Possible symptoms of miscarriage include low back pain that is dull or sharp as well as cramping. Vaginal spotting or bleeding with or without abdominal cramps, followed by the passage of either meaty tissues or clot-like material, is a cause for worry. Go to your Ob-Gyne to determine if the fetus has indeed died. If so, he would evaluate your condition using transvaginal ultrasound to see whether fetal tissue still remains in the uterus (called an incomplete abortion). In this case, dilation and curettage of the tissue is necessary.
Complications may arise if the quantity and duration of bleeding are ignored. It may cause anemia, infection, and even shock or death.
Carmen Ang-Jimenez, M.D., head, Women’s Healthcare Center, Metropolitan Medical Center, Masangkay St., Binondo, Manila