Having miscarriages is something that unfortunately plagues many women. It’s estimated that a large portion of pregnancy actually results in miscarriages even before the woman becomes aware of the pregnancy and thus goes undetected. When a woman does become aware of a miscarriage, this can be a very emotionally traumatizing experience similar to the loss of a loved one. Many women become attached to a pregnancy instantly so the sadness associated with such a loss can be very difficult to overcome.
There are many reasons for miscarriages and the vast majority of these reasons occur through no fault of the person that they happen to. Miscarriages are defined as an unintentional loss of a pregnancy in the early stages. Many women have miscarriages and then go on to have future success in pregnancy and childbearing so it’s important to note that if you do have a miscarriage, you very likely still have the ability to have a baby successfully in the future.
What causes miscarriages?
Miscarriages occur for a variety of reasons. Mostly, either the pregnancy isn’t viable due to environmental reasons within the woman’s uterus or the pregnancy isn’t viable due to fundamental problems with the health of the embryo or fetus. There’s very little that can usually be done to stop a miscarriage once it happens due to the viability of the fetus or embryo. Very often the pregnant woman will start to bleed and cramp and a doctor will determine whether the pregnancy is likely to continue.
Not all bleeding results in miscarriage but when bleeding is present in an early pregnancy, the doctor will typically check for a fetal heart beat, do an ultrasound and possibly a blood test to determine HCG levels. There are situations where doctors are able to determine that a woman is in fact miscarrying or about to miscarry but there are also situations where a doctor indicates a threatened abortion in which case it appears that a miscarriage might occur but will not necessarily happen.
Miscarriages may occur completely where no further treatment occurs but can also partially occur and result in the need for a procedure called a D &, C where a cleaning out of the uterus happens.
Most doctors recommend that after a miscarriage, a woman wait at least one full menstrual cycle before attempting to become pregnant. From an emotional perspective, a miscarriage can be very difficult for the couple that was expecting a baby. Reading books, talking to others who have experienced the same loss and taking time to grieve are a very important part of the healing process.