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Everything You Need To Know About Miscarriages

Have you just had a miscarriage, scared to have a miscarriage, or had a miscarriage before? Understanding miscarriages and why they happen will help you feel more comfortable the next time you try again. Remember your baby matters and his/her life counts! Here is everything you need to know about miscarriages.

What is a miscarriage?

A miscarriage is the loss of a fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy, and it can be caused by many factors. Miscarriages are very common. 10-20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage.

What causes miscarriages?

There are many causes of miscarriage including:

Genetics or an abnormal amount of chromosomes is the most common cause, and it is random which means your second pregnancy would most likely not end in miscarriage.

Mom has certain health problems including illnesses like diabetes, uterine abnormalities, thyroid disease, hormone imbalance, blood clotting disorder, or problems in the cervix.

Injury of Severe Infection can also cause miscarriages.

***Exercise and sexual intercourse do not cause miscarriages.

What are the symptoms of a miscarriage?

Slow increase  or decrease in HCG levels

Abdominal and back pain or cramps

Vaginal spotting or bleeding

Dilating cervix

The passing of fluid or tissue

What are miscarriage rates by weeks of pregnancy?

Miscarriages usually occur before the 12th week of pregnancy. Here is the correlation between the likelihood of miscarriages and the week of pregnancy.

Weeks 3-4 50-75 %

Week 5 21.3 %

Week 6 (If Heartbeat Seen) 5%

Weeks 7-12 2-4%

Weeks 13-20 <1 %

What are the types of miscarriages?

Threatened miscarriage: You may be showing signs of miscarriage but your cervix is still not dilating. Many women continue having a normal pregnancy after this.

Inevitable miscarriage: You have symptoms of miscarriage and your cervix begins to dilate. You will have a miscarriage no matter what if this case happens.

Incomplete miscarriage: Not all the tissue left the body. Your doctor will help to remove it.

Complete miscarriage: Your body got rid of all the tissue.

Missed miscarriage: You have no miscarriage symptoms but your baby stops growing and has no heartbeat.

What should I do if I have a miscarriage?

If you are miscarrying early on, there is no need to see a doctor. However, if you are in a lot of pain, call your doctor. Take a pain reliever and save the baby tissue if the doctor asks for it. Take a pregnancy test after a few days to make sure you are still not pregnant.

When can I try again after a miscarriage?

If you have only had one miscarriage, there is no need to wait. If you had more than one miscarriage or have had complications, ask your doctor when you can try again.

Here is everything you need to know about miscarriages. Share your miscarriage stories in the comments below.

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Nicole
4 months ago

Informative information. I had a miscarriage at 10 weeks but was able to have a healthy baby after. Never really know what the exact cause is but nice to know you can still have healthy babies after.

Mimi
4 months ago

So informative, I didn’t know there were so many different ones

Sarah
Sarah
4 months ago

The different names and types of miscarriages should definitely be more widely known and understood before someone actually has one.

Heather Behrends
4 months ago

This is great information. I had a miscarriage and then went on to have 3 healthy babies. It happens to so many women.

Marysa
4 months ago

This is good information. I have had a miscarriage and it is such an overwhelming time with so many questions. This is a useful resource.

Cheeia
Cheeia
4 months ago

This is great information and great to share with friends to bring an awareness. Great post

vidya
4 months ago

thanks so much.. sharing this information will help so many

Samantha Laycock
4 months ago

Thank you for sharing such an informative post. I believe this needs to be talked about so much more than it is.

Sarah
Sarah
4 months ago

This is a very informative article. This unfortunately happens to so many women.

Angeline
Angeline
4 months ago

I used to worry a lot about miscarriages. The fact that it can be quite common esp early miscarriages should comfort women in loss. Thanks for this.

Shelby
4 months ago

This is really informative, thank you! Miscarriages happen to so many amazing women, it should be more common knowledge than it is.

Gervin Khan
Gervin Khan
4 months ago

Such a very informative article and really learns a lot about the different types of miscarriages. Thank you!