How to Spot Signs of Miscarriage

Miscarriage is a psychologically daunting experience and causes significant grief to the expectant mother. It may result in the creation of tokophobia (sometimes spelt tocophobia) or the abnormal and persistent fear of giving birth.

It is especially worthy of concern, given that up to 15% of confirmed pregnancies result in abortion. The likelihood is that this percentage is even larger, given that many pregnancies are unconfirmed and that the miscarriages tend to occur early on in a pregnancy.

Why Do Miscarriages Occur?

Some women are genetically disposed to miscarry and women should assess how their mothers fared on this issue. Similarly, women with systemic disorders are vulnerable. However, women can take measures to reduce some of the environmental factors that cause miscarriages. For example, hormone imbalance is a cause and doctors can address this. Similarly, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy do not go together well. Moreover, viruses, in general, cause difficulties and the risk of developing them can be reduced with healthcare.

Signs of Miscarriage

Before assessing the signs of a miscarriage, it needs to be noted that a proper and definitive view should always be formed by a doctor or a midwife. Self assessment is best advised as a preliminary stage before obtaining a professional opinion.

The major signs are depressing obvious but need to be heeded immediately nonetheless. For signs of miscarriage, women need to look out for a cramping pain in their body and/or signs of bleeding.

However, and again, an accurate diagnosis requires a medical opinion. The mother may have suffered only from a bit of bleeding from the uterus. This kind of problem is common in pregnancy and that is why expert medical opinion should always be taken during pregnancy.

Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy

Another sign of miscarriage is that when a woman is pregnant she undergoes certain physiological changes due to the hormonal changes that take place. Her taste may change, or she may develop certain food cravings. If these symptoms disappear than this too, could be a sign that she has miscarried.


It is essential to avoid excessive miscarriages, otherwise the risk of a woman developing tocophobia (tokophobia) is greatly enhanced. However, this phobia could also be on the rise due to it's increase in media attention. Quite often, people only develop phobia after they have been told about the condition through the media. Try to avoid thinking about tocophobia or it could develop tacitly on you. Pregnancy at tocophobia do not go together well.