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How do I know if spotting is a sign of a miscarriage?

If you are concerned about spotting and potential miscarriage, you should see your doctor. Spotting may be a sign of miscarriage but does not guarantee that you will have a miscarriage.

In early pregnancy, spotting can be due to the implantation of the embryo into the uterine lining, a light withdrawal bleed during the time a woman would have had her period, cervical irritation, or threatened or imminent miscarriage. Spotting is often more concerning if it is accompanied by cramps similar to those during a menstrual period or if bleeding becomes heavier.

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