Miscarriage is the term used to describe the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Although it’s estimated that 10-15% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage, the true percentage of miscarriages remains unknown, as many early losses occur before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. The team of women’s health experts at Pure OBGYN in New York City can diagnose a suspected miscarriage and help you manage the process. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online at your nearest office in Midtown East, Brooklyn, or Rego Park in Queens.
A miscarriage is any unexpected loss of a pregnancy that occurs before the 20th week or the middle of the second trimester. It’s believed that most miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy before a woman is aware that she’s pregnant.
A miscarriage that happens in the first trimester, or before the 13th week of pregnancy, is also called an early pregnancy loss or a spontaneous abortion.
Signs and symptoms of miscarriage and early pregnancy loss include:
If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor at Pure OBGYN as soon as possible.
Most miscarriages happen because the fetus isn’t developing as it should; roughly half of all miscarriages are the result of missing or extra chromosomes. Most chromosome-related problems occur by chance as embryonic cells divide and grow and aren’t genetically inherited from parents.
First, it’s important to note that work, high-intensity exercise, and sexual intercourse don’t cause miscarriage. Even so, there are other factors that can increase your risk of having a miscarriage, including:
Although there’s often nothing that can be done to prevent a miscarriage, it’s still important to seek regular prenatal care and avoid known miscarriage risk factors when you’re pregnant.
If you believe you’re having a miscarriage, the team at Pure OBGYN can perform a pelvic exam to check your cervix, an ultrasound to check for fetal heartbeat, and blood tests to check your pregnancy hormone levels.
A threatened miscarriage, or one where you experience bleeding, but your cervix hasn’t begun to dilate, may actually proceed without any further problems. If you’re bleeding and cramping, and your cervix is dilated, however, a miscarriage is considered inevitable.
To avoid the possibility of a septic miscarriage, or an infection in your uterus, you may require vacuum aspiration to remove any remaining tissues from your womb.
Because miscarriage can be an extremely emotionally ordeal for many women, the doctors at Pure OBGYN do their best to provide compassionate care and support, letting you know what you can expect every step of the way.
For most women, physical recovery from a miscarriage takes no longer than a few days. If you develop a fever or experience heavy bleeding or abdominal pain during your recovery, be sure to call your doctor.
To learn more, call your nearest Pure OBGYN location or schedule an appointment online today.