When a couple finds out they are miscarrying, it can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences they will ever face together. Although miscarriages are fairly common, they can be very traumatic and devastating. Unfortunately, fully one quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriages. There are many factors that may cause some stress to the developing fetus. If these stressors are significant, their impact upon the fetus may prevent its ability to survive. A miscarriage is defined, medically, as the loss of a pregnancy during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the medical profession, up to 75 percent of miscarriages happen in the first trimester. The average rate of miscarriage varies greatly and depends very heavily upon factors such as whether the woman has ever had a successful pregnancy, if she smokes, drinks, or uses drugs.
Cramping and pain in the abdomen. This symptom usually follows bleeding or spotting. Cramping may occur in the abdomen or lower back. The kind of cramping that accompanies a miscarriage can vary in severity, from pain similar to what you may feel during your period, to powerful contractions like those experienced during labor.