Different Types of Miscarriage and their Symptoms

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 16, 2013
Quick Bites

  • Complete abortion - when the uterus is unable to carry the foetus.
  • Missed abortion - when pregnancy has been declared as non-viable.
  • Threatened miscarriage - when there is bleeding within the first 12 weeks.
  • Inevitable miscarriage - there is an unprecedented dilation of the cervix.

An abortion or a miscarriage can be one of the most traumatic experiences to deal with physically, mentally and emotionally. An informed approach, however, can always help in dealing with it more effectively.

Different Types of Miscarriage

You should be able to understand the developments going on in your body as soon as you are officially declared pregnant. There could be different types of miscarriages or abortions affecting women in specific cases. Knowing more about them would help you come to terms with it easily and adopt preventive measures, if possible.


Threatened Miscarriage

A threatened miscarriage happens when there is bleeding within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. You must get yourself checked by your obstetrician upon bleeding..  An obstetrician is the right person to evaluate the condition and advice remedies. The obstetrician will test the level of HCG hormone and an ultrasound will also be performed for evaluation. Unless a non-threatening reason has been identified by your doctor, vaginal bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy would lead to miscarriage.


Missed Abortion or Miscarriage

It refers to a case where the pregnancy has been declared as nonviable by your doctor/s, but has still not terminated through a bleeding session. In certain cases, doctors might wait for a completely normal miscarriage to happen or prefer carrying out a dilation and curettage for facilitating it. If you decide to wait, there needs to be a time limit for the waiting period. Waiting for too long could lead to serious complications such as clotting and infection.


Complete Miscarriage

A complete miscarriage occurs when the entire foetus along with the gestational sac and the placental tissue has been removed or expelled. This is performed when the uterus is unable to carry the foetus or the mother has developed certain health complications that do not allow pregnancy any longer. Normally, no other treatment is required once the complete expulsion has been done. A D&C. However, may be done to check if the emptying has been complete. The HCG hormone levels would also be monitored.


Inevitable Miscarriage

An inevitable miscarriage occurs when there is an unprecedented dilation of the cervix, which causes expulsion of the foetus. It is often caused when the cervix is incompetent in keeping the pregnancy intact and dilates uncontrollably.


Apart from the above, there may be various specific types of miscarriage sessions as well that may be attributable to food poisoning, drug poisoning, trauma etc. Extra safety will always ensure a safe and fruitful pregnancy.



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