Miscarriages happen in up to 25% of pregnancies. There are many possible reasons why miscarriages occur including developmental problems in the fetus, advanced maternal age, and hormonal issues. It is an unfortunate common happening.
Vaginal discharge often changes during pregnancy. Some of these changes are completely normal and others may signify a problem. These are changes in vaginal discharge that occur after a miscarriage has taken place and discharge that may signal an impending miscarriage.
Vaginal discharge that may signal an impending miscarriage:
Pink mucus can occur in normal pregnancies. It could be from recent sexual intercourse, a hormonal imbalance, or implantation. In some cases, however, it does signal an upcoming miscarriage. If pink mucus discharge increases in amount and is accompanied by cramping and pain, it may signal a problem.
Red and Brown Blood
Light spotting in early pregnancy is normal for many women. A heavy flow of blood is not. If you experience heavy bleeding in early pregnancy, contact your healthcare provider.
Vaginal discharge after a miscarriage has occurred:
The blood flow after experiencing a pregnancy demise can be very heavy and include blood clots. It can also last for many days. The period following a miscarriage can also be extra heavy as the body continues to rid itself of extra uterine lining.
After miscarriage has taken place, the remains of the fetus will need to be removed from the body. While many women opt for a D and C (or need one,) many expel everything on their own. Depending on when the pregnancy demised, the condition of the tissue can greatly vary. If miscarriage happens closer to the 20 week mark, the baby can be very well developed.
In some cases of miscarriage, vaginal discharge does not differ from normal pregnancy discharge. Also, abnormal vaginal discharge may not signal a problem with the pregnancy.
If you have experienced a miscarriage, there are many places to find support including here and here.
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