Healthy living

Signs of a pregnancy loss

A miscarriage often starts with some bleeding and you may feel cramp-like pain. The sudden loss of blood and the onset of pain can be very distressing.

Contact your doctor or clinic immediately if bleeding occurs during your pregnancy.

In some cases, the bleeding and pain stops and the pregnancy continues.

If you have continued bleeding and pain, however, this may indicate that the developing baby has died.

Another sign of pregnancy loss is when your baby’s heartbeat cannot be found on ultrasound (a machine that takes pictures of your uterus and baby). This is called a fetal death in utero.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Acknowledgements

Women and Newborn Health Service


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