Miscarriage- what is involved?

by Mujjen

Millions of women experience a miscarriage in some form every year. Why does this happen and what are the signs?

Why do miscarriages happen?

miscarriageA miscarriage is an involuntarily interruption of a pregnancy before week 20 of gestation. Most miscarriages take place in the early weeks of pregnancy. In fact, many women will have a miscarriage without even noticing, just thinking the period is a bit late or unusually heavy.

The most common cause of early miscarriages is fetal abnormality. This means that something is wrong with the baby, usually a chromosomal problem. This is thought to be responsible for over half of all the miscarriages.

Other reasons can be:

  • uterine problem which does not allow the fertilized egg to get firmly implanted

  • unhealthy life-style of the parents (drugs, drinking, etc)

  • cervical weakness

  • hormonal problems

  • certain medicines

  • congenital heart disease

  • immune system disorders


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Signs of miscarriage

You do not always notice if a miscarriage is about to take place, but there are a few things to look out for. 

  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Cramps or abdominal pains
  • Back pain
  • Vomiting 

These symptoms in themselves does not mean a miscarriage is inevitable. There could be other reasons behind these symptoms. The point is that it is important to keep an eye on your pregnancy, contacting your doctor if you have any doubts about anything. Some miscarriages can be prevented if detected in time, although most of the time this is not possible. Especially if you have had a miscarriage earlier do you need to be alert. The chances of recurrence increase every time it happens. 

To many people, sharing their experience with others, knowing that you are not alone, will help a lot in the process of grieving. Here you can read a personal experience, as well as finding links to forums and sites that can be of comfort: When pregnancy is not all bliss.

Little things that can have great meaning

Willow Tree Angels Embrace Figurine, Susan Lordi 26084

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Miscarriage Awareness Ribbon Coffee Mug

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Allow yourself to grieve

Learn how to cope
A Guide For Fathers: When A Baby Dies

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Grieving the Child I Never Knew

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Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death

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I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery

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Infant Death Awareness Day

October 15

Every year, parents and family around the world remember the children who have died during pregnancy or shortly after birth. This event takes place on October 15. Although most common in the US and Canada, it is spreading across the globe. In every country there are people who have the same experience, and sharing it with others can sometimes help a lot. In the evening, candles are lit in memory of all these children. The colors of the ribbon for this day are blue and pink. This is used in a number of objects, such as the one on the picture. (Picture Creditinfant death ribbon)

 Infant Death Awareness Day 

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Updated: 09/11/2015, Mujjen
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irenemaria on 10/05/2011

Such emotional stress for a family. Very serious and well written!

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