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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. Hutt Maternity have a dedicated Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic where your GP or LMC can refer you to if any concerns. The assessment clinic runs Monday to Friday.

If you are experiencing heavy bleeding or pain contact your LMC or the emergency department.

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