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Do These Cramps Mean I Am Miscarrying?

If you're feeling cramps in early pregnancy, even without bleeding does that mean you're having a miscarriage? Our midwife explains.

I am 6 weeks pregnant and I am experiencing period-like cramps in my abdomen, along with quite a lot of discomfort in my lower back. I have had no bleeding or spotting.  I have no other "normal" pregnancy symptoms at all.

I have been pregnant twice before, one which ended in a missed miscarriage at 5 weeks (discovered at an 11-week dating scan), and a problem-free pregnancy which resulted in the birth of my beautiful daughter.  I had no "normal" pregnancy symptoms with either of those pregnancies.

What concerns me is that I have never felt these pains before and having never experienced a spontaneous miscarriage, I don't know whether these pains are normal or if they mean I am likely to miscarry.  I am very worried and would appreciate your advice.

Our midwife Melissa says:

It can be common to experience some cramping early in pregnancy, but any pain or cramping is strictly not normal, and should be investigated by your midwife or doctor.  Some simple blood tests can give your midwife or doctor information about the progress of your pregnancy, and if has progressed, an ultrasound can be attended to assess the health of your baby.
Each pregnancy is different, and as you have found, it is possible to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy with no pregnancy symptoms at all.
If a miscarriage occurs, generally, women experience pain and bleeding, but not all women will experience this, and that is why it is important to seek advice from your midwife.  Your midwife can also check that you are not anaemic and check your blood group.

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