15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. For women
in their 20's and early 30s, the chance of miscarriage is
about 15 percent. At 35 the chance of miscarrying rises to
one in four, and at 40 the miscarriage rate is close to one
in three. Miscarriage can be caused due to number of reasons.
Most early pregnancy losses are due to genetics reasons and
cannot be prevented. But losing a pregnancy doesn't mean that
anything is wrong with a woman's health or that she can't
have more children. Ninety percent of women who have one miscarriage
go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Despite the fact that recurrent
miscarriages may increase the risk of future pregnancy losses,
even women who have had three or more miscarriages in a row
may have a good chance of carrying the next pregnancy to term.
However, these recurrent miscarriages may be an indication
of problems that require medical help.
When you experience miscarriage you may either bleed without
any pain and there will be a gush of fluid from your vagina
without any pain at all or experience heavy bleeding with
severe abdominal pain. You may also pass tissue from the vagina.
It is advisable to save it in a sterile container for your
Symptoms of miscarriage
bleeding that may be preceded by a brownish discharge
in the pelvic area and pain in the lower back.
Tissue or blood clots passing from the vagina
A decrease in the usual signs of early pregnancy, such
as nausea and breast tenderness
miscarriages be prevented?
Miscarriage cannot be avoided at the last stage but it can
be prevented if you have a history of miscarriages and by
regular check up. You might be able to decrease your chances
of miscarrying by taking good care of yourself early in your
pregnancy and not smoking, drinking, or taking drugs. If you've
had several miscarriages in a row, your doctor may recommend
genetic testing to see whether you or your partner carry any
chromosomal abnormalities that affect the egg or sperm. Your
doctor may also give you instructions to reduce your risk
of miscarriage. These can include putting your feet up for
the day, avoiding intercourse for a short period of time,
or avoiding some forms of exercise.
Pregnancy After Miscarriage
If your last pregnancy resulted in a loss then it is very
natural for you to have the fear and anxiety in your mind
about this pregnancy. Miscarriage always end up in grief and
noone can come out of that grief and so when you conceive
again after the loss you are bound to be worried until you've
reached the point at which things went wrong the last time.
Or if you lost a baby later in pregnancy or endured multiple
miscarriages, you might never feel completely relaxed during
But you need not worry because it is not at all necessary
that if your last pregnancy ended up in a loss this might
also be threatened. Ninety percent of women who have one miscarriage
go on to have a healthy pregnancy. You must not worry much
during your pregnancy and to get that extra assurance you
can always consult your doctor. Get some peace of mind so
you can actually enjoy the pregnancy without being paralysed
by fear that everything you do could be a threat to the baby.
Get as much rest as is required and be happy and relaxed.