What Does a Miscarriage Look Like at 6 Weeks?

A miscarriage at six weeks is often accompanied by bleeding, cramping, and the passing of clots or what looks like an embryonic sac. Here’s how to recognize an early miscarriage.

 

Miscarriage is never easy, no matter how far along you are. At six weeks gestation, the embryo is the size of a sweet pea. While teeny tiny, the baby will have already started to undergo huge developmental changes, including the expansion of vital organs and body systems.

If you have a miscarriage at six weeks, you may experience symptoms such as pain, bleeding, and the passing of blood clots. You may or may not recognize the passing of the embryo itself due to its mere size. At six weeks, the embryo would be smaller than your pinky nail and may be inside a small fluid-filled sac.

Miscarriage occurs in 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies, according to the American Pregnancy Association. If you’re pregnant and experiencing signs of miscarriage, contact your doctor immediately.

What the Experts Say

If this is your first pregnancy or miscarriage, you may be unsure of what symptoms to expect. At six weeks, you may not even know that you were pregnant due to the proximity of your period.

Women who did not know they were pregnant may believe that their period was late or just heavier than normal. Here’s what some experts have to say about early miscarriage and what it may look like at this stage.

“The most frequent cause of miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy is abnormal fetal development, due either to a teratogenic factor or to a chromosomal aberration. Between 50% and 80% of fetuses aborted early have structural abnormalities.”

Material & Child Health Nursing, Adele Pillitteri

 

“Miscarriage is the body’s natural way to safeguard against an embryo or fetus that will be stillborn, deformed, or unhealthy or a pregnancy that will put the pregnant person’s health at risk.”

S.E.X., Second Edition, Heather Corinna

 

“Loss of early signs of pregnancy may be associated with having a miscarriage later on in some patients. If you do have a sequence of the early pregnancy signs, such as immediate breast enlargement, nausea, and frequent urination, then they disappear, along with a change in your subjective feeling of pregnancy, it is entirely reasonable to check with your doctor to be sure everything is normal.”

Miscarriage, Medicine & Miracles, Bruce K. Young, Amy Zavatto

 

“While many women who are having a miscarriage report heavy bleeding and other symptoms, other women who’ve had a “missed abortion” have no idea that they’ve had a miscarriage until many weeks after the fact.”

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, Ann Douglas

 

“Signs and symptoms of miscarriage depend on the duration of pregnancy. The presence of uterine bleeding, uterine contractions, or abdominal pain is an ominous sign during early pregnancy and must be considered a threatened miscarriage until proven otherwise.”

Maternity and Women’s Health Care, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Mary Catherine Cashion, Shannon E. Perry

 

Symptoms of Miscarriage

Miscarriage is most common during the early stages of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. While some symptoms of pregnancy can be mistaken for a normal or heavy period, other signs are more distinguishable. Possible signs of a miscarriage at six weeks may include the following.

1. Bleeding

Spotting is not uncommon during the early weeks of pregnancy. However, a heavier flow of blood, quick or sudden bleeding, or bleeding that does not subside could indicate a miscarriage. The blood may be red, brown, or contain clots or tissues.

2. Cramping

Uterine cramping can be associated with both normal periods and miscarriage. Cramping may also occur during implantation. With a miscarriage, the cramping may be more intense then with regular menstrual cramping, and may be felt more strongly in the back. You may experience vaginal bleeding while cramping and the contractions will usually be persistent.

3. Pink/White Mucus

At six weeks, a miscarriage may present with pink-white mucus emitted from the vagina. The mucus may be part of tissue from the placenta.

4. Other Symptoms

Some women may have other symptoms of miscarriage, such as the disappearance of pregnancy symptoms, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, or a general feeling that something is amiss.

Recognizing an Early Miscarriage

The majority of miscarriages occur before 10 weeks gestation, according to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California.

At six weeks of pregnancy, a miscarriage would look similar to a heavy menstrual period, often with no visible fetus or placenta present. This passage of tissue may be accompanied by cramping or abdominal pain. Symptoms may last a few hours with bleeding occurring up to a week.

Experiencing a miscarriage can be a traumatic event. Sadly, miscarriage can happen to any pregnant women at any time. If you believe that you’re having an early miscarriage, promptly talk to your doctor about your concerns.

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Liz Coyle

Liz is a Scottsdale-based writer and mom to a three-year old boy. She is a lover of cooking, travel, and racing hot wheels with her son. As the mom of an only child, Liz has a unique perspective on parenting. She loves to share her experiences of being a high strung, type a mom in an imperfect world.

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