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One in five women have a miscarriage during the first 10 weeks of their pregnancy. After 10 weeks the risk of miscarriage drops significantly.

The most common symptoms are cramping and/or bleeding. If you are concerned, contact your midwife or doctor for advice. Often a scan will confirm there has been a miscarriage. However sometimes further tests are needed.

Most women recover physically soon after a miscarriage, but it can be very upsetting and a grieving period is normal.

For support following a miscarriage contact the Miscarriage Support Group www.miscarriage.org.nz