Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
If a women is having a spontaneous miscarriage, she will probably have vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, and cramping.
Bleeding may be only slight spotting, or it can be quite severe. A health care
professional will ask about how much the woman has bled-usually the number of pads you've soaked through.
She will also be asked about
blood clots or whether
she saw any tissue.
Pain and cramping occur in the lower abdomen. They may occur on only one side, both sides, or in the middle. The pain can also go into
the lower back, buttocks, and genitals.
The woman may no longer have signs of pregnancy such as
nausea or breast swelling/tenderness if
she has experienced a miscarriage.