A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy also known as a spontaneous abortion. A miscarriage is a pregnancy that ends on its own, usually during the first 10-12 weeks of the pregnancy, and up to the 20th pregnancy week. Up to 50% of all pregnancies and 20-30% of diagnosed pregnancies will end in miscarriage. The majority of miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy, shortly after implantation, that many women did not realize that they were pregnant. Many of these women didn’t even know that they were pregnant. Most miscarriages are due to a chromosomal abnormality (a damaged egg or sperm), and the older a woman is the more likely a miscarriage will happen. Only few miscarriages happen because of hormonal problems, trauma, improper implantation, exposure to toxic substances, radiation, substance abuse, or severe malnourishment.

Miscarriage Risk Increases with Sustained Stress

Multiple research studies have investigated the impact of short-term, intense stress on pregnancy, but little is known about the effect of prolonged stress like that felt by women affected by the stresses of military or political life. ... read more »

Alcohol, Drug Use, Smoking, and Stress During Pregnancy

Certain stress factor can pose a problem when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. ... read more »

Miscarriage: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

A miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) is a pregnancy that ends without intervention, surgery or medication, before the 20th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

How Common Are Miscarriages? Hint: More Than You Think

Miscarriages are common events with a rate of up to 50% in all conceptions, and approximately 15-20% of confirmed pregnancies. ... read more »

How Often Does Miscarriage Happen?

How often does miscarriage happen? The New England Journal of Medicine studied the rate of miscarriage in 198 pregnancies. ... read more »

Preventing the Negative Effects of Stress on Pregnancy

Stress is a mental condition that causes a very physical response. The last time you felt 'stressed' what were you really saying? Stress quickens heart rate, increases blood pressure, and decreases blood flow to extremities. The body physically prepares to fight a battle or run for extended distances. ... read more »

Link Between Stress and Miscarriage

During pregnancy, prolonged or extreme stress will result in immediate effects on the body, but the long-term effects may be life-changing. Researchers have linked stress early in pregnancy to increased risk of miscarriage. ... read more »

Stress Can Stop You From Getting Pregnant

While stress has not been directly linked to infertility, the physical demands on the body during stressful situations are enough to trigger natural protective instincts. ... read more »

Hilaria Baldwin Predicts Baby’s Gender on babyMed

Do what Hilaria did and take our test! ... read more »

Can I Drink Coffee During Pregnancy?

There is still much to learn about the impact of caffeine on pregnancy. ... read more »

Preconconception Vitamins and Folic Acid

Folic acid in combination with a multivitamin supplement has been associated with a decrease in specific birth defects. ... read more »

Hot Dogs and Frankfurters During Pregnancy: Are They Safe?

Nothing like a hot dog but should you indulge? ... read more »

Effects of Drinking Alcohol Before and During Pregnancy

What effect can drinking alcohol before and during pregnancy have? ... read more »

What Causes a Stillbirth?

A stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during delivery. Both miscarriage and stillbirth are terms describing pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. ... read more »

Second Trimester Miscarriage

After the 12th week of pregnancy, the chances of a miscarriage drop to below 10% but miscarriages in the second trimester, while rare and unexpected, do happen. ... read more »

How to Help Someone Who Has Lost a Baby

Parents who've lost a child describe it as the lowest form of misery imaginable. Mostbereaved parents just don't know who to turn to for solace or how to ask for help. ... read more »

Uterus Mullerian Anomalies

An abnormal uterus can have different shapes like unicornuate bicornuate didelphus and septate uterus. ... read more »

Caffeine, Coffee, Fertility and Pregnancy Issues

Caffeine and coffee or tea may have a negative effect on your fertility and pregnancy. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus. ... read more »

How Men Can Cope with Their Partner’s Miscarriage

Paul Coleman and his wife had already purchased a baby outfit and were planning for the many adjustments they would need when their first baby arrived. Then, his wife miscarried. ... read more »

"Sources" Say It’s True; Beyoncé Expecting Baby #2

Sources remain unidentified and no words of confirmation have come straight from the dynamic duo or from official representatives; Mrs. Carter has been dropping a lot of hints lately, though. ... read more »

Guilana Rancic Trying Again for a Biological Child

Guiliana Rancic and husband Bill Rancic are trying IVF for the third time and the star is scared her luck will not change. ... read more »

3 Most Common Questions About Pregnancy Sex

Questions about pregnancy sex are common but many people are afraid to ask. ... read more »

Pregnancy After Miscarriage Safer Within Six Months

A study on the website for the British Medical Journal reveals women who wait six months or less to get pregnant after a miscarriage are more likely to conceive and carry a fetus full-term. The study was completed in Scotland. Researchers noted that the results could be relevant to populations like Scotland, developing countries may wish to continue following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). ... read more »

Aspirin Or Other Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage

A recurrent miscarriage is defined as the loss of 3 (or 2) previous pregnancies and i's unclear whether treatment will improve pregnancy outcome in women with unexplained miscarriages. ... read more »

Clomiphene and Miscarriages

What is the risk of a miscarriage after clomiphene? ... read more »

Is Depo Provera-Harmful to the Fetus?

After Depo Provera there is an unlikely risk of fetal malformations. ... read more »

No wait needed to get pregnant again after a miscarriage

 A miscarriage should not deter you from planning your next pregnancy and get pregnant right away. ... read more »

Phentermine - Diet, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage

Phentermine is categorized as category C in pregnancy because it is chemically related to amphetamines, which have been shown to cause miscarriages and birth defects. ... read more »

DES Exposure

DES (diethylstilbestrol) is a synthetic form of estrogen, a female hormone. There is some evidence that the risk of tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, miscarriage, and premature delivery is increased for a DES-exposed daughter. ... read more »

Should I Continue Taking my Medications During Pregnancy?

Most medications are safe in pregnancy. Before discontinuing or stopping any medication because of a pregnancy, it's important to talk to your doctor. ... read more »

Caffeinated Sodas In Pregnancy

Caffeine and other ingredients in sodas like Coke or Pepsi may worry many women because they are unsure if it will harm the baby. ... read more »

Heavy Lifting While TTC and During Pregnancy

Is heavy lifting OK when trying to conceive (TTC) and during pregnancy? ... read more »

Time of Implantation and Loss of Pregnancy

In most successful human pregnancies, the conceptus implants 8 to 10 days after ovulation. The risk of early pregnancy loss increases with later implantation. ... read more »

Are Caffeine and Soda Safe to Consume During Pregnancy?

Are caffeine and soda safe to consume when trying to conceive and during pregnancy? How much caffeine is too much when trying to conceive and during pregnancy? ... read more »

Waterbed

Is is safe to use a waterbed while we try to conceive (TTC) and during pregnancy? ... read more »

Molar Pregnancy - H Mole Or Hydatidiform Mole

A molar pregnancy is also known as a hydatidiform mole (H.Mole) A molar predgnancy is a benign tumor that develops in the uterus, usually from a fetus and a placenta. ... read more »

What Are The Causes Of Miscarriage

There are many different reasons for having a miscarriage but the actual reasons for the miscarriage is often unknown. ... read more »

Ultrasound and Missed Abortion or Miscarriage

A missed abortion or miscarriage can be diagnosed on ultrasound (sonogram) with several different signs. ... read more »

Caffeine Consumption and Miscarriage

Drinking coffee and caffeine early in pregnancy may increase your risk of miscarriage and spontaneous abortion. ... read more »

Blighted Ovum

A blighted ovum is another word for a miscarriage or missed abortion. It is a pregnancy where the egg is fertilized and implants itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo doesn't develop. ... read more »

Bacterial Vaginosis and Miscarriage

Can bacterial vaginosis (BV) cause a miscarriage? I was just reading that it can. I have had BV in the past and my fear is that I will have a miscarriage if I conceive and get BV. ... read more »

When Should I Get Tested After Several Miscarriages

Testing is generally a good idea for what doctors define as recurrent miscarriages. ... read more »

Recurrent Miscarriages

A recurrent miscarriage is when you lose more than 2-3 pregnancies in a row, Most causes of miscarriages are unknown. ... read more »

Tampon use and Pregnancy

Will using a tampon hurt my pregnancy? ... read more »

Effect of Pregnancy on Cancer Progression

Pregnancy more often than not does not affect cancer progression and it's usually not necessary to stop the pregnancy. ... read more »

Radiation, Flying, and Pregnancy. Is it a problem?

There is no increased risk from radiation when flying in pregnancy. ... read more »

Early Bleeding and Miscarriage

How likely is a pregnancy loss when I have some spotting early in pregnancy? ... read more »

Two Different Test Results

What should I do if I get two different pregnancy test results? ... read more »

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