Signs of Miscarriage at 5 Weeks: Everything You Need to Know


Miscarriage is the loss of a baby in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and is one of the most common pregnancy related issues. It is also called as spontaneous abortion. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists it is considered that about 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. More than 80 percent of miscarriages occur in the first trimester which is why many women decide to wait before sharing the good news until the 13th week.

signs of miscarriage at 5 weeks

It is caused by –

  • Chromosomal problems
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Uterine problems
  • Chronic illness
  • Infection
  • Immune system responses
  • Medical conditions like diabetes or thyroid disease
  • High fever

In this article:

What Happens When You Have a Miscarriage at 5 Weeks?
What is the First Sign of a Miscarriage?
How Long do You Bleed after a Miscarriage at 5 Weeks?
Can You Miscarry without Bleeding at 5 Weeks?

A Guide for Signs of Miscarriage at 5 Weeks


What Happens When You Have a Miscarrige at 5 Weeks?

Many pregnancies end in miscarriage before a woman even knows about the pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy is seen as 40 weeks, starting with the first day of the last menstrual period. At five weeks of pregnancy having miscarriage means that a woman is one week past that first period missed. Many women may think that having a late period rather than a miscarriage if bleeding occurs at this time. There are signs that indicate a pregnancy loss rather than a late period, even at this early date. Consult the doctor if there is heavy bleeding, fever, chills or severe pain with the miscarriage.

Bleeding is caused by a miscarriage at 5 weeks is likely to be heavier than a normal period bleeding seen. Pregnancy tissue will be passed along with the normal sheeding of the uterine lining. At five weeks, no recognizable fetus is passed that is the embryo is still microscopic and undeveloped. Clots may also be passed. This bleeding may resolve within one week. Some women also have cramping with the periods but the cramping of an early miscarriage is seen typically more intense. This pain in the lower abdomen may come and go and may be accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen.

What is the First Sign of a Miscarriage?

Some women experience no signs and symptoms of miscarriage at all. The first sign is bleeding which progresses from light to heavy. Other possible miscarriage signs besides bleeding are –

  • Mild to severe cramps
  • Pain in the back or abdomen
  • Loss of pregnancy symptoms like nausea and vomiting
  • White pink mucus
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Passing tissue or clot-like material

How Long do You Bleed after a Miscarriage at 5 Weeks?

There may be little or no bleeding or spotting that starts and stops over a few days or weeks. If there is bleeding like regular period for 1 to 2 weeks and clots or tissue may be passed. The bleeding can last from 1 day to 1 month after a miscarriage. Along with bleeding, cramping is also seen for up to 10 days. If it increases and feels discomfort contact the doctor.


Can You Miscarry without Bleeding at 5 Weeks?

Miscarriage does not always involve bleeding. Woman may not experience any symptoms and only get to know about the miscarriage when there is no heartbeat during a routine ultrasound examination done by the doctor.

Bleeding during miscarriage occurs when the uterus empties. In some cases, the fetus dies but the womb does not empty and therefore a woman will experience no bleeding.

Hormonal Changes

During pregnancy there is rise in hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) level. In a normal pregnancy, hCG levels double every two to three days and a deviation from the norm usually indicates an abnormal pregnancy. A home pregnancy test might still register positive for a few days or a week following a miscarriage while these hormone levels decrease.

Cessation of Pregnancy Symptoms

During a miscarriage, there is sudden cessation of pregnancy symptoms such as sore breasts, fatigue or frequent urination. Levels of hormones responsible for three side effects such as estrogen and progesterone, drop abruptly during a miscarriage. On ultrasound examination, no gestional sac the earliest sign of pregnancy will be present.



The first warning sign is usually bleeding. If there are symptoms and signs of miscarriage consult the doctor for proper treatment.


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