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What are the symptoms of miscarriage?
Miscarriages often occur within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Various types of miscarriages can occur, each with slightly different symptoms. Signs of a miscarriage include: vaginal bleeding and spotting; occasional passing of fluids and tissue from …
What causes miscarriage?
The specific cause of many miscarriage often cannot be found. The process required for the development of an embryo is very complicated and involves countless steps. In many cases, your body identifies a problem with the pregnancy, and the miscarriage is your …
Can anyone have miscarriage?
Even the healthiest woman can have a miscarriage. There are, however, a number of risk factors for miscarriage, including: 1) Age - older women are more likely to have a miscarriage. 2) Smoking, alcohol and illicit drug use. 3) Weight - being obese or …
How is miscarriage diagnosed?
A miscarriage can sometimes be diagnosed based on signs and symptoms. To help diagnose a miscarriage, your doctor can also perform tests. These may include: ultrasound, which produces an image of your body's internal structures and can be used to identify the …
How is miscarriage treated?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to stop a miscarriage once it has started. There are several management options available, depending on the stage of the miscarriage and the woman's condition. The options include observing the process of miscarriage to ensure a …
What are the complications of miscarriage?
In many cases, miscarriage poses no risk to a mother's health. However, if an incomplete miscarriage occurs, an infection may also result; this is known as a septic miscarriage. This can involve flu-like aches, fevers and chills, abdominal pain …
How common is miscarriage?
It may be a surprising fact, but about one in four pregnancies are miscarried or 'lost'. Many of these pregnancies are lost soon after conception and can appear as nothing more than a small change in your period.
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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