What happens if there is a problem?
Sometimes there is a problem with the developing embryo, and the pregnancy ends in a miscarriage (a loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks). It is estimated that 15% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and no one really knows exactly why. Even so, you may feel alone and may carry your grief in silence. The Mayo Clinic states that 50% of all miscarriages happen because of an extra or missing chromosome that occurs in the growth of the embryo…it has nothing to do with genetics.
Miscarrying can be a scary experience. Here are some common symptoms of miscarriage, and if you feel like you may be experiencing these symptoms, call your doctor.
- Pain and cramping in the lower back or abdomen
- Passing fluid or tissue from the vagina. *If this is the case, put some of the tissue in a clean container and bring it is to your doctor. They may be able to analyze the tissue to determine the cause of the miscarriage.
There are some health concerns that affect the mother and could lead to higher risks of miscarriage. If you feel that one or more of these pertain to you, make sure you communicate that to your doctor.
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Uterus or Pelvis issues
- Mother has some type of infection
- Thyroid disease
Here are some common Miscarriage Myths that are floating around. These are rumored to cause a miscarriage, but it is NOT TRUE.
- Exercise: Although many of us would love an excuse not to exercise, exercising is not a known cause of miscarriage. So feel to jog, do the elliptical, swim, or whatever kind of exercise you feel. *Always communicate to your doctor your exercise routine..
- Sexual Intercourse: Many women continue to have sexual intercourse throughout their pregnancies. Unless directed by a doctor to not have sex, it is safe to do so without fear of a miscarriage.
- Working: It is just fine to continue to work throughout your pregnancy. However, if you are working around dangerous or hazardous chemicals communicate that to your doctor to make sure it is not harmful to the pregnancy.
Although we don’t know exactly why women miscarry, here are some really great preventative tips to keep in mind.
- Keep up with your prenatal care.
- Keep away from drugs, alcohol and smoking.
- Limit your caffeine intake.
- Keep up with your prenatal vitamin.
Whether or not this pregnancy was intended or unplanned, the experience of a miscarriage is painful. You are not alone. Whatever the situation, we are here to help you process the emotions, thoughts and feelings surrounding your miscarriage. Contact us today to schedule a appointment to share your story with one of our trained client advocates.