Dr. Carrillo explains how you will know if you have had a miscarriage and discusses whether vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is a risk factor for a miscarriage.
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The Signs of a Miscarriage Sometimes we don’t know when the actual loss has occurred. Miscarriage is when we start to bleed and we start to pass tissue. This timeframe can be extremely variable. Once we diagnose a pregnancy you have choices to wait, to see if you will pass on your own, to take medicine to try to see if we can help you or to have surgery. One of the primary risks associated with miscarriage is the risk of bleeding. Bleeding can occur on a scale of a very heavy menstrual cycle or becomes so heavy that without medical intervention a woman can lose a significant amount of blood which can become an emergency. I think that one of the scariest parts of a miscarriage is knowing how much bleeding is too much and in general, that’s a decision that only the patient and her surrounding family members can make. But if you become light headed, if you are weak, if you are bleeding so much that you are unable to keep clean because you cannot change quickly enough, that’s a sign that you should be going to the emergency room in your community.