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.

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

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

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Risk of Miscarriage and Fetal Heart Rate

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Why is Folic Acid Important for Pregnancy?

What is folic acid and what does it do? ... read more »

Single Progesterone Test and Early Pregnancy Outcome

A single progesterone measurement for women in early pregnancy presenting with bleeding or pain and inconclusive ultrasound assessments can rule out a viable pregnancy. ... read more »

Risk of Flying During Pregnancy and Miscarriage

There is no known increased risk to your pregnancy from flying. Studies have been performed in female flight attendants, and they have not indicated an increase in spontaneous abortions. ... 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 »

New DNA Test Offers Miscarriage Clues

Twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage happens to about 5% of all couples trying to have a family. ... read more »

After a Stillbirth - Take Your Time

A stillbirth is the death of a baby after the 20th week of pregnancy but prior to delivery. If the fetus dies before 20 weeks, it's considered a miscarriage. ... 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 »

Designer Babies Could be Tested to Perfection

With the development and perfection of genetic testing, every chromosome in the human body can be tested for faults and defects. This testing can and does take place while the fetus is in-utero, so what is stopping couples from aborting a fetus because chromosomal testing reveals an imperfection? ... 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 »

Pre-Trimester Pregnancy Guide

The pre-trimester is one of the most important trimesters, and it can help ensure a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

What Happens After Ovulation?

Most people know what happens during ovulation, but what happens after ovulation is also very important when trying to get pregnant. ... read more »

Losing a Baby: Staying a Dad

Growing up I never once thought about the possibility of losing a child. Our first pregnancy ended in miscarriage just before Father’s Day. The idea of celebrating my short time as a father didn’t dawn on me until I received a card from my wife. ... read more »

Coping After Recurrent Miscarriage

According to researchers at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands, after the first miscarriage, women remain more positiveabout future pregnancies, but two or more miscarriages changes thewoman's mental perspective. ... read more »

Progesterone Supplements

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Spotting in Pregnancy

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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 »

Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

Are antidepressants safe to take during pregnancy? ... read more »

"Precious Baby" Phenomenon May Affect Clinician Decision Making

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 »

Should You Supplement With Progesterone?

There is no real agreement among doctors whether giving progesterone early in pregnancy will improve pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

ATA Launched New Guidelines for Thyroid Disease Prevention 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 »

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) 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 »

Sex and Pregnancy: 3 Common Questions

Pregnancy brings about obvious changes to a woman's body but it doesn'thave to bring changes to the intimacy level between a woman and herlover. Questions about sex and pregnancy are common but many women areafriad to ask them. ... read more »

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 »

Danish Study Finds 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 »

Spontaneous Abortion and Ustekinumab Therapy

Ustekinumab is a medication used for the treatment of plaque psoriasis. Researchers from the Aristotle University Medical School in Greece believe there could be a connection between the drug and spontaneous abortion. ... read more »

Malaria Drug Enables Woman to Have Baby After 20 Miscarriages

Kelly Moseley was determined to become a mother. She'd had 20 miscarriages over a 10 year period and has now given birth thanks to new findings. ... read more »

Losing a Baby Causes Years of Grief for Parents

A British research study reveals women take miscarriage hard for many years following the event. Despite the fact that many couples try for another pregnancy soon after miscarriage and stillbirth, with success in many cases, the mental effects of losing a child last for many years. ... read more »

How Diabetes Could Affect Your Fertility

Diabetes doesn’t normally run in my family, but it’s been known to hit a few people. My great aunt developed it later in life and my 2nd cousin developed gestational diabetes when she was pregnant. ... read more »

Fertility, 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 »

Intracranial KCI Injection for Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Peking University published a study in the journal Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy regarding the effectiveness of intracranial KCI injection as an alternative to intrathoracic KCI injection. ... read more »

DES Still Impacting Women of the World

DES or diethylstilbestrol was given to women for more than three decades. The synthetic estrogen was prescribed to pregnant women as a means of preventing miscarriage, but the drug caused vaginal tumors, so the Food and Drug Administration pulled it from the market in 1971. ... read more »

Common Drugs That Cause Pregnancy Problems

According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women who take non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during the early stages of pregnancy are more than two times more likely to miscarriage. ... read more »

Impact of Malaria During Pregnancy

Malaria is a wide-spread health concern in sub-Saharan Africa, especially for pregnant women. Researchers recently published a review in the Malaria Journal reviewing the effects of malarial infection on fetal outcome. ... read more »

Miscarriage Diagnosis Criteria Ineffective

When a pregnant women experiences bleeding or pain early in the pregnancy, she may undergo an ultrasound to determine if a miscarriage has occurred. ... read more »

Assisted Reproduction May Lead to Psychological Trauma

Women who conceive via assisted reproduction are more likely to suffer psychological trauma after early pregnancy loss, according to a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... 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 »

Risk of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders in Women with Past Pregnancy Loss

According to researchers from the Veteran's Administration at thePuget Sound Health Care System, women with a medical history ofpregnancy loss are at increased risk for psychiatric conditions afterbirth. ... read more »

What Causes Pain During Pregnancy?

Pain during pregnancy is often associated with complications or labor and can be a scary thing. However, not all pain during pregnancy signals a problem. ... read more »

Ectopic First Pregnancy Reduces Overall Number of Children

When women suffer an ectopic pregnancy as the first pregnancy, the effect lasts a lifetime. Ectopic pregnancies occur when the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube. The egg splits and grows in a tight space until pain develops. ... 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 »

MTHFR and Unexplained Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Studies have indicated a possible connection between blood homocysteine levels and unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (URPL). ... read more »

Septate Uterus

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Flu Vaccine Does Not Increase Miscarriage Risk

Each year as flu season arrives, pregnant women are urged to get a flu vaccination. With tons of media coverage and stories about vaccination risk, pregnant women often question the risks versus rewards. ... read more »

Bleeding/Spotting in Early Pregnancy

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Cool Pregnant Women Have Healthier Pregnancies

According to research completed by QUT (Queensland University of Technology), pregnant women need to stay cool during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy to decrease the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. ... 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 »

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