Miscarriage at 7 Weeks Pregnant: 3 Top Signs To Watch Out For
Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 05:02 pm
Question: What are the main signs to expect during a miscarriage at 7 weeks?
If you’ve gotten pregnant and now seven weeks into your pregnancy, you should know the chances of a miscarriage happening is slim.
While it’s possible that you can still get a miscarriage at seven weeks, the likelihood decreased compared to your 4th or 5th-week of pregnancy
The risk of having a miscarriage at five weeks is about 10 percent. This is even higher in your 4th week of gestation where miscarriage rates are about 22 – 75 percent.
If you’ve passed through your 4th, 5th and 6th weeks of pregnancy, your baby is increasing in size and growing bigger.
Don’t forget, if you are seven weeks pregnant, you are already three weeks past your missed period.
At seven weeks, your baby is about 1cm in length (still tiny), though he/she is beginning to grow fast and develop arms and legs.
At seven weeks, it’s okay if you are concerned about light spotting. It’s possible you are having a miscarriage.
At this point, booking an appointment with your doctor should be your next step. This is because not informing your doctor and getting the best advice will increase your chances of losing your baby.
Most women will have had a blood or urine test by seven weeks of pregnancy to confirm if they are pregnant or not.
Symptoms of pregnancy you will experience at 7 weeks are
- Increase in your body weight
- Getting weak quickly
- Vomiting or nausea that may worsen in the morning (though it’s possible to still feel like throwing up in the later part of the day)
- Food craving
- Food aversion
- You are now seeing too much vaginal discharge than normal
- Your breast begins to hurt with pain or breast lump increases in size
- You notice stretch marks on your breast
Any of these symptoms at seven weeks will help confirm your pregnancy is viable. If at seven weeks you are yet to test, you should use a strip ASAP if you get these symptoms.
However, if you begin to notice you are having fewer symptoms of pregnancy or noticeable fading of previously felt symptoms, it’s possible you are having a miscarriage.
After your baby is attached to the endometrium, your body spontaneously starts producing Human Chorionic Gonadotropin that helps tell if are pregnant or not.
If this hormone starts to fall, then you know there is a problem.
Remember, it possible you can have a miscarriage without bleeding (missed miscarriage or blighted ovum). You should find time to tell your doctor of your disappearing symptoms.
Having said that, the commonest way to tell if you are having a miscarriage are blood clots and bleeding from your vagina that gets worse as your pregnancy progresses.
If you are now noticing so much blood coming from your vagina with abdominal cramps, it means you must see a doctor right away.
This article explains causes and signs of miscarriage at 7 weeks pregnant you should expect.
What symptoms to expect during a miscarriage?
1. You are bleeding too much from your vagina
Don’t get me wrong, a miscarriage may result in light spotting, though, there are many other causes listed here. If you notice so much vaginal bleeding with dark blood coming out your vagina, it’s likely a miscarriage.
Bleeding if not controlled early can cause dizziness, fainting attack and body weakness.
During your prenatal checkup (if you’ve already confirmed pregnancy), your blood sample is collected, and your blood group, Rhesus factor, and other tests will be carried out.
If you are rhesus negative, there is a possibility that you will get sensitized if your partner is Rhesus positive.
This may lead to your body creating antibodies that prevent normal development of future pregnancies.
Therefore, you should talk to your doctor as soon as you experience spotting.
During your clinic visit, an urgent pregnancy ultrasound scan will be carried out with serial monitoring of your HCG level.
At 7 weeks, According to APA (American Pregnancy Association), HCG levels is about 7650 – 229,000 mIU/ml.
Though it’s possible you could have a lower than expected HCG level, if your HCG hormone is no longer rising over days to weeks, it signifies something’s wrong.
Your doctor will advise you to have plenty of time for yourself and prevent strenuous exercises. If bleeding becomes so severe, you may need to undergo surgery where retained fetal parts are removed through a D & C procedure.
2. You feel excruciating abdominal pain
An early symptom of a miscarriage may just be vaginal spotting or bleeding. However, as pregnancy progresses, you will begin to notice pain in your abdomen.
If you start having belly pain and vaginal bleeding (too much to be controlled by your pad), it’s likely you have a miscarriage.
On the other hand, having mild cramps and spotting at seven weeks is not unusual and may not be due to a miscarriage.
Having yourself examined vaginally by your doctor, sexual intercourse and trauma to your cervix may cause women to have pain and light bleeding while pregnant.
3. You are no longer sure of your pregnancy signs
During early pregnancy, you should start having symptoms like heavy breast, body weakness, nausea and sometimes feeling unwell.
If you begin to spot with cramps, you should worry even more if your pregnancy symptoms start to disappear.
What Causes Miscarriage at 7 weeks?
While it’s not uncommon for pregnant women to hurt themselves for being the cause of a miscarriage, a large number of miscarriages at seven weeks of pregnancy occurs as a result of abnormal development outside of your control.
After the union of the sperm and the ovum, genetic information is exchanged. If something goes wrong, either because of an extra chromosome or missing chromosome, it may trigger your immune system to act.
This is a natural way your body will get rid of a deformed baby.
Other reasons for a miscarriage are excessive exercise, heavy workload in the first three months of pregnancy, smoking before and during pregnancy and taking too much caffeine.
Also, women who are being treated for diabetes or hypertension may have a miscarriage.
What are miscarriage rates at 7 weeks pregnant?
If you are seven weeks pregnant, you should know you are less likely to have a miscarriage compared to the preceding weeks.
According to check pregnancy, Only 5 percent of women will have a miscarriage seven weeks into their pregnancy.
Having a prenatal care, taking your pregnancy vitamins as prescribed, having lots of rest, avoiding smoking and eating healthy will help keep your baby safe.
However, if you are unlucky and now have a miscarriage, you should know it’s not the end of the world.
Most women will blame themselves, but you shouldn’t. If your baby is not properly formed, your body protects you naturally by having a miscarriage.
If you think you are ready for the next pregnancy, you can start right away. Most of the time, and in 85 percent of women, the next pregnancy goes on risk-free without any complications.