A miscarriage can have a profound emotional impact, not only on the woman herself, but also on her partner, friends and family.
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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