5 Miscarriage facts that every woman and couple should know

Getting pregnant and bringing a child into this world is something most of the couples want in this world. Nature has given the gift of bringing a new life in this world only to women and almost every woman in this world gets to experience this wonder of nature.

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But sometimes due to circumstances and medical conditions, miscarriages take place. Miscarriage is nothing but the loss of pregnancy within the first 20 days of gestation. Women have many misconceptions about miscarriages and many refrain to talk about it. With miscarriage, come a lot of emotional baggage and other things that a couple should discuss and go through together.

Here are 5 things that every woman should know about miscarriage.

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1 Miscarriage is pretty common

Miscarriages unfortunately are pretty common occurrences in a pregnancy. Going by a statistic given by American Pregnancy Association, around 10%-25% of clinically certified pregnancies will end up in a miscarriage. A woman might have a miscarriage even before she comes to know of her pregnancy due to various reasons.

The first 3 months of a pregnancy are very important and around 80% of miscarriages happen during this period. That is the reason that sometimes, women don’t even know that they are pregnant and have had a miscarriage.

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Also the risk of miscarriage increases as the age goes up. Women who get pregnant in their late 30s or early 40s tend to have a higher risk of having a miscarriage and are advised to be extremely careful.

Miscarriage is pretty common

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2 Cramps and unusual bleeds are signs of miscarriage

Though there are not any visible signs of miscarriage or something that really points towards miscarriage. But if you want to keep an eye out, keep a check on any cramps or unusual bleeding, often both at the same time. The amount of blood can be even less, but it is a cause of concern.

If you find yourself cramping and bleeding during the course of your pregnancy, especially in the first 3 months of the pregnancy, you should contact your doctor immediately. The doctor will be able to give a much definitive diagnosis after a physical exam, lab tests and might even conduct an ultrasound to check for the cause of bleeding.

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Cramps and unusual bleeds are signs of miscarriage

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3 Treatment options after miscarriage

Going through a miscarriage can be both emotionally and physically painful. But there are many treatment options after miscarriage that you can look into and adopt any one of them with consultation from your doctor.

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Amongst the options you have, one option is to let the pregnancy tissue in the uterus pass out of your body in a natural way. It usually takes around 2-3 weeks for the tissue to pass out of the body naturally. If you want to speed up the process, you can ask for medication that does this in just a week. Consult your ob/gyn on the medication options.

The third option is to remove the tissue surgically. This option is usually recommended if the bleeding from the miscarriage is heavy and there is a very realistic chance of infection.

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Treatment options after miscarriage

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4 How to prevent miscarriage?

You need to become careful as soon as you get to know that you are pregnant. There are certain steps that you can take in order to ensure the safety of yourself and your baby. If you smoke or drink in your daily life, refrain from doing so during the course of pregnancy. You should consult your doctor and get a healthy diet chart made up. Include all the healthy options in your diet and try to regularize your liquid intake of water.

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You also need to become physically active. Your doctor can help you by suggesting some exercises that you can do easily in the house. Avoid any types of sports, especially contact sports and take care to maintain a healthy weight.

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5 You can get pregnant after a miscarriage

Grieving after a miscarriage is a very natural and healthy process and each individual and every couple have their own way to deal with it. Losing a living thing that is growing in your body is a big event and you should take time to process that.

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You can get pregnant after a miscarriage

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But it doesn’t mean that you won’t get pregnant again. Most of the women who have had miscarriage go on to have babies and lead healthy lives. It may not happen immediately after losing one, but be assured that one day you will get there and that is something that should not bring you down emotionally.

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