a clear sign that something is not OK. Go to the ER right away.

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