How often do miscarriages occur?
vary on the frequency of miscarriages. The March
of Dimes reports that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end
in miscarriage; some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. For more
information see the statistics
causes a miscarriage?
stress or working too hard have caused my miscarriage?
women experience stressful events during pregnancy, and they
have perfectly healthy babies in spite of the trauma
. Countless others
continue their normally hurried work pace without slowing down,
and while they may feel tired, they are not at risk of a
miscarriage. See the myths of miscarriage.
do some doctors call miscarriages "abortions"?
not confuse the word abortion
the term that describes the elective procedure, which is called
a “therapeutic abortion.” The word “abort” simply means
“to end prematurely,” so abortion and miscarriage are
medically interchangeable terms. Doctors refer to a
a “spontaneous abortion
Will I ever be able to have a baby if I've suffered a
90% of women who have had one miscarriage, go on to have a
normal pregnancy and a healthy baby next time.
had two miscarriages, what are my chances of having a healthy
estimated 60% of women who have suffered two miscarriages have a
healthy subsequent pregnancy. Even for women who have three
miscarriages in a row, there is more than a 50% chance of a
healthy baby in the fourth pregnancy.
there anything I can do to increase my changes of having a
healthy baby next time I become pregnant?
possible causes of miscarriage when considering or planning for
your next pregnancy is important. Especially focus on those that
you can control such as quitting smoking
, treating genital
infections, refraining from recreational drug use
, and controlling
. For more see the causes
family thinks I should "be over" my miscarriage by
now, but I'm still grieving. Is this normal?
is no set time for grief to take place. As a parent, you never
entirely get over the loss of your baby. However, it is
generally noted that grief can last between 6 months and 4
That does not mean that the pain is over when the grief
is over, it means that you have been able to accept your loss
and move toward healing. See the grief page
adapted from the book Hope is Like the
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