25 doctors weighed in:

Do cramping and spotting at 8 weeks mean I have had a miscarriage?

25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Might be warnings

It is important to stay calm, get information and stay positive even if the news is not reassuring.
Stress itself is not good for mom. Later in pregnancy it might affect the fetus negatively (we don't know about the 8-week embryo). So any woman with cramping and spotting should see her OB doctor, determine if the fetal heart beat is present, learn the cause of bleeding, do her best to rest/relax.

In brief: Might be warnings

It is important to stay calm, get information and stay positive even if the news is not reassuring.
Stress itself is not good for mom. Later in pregnancy it might affect the fetus negatively (we don't know about the 8-week embryo). So any woman with cramping and spotting should see her OB doctor, determine if the fetal heart beat is present, learn the cause of bleeding, do her best to rest/relax.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
Thank
Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

While it is never normal to bleed during pregnancy, it is common.
It could mean a miscarriage or no reason at all may be found. Contact your provider and get in for a sonogram to evaluate your baby.

In brief: No

While it is never normal to bleed during pregnancy, it is common.
It could mean a miscarriage or no reason at all may be found. Contact your provider and get in for a sonogram to evaluate your baby.
Dr. Caren Reaves
Dr. Caren Reaves
Thank
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Cramping is very common early in pregnancy.
Spotting occurs in a large number of patients in the first trimester. This does need to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure the pregnancy is inside the uterus and not an ectopic pregnancy. We also need to make sure it is not miscarriage. In many cases though spotting and cramping can just be normal.

In brief: No

Cramping is very common early in pregnancy.
Spotting occurs in a large number of patients in the first trimester. This does need to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure the pregnancy is inside the uterus and not an ectopic pregnancy. We also need to make sure it is not miscarriage. In many cases though spotting and cramping can just be normal.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Thank
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Cramping and spotting are always concerning to mothers-to-be and can be a sign of a potential miscarriage; however, about 1 in 5 pregnancies that go on to be normal babies experience some spotting and menstrual-like cramping in the first 12wks of pregnancy.
Although nothing is likely to change the outcome, ultrasounds and serial bloodwork can confirm the viability of your early pregnancy.

In brief: No

Cramping and spotting are always concerning to mothers-to-be and can be a sign of a potential miscarriage; however, about 1 in 5 pregnancies that go on to be normal babies experience some spotting and menstrual-like cramping in the first 12wks of pregnancy.
Although nothing is likely to change the outcome, ultrasounds and serial bloodwork can confirm the viability of your early pregnancy.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Thank
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Not necessarily. While cramping and/or spotting can be associated with a miscarriage, that is not always the case.
A normal, viable pregnancy may also have bleeding/cramping and everything turn out O.K. Any bleeding or cramping that is encountered should be brought to the attention of your obstetrician. He/she may do a sonogram and bloodwork to make sure that everything is fine.

In brief: Yes

Not necessarily. While cramping and/or spotting can be associated with a miscarriage, that is not always the case.
A normal, viable pregnancy may also have bleeding/cramping and everything turn out O.K. Any bleeding or cramping that is encountered should be brought to the attention of your obstetrician. He/she may do a sonogram and bloodwork to make sure that everything is fine.
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Thank
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Cramping & spotting at 8 weeks from lmp (last menstrual period), seems late for bleeding of implantation.
Although it may be perfectly normal it deserves to be checked because it may be a warning of possible miscarriage. It's occurrence 1-2 weeks after implantation may indicate delayed ovulation (pregnancy is not as far along) and may actually be bleeding of implantation, or an abnormal pregnancy.

In brief: Yes

Cramping & spotting at 8 weeks from lmp (last menstrual period), seems late for bleeding of implantation.
Although it may be perfectly normal it deserves to be checked because it may be a warning of possible miscarriage. It's occurrence 1-2 weeks after implantation may indicate delayed ovulation (pregnancy is not as far along) and may actually be bleeding of implantation, or an abnormal pregnancy.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Thank
Dr. Lauren Phillips
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Cramping and spotting can be a sign of a miscarriage or threatened miscarriage, but can also be due to an infection or can be a normal finding in the first trimester. Let your doctor know whats going on :).

In brief: No

Cramping and spotting can be a sign of a miscarriage or threatened miscarriage, but can also be due to an infection or can be a normal finding in the first trimester. Let your doctor know whats going on :).
Dr. Lauren Phillips
Dr. Lauren Phillips
Thank
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Cramping and spotting does put you at increased risk of having a miscarriage but many women will have both and still have healthy pregnancies.
The next step is to have an ultrasound to see if there is a fetus with a heartbeat. That will give you the answer.

In brief: No

Cramping and spotting does put you at increased risk of having a miscarriage but many women will have both and still have healthy pregnancies.
The next step is to have an ultrasound to see if there is a fetus with a heartbeat. That will give you the answer.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Thank
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Many women have some type of cramping and spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy.
That does not mean a miscarriage will occur. Usually everything is fine. But it should be evaluated to make sure everything looks ok and to put you at ease.

In brief: No

Many women have some type of cramping and spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy.
That does not mean a miscarriage will occur. Usually everything is fine. But it should be evaluated to make sure everything looks ok and to put you at ease.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
Thank
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

The placenta implants in the wall of your uterus and has to get to blood supply, so may cause bleeding.
The bleeding can cause the uterus to cramp. You would need to get and ultrasound or serial blood tests to see if the pregnancy isn't progressing.

In brief: No

The placenta implants in the wall of your uterus and has to get to blood supply, so may cause bleeding.
The bleeding can cause the uterus to cramp. You would need to get and ultrasound or serial blood tests to see if the pregnancy isn't progressing.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Thank
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

Both are very common.
Half of the time they occur because the uterus and placenta are growing and half of the time they are a sign of a miscarraige.

In brief: No

Both are very common.
Half of the time they occur because the uterus and placenta are growing and half of the time they are a sign of a miscarraige.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors