Facts About Miscarriage in Pregnancy

One of the major differences between men and women who are also motorcycle riders is that the men don’t have to deal with pregnancy, which hinders some women to ride as a safety precaution to avoid pregnancy problems, most especially miscarriage. Miscarriage can cause an emotional shock for expecting parents. That is why I understand why some women prefer not to ride motorcycles during their pregnancy.

Miscarriage is not uncommon especially in the early stage of pregnancy. However, many women have not fully understood what it is, what its causes are and who are at risk.

Definition

Miscarriage refers to the termination of pregnancy within the first 20 weeks. If the miscarriage happens during the first weeks until 14th week of pregnancy, it is commonly called early miscarriage. If the miscarriage happens after this period, it is referred to as late miscarriage.

Early miscarriages are more common than late miscarriages. In fact, it is said that one in five pregnant women may have an early miscarriage while one in 100 may have a late miscarriage. There are also women who miscarry before realizing that they are pregnant. In fact, according to the March of Dimes Foundation, around 50 percent of pregnancies are miscarried even before the woman knows she is pregnant. In many of these cases, they have to ask their health care provider “how many weeks am I” just to know the age of the terminated pregnancy. But miscarriage could also happen among women who carefully monitor their signs of implantation and know that they are pregnant from the earliest time that pregnancy is detectable.

Causes of Miscarriage

It is not very clear as to what really causes miscarriage. However, several factors may cause the pregnancy to be at risk of termination:

  • Infection
  • Hormonal problems
  • Problems and abnormalities in the uterine
  • Exposure to toxic agents or radiation
  • Drinking alcohol, smoking and use of illegal drugs
  • Immune system disorder such as lupus
  • Severe kidney problem
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Severe malnutrition
  • Thyroid disease
  • Certain medications
  • Age (women who are 40 years or older during pregnancy are more at risk of miscarriage)

Symptoms of Miscarriage

One of the most obvious and common symptoms of early miscarriage is heavy bleeding accompanied by period like pains. For late miscarriage, heavy bleeding can sometimes be accompanied by waters breaking and labor-like pains. However, in some cases, there may be no pain involved especially if the cervix is weak. Other symptoms of miscarriage include abdominal pain, fever, back pain and weakness.

If you experience any symptoms of miscarriage, you may have to be rushed to the emergency room immediately.

Treatment for Women at Risk

If it is determined that you are at risk of miscarriage during your regular visit to your obstetrician, you may be recommended to take a bed rest and restrict your normal activities. You may also have to abstain from sexual activities until your symptoms are gone. But these remedies are not an assurance to stop an impending miscarriage. More often, there is little that can be done to stop it.

Miscarriage is something that can affect every pregnant woman especially on those who have a high risk pregnancy. Be sure to visit your obstetric health care provider regularly and follow the advice given to reduce your risk of miscarriage.

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