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If you see your GP or midwife because of vaginal bleeding or other symptoms of miscarriage, you may be referred to an early pregnancy unit at a hospital for tests.
If you're more than 18 weeks pregnant, you'll usually be referred to the maternity unit at the hospital.
The tests can also confirm whether there's still some pregnancy tissue left in your womb (an incomplete or delayed miscarriage) or if all the pregnancy tissue has been passed out of your womb (a complete miscarriage).
Antiphospholipid (a PL) antibodies are known to increase the chance of blood clots and alter the way the placenta attaches.
These blood clots and changes can reduce the blood supply to the foetus, which can cause a miscarriage.
The first test used is usually an ultrasound scan to check the development of your baby and look for a heartbeat.
In most cases, this is usually carried out using a small probe inserted into the vagina (transvaginal ultrasound).