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Miscarriage - Information

Discussion in 'Pregnancy & Parenting' started by Snowbaby, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    A pregnancy that ends in the first 6 months is known as a miscarriage. Miscarriages are most common in the first 12 weeks. Statistics show that probably one in six pregnancies end in this way.

    Early miscarriages can be like a period, there may be bleeding and an achy pain in the stomach. A miscarriage later in pregnancy is likely to have bleeding accompanied with pains similar to labour pains.

    Sometimes the bleeding and pains can stop by itself and both expectant mother and baby are fine. Sometimes a miscarriage will happen and there is nothing that can be done to stop it.

    After miscarriage, it is likely the woman would have a "D and C" (dilatation and curettage), to remove the baby through the cervix.

    Miscarriages happen for various reasons, but they are no one's fault.

    *** If you have any pains or bleeding, contact your antenatal care-giver (Doctor or Midwife) as soon as you can for more advice. ***

  2. merlin1974

    merlin1974 New Member

    Although obviously this is dependent upon gestation period and whether the pregnancy is completely as doctors put it "expelled" at the time of miscarriage. A full examination will be given before any decision is made upon a D&C.

    Also, always remember a miscarriage does not mean you will have another one next time, almost all women who experience miscarriage go on to have a completely successful pregnancy next time around.

    However if you do experience multiple miscarriages then you may under go tests to find out if there is an underlying problem.

    However in all cases of women with previous miscarriage history, you should get extra special attention from day one with additional monitoring in the early stages.


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