If you see your GP or midwife because of vaginal bleeding or other symptoms of miscarriage, you may be referred to an early pregnancy unit at a hospital for tests.


Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks.


Symptoms of miscarriage include vaginal bleeding, cramps and pain in the lower part of your tummy (abdomen).


Miscarriages can happen for a number of reasons, such as problems with the unborn baby, a health condition in the mother, or an infection.


Most miscarriages cannot be prevented. You can reduce your risk by not smoking, not drinking alcohol, not taking drugs and by being a healthy weight.


Miscarriage does not usually need treatment. Sometimes medicines or surgery are needed to remove any remaining pregnancy tissue.

Page last reviewed: 01/06/2018
Next review due: 01/06/2021