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Miscarriage Risks and Warning Signs

As many as 15% of pregnancies will be lost, and most losses occur very early – before eight weeks. Any pregnancy loss before 20 weeks is considered a miscarriage. After 20 weeks, a pregnancy loss is considered a stillbirth and it is much less common than miscarriage.

Miscarriages are most often the result of genetic problems in the conception. In some cases there may be a problem with the uterus or cervix, such as an ectopic pregnancy, which is when the embryo implants outside of the womb. In most cases, however, because the loss occurs so early in the pregnancy, there is often no clear answer for why someone has a miscarriage.

Miscarriage Risks and Warning Signs

The warning signs of miscarriage run the gamut and can include:

  • heavy bleeding (not just spotting)
  • loss of pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, sore breasts, etc. You suddenly don’t “feel pregnant.”
  • White or pink, mucous-y discharge
  • Pain or cramping in your lower abdomen or back
  • Painful contractions
  • Weight loss

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an immediate appointment wit your AOA physician.

Coping With Loss

Every woman and every miscarriage is different. Women will experience different levels of grief and loss after a miscarriage, depending on factors such as how far along in the pregnancy the miscarriage occurred, if it is a physically painful miscarriage, an individual’s personal health and emotional history, and the availability of support systems.

After a miscarriage you may feel some combination of guilt or sadness. You may also react by feeling cheated or angry. These are all normal reactions. With time you will be able to accept the loss and move on. Some ideas to help you get through this difficult time include:

  • Talking with your AOA physician about how to best take care of yourself after a miscarriage
  • Eating healthy food, staying active and getting plenty of sleep
  • Talking with your partner and other loved ones about the loss
  • Doing something in remembrance of your baby
  • Joining a support group or seeking help from a grief counselor

In time, you will be ready to try again. After a miscarriage, you may have concerns about another pregnancy loss. It is comforting to know that most healthy women who have miscarried go on to have healthy babies.

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