If you or someone close to you have experienced miscarriage, it's natural to have lots of questions. We have them covered.
The vast majority of miscarriages are not caused by anything you have or have not done. However, there are factors which that can increase the risk of miscarriage.
No. Some women have light spotting or bleeding that doesn’t lead to a miscarriage.
The first step is to visit your GP and ask them to refer you to a specialist doctor at your local hospital.
Miscarriage is, sadly, fairly common. A quarter of women have experienced a miscarriage in their lifetime.
In many hospitals, you will then be offered a scan – to confirm you have experienced a miscarriage and to judge whether you need a small operation called an ERPC (which stands for evacuation of retained products of conception).
Miscarriages can be very hard to cope with emotionally even when the physical side is over.
The first signs of a miscarriage are usually some spotting or bleeding and/or some cramps in the tummy or back. You may not experience any bleeding but simply feel that you are no longer pregnant.
If you have suffered a late miscarriage, most hospitals will offer your hospital may offer you a simple funeral with a burial or cremation.
When a pregnancy is lost, the womb contracts to expel the pregnancy tissue. These contractions of the womb muscles causes cramps and pain.
If you’re less than 18 weeks’ pregnant, you will probably be referred to the early pregnancy unit at your local hospital.
Tests to investigate causes of miscarriage are generally not offered until a woman has had 3 or more confirmed early losses in a row.
Unfortunately, this can’t always happen. There are a number of reasons why you might not find out straight away if you are still pregnant.
ℹLast reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.
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