Miscarriage of a baby can be a very traumatic thing. Seeing a miscarriage can be even more traumatic. Miscarriage is defined as losing your baby prior to being 20 weeks or at the 20th week of pregnancy. About 50% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage, but many women do not even know they are pregnant yet and haven’t tested for pregnancy. After a positive pregnancy test, about 15% of those result in miscarriage. Miscarriage blood clot pictures can help you prepare if you have been told that you will probably lose your baby. This article will also help prepare you for what to expect with a miscarriage.
Bleeding During Pregnancy
Before we take a look at some miscarriage blood clot pictures, it is important to discuss bleeding during pregnancy.
If you have bleeding in early pregnancy, you are likely very nervous. Bleeding can be a very normal thing in the first 12 weeks and usually nothing to worry about. Most often, the pregnancy continues just fine and a healthy live baby is born. However, certain types of bleeding can be a sign of something more serious, especially if it’s heavy or accompanied by cramping.
It can be red like your period or a light brown in color. Spotting is usually normal and often a sign that the pregnancy has implanted in the uterus. This usually happens around the time of your expected period and then stops after a few days.
Miscarriage Blood Clot Pictures by Pregnancy Weeks
The following miscarriage blood clot pictures are organized by the most common miscarriage points in a pregnancy. While a pregnancy can end at any time, these are the points when certain things are most noticeable such asonly seeing clots, seeing the pregnancy sac with an embryo, to seeing a fully formed baby. Please keep in mind these photos may be quite graphic, but are intended to help you prepare yourself.
If you are 4 weeks pregnant, bleeding with clots, you may notice some white or grey tissue in the clots. At this point in pregnancy, you may not see a baby at all if you miscarry. The baby is less than ½ cm long or about the size of a grain of rice.
You may have bleeding, clots and possibly be able to find a small sac filled with fluid, a very small embryo about the size of your pinky nail and a placenta attached. Some women have even found the umbilical cord at this time, but at six weeks it could still be difficult to find the baby.
7 to 8 Weeks
Around the eighth week of pregnancy, a lot of women describe the tissue as looking like “liver.” The clots and placenta are dark red and very shiny. You may be able to find the sac and enclosed fetus. Your baby will almost look like a “kidney bean.” There is evidence of eyes that are sealed up and buds forming for arms and legs.
If you miscarry at ten weeks the clots are darker red in color and are almost like jelly. In the clots, you may notice tissue that looks like membrane and this can be parts of the placenta breaking up. If you pull apart the clots, you will most likely find the gestational sac and you will see a formed baby inside the fluid. The baby now looks more like a baby with fully formed fingers, arms, legs and toes.
The baby will most likely come out in the sac, but often the water breaks on its own at this point. You may notice after passing clots, you will then pass the baby with the umbilical cord still inside of you. Then the placenta is expelled. At this point in pregnancy, you may even be able to tell if your baby was a girl or a boy.
16 Weeks to 20 Weeks
In the sixteen to twenty week timeframe you may pass very large clots that look like “liver.” They may also be around the baby. You will also pass pieces of tissue that feel like membrane. At this time, you may notice water coming out of your vagina. Around twenty weeks, you most likely will give birth to a fully formed baby about the size of your hand.
What To Do If You Suspect a Miscarriage
If you start bleeding during pregnancy, place a pad in your underwear. If you soak more than two pads an hour or have severe cramping, contact your doctor immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.
The doctor will take a look at your cervix to see if it is open. They will check your hCG levels to see where you are at in your pregnancy and then repeat the tests to see if the levels go up or down. If they go up your pregnancy is most likely progressing and if the levels drop you are most likely having a miscarriage. You will probably have an ultrasound to check for a heartbeat and make sure the pregnancy is not in your tubes.
If you are at risk for a miscarriage, you will most likely be sent home and told to rest. If the bleeding stops and you have pregnancy symptoms then the pregnancy is more likely to progress. If your pregnancy symptoms go away suddenly and you begin severe cramping and passing clots then the doctor will give you the option of passing the pregnancy at home. Your doctor may have you bring the clots and tissue in for examination.
Experiences of Others
“At eight weeks my pregnancy symptoms just disappeared overnight. Then I started to bleed so I called the doctor. They told me to rest, but I started getting really bad cramps and passed some pretty big clots. The bleeding then stopped suddenly. I knew I had miscarried and my periods returned about 6 weeks later. I was able to get pregnant again and had a successful pregnancy the next time around.” --- Kaitlyn
“At around seven weeks I started bleeding and then passed about a two centimeter rubber-like piece of white tissue. I reminded me of a small piece of uncooked chicken. After this passed, a stringy clot about two inches long came out and then nothing else.” ---Julie