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?
Women who are pregnant and experience symptoms above should see an obstetrician & gynaecology specialist immediately who will analyse the condition to see if the pregnancy can be saved. In most cases, early pregnancy miscarriages happen due to fetal genetic problems and in such cases, miscarriage cannot be avoided. A pelvic examination and an ultrasound will help the doctor gauge the condition.
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?
According to research and studies, about 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, many of which are not even known as the woman may not even realize she is pregnant. Of these, about 10 – 20% cases are known miscarriages when the pregnancy progresses beyond 4 weeks.