Miscarriage/Recurrent miscarriage

Miscarriage/Recurrent miscarriage

The complete term of the pregnancy is 37 weeks, and any spontaneous loss of the same prior to the 20th week is termed to be a miscarriage. Anywhere between, 10 to 20% of all pregnancies are known to end in a miscarriage. It is possible that in some cases, the miscarriage might occur so early that the pregnancy may have not been detected at all.

The fundamental cause of losing a foetus is the lack of adequate development. While miscarriages are a common occurrence, it is still a difficult reality to accept and has both physical as well as emotional implications. The emotional & physical consequences are more pronounced as the number of weeks of pregnancy increases, although this is not always proportional.

Symptoms of Miscarriage

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain of the lower abdomen
  • Cramps
  • Fluid discharge from vagina

Causes of Miscarriage

  • Genetic causes
  • Developmental factor
  • Foetal demise
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Hormonal imbalances

It is also important to underline the fact that certain commonly misunderstood factors do not contribute to miscarriage. These include – exercise, sexual intercourse during pregnancy, daily chores and office work.

Risks of Miscarriage

  • Increasing age
  • Past miscarriages
  • Abnormalities of the cervix/uterus
  • Being excessive or underweight
  • Smoking & narcotic use