Ending of pregnancy due to premature delivery of fetus before 20th week of pregnancy is known as a miscarriage in medical terms. However, most miscarriages happen within 14 weeks of a pregnancy.
Miscarriage often has some distinct signs. Some of them are:
Bleeding is not always scary as it may happen due to the process of implantation or cervical irritation. But you must report vaginal bleeding to your doctor so that he can check what’s going on.
Severe pain in abdomen:
Severe pain in abdomen should always be taken seriously as it may be the sign of ectopic pregnancy as it can be a life threatening condition. Mild cramping which feels similar to menstrual cramps is not an indicator of miscarriage.
Fading symptoms of pregnancy:
If you are not experiencing the symptoms of early pregnancy like morning sickness or soreness in breasts, it should be mentioned to the doctor immediately. However, the symptoms of pregnancy may fluctuate due to some other reasons as well.
Not feeling the movement of the baby:
After the second half of pregnancy, your doctor will advice you to call if some amount of time passes and you don’t feel any movement. Your doctor may ask you to come for a fetal heart monitoring to check if everything is fine.
Any signs of a preterm labor such as pelvic pressure, changes in vaginal discharge, and contractions in every ten minutes should be reported immediately to the doctor.
There are several factors which can contribute to the abnormal development of a fetus. Some of them are abnormalities in sperm of father or mother’s egg, mother’s use of certain drugs, diseases in mother such as German measles or diabetes etc.
There is no medical treatment available to avoid a miscarriage. It is very normal for the woman to feel depressed by the loss of an expected child.
She must attempt to conceive only after six to eight weeks of a miscarriage after taking advice of a physician.
Eighty percent of women have a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage. But some women have three or more miscarriages in a row. In this case the physician thoroughly checks and evaluates the woman and her partner. If the doctor diagnoses a chromosome abnormality in one of the parent, it cannot be corrected.