Miscarriage is a condition wherein a pregnant woman loses her unborn child spontaneously usually before the 20th week of pregnancy. It is different from abortion in the sense that it is spontaneous and not a deliberate attempt to end pregnancy. Symptoms of a miscarriage begin with abdominal cramps and bleeding. There can be severe weakness and back pain.
HOW IS MISCARRIAGE DIAGNOSED?
A pelvic examination and an ultrasound scan are usually performed by a gynaecologist to confirm a miscarriage.
HOW IS MISCARRIAGE TREATED?
A dilation and curettage procedure would be performed to remove any foetal remains left in the uterus. For patients who do not want to undergo this procedure then medications would be given to clear the uterus.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 80% cases, the miscarriage would usually happen before 12 weeks of pregnancy. Later miscarriages occur much less frequently.