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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. The main signs of a miscarriage include vaginal bleeding, cramping and pain.
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.
Sometimes medicines or surgery are needed after a miscarriage to remove any remaining pregnancy tissue.
Page last reviewed: 09/03/2022
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