pregnant women are concerned about miscarriage. And every woman
who has suffered through a miscarriage knows those concerns are
real. In fact, 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Miscarriages
are sometimes referred to as spontaneous abortions—the loss
of a fetus even before you know you’re pregnant. Miscarriages
are the body's natural way of dealing with an abnormal pregnancy.
Some of the factors that may contribute to a miscarriage include:
- Drug use
- Hormonal imbalance
- Certain infections
- Severe illness in mother
- Uterine abnormalities
- Genetic abnormalities
- Exposure to a large amount of radiation
- Severe accident
A miscarriage is usually characterized by bleeding accompanied
by cramps and pain in the center of the lower abdomen. If
you experience heavy bleeding or if you pass clots of pink or grey
matter, call your provider. Sometimes women experience
bleeding and do not have miscarriages, but deliver healthy babies
at the planned due date. It’s never wrong to play it safe.
Many women live in fear that everything they do will cause a miscarriage.
Contrary to your beliefs, sexual intercourse will not cause a miscarriage
(unless your doctor tells you that you're at a high-risk), nor
will moderate exercise, emotions or stress, or a minor fall/accident.
Some women who have already experienced one miscarriage believe
they are doomed—a false fear. Miscarriage is a common and,
sometimes, natural occurrence—your body’s way of letting
you know your child would not survive outside of the womb. If you
experience a miscarriage, remember you’re still normal and
you can try again.
Coping with a miscarriage can be an emotional and trying experience.
It may be difficult to fully mourn your loss because you never
had the chance to hold or see your baby. It may also be difficult
because you don’t have enough support—maybe nobody
knew you were pregnant, or maybe you keep hearing the words “try
again.” It’s also difficult for you to grieve without
a concrete memorial service or way of saying goodbye to your unborn
baby. If you’re dealing with these frustrations, remember
many women go through miscarriages, sometimes multiple miscarriages,
in their life. There are support groups for women coping with miscarriage
at your local hospital, through your provider’s office, or
even on the web. Discuss your pain with others and grieve. When
you feel up to it, you may want to try to get pregnant again, but
first talk to your provider about your risks.
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