Womens Health


Having a miscarriage is probably at the top of the list of fears of all pregnant women. It is an unfortunate commonality, with 1 in every 6 pregnancies resulting in miscarriage. With such strong numbers, it is no surprise that researchers are scrambling to develop new technologies to predict whether miscarriage will occur.

One such test that is currently available to women who have experienced recurrent pregnant loss (meaning two or more miscarriages after age 30 or three or more before) is immunological testing. But how effective is this procedure, and does it pose any risks?

However, most miscarriages happen due to a chromosomal defect in the fetus and the miscarriage is the woman's body's way of protecting the woman.  In most cases there is nothing that could have been done to prevent the miscarriage.  However, if you suffer from multiple miscarriages then you may have a fertility issue that needs addressing.  After two or miscarriages you may want to consult a fertility specialilst to see if you have a problem that can be corrected, thus allowing yourself to carry a pregnancy to full term.  

Types Of Miscarriage

If, however, you've never had a miscarriage before, or if this is your first child, how will you know what your risks are? You may want to learn more about the risk factors for miscarriage such as ectopic pregnancy, blighted ovum and incompetent cervix. Also check out our article on ectopic pregnancy causes.  An ectopic pregnancy is when the embryo attaches itself outside of the uterus.  This can be very dangerous for the mother if not taken care of.  In addition, you should learn about chemical pregnancies, which are pregnancy losses that occur very early on in a pregnancy. In fact, they occur so early, many women don't even know it. Most women will just think the bleeding from the pregnancy loss is part of their normal period. 

On the other hand, stillbirth is a pregnancy loss that occurs after 20 weeks' gestation - making it a particularly devastating occurrence. While its cause is not yet known, there are some things pregnant women can do to lessen their risk like limiting their coffee and caffeine intake.  However, most cases of stillbirth are caused by unknown factors.  

Also take a look at our article on miscarriage myths--things that don't cause a miscarriage.  Many women think that some of the silly things they do will cause miscarriage.  Find out the real miscarriage risk factors and learn more about the many miscarriage myths that have formed over the years.

Emotional Effects

Of course losing a child – at any stage – is something no parent should have to deal with. But for couples who never had the chance to see their babies, coping with their death can be particularly painful, since to others their pain may seem difficult to understand. Learning about the emotional effects of miscarriage may help these couples know they are not alone. Also check out our article on telling people about the miscarriage and about trying again for a baby after experiencing a miscarriage.  The good news is that most women go on to have perfectly healthy pregnancies following a miscarriage.  

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