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?
Women who miscarry early in their pregnancy usually do not need any treatment. In some cases a procedure called a dilatation and curettage (D&C) is required to remove tissue remaining in the uterus. Counseling may help cope with the grief. It is advised to consult the health care provider if the woman wants to try for pregnancy again to avoid risks. Many women who have a miscarriage go on to have healthy babies.
DID YOU KNOW?
Studies reveal that almost 10-25% of clinically recognized pregnancies end in Miscarriage