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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

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

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 »

Septate Uterus

What is a septate uterus? A septate uterus may be diagnosed during a routine gynecological exam. However, sometimes it is not discovered until after a woman experiences reproductive problems. ... read more »

Bleeding/Spotting in Early Pregnancy

Any vaginal bleeding or spotting during pregnancy may be concerning and could mean an increased risk of miscarriage or early or preterm delivery. Spotting during the first three months is often common. ... read more »

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

A chemical pregnancy happens much more frequently than most people expect, probably up to 30-40% of all pregnancies end up in a chemical pregnancy. ... read more »

Bleeding Behind the Placenta

I just had an ultrasound and the doctor found a blood clot next to the placenta. Is that a problem? Should I be on bed rest? Is retroplacental hemorrhage a problem? ... read more »

What Causes A Miscarriage At Six Weeks?

An early miscarriage is one that occurs between 6 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, or in the first trimester of pregnancy. What could cause a miscarriage at 6 weeks? ... read more »

Harmful Medications and Teratogens in Pregnancy

Which medications or drugs can be harmful and are teratogens in pregnancy? ... read more »

Spotting After Chemical Pregnancy

I just had a chemical pregnancy and now I'm spotting. Is spotting after chemical pregnancy normal? After a chemical pregnancy, it may take some time for your body to return to its regular rhythm. ... read more »

Heavy Bleeding - Miscarriage

I bled heavily last week could this have been a miscarriage? ... read more »

Chemical Pregnancy

A chemical pregnacy is the term used to describe a miscarriage that happens extremely early on in a pregnancy. In the case of a chemical pregnancy, a positive pregnancy test usually occurs before a woman has her monthly menstrual period. ... read more »

Myths About What Causes Miscarriage

Most stories about causes of miscarriages are old wives tales which say that miscarriages are the result of everything from stress and sex to excessive exercise and bad karma. ... read more »

Late Pregnancy Loss: Future Pregnancy Risk

There is nothing more painful than losing a pregnancy in the second or third trimester. Late pregnancy loss, while uncommon, could be a sign of future pregnancy risk. ... read 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. ... read more »

Those Eggs Have an Expiration Date

How much potential does advanced maternal age have for resulting in adverse pregnancy results outcome? In other words, when is the expiration date for a woman's eggs? ... read more »

How to Know if You Have a Blighted Ovum

When you become pregnant, there is a small chance you could have a blighted ovum. Blighted ovum is also known as early pregnancy failure. It occurs when an egg has been fertilized and plants itself in the uterus, but then stops developing. ... read more »

Ectopic Pregnancies and Their Treatment

I didn’t know what ectopic pregnancies were, but didn’t want to pry. What were these pregnancies, and why were they different from the miscarriages I had generally heard linked with her phrasing? ... read more »

Missing What You Never Knew You Had

When my next door neighbor told me she had suffered a miscarriage, I wasn’t sure how to react. I hadn’t even known she was pregnant, so the announcement came as a complete shock. It turned out, she had not known she was pregnant either. ... read more »