Miscarriage is defined as the loss of pregnancy or death of the foetus that usually happens before 12 weeks but the cutoff date can go up to almost 20 weeks. Common symptoms of a possible miscarriage start off with acute cramping in the stomach and ache, there is also bleeding accompanied here, which is usually period like and heavy, thus a definite sign of miscarriage.
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?
Treatment of a miscarriage is to first ensure the miscarriage is complete. If it is an early pregnancy miscarriage, the miscarriage is usually complete. An ultrasound will be done to confirm and if the fetal remains are identified, a dilation & curettage (D&C) procedure is performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 80% cases, the miscarriage would usually happen before 12 weeks of pregnancy. Later miscarriages occur much less frequently.