No matter how far into a pregnancy, a miscarriage can be a traumatic, difficult time for parents-to-be. There are several types of miscarriages that can occur at different stages in the pregnancy.

It's important that you look out for any subtle changes in the body, as a miscarriage doesn't always present with noticeable symptoms. Here's what you need to know.

The types of miscarriage

Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of pregnancy before the 20th week. While that definition encompasses all early pregnancy loss, the term "miscarriage" can be used in various ways.

  • Chemical miscarriage occurs very early in pregnancy when the egg is fertilized but doesn't implant in the uterus.
  • Threatened miscarriage does not actually indicate pregnancy loss but instead is a term used to describe abnormal bleeding and pain while the pregnancy continues. Any vaginal bleeding after the first trimester can be considered a threatened miscarriage.
  • Incomplete miscarriage occurs when the pregnancy tissue does not