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What is the Chance of Miscarriage?
While pregnancy is an exciting time for moms-to-be, it’s completely natural to worry when you experience something out of the ordinary. Since there is such a wide range of things that are considered normal during a pregnancy, that what you may be experiencing might just be nothing at all.
However, it is good to be informed particularly when it comes to topics like these. According to research, 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. Even when we hope that we don’t have to deal with such a situation, having the knowledge can help us seek timely medical advice, have prevention tips on our fingertips, and avoid possible complications.
When are Miscarriages Likely to Occur?
Miscarriage is when a pregnancy ends on its own before 20 weeks of gestation have been completed. According to the American Pregnancy Association, chance of this happening are the highest during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Losing a baby within the 13 weeks of gestation is called an early miscarriage.
Though, the chances decline significantly after the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, a late miscarriage is still a possibility. This is when the pregnancy ends before the 20th week of pregnancy.
What are the Signs of Miscarriage?
Miscarriages can happen for a number of reasons and can have a variety of symptoms. Some of the signs are mentioned below:
1. Miscarriage Bleeding
Bleeding is one of the signs, but it is important to note that it can be implantation bleeding. This is when the egg implants into the uterus, causing slight spotting. If you see blood, don’t jump to the conclusion that it is miscarriage blood, but be sure to talk to a doctor.
If you’re experiencing persistent menstrual like cramps, it’s recommended to consult a doctor because this can be a sign.
3. Pain and Aches
While aches are a part and parcel of pregnancy, if you are experiencing severe or recurring discomfort in the lower back or abdomen area it is a good idea to discuss this with a doctor to rule out anything serious.
4. Vaginal Discharge
Usually clear vaginal discharge is common but unexplained fluid or whitish-pink mucus passing through the vagina can be a sign of an early miscarriage.
5. Fetal movements
This is applicable to late miscarriages. Keeping a track of the movements of the baby is important. Decrease in the movements of your baby is something to be concerned about
What Do I Do if I have Early Signs of a Miscarriage?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a combination of the symptoms mentioned above, you should immediately contact a physician who can access your case and guide you further.
It’s important to remember that presence of some of these symptoms may not always indicate that you’re losing the baby. Sometimes, people show no symptoms and a ‘silent miscarriage’ is detected during routine pregnancy ultrasounds. Hence, when you’re feeling worried, relax, don’t assume the worst and speak to a doctor.
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