Joanne Gallacher
By Joanne Gallacher

Miscarriage Faq’s

Miscarriage information

Miscarriage informationMiscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy. Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss. Miscarriage occurs in about 15-20% of all recognized pregnancies, and usually occurs before the 13th week of pregnancy.

Pregnancy can be such an exciting time, but with the great number of recognised miscarriages that occur, it is beneficial to be informed about miscarriage. Miscarriage can also cause a woman to feel intense anger and jealousy towards other women, even friends, who are pregnant. While these emotions can be appalling, they will eventually pass and fade. The reason for miscarriage is varied, and most often the cause cannot be identified. During the first trimester, the most common cause of miscarriage is chromosomal abnormality.

Most chromosomal abnormalities are the cause of a faulty egg or sperm cell, or are due to a problem at the time that the zygote went through the division process. Another cause of early miscarriage may be progesterone deficiency. Implantation of the egg into the uterine lining does not occur properly. Hormonal problems, infections or maternal health problems. Pregnancies involving more than one fetus are at increased risk of miscarriage. High blood pressure and certain illnesses (such as rubella and chlamydia) increase the risk of miscarriage. Severe cases of hypothyroidism increase the risk of miscarriage. The effect of milder cases of hypothyroidism on miscarriage rates has not been established. Certain immune conditions such as autoimmune diseases greatly increase the risk of miscarriage.

Cocaine use increases miscarriage rates. If you are having a spontaneous miscarriage, you will probably have vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, and cramping. The main goal of treatment during or after a miscarriage is to prevent hemorrhaging and/or infection. If there is threat of miscarriage, you may be told to avoid or restrict some forms of exercise or you may need complete bed rest. Surgical treatment (most commonly vacuum aspiration, sometimes referred to as a D&C or D&E) is the fastest way to complete the miscarriage. Drugs may be prescribed to help control bleeding after the D&C is performed. Bleeding should be monitored closely once you are at home. Avoid environmental hazards such as radiation, infectious disease and x-rays. Avoid contact sports or activities that have risk of injury.

Miscarriage Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Exercise regularly.

2. Eat healthy.

3. Manage stress.

4. Keep weight within healthy limits.

5. Take folic acid daily.

6. Do not smoke.

7. Avoid contact sports or activities that have risk of injury.

The above article was written by Juliet Cohen who writes articles for Diseases.

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