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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

Steps You Can Take To Reduce the Risk of a Miscarriage

Along with the good news that you are pregnant, comes the stress of having a failed pregnancy or miscarriage. Although, every woman worries about the risk of miscarrying to a certain extent, each woman has her own set of risk factors. ... 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 »

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 »

A Miscarriage in the Duggar Family

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were in the second trimester of pregnancywith their 20th child, when Michelle suffered a devastating miscarriage. The couple is famous for its enormous family of 10 boys and 9 girls,chronicled in the T.V. show '19 and Counting.' ... read more »

Can I Have In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) While Breastfeeding?

There is very little information about the safety of IVF while breastfeeding; probably because most fertility doctors suggest waiting until baby has been weaned. ... read 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. ... read more »

Women with Low Zinc and Copper Have More Miscarriages

About 15-percent of women suffer from spontaneous abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for reasons why these spontaneous abortions occur. ... read more »

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 »

MTHFR and Unexplained Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

2013: Interesting Things We Learned About Making Babies

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 »

New Pregnancy Test Could Detect Complications 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 »

"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 »

Progesterone Test Predicts Viability of Pregnancy

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 Helps 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 »

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 »

Getting Pregnant After Miscarrriage

How long after a miscarriage should I wait before getting pregnant? ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Normal Progesterone Levels

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

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