Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss. Miscarriage usually occurs during the first 20 weeks of gestation. Miscarriage occurs when the implanted foetus is lost and bleeding occurs around the time of expected period. Reason for Miscarriage varies from one person to another. Symptoms are:
• Abdominal cramps
• Mild to severe back pain
• True contractions
• White-pink mucus discharge
• Weight loss
• Tissue or clots passing through vagina
• Sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms
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?
In 80% cases, the miscarriage would usually happen before 12 weeks of pregnancy. Later miscarriages occur much less frequently.