miscarriages are a very common occurrence.
Sources vary, but many estimate that approximately
1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; and some estimates are as
high as 1 in 3. If
you include loss that occurs before a positive pregnancy test,
some estimate that 40% of all conceptions result in loss.
statistics can vary slightly from one source to the next, here
is a general account (based primarily on information provided by
the March of Dimes) of the frequency of miscarriages in the
There are about 4.4 million confirmed pregnancies in the
U.S. every year.
900,000 to 1 million of those end in pregnancy losses EVERY
More than 500,000 pregnancies each year end in miscarriage
(occurring during the first 20 weeks).
Approximately 26,000 end in stillbirth
stillbirth after 20 weeks)
Approximately 19,000 end in infant death during the first
Approximately 39,000 end in infant death during the first
Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; some
estimates are as high as 1 in 3. If you include loss that
occurs before a positive pregnancy test, some estimate that
40% of all conceptions result in loss.
Approximately 75% of all miscarriages occur in the first
An estimated 80% of all miscarriages are single
vast majority of women suffering one miscarriage can expect
to have a normal pregnancy next time.
An estimated 19% of the adult population has experienced the
death of a child (this includes miscarriages through
Adapted from the book Hope is
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