How To Determine If You Had a Miscarriage
Miscarriage can be the most traumatic
experience for any woman who undergone it. Also known as spontaneous abortion,
miscarriage is a natural death of fetus before it is able to survive
independently. It usually happens between 24 weeks of pregnancy and more
frequently seen in women above 35 years age.
It is difficult to determine if you had a
miscarriage and it is therefore advisable to see your gynaecologist if you feel
it has occurred.
Miscarriage Causes & Symptoms
Miscarriage occur in early weeks of pregnancy and most cases there’s generally nothing can done to prevent it. The risk of miscarriage generally drops after the thirteenth week of pregnancy.
Why Miscarriage Occurs
Following are the factors which put women at a higher risk of miscarriage
• Women who are over 35 years of age have more risk
• Women with chronic illness like diabetes are at higher risk
• Abnormalities in uterus like scar in tissues can terminate pregnancy
• Women who are Overweight or underweight
• Drug addiction, smoking or alcohol consumption
• Women who have had miscarriage before
Symptoms to Check For
• Check Vagin*l Bleeding:
Heavy vagin*l bleeding is typically the first sign of miscarriage. It’s often accompanied with cramps and very similar to regular periods.
However the bleeding may not be an indication of miscarriage. Light spotting or moderate bleeding is normal, and it is advisable to get it checked with your gynaecologist
• Check Vaginal Mucous:
Pink-white vaginal discharges signal miscarriage threat. They may contain pregnancy tissues. If the discharges looks solid or like a clotted tissue, you should consult doctor to verify if miscarriage is occurring or occurred
? Many woman have milky discharge or spots of urine, these can mistaken for discharge, hence if you similar discharge there is no need to alarm, however it is better to keep your doctor informed about it.
• Aches & Pains
Pay attention to any aches and pains during pregnancy, especially in lower back area. If there is a severe persistent pain talk to your physician immediately.
Occasional twinges or pains in abdominal, lower back and pelvic area are normal. They are due to physical changes in body, in such cases no need to panic. In case the pain is severe and accompanied with bleeding, then consult your doctor at once
If you are experiencing contraction every 15-20 minutes, chances are you are having miscarriage, consult physician.
• Analyze Your Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the woman’s body changes and this is due to increase in hormones. Analyse pregnancy symptoms and any changes should be informed to doctor.
? Track the changes well and if you no longer have pregnancy symptoms such as mood swings, morning sickness, less swelling in breast, less tenderness chances are miscarriage has occurred.
• Visit Gynaecologist Regularly
Whether you see one or more symptoms stated above , it is always advised to see your gynaecologist to be sure what exactly is happening with your fetus. Even if you have experienced all the above stated symptoms there are chances to save the fetus.
Depending on your pregnancy status doctor will conduct blood test, pelvic test or ultrasound to determine the status of your pregnancy.
• Types Of miscarriage
A miscarriage can shake you to the core, no woman ever wants to deal with such situation. There can be different types of miscarriage, as it affects each woman differently. The different types of miscarriages are
Threatened Miscarriage : The cervix gets closed, and the other symptoms of miscarriage stop, the normal pregnancy continues
Inevitable Miscarriage: Cervix opens and there is heavy bleeding, this will lead to miscarriage
Incomplete miscarriage: Some tissues remain in the body and they need to be removed
Missed abortion: Sometimes after miscarriages some tissues come out on its own while other tissues are taken out through treatment
Complete Miscarriage : All tissues completely flow out of body
• In early stage of pregnancy if you experience heavy bleeding or other such symptom, consult your gynaecologist. If bleeding stops in 10-14 days, it is normal. However your physician may advice you for ultrasound to rule out miscarriage.
• If the bleeding doesn’t stop in 14 days time, seek treatment. You may have experienced incomplete miscarriage. Depending on how the tissues are in body, your gynaecologist will determine as to how to complete the miscarriage treatment. It may involve medication or surgical removal of remaining tissues from the body.
Get Greif Counselling
Losing pregnancy is an emotional trauma. It is important to seek advice and counselling to deal with situation. You can opt to take counselling sessions alone or together with your husband.
Unfortunately there are no time criteria as to when you would come in terms with your loss. Give yourself time to grieve.
You may plan for next pregnancy, however consult your gynaecologist and healing therapist to get the best advice.
If the pregnancy terminates past 20 weeks, you may experience heavy bleeding and cramps, get to hospital quickly, such miscarriage is termed as stillbirth.
In most cases miscarriage is unavoidable; however it is advised to avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking during pregnancy. Also it is advised to take vitamins and prescribed medicines on timely manner and avoid stress.