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The Truth about Miscarriages

Posted Friday, November 7, 2008 9:51 PM

Signs and Kinds of MiscarriagesA miscarriage can be one of the most devastating things that can happen to a woman. The medical terminology for a miscarriage is spontaneous abortion. A pregnancy is considered a miscarriage when it terminates on its own within the first 20 weeks. Many women feel a sense of hopelessness and failure when a miscarriage occurs. There are many reasons a woman may have a miscarriage.

Most miscarriages will happen within the first 13 weeks of the pregnancy. Chances are the cause was due to abnormal chromosomes in the baby. There are many other reasons for a miscarriage to occur. A medical condition or infection can cause miscarriage. Hormone problems or other health issues can cause a miscarriage.

Many times the lifestyle of the mother could bring about a miscarriage. Excessive drug use or drinking can cause a pregnancy to terminate. Being exposed to radiation or other poisonous substances can bring about a miscarriage. There are certain medications which will cost a miscarriage. This is why it is so important to speak with your physician when he prescribed medication for you if you think that you're pregnant.

The woman's age may have a bearing on the pregnancy. There are some young girls who miscarried because their bodies were not fully developed enough for the pregnancy. Older women over the age of 40 may find it hard to carry a pregnancy full-term.

Exercise, sex, and normal activities do not induce a miscarriage. These normal functions can be performed on a daily basis with no danger to the pregnancy. If you are pregnant you should exercise in moderation. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting may pose a threat and should be avoided.

There are some signs that you can watch for to determine whether or not you are having a miscarriage. If any of these signs or symptoms occur you should contact your physician immediately.

1) Back Pain – this may be mild or severe.
2) Loss of Weight – a severe drop in weight can indicate the body's rejection of the pregnancy
3) Cervical Discharge – if the cervical discharge is pink or red contact your doctor
4) Clotting – if there is tissue passing from the vagina you should seek immediate medical attention
5) Bright Bleeding – if this bleeding resembles a heavy menstrual cycle you need to seek immediate medical attention

There are many different types of miscarriages. Some of these are a threatened miscarriage. The body is showing the signs of a miscarriage but the cervix is closed. Many times the miscarriage can be avoided in this instance. The incomplete miscarriage is where bleeding is occurring and the cervix is open. Although the miscarriage has not yet occurred, it will happen. The complete miscarriage occurs when the embryo and the uterine sac are expelled from the body.

The one medical condition which can occur when a woman suffers a miscarriage is hemorrhaging. A miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy will usually result in the body expelling all the tissue. If this does not happen then medical procedures must take place to correct the problem. This is a critical time for a woman. It is important for her to get medical and emotional treatment when a miscarriage occurs.

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