The loss of a baby through a miscarriage can be very upsetting. A miscarriage generally occurs for reasons outside your control & nothing can be done to prevent or stop it from happening. Many women’s who have had a miscarriage will go on to have a healthy pregnancy in the future.
Most women wonder if their miscarriage was by their mistake. In many cases, it has nothing to do with anything which you have or have not done.
A miscarriage is the loss of the baby before 20 weeks (5 months) of pregnancy. The loss of a baby after 20 weeks (5 months) is called a stillbirth. Up to 1 in 5 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks, but many other women miscarry without having realized they are pregnant.
Common signs of miscarriage include:
- Cramping Tummy Pain, Similar to Period Pain.
- Vaginal Bleeding.
If you think you’re having a miscarriage, see your doctor or go to your local emergency department. Many women experience vaginal spotting in the 1st trimester that does not result in pregnancy loss.
Types of Miscarriage
There are many types of miscarriage threatened, complete, inevitable, incomplete or missed. Then there are also other types of pregnancy loss such as ectopic, a blighted ovum & molar pregnancy
Causes of Miscarriage
In different cases, a miscarriage has nothing to do with anything you have or have not done. There is no evidence that stress, exercising, working or having sex causes a miscarriage.
Most of the parents do not ever find out the exact cause. However, it is known that miscarriages often happen just because of the baby fails to develop properly, usually due to a chromosomal abnormality that was spontaneous, not inherited.
Occasionally, miscarriage is caused by:
- Hormonal abnormalities
- Immune system & blood clotting problems
- Medical conditions such as thyroid problems & diabetes.
- Severe infections causing the high fevers (not common colds).
- Physical problems with your womb or cervix.
Risk Factors for Miscarriage
Many Women are more likely to have miscarriages if they:
- Are older
- Drink alcohol in the first trimester
- Drink too much caffeine in coffee, tea or energy drinks
- Have had several previous miscarriages.
Prevention of Miscarriage
Living healthily no cigarettes, no alcohol & little to no caffeine can decrease your risk of miscarriage. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to stop or prevent a miscarriage once it has begun.
Most women who have had any miscarriage will go on to have a successful pregnancy. If you have had 1 miscarriage, the chance of you miscarrying again stays at 1 pregnancy in 5 pregnancies.
If you have had recurrent miscarriages (three or more in a row), your doctor may suggest testing to try & find a specific cause.