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First Pregnancy Miscarriage – First Trimester Miscarriage

7 March 2011 No Comment

Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and more than 80 percent of these losses happen before 12 weeks.

first-trimesterSuffering a miscarriage the first time around happens more often than you might think. Although it may seem disheartening, you can conceive after miscarriage and carry the baby full term. This is where a little information will go a long way in helping you deal with your first pregnancy miscarriage.

The statistics can be disheartening. Here are they are for first pregnancy miscarriage: 10% of women in their 20’s, 20% of women between 35-39, 35% of women between 40-41 and 50% by the time you are 45. Do not be discouraged! There are ways to significantly improve your chances before you decide to get pregnant.

The reasons for first pregnancy miscarriage vary, but most are some form of chromosomal abnormality, with the most common being Downs Syndrome. The one thing that I’ve learned in my research is that many of the ‘medical’ problems can be solved with a few lifestyle and nutritional changes.

TWO SERIOUS WARNING SIGNS FOR A MISCARRIAGE

1. Bleeding (either bright red or dark brown, depending on how recently the miscarriage began). As many as 20 percent of women with healthy pregnancies may have one or two episodes of spotting or light vaginal bleeding early in pregnancy, so a bloody discharge from the vagina does not necessarily mean a miscarriage has or will occur. Bleeding that is as heavy as a menstrual period or that continues for several days is more likely to be associated with a miscarriage.

2. Cramping abdominal pains, similar to menstrual pains, and/or a low backache

Miscarriage may be more common after a previous miscarriage, or less common following previously normal pregnancies. One London study from Prof. Regan’s Recurrent Miscarriage clinic found that the risk of miscarriage is related to the past pregnancy history in the following way:

First pregnancy     5%
Last pregnancy terminated     6%
Last pregnancy a live birth     5%
All pregnancies live births     4%
1 previous miscarriage     20%
2 previous miscarriages     28%
3 previous miscarriages     43%
Possible Miscarriage Causes

Other things which may contribute to early pregnancy loss include:

  • multiple pregnancy
  • maternal age – there is a rise in miscarriage risk as maternal age increases. For women less than 35, the clinical miscarriage rate is 6.4%, for age 35-40 it is 14.7% and over the age of 40 it is 23.1%.
  • poorly controlled diabetes – but not that which is well controlled
  • scleroderma – a soft tissue disease
  • fever over 100F
  • smoking – 30-50% increased risk (even after correction for socioeconomic status)
  • previous contraceptive pill use results in a slight reduction in the risk of miscarriage
  • occupational exposure to solvents increases the risk of miscarriage

Also find out about some of the other causes of miscarriage like molar pregnancies, threatened miscarriage, missed miscarriage, embroyo toxic factor, and tubal pregnancy. Also get rid of your many false notions about miscarriage caused by miscarriage myths and learn how to recognize the real signs of miscarriage.

Most of the time, you cannot prevent a miscarriage from happening. Most miscarriages happen for reasons out of anyone’s control. That said, occasionally some lifestyle modifications can put you in a lower risk category.

Some miscarriages can’t be avoided. They are due to natural abnormalities, or something else beyond your control. However, there are certain actions you can take to minimize the likelihood of a miscarriage, or prevent a threatened miscarriage happening. There’s no definitive way of how to avoid a miscarriage — just keep a sensible attitude and stay vigilant.

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