When you first find out that you are pregnant there is a huge rush of joy. There is also the looming possibility of a miscarriage. Up until recently, miscarriage was not openly talked about. In recent years it has become more and more common to hear it being discussed.
As many as 15 to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. This high number may come as a surprise to some but it is important to recognize this statistic for all of the women who have experienced a miscarriage. You are not alone. The most important thing is that you get the answers you need from your doctor as soon as possible.
If you are unsure about anything, then you should not be shy about consulting with your doctor. Ask your fertility clinic about these miscarriage questions to ensure the health of your fetus:
1. What is miscarriage?
A miscarriage is when a pregnancy fails within the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. The earlier you are in the pregnancy the greater the risk of miscarriage, one you are past week 12 the chances drop off dramatically. This is why 3 months is typically the time that you announce and start to receive well wishes from loved ones.
2. What causes a miscarriage?
This is the biggest miscarriage question that many women ask themselves. It is important to remember that it was not anything you did, and you could not have done anything to prevent it. A miscarriage cannot be caused by sexual intercourse, exercise, or too much coffee.
The most common reason for a miscarriage is a genetic abnormality in the embryo, meaning that it would most likely not carry to term anyway. Making sure that you are following all of the directions of your doctor and staying away from harmful substances such as nicotine, alcohol and a whole host of foods that your doctor will tell you about, is very important.
3. What are the symptoms of miscarriage?
Right off the bat, we want to let all of the expectant mothers out there know that spotting is common during pregnancy. While it is still cause for some concern and a visit to the doctor, you don’t need to panic just yet.
As with every aspect of your pregnancy, you should document everything with your doctor that concerns you. Keeping an open dialogue with your doctor can do wonders for your stress levels.
4. Do miscarriages cause cramps?
Some discomfort is normal, but if you are experiencing severe pain in your abdomen you should speak with your doctor. This could be an indication that something is wrong or at the very least that you need to be monitored just that little bit more often.
This could also be a sign that you are at the beginning of a miscarriage. Keeping a close eye on your pregnancy is always advised. You should never jump the gun and assume the worst.
5. Do miscarriages cause pain in your back?
Back pain is also common during pregnancy. This is due to many factors but you should always keep your doctor up to date on where you are experiencing any discomfort. Even just so that you can receive a little bit of reassurance that everything is okay.
6. What happens when your pregnancy symptoms stop?
This can be a relief for the first little while until you start to consider what it means. If you suddenly feel like you did a few months ago, this is a cause for concern. It could also mean that you are about to have a comfortable pregnancy with limited nausea and vomiting.
If you are at all concerned about how you are feeling, be mindful that every pregnancy is different.
7. What happens when you have passing tissue or clots of blood?
Any bleeding is worrisome at this stage in the pregnancy. You should do all that you can to make sure that you see your doctor as soon as you can. Many women will say that they know when they have miscarried. This intuition should not be dismissed.
After all, you know your own body best and should always listen to what it is telling you at every stage of the pregnancy. While this is a very strong sign that something is wrong it is by no means definitive.
8. Is it possible to stop a miscarriage once it has started?
This is one of the most common miscarriage questions and answers that most women have. Unfortunately, the answer is no. There is no way to stop it once it starts.
You will need to see your doctor to ensure that you remain healthy and that you don’t experience any infections or complications. This can be a good time to make another appointment with your doctor in the near future to discuss your options for starting a family in the future.
It is important to bear in mind that many women who experience a miscarriage go on to have multiple healthy babies.