12 Things you should know about miscarriages
Miscarriage: How it happens, what happens, what you can do.
A miscarriage is a painful experience for all women who deal with it. Either it is physically painful or emotionally or both. There are a lot of things that are unclear about a miscarriage and it is important to be aware of what exactly it is. These are 12 things which one should definitely be aware of when it comes to miscarriages.
#12 Miscarriage happens during the first trimester
Miscarriages are also referred to as spontaneous abortions. These usually occur before the 20th week of pregnancy. It commonly happens between the 6th and 12th week of gestation. A miscarriage is the most common complication that can occur in the first trimester. After a certain point in the pregnancy, the chances of a miscarriage happening are less likely.
#11 Bleeding does not always signify miscarriages
Excruciating stomach and abdominal cramps are the most common symptoms of miscarriages. However, if you are bleeding, that does not necessarily mean that you are miscarrying. 15% to 25% of pregnancies can experience some amount of vaginal bleeding. A light amount of spotting is common within 72 hours of sex and that does not signify anything harmful. However, if you are experiencing more bleeding than just light spotting, it is advisable that you consult a doctor for further assistance.
#10 Having one miscarriage does not mean you will have another
Most women do not experience more than one miscarriage in a row. About 5% women in the world may go through two successive miscarriages while only 1% have a chance of three miscarriages in a row. If a woman goes through two non-consecutive miscarriages then the chances of her going through one more are much higher. There is no impact on future reproductive potential based on an earlier miscarriage. However, this is only possible if the earlier miscarriages did not result in a complication.
#9 It is a random occurrence
A miscarriage has nothing to do with you or your actions. The miscarriage is a result of an abnormal number of chromosomes known as the aneuploidy. Even women who have had two or more miscarriages cannot blame themselves as there is no apparent cause for 50% to 75% of those patients. Aside from aneuploidy and other chromosomal abnormalities, there are multiple other causes of pregnancy loss. These include anatomical abnormalities, hormonal disturbances, and autoimmune disorders.
#8 Your age can play a role
An advanced maternal age can cause a greater risk of miscarriage. Women who are under the age of 30 have a 10% chance of having a miscarriage. However, this percentage increases to as much as 33% by the time a woman is 40.
#7 Your partner's age also plays a role
There is evidence which suggests that a male partner's increasing age is also a contributor to pregnancy loss. Multiple studies have found a correlation between advanced paternal age and pregnancy loss. A miscarriage is much more possible when the sperm involved is of a man who is over 40-years-old.
#6 Your lifestyle and environment can impact your pregnancy
Chronic and extreme health issues such as diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, and autoimmune disorders can lead to an increased likelihood of pregnancy loss. Apart from health issues, extreme weight changes can also increase the risk of a miscarriage. It is believed that obesity is a common risk when it comes to miscarriages.
#5 Stay away from environmental toxins
A study in the year 2014, found that few people are aware of the number of environmental toxins that can result in a miscarriage. Being exposed to environmental toxins such as BPA, pesticides, cleaning solvents, radiation, etc. can lead to abnormal development of the fetus.
#4 Sex does not play a role in you having a miscarriage
Sex does not increase your risk of miscarriage. One can definitely have sex during pregnancy as long as they are comfortable with it. The known after-effects of sex during pregnancy is that the woman may have some light spotting but no heavy bleeding or miscarriage.
#3 Fertility treatments do not make you more susceptible to miscarriages
There is no evidence which links fertility treatments to a miscarriage. Miscarriage rates from pregnancies from fertility treatments are more or less the same as age-based natural miscarriage rates. Women who resort to fertility treatments because of experiencing trouble in getting pregnant.
#2 Medical procedure is not always necessary
Going through a medical procedure depends on what kind of miscarriage it was. There are three different types of miscarriages; a complete abortion (the woman expels the entire pregnancy on her own), incomplete abortion (when parts of the pregnancy are not expelled from the uterus), and a missed abortion (when the miscarriage is diagnosed via ultrasound). The complete abortion requires no procedure whereas an incomplete abortion requires an ultrasound to diagnose the problem. The recovery period after a miscarriage depends on the extent and length or the process itself.
#1 It is okay to grieve
Not everyone deals with the loss of pregnancy in the same way. It is possible that you are affected badly and feel a great amount of grief. Remember, there is nothing wrong with feeling sad and it is important not to blame yourself in such a situation.
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