At six weeks of pregnancy, the tissue expelled by the body as a result of a miscarriage would look similar to heavy menstrual bleeding with no visible fetus or placenta present, according to Our Bodies Ourselves. This passage of tissue will be accompanied by cramping and bleeding similar to a regular monthly cycle and should lessen and taper off over the course of several days, according to Our Bodies Ourselves.Continue Reading
In the case that a pregnancy has ended but the tissue has not spontaneously been expelled, a suction curettage or dilation and curettage may be used to remove the fetus in a doctor's office, according to BabyCenter. Vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping are the early signs of miscarriage, and it is important to contact a doctor or midwife should these occur at any point in pregnancy, according to BabyCenter.
Miscarriages most commonly occur early in pregnancy due to chromosomal abnormalities and implantation problems with a fertilized egg, according to BabyCenter. However, in most cases early miscarriage is considered a random event, but in the case of two or more early miscarriages, medical treatment is required to determine the cause of the miscarriages, according to Our Bodies Ourselves. Age, a history of miscarriage, cervical or uterine problems, chronic disease, infection, smoking and obesity increase the risk of miscarriage, according to BabyCenter.Learn more about Pregnancy
According to MedlinePlus, the majority of miscarriages occur within the first seven weeks of pregnancy, before the fetus has a heartbeat. BabyCenter notes that more than 80 percent of pregnancies end before 12 weeks.Full Answer >
Symptoms of an infection following a miscarriage include fever, cramping, foul-smelling discharge and bleeding that does not stop, according to Medline Plus. Typically an infection following a miscarriage occurs in the uterus when tissue from the fetus or placenta is not fully expelled and does not affect the cervix.Full Answer >
A woman may bleed for up to two weeks after a miscarriage, according to About.com. Bleeding that lasts longer than two weeks may indicate an incomplete miscarriage. In an incomplete miscarriage, tissue from the pregnancy remains in the uterus, posing an infection risk.Full Answer >
At 36 weeks, a fetus nears full growth and takes up more space in the womb, so the mother may have a smaller appetite, BabyCenter notes. As the baby moves toward the pelvic cavity, the mother experiences reduced heartburn and more intense pressure on the lower abdomen and vagina. Depending on the woman, this dropping process may occur at a later week. Other symptoms include frequent urination and difficulty walking, and the rate of Braxton Hicks contractions may increase.Full Answer >