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.

The Danger of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs During Pregnancy

When a friend of mine became pregnant last year, I was very happy for her and her husband. It was their first baby and they were so excited, especially because she was told she might never have children due to also having inactive Lupus. ... read more »

All About Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a procedure performed during pregnancy to examine a baby's chromosomes. Most often, an amniocentesis is done between 16-20 weeks of pregnancy (gestation). ... read more »

Can Fetal Heart Rate Predict a Miscarriage?

The fetal heart rate can be seen on ultrasound as early as 5 weeks 1 days of the pregnancy, and usually it's seen by 6 weeks and 0 days. ... read more »

Study Suggests BPA Linked to Miscarriage

Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been the subject of much study lately. This industrial compound is in the urine of almost all Americans and it's nearly impossible to avoid. It lines the cans of canned foods, is part of plastic wrap and many containers made of plastic. ... read more »

Postpartum Psychiatric Disorder Risk in Women with Past Pregnancy Loss

According to researchers from the Veteran's Administration at the Puget Sound Health Care System, women with a medical history of pregnancy loss are at increased risk for psychiatric conditions after birth. ... read more »

"Precious Baby" Phenomenon May Affect Clinician Decisions

Doctors may treat women who became pregnant through IVF treatment better than they treat women with spontaneous pregnancies. A new international study shows that a clinician may give different advice to the mother of a 'precious baby.' ... read more »

New Pregnancy Test Detects Twins, Preeclampsia, Miscarriage and More!

A team of scientists in the UK are working on a pregnancy test that may revolutionize the way maternal and fetal health are monitored during pregnancy. ... read more »

Coffee and Miscarriage

Does coffee consumption increase my risk of miscarriage? ... read more »

Danish Study: Lifestyle Choices Reduce Risk of Miscarriage

A research team based at the University of Copenhagen explored the incidence of miscarriage in Denmark to see if there might be ways to prevent them. ... read more »

Preventing Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy

Clinical researchers have shown that hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and subclinical thyroid disorders have dangerous effects on pregnant women and the cerebral development of the fetus.   ... read more »

NSAID Medications Increase Miscarriage Risk

Women who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) around conception are more likely to suffer a miscarriage than women who did not take the drugs. ... read more »

8 “Most Interesting Things” We Learned About Making Babies in 2013

On the agenda was the science of preconception, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. From that agenda, these 8 'most interesting things' were identified about making babies in 2013. ... read more »

Progesterone test predicts viability of pregnancy and chance of miscarriage

Measuring progesterone levels in women with pain or bleeding during early pregnancy is a useful way to help discriminate between a viable and a non-viable pregnancy, finds a study published on bmj.com today. ... read more »

Aspirin May Help in Women with Occasional Antiphospholipid Antibodies

It is well known that treatment with aspirin plus heparin is effective for patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) to prevent pregnancy loss. ... read more »

Missed Abortion: What You Need To Know

What is a missed abortion? Is it the same thing as a miscarriage? What is the treatment for a missed abortion? ... read more »

Can I Drink Coffee During Pregnancy?

Limited intake of coffee during pregnancy is safe. Most studies have shown that it's safe to have coffee in pregnancy as long as it's less than 3 cups or the equivalent of 300 mg of caffeine a day. ... read more »

Spotting in Pregnancy

Spotting in early pregnancy can be normal or it can predict a miscarriage. About 20-30% of all pregnant women experience spotting early in pregnancy but the majority go on to have a healthy baby. ... read more »

Positive Pregnancy Test - No Symptoms

I have no pregnancy symptoms but a positive pregnancy test ... read more »

Progesterone Test May Identify Early Miscarriage

This study showed that a single blood progesterone test may help women who have a threatened miscarriage with bleeding and/or pain and an unclear sonogram find out early in pregnancy whether they are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy. ... read more »

Why Does a Miscarriage Occur?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimate up to 25% of pregnancies will end in pregnant miscarriage, but why does pregnant miscarriage occur? ... read more »

What is a Missed Abortion (Missed Miscarriage)?

It may seem like there is always something to worry about when it comes to your pregnancy. Unfortunately, a missed abortion) may be another confusing and worrisome complication to add to the list. By understanding what a missed abortion is, however, you can demystify the concept and understand how to recognize it.   ... read more »

Recurrent Miscarriage Pregnancy Loss

What is the cause of recurrent miscarriage and what exams should be done? ... read more »

Predicting a Miscarriage

Successful pregnancy can be predicted up to 94% accuracy between days 33 and 36 using transvaginal ultrasound to detect 3 markers, gestational sac diameter, yolk sac size, and fetal cardiac activity. ... read more »

Miscarriage - What Are The Odds?

How likely is it that I will have a miscarriage? ... read more »

Miscarriage Symptoms Women Should Know About

Understanding the most common miscarriage symptoms is the best way to be prepared for the chance of miscarriage. ... read more »

First Trimester Miscarriage

Approximately one in 3-4 known pregnancies are lost within the first trimester to miscarriage. This number is based upon pregnancies that are verified before the miscarriage occurs. ... read more »

Different Stages or Types of Miscarriage or Spontaneous Abortion

Miscarriage is often a process and not a single event. There are many different stages or types of miscarriage. ... read more »

Bleeding in Early Pregnancy - Threatened Abortion

Bleeding in early pregnancy, usually before 20 weeks of the pregnancy, is also called a "Threatened Abortion." ... 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 »

All About Pregnancy Spotting

Pregnancy spotting is common in pregnancy, but that make it any easier to accept. During different times in gestation, pregnancy spotting can occur and the cause will be dependent on several factors. ... read more »

Food NoNos In Pregnancy

There are certain foods which should not be eaten during pregnancy and when trying to get pregnant. These include certain fish, deli foods, and undercooked meat. ... read more »

Why Does Implantation Bleeding Happen?

If a fertilized egg implants in the uterus, implantation bleeding may show up, but why does implantation bleeding happen? ... read more »

Normal Progesterone Levels

Progesterone levels during pregnancy. What are normal progesterone levels? What does progesterone do? ... read more »

Signs of Miscarriage in Second Trimester

Signs of miscarriage in the second trimester may include some of the early signs of miscarriage, but there are a few that are specific to late stage miscarriage. ... read more »

Pregnancy after Miscarriage

In most cases, a miscarriage is a protection of sorts from fetal abnormalities or internal issues that could not be controlled by the pregnant woman. ... read more »

How to Get Pregnant Again in 12 Steps

So you already have a child and now you are trying to get pregnant again. Easy? Maybe not. Read our 12 step program. ... read more »

Sickle Cell Disease, Fertility and Pregnancy

Women with sickle cell disease are more likely to have problems during pregnancy; these problems can affect both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby. ... read more »

Pregnancy Outcomes and Deliveries Following Myomectomy

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Pointe-a-Pitre in France recently published a study in the journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics on the long-term reproductive effects of myomectomy. ... read more »

Zuckerberg Baby Announcement Shares Hope After Miscarriage

The Zuckerberg-Chans are expecting a baby girl. In addition to the joyous news, Zuckerberg shared the couple’s pregnancy history: they’ve experienced three miscarriages. ... read more »

First Trimester of Pregnancy: When to Tell Others

It is commonly known that miscarriage and other complications tend to occur during the pregnancy first trimester so many couples choose to wait before telling family and friends. ... read more »

Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy: Am I Losing The Baby?

Bleeding during pregnancy can be one of the scariest events on earth. Immediately your mind starts preparing for a lost pregnancy or miscarriage, but bleeding during pregnancy is not always an indication of an impending miscarriage. ... read more »

Natural Killer Cells May Stop Miscarriages

There are many reasons why some women are more prone to miscarriage and they usually have to do with some health issues or disorders. However, some women just are more likely to lose their children and researchers have been baffled as to why. ... read more »

Can Fertility Treatments Cause Birth Defects?

I know that not being able to have children is devastating for couples who learn they are unable to conceive on their own. The good news is that there are so many different fertility options, that most couples can find some option that works for them. ... 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 »

Alcohol, Drug Use, Smoking, and Stress During Pregnancy

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

Exposure to Malaria Increases Risk of Miscarriage

About 125 million pregnant women are at risk of contracting malaria each year. Malaria infection during pregnancy can cause anemia, parasitic fetal infection, low birth weight, premature delivery and death of the mother. ... read more »

How Long Should I Wait To Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?

I am often asked by my patients 'How long should I wait after experiencing an early pregnancy loss or miscarriage before getting pregnant again?' ... read more »

MTHFR And Miscarriage

MTHFR stands for Methylene-Tetra-Hydro-Folate-Reductase. Some individuals with the homozygous MTHFR mutation have elevated homocysteine levels which equates to a risk factor for blood clots. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

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 »

Risk of Miscarriage and Fetal Heart Rate

With vaginal bleeding, the risk of miscarriage is high before you see the fetal heartbeat and low without bleeding after you see the heartbeat. ... read more »

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