miscarriage

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 To Wait Before Getting Pregnant After An Early Miscarriage?

    I am often asked by my patients "How long should I wait after an early pregnancy loss or miscarriage before getting pregnant again?". These questions usually have several different components. One is, when does fertility begin after a miscarriage, and the other is when is is safe to get pregnant again after a miscarriage.  ... more »

    Good News About Morning Sickness!

    About 60-80% of all women experience some degree of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, according to a British journal on nursing.  A new study from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a branch of the National Institutes of Health in the US, suggests morning sickness ... more »

    7 Things You Did Not Know About Pregnancy in the First Trimester

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    Stillbirth

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    Semen Boosts Pregnancy Health, Improves IVF Success Rate

    At the International Congress of Immunology held in Australia this year, Sarah Robertson, from the University of Adelaide, presented the results of her recent study that found semen to be valuable in boosting the health of pregnancy and improving in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rate.  Frequent sex with a familiar partner seems to ensure the healthiest pregnancy, even while IVF is in progre ... more »

    FDA Issues Warning for Yeast Infection Drug During Pregnancy

    On April 26, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was reviewing its current recommendation for using fluconazole to treat yeast infections during pregnancy.  At this time, the FDA approves use of the antifungal medication during pregnancy when taken as a single low-dose treatment but the findings of an extensive Danish study of the drug's use during pregnancy has p ... more »

    Conception in First 3 Months After Pregnancy Loss Increases Chance of Live Birth

    After pregnancy loss, it is common for couples to ask when it’s safe to try again.  Most are advised that emotional healing should come first but there is no clearly defined answer for when conception is most likely to occur again.  A new study, however, suggests that when conception occurs within three months of a pregnancy loss, the chance of a live birth is better than when conception ... more »

    Scary Photos Better Than Text for Kicking the Tobacco Habit

    Approximately 500,000 Americans die every year due to preventable smoking-related illnesses, in spite of widespread and on-going efforts by the medical community and government entities at every level urging the public to kick the tobacco habit.  One anti-smoking campaign that was expected to be especially successful was the display of graphic images on cigarette packages that showed the ... more »

    Prenatal Tobacco Exposure Diminishes Cardiovascular Health of Young Men

    Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy threatens the health of the pregnancy in many ways.  Higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, restricted intrauterine growth, prematurity, and stillbirth are all linked to smoking.  Prenatal exposure puts the child at increased risk for behavioral, neurological, and psychological difficulties and physical birth defects.  The adult children of smok ... more »

    Newly Discovered Edit Mechanism Identifies Which Eggs Are Too Damaged for Conception

    Many pregnancies end in the very early stages, sometimes even before pregnancy is suspected.  Spontaneous termination is almost always the result of DNA damage too severe to support life. ... more »

    One Baby Aspirin a Day Ups Conception Rate After Miscarriage

    The findings of a 2013 study on aspirin’s effect on conception indicates taking one baby aspirin a day ups the chance of conception by as much as 17% for women who have a history of miscarriage. ... more »

    Ease Pain of Pregnancy Loss with Mourning Rituals

    The end of a pregnancy is often kept quiet, not shared or celebrated, and rarely discussed. Zen Buddhists in Japan have a special ritual to mourn the loss of a departed child called 'mizuko kuyo.' ... more »

    New Pregnancy Test Detects Twins, Downs, Preeclampsia, Miscarriage, 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. ... more »

    Zuckerberg Baby Announcement Shares Hope and Miscarriage Heartbreak

    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. ... more »

    'Widespread Misperceptions' of Miscarriage Revealed in Study

    One in every four pregnancies ends in miscarriage but most people consider the event uncommon and most don’t know what causes it to happen, according to a recent study. ... 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. ... more »

    How Common are Miscarriages? Hint: More Than You Think

    A recent study surveyed 1,084 men and women revealed that 55% of participants believed that miscarriage occurred in 5% or less of all pregnancies. ... more »

    Misperceptions are common about Miscarriage

    This study published online in May in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal called "A National Survey on Public Perceptions of Miscarriage" asked about perceptions about miscarriage. ... more »

    A Mother’s Day Challenge for Childless Moms

    Holidays can be stressful times for many of us. High expectations, family tensions, forced “happiness,” and rigid traditions can cause sadness and frustration. All we can see are our perceived failures at creating a life that meets an ideal. ... more »

    Mother’s Day During Infertility and Loss

    For women suffering from infertility, Mother’s Day can be a distressing and/or heartbreaking holiday. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    Compassionate Ways to Help a Parent Through the Loss of 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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.' ... more »

    Study Suggests BPA Linked to Miscarriage

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

    Inhibiting Natural Killer Cells May Help Stop Recurring 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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 (missed miscarriage) 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.   ... more »

    Women Who Work Hourly Shifts Are More Likely to Miscarry

    Many women do not have this type of regularity in their jobs and they have to work hourly shifts that can switch at any time. Besides being exhausting, this type of work schedule can also affect a woman’s fertility and menstrual cycles.  ... more »

    Low Levels of Zinc and Copper Could Cause Women to Miscarry

    For some women, pregnancy is simple and mostly enjoyable, but for others, it’s a constant struggle to maintain an even keel. Eating is difficult to balance, supplements need to be taken, and overall health is a little precarious. It can be a scary time. ... 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. ... more »

    Fertility Concerns After an Ectopic Pregnancy

    Fertility can be a complex and difficult issue for many women. After an ectopic pregnancy there are often additional concerns that have to be addressed. These are physical, but they're also mental and emotional. ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    Binge Drinking is a Threat to Young Girls and Women

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive consumption of alcohol accounted for 23,000 deaths each year between 2001 and 2005. ... more »

    Are Some Fertility Treatments Increasing the Risk of 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. ... more »

    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. ... more »

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