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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. A miscarriage can have a profound emotional impact, not only on the person themselves, but also on their partner, friends and family.

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The main sign of a miscarriage is vaginal bleeding, which may be followed by cramping and pain in your lower abdomen.

If you have vaginal bleeding, contact a GP or your midwife. Most GPs can refer you to an early pregnancy unit at your local hospital straight away if necessary. You may be referred to a maternity ward if your pregnancy is at a later stage.

But bear in mind that light vaginal bleeding is relatively common during the first trimester (first 3 months) of pregnancy and does not necessarily mean you're having a miscarriage - but its always best to double check 

The Miscarriage Association is a charity that offers support to people who have lost a baby.

They have a helpline (01924 200 799, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) and can put you in touch with a support volunteer.

Cruse Bereavement Care helps people understand their grief and cope with their loss.

They have a helpline (0808 808 1677, Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm) and a network of local branches where you can find support.

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