What are your Chances of a Miscarriage?

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One of the worst things that a woman can experience is a miscarriage. A miscarriage happens when a pregnant woman loses a pregnancy before she reaches the 20th week of her pregnancy. Most often, a miscarriage is caused when the baby is not developing as it should; however, it can also occur for certain medical issues that the woman has. For this reason, it is important that you keep an active watch on your health, both before you become pregnant and throughout your pregnancy.

1. What are the Signs of a Miscarriage?

There are many different symptoms that a woman may experience when having a miscarriage. However, there is also a possibility that a woman will experience no noticeable symptoms, especially when she loses a pregnancy before she even knows that she is pregnant. Below is a list of the symptoms that sometimes go along with a miscarriage:

  • Bleeding
  • Cramping
  • Backache
  • Spotting
  • Fluid or tissue discharge


2. How to Prevent a Miscarriage

Unfortunately, there is really nothing that you can do to guarantee that a miscarriage will not occur. While some doctors prefer to put women on bed rest who are at an increased risk of having a miscarriage, it is likely that this really does nothing to help fight one from occurring.

make-sure-that-you-are-eating-right-and-exercising-as-well-as-taking-your-prenatal-vitamin-to-prevent-a-miscarriageHowever, by taking care of your health, you will have a better chance of remaining healthy and therefore having a healthy pregnancy as well. For example, you should make sure that you are eating right and exercising as well as taking your prenatal vitamin and maintaining a healthy weight.

3. What are the chances that I’ll have a miscarriage?

It is estimated 20% of pregnancies will end with a miscarriage. Most of miscarriages occur within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, for the first couple of weeks of pregnancy, there is approximately a 75% chance of having a miscarriage. This is during the timeframe when a woman has just become pregnant, but is not yet aware of the pregnancy.

For-those-who-have-recurrent-miscarriages-without-any-live-births-the-chance-of-them-developing-a-healthy-pregnancy-is-minimalDuring the third through sixth weeks of a pregnancy, there is a 10% chance that a miscarriage will occur and this number drops to 5% after six to twelve weeks. After you have entered your second trimester, there is only a three percent risk that a miscarriage will occur and after you reach the 20th week of your pregnancy a premature end to the pregnancy is no longer considered to be a miscarriage.

There are some ways that the risk of a miscarriage can increase in some women. For example, if you have had a miscarriage in the past, you are about ten to thirteen percent more likely to have one in the future. Also, if you have had two pregnancies and two miscarriages, your chance of having a miscarriage is 40%, but is lower if you have had more live births than miscarriages. For those who have recurrent miscarriages without any live births, the chance of them developing a healthy pregnancy is minimal.

4. How long should I wait to try again?

The actual timeframe that you should wait to try again after a miscarriage can vary from one woman to the next. You should keep in mind that there is more than just your physical health to think about when you are recovering from a miscarriage. The pain that is caused from a miscarriage can also affect your mental and emotional state as well.

The-actual-timeframe-that-you-should-wait-to-try-again-after-a-miscarriage-can-vary-from-one-woman-to-the-nextAs far as the physical aspect goes, your doctor will help you to determine when you can begin trying again based upon your specific circumstances. For example, most doctors will suggest that you wait about six months after having a miscarriage. This will give your body the time that it needs to heal and your hormones to return to normal after the miscarriage.

5. Conclusion

Having a miscarriage can be a devastating loss to a woman who is pregnant. It may be difficult for her to make the decision to try again and the fear that she will have another miscarriage can be very high when she does become pregnant. While the chances of having a repeat miscarriage is somewhat higher, it is helpful to realize that the chances of having one in the first place is fairly small.

You should try to keep yourself in the best health as possible when you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Make sure that you are taking the medication that has been prescribed to you through your doctor so that your chances of a successful, healthy pregnancy are higher.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.