This link from iVillage is just awesome. I think it will help a lot of new women who are experiencing m/c for the first time and have some questions. We all tend to have a lot fo the same questions when we have never been through this before.
1. How do I know if I'm having a miscarriage?
Symptoms of miscarriage vary. For some women, the first warning sign of miscarriage is a feeling that they aren't pregnant anymore. A woman who is miscarrying may experience minimal to severe cramping -- or may not -- and often has bleeding, ranging from light to heavy. Some women describe the pain of miscarriage as similar to labor.
2. When should you contact your care provider?
If you think you're having a miscarriage, you may want to contact your care provider and schedule an ultrasound to check the baby. It's important to contact your care provider immediately if your bleeding gets heavy; if you have intense abdominal pain or cramping; if you have signs of blood loss, such as weakness, dizziness or light-headedness; if you have a fever or any discharge with an odor; or if the bleeding lasts longer than a week.