While the majority of pregnancies proceed normally about one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage. The loss of a pregnancy can come as a shock and the physical and emotional symptoms may be difficult. Many questions can arise such as: What causes miscarriage in early pregnancy? Was it something I did? Are their different types of miscarriage? What tests and treatments are available? What can I do to recover from a miscarriage? Is there support available following a miscarriage?
If you have been affected by miscarriage or are worried about its possibility - perhaps you have experienced some bleeding or pain and are waiting to know what is happening - we hope that you’ll find the information in this section will allay your fears or help you through your experience.
"When you see an embryo, your embryo, on a screen in an embryology lab it can be hard to resist not falling in love with the hope that this tiny mass of cells offers. There it is. Your baby. And if it can just hold on long enough, you will hold him or her in your arms just 40 short weeks from now." This article by Yvette Barton provides a touching story of a miscarriage and how she got through those tough times.
The Sound of Silence Journeys Through Miscarriage
When I was offered the opportunity to review the book "The Sound of Silence Journeys Through Miscarriage" I jumped at the opportunity to review a book that may prove a valuable resource for the woman for whom I provide midwifery care.
Molar pregnancies, otherwise known as Hydatidiform Moles, occur when a part of the baby that forms the placenta becomes quite abnormal. This can occur when a sperm penetrates an empty ovum (female’s egg) or when a couple of sperm enter an ovum. It occurs about 1 in 1000 to 2000 pregnancies.
Any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus is called an ectopic pregnancy. The most common site for an ectopic pregnancy is in one of the fallopian tubes that lead from the ovary to the uterus.
Miscarriage affects the lives of many women and their partners and the true impact is often underestimated by health professionals, family and friends. Just because miscarriage is a relatively common event does not mean it is insignificant or that it should, or will, soon be forgotten.
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
Bleeding at any stage of pregnancy is not considered normal and advice from a midwife or doctor should be sought.
Miscarriage can have a profound impact on parents. The term miscarriage refers to early pregnancy loss.