Early Pregnancy Loss

A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. The loss of a pregnancy before 13 completed weeks is called early pregnancy loss or miscarriage. Miscarriages occur in about 15% of known pregnancies. Some miscarriages take place before a woman misses her menstrual period or is even aware that she is pregnant.

It is important to know that this is something that has happened, not something you have caused. Working, exercising, stress, arguments, intercourse, or morning sickness do not cause a miscarriage. The majority of miscarriages are caused by a random event in which the embryo does not develop, often because it received an abnormal number of chromosomes.

Signs and Symptoms
Bleeding is the most common sign of a miscarriage. Give us a call if you have any of these signs or symptoms:
  • vaginal spotting or bleeding with or without pain
  • a gush of fluid from your vagina, regardless of the presence of pain or bleeding
  • passage of tissue from the vagina

A small amount of bleeding early in pregnancy is common and does not necessarily mean that you will or have had a miscarriage. Known as implantation bleeding, this spotting can occur when the fertilized egg becomes attached to the lining of the uterus.

Having a miscarriage can cause intense pain, which may present itself in many ways. You may:
  • Feel sad or depressed.
  • Become angry with yourself, your partner or with other people.
  • Feel fatigued and become sick easily with colds or stomach aches.
  • Become forgetful or have a hard time concentrating.
  • Feel guilt that somehow you are responsible.

“Getting over” the loss of your baby is not the goal, but rather moving through your grief to healing. The pain may never go away, but it does become softer. You will someday make a place in your heart and mind for the memories of your baby. Over time, you can find peace and become ready to think about your future.

The staff at Women’s Care is here for you every step of the way. We acknowledge this loss and grieve with you. Please call us at 920.729.7105 with any questions or concerns.