Pregnancy after Miscarriage: What should I know?
Miscarriage is very common and can happen as often as in an estimated 50% of pregnancies. Many miscarriages happen before pregnancy is even detected, however with the availability of early pregnancy testing women are becoming increasingly aware of early miscarriages. Statistics compiled on miscarriage often include only reported miscarriages and since many miscarriages happen before the missed period, they go unreported. Around 80% of miscarriages happen in the first trimester.
What Causes a Miscarriage?
Miscarriages are most commonly caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. Other causes include hormonal conditions, thyroid conditions, autoimmune conditions and blood clotting disorders. Stress also plays a role in miscarriage, as do lifestyle factors.
What are my Chances of Having Another Miscarriage?
If you have had 1 miscarriage, the chance of you having a second miscarriage is actually quite low, around 4 percent. The chance of having 3 miscarriages is extremely low, around 1 percent. A previous miscarriage can really cause a lot of anxiety in a newly pregnant woman however rest assured that your chance of miscarrying again is actually quite low. Signs of miscarriage include bright red colored bleeding, passing of clots, prolonged loss of pregnancy symptoms, and significant or intense cramping. Mild cramping in early pregnancy is very normal. This is caused by stretching of the uterus and its ligaments, and nearly all healthy pregnant women experience some degree of cramping. Brownish discharge in early pregnancy is also a common phenomenon and occurs frequently after intercourse, irritation of the cervix and pap tests, as changes in hormones make bleeding from the cervix more likely. It can also occur as implantation of the embryo occurs, which is known as implantation bleeding.
Integrative Medicine Assessment After Miscarriage
Although in conventional medicine no assessment is traditionally done until a woman has had 3 first trimester miscarriages, there are factors that can be investigated both prior to conceiving again and during the early stages of the next pregnancy to ensure that all is well. Having 2 miscarriages is often enough to warrant this first stage of testing. This can alleviate stress around miscarriage and is an important part of preventing another miscarriage.
There are 3 things that are important to assess in a woman who has experienced miscarriage. If the miscarriage is incomplete, ultrasound scans will also be necessary to add to these.
If a Woman has had 3 Miscarriages it is Important to Assess all of the Above, Plus:
Can Miscarriage be Prevented?
If the miscarriage is caused by a chromosomal disorder then the miscarriage cannot be prevented. If it is caused by hormonal imbalance, clotting factors, thyroid disease, male factor or autoimmune disease, it can often be successfully treated with integrative medicine.
Basic Natural Therapies Which may be Beneficial in Preventing a Miscarriage
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