Pregnancy Complications 101: Miscarriage

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What causes some women to experience a pregnancy loss?


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Miscarriage

 

Some vaginal spotting during pregnancy can be normal and not a serious sign but heavy vaginal bleeding with cramping could be a sign of miscarriage. Miscarriage refers to the loss of a pregnancy likely due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilised egg that prevent the embryo from developing.

 

The majority of a miscarriage happens before 12 weeks.

 

 

If you notice any bleeding, to have peace of mind,

you should check with your midwife or gynaecologist

who will conduct tests to ensure that it is not serious.

 

 

Even though the risk of a miscarriage is much lower in the second trimester, it can still happen. It may be cause by problems with the uterus wall, an incompetent cervix, autoimmune diseases and chromosomal abnormalities of the foetus.

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