Most miscarriages occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Diagnosing miscarriage can be challenging it does not occur as a single event but as a sequence of events over a period of several days.
A miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy within the first 23 weeks of conception. Vaginal bleeding, which may be followed by cramping and pain in the lower abdomen are indicators of miscarriage. The exact reason behind a miscarriage is unknown, but most miscarriages are due to abnormal chromosomes in the baby. If a baby has too many or not enough chromosomes, it may not grow normally.
Consult your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
Visit the emergency department immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
If your doctor thinks you may be going through a miscarriage, an ultrasound scan will be done to figure out whether the pregnancy is ongoing or you are really miscarrying. If the diagnosis confirms loss of pregnancy, the doctor will discuss with you ways in which pregnancy can be managed. In most cases, the tissues will pass out naturally within a week or two. If it doesn’t, medication to assist the passage of the tissue may be recommended or a surgery in extreme cases.
Miscarriage can be a very difficult situation to deal with. You may have feelings of guilt, shock and anger. Miscarriage does not rule out possible pregnancy in the future. In fact, most women are able to have a healthy pregnancy even after more than one miscarriage.
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