Just as pregnancy dreams aren't necessarily about being pregnant with a fetus, miscarriage as a dream symbol is not about the cessation of a waking life pregnancy. But it is about a loss of some kind.
We "gestate" ideas, projects and plans. We carry them around, nourish them with our energy and eventually birth them into the world. To miscarry symbolizes not being able to see a project through to fruition. Other contextual dream images might be able to provide insights as to why. Consider the weather, time of day, location, other people and your own feelings during this dream.
Miscarriages often occur far before full gestation. A stillbirth holds a different meaning.
Common miscarriage scenarios
Miscarriage with appearance of blood. The "baby" (idea, project, plan) was draining your life energy.
With appearance of the fetus.Your project may have been under development for a while before going under.
While in a car.To lose this project is part of your life journey.
After falling. A misstep or mistake will cause your loss.
After being punched or kicked in the stomach.Opposition to your project. An outside force will force its failure.
Feeling pain during miscarriage.You will take the loss very hard.
Holding the fetus.You will have a difficult time letting go of your aborted project. What does the fetus look like? Malformed? Perfectly formed? Weak?
A talking fetus. This miscarriage has some important lessons for you. Listen to what the fetus says.
Seeing the umbilical cord.If the umbilical cord is still intact, you're still giving some energy to a hopeless project.
Saving the pregnancy or baby.There is a chance for you to save your project.
If you are pregnant in waking life and dream of miscarriage
Fear of miscarriage.It is common for pregnant women to dream of miscarriage because it is a natural fear that is intensified by the hormonal changes that affect their bodies during this time.
Forewarning.Sometimes, a pregnant woman or close association will dream about a miscarriage in a prophetic dream. To do so is a way for the higher self to prepare the mind for the upcoming shock. How to tell? Read Bellaonline.com's Dream site article, "Prophetic Dreams" to understand the difference between a fearful dream and one that foretells the coming future. It is often detected via the feelings the dreamer has upon awakening.
After a miscarriage dream
Carefully consider what could be lost in your waking life. If this is an undesirable event for you, use your free will to make different choices to influence a different outcome. Otherwise, reflect on the reason for the loss in order to learn and grow for next time you gestate a project. Remember to give yourself time to heal from the loss as you would with a waking life miscarriage, then move forward when you feel ready.
Miscarriage as a positive event
Traditionally, miscarriage in dreams was seen as a bad omen but it is good to see the possible positives that could result, too. For example, the human womb will terminate a pregnancy naturally if conditions are not right to allow the fetus to develop properly.
We often mourn the "loss" of a fetus when it is the loss of only a physical shell as there is no loss of spirit. A soul who was unable to be born due to a miscarriage has the opportunity to enter this earth on another occasion even to the same mother. If it does not, trust that there was a very good reason and be glad for him.
Likewise, if you miscarry a project or idea, try not to lament or anguish too long about it. If its time had come, it would be born. Miscarrying it might have prevented more woes than you might have imagined were associated with this project or idea. Let it go.