WHAT IS A MISCARRIAGE?
Miscarriage - also referred to as spontaneous abortion or pregnancy loss, is the loss of pregnancy before 20 weeks of pregnancy. The embryo or fetus cannot survive on its own outside the uterus that early in pregnancy. The medical term for miscarriage is spontaneous abortion.
No, you are not alone and it is not your fault. Many of us who experience miscarriage are not aware that it is fairly common. For every 10 pregnancies, 1 to 2 end in miscarriage. Miscarriage is most likely to happen early in pregnancy — in fact, 8 out of 10 miscarriages happen in the first three months of pregnancy.
We are here to help you understand why miscarriages happen, how to know if you are having one, and what to do if you have had more than 2 miscarriages.
Women who have suffered miscarriages do feel very sad, sometimes depressed. If you have had a miscarriage, you have probably wondered why it happened. You may feel like something that you did or did not do at the right time caused it. No. It is not even divine punishment for your sins. Some women even blame themselves for miscarriage. But miscarriage is rarely caused by something the pregnant woman did. Having sex, exercise, a mild fall, and most medications (during pregnancy, you can only take drugs that are prescribed by your healthcare provider) do not cause miscarriage.
Signs of a possible miscarriage include:
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe cramping
- Dull, lower-backache, pressure or pain
- A change in vaginal discharge
- Passing out of tissue from your vagina
Remember though, that these signs may be caused by a condition that is less serious than miscarriage. But you should have a healthcare provider check you to be sure you are safe.
If you think you are having or may have had a miscarriage, keep calm, take a deep breath, do not panic but contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
If you have had two or more miscarriages, one after another, your healthcare provider will suggest that you have some tests done. These tests will clear the air about hormonal imbalances, genetic disorders or other problems. The tests may reveal a problem that can be treated in order to help you have a healthy pregnancy in the future.