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.
Pregnancy after miscarriage Your experience of pregnancy after miscarriage is rarely as straightforward as the first time you learned you were pregnant. This time, along with joy, relief and hope, you might have less pleasant feelings. Maybe you’re worried about this baby’s health or grieving your previous loss. Consequently you might feel guilty that you’re not more excited, or impatient to reach each milestone of this pregnancy. However you feel, it’s okay to have a range of emotions. Will
Molar Pregnancy By Hannah Dahlen A molar pregnancy, otherwise known as an Hydatidiform Mole, 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. The mole can be complete, meaning there is no baby present, or partial where there is some part of the baby
LoosingTemperance By Yvette Barton 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. It’s such a difficult emotional balance. You want to stay positive, give
Little Girl You Left So Soon By Yvette Barton Little girl you left so soon. I wept so hard and so long, but my tears would not return you. You were both my blessing and my agony. I knew not how I would ever go on. But relentless, time refused to stop, and sit by me, on the floor, while I cried. It forced me up and onward. Forward through so many more losses. Agony blurring into agony. I
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy By Jane Palmer Bleeding at any stage of pregnancy is not considered normal. If this happens to you then you should see your midwife or doctor. Bleeding from the birth canal before 20 weeks is called a threatened abortion or miscarriage. The bleeding may or may not have abdominal pain associated with it. The blood loss may be brown spotting, blood stained discharge or bright red bleeding. In fact, the amount of bleeding is proportional
Understanding Miscarriage By Hannah Dahlen 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. Why does miscarriage happen? Miscarriage is a term used for loss of a baby before 20 weeks of pregnancy. In Australia every year more than 50,000 pregnancies end
Miscarriage Miscarriage can have a profound impact on parents. The term miscarriage refers to early pregnancy loss. Miscarriage is common, around one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Parents reaction to miscarriage can vary from not been hardly effected at all to the miscarriage being a devastating life event. Support and information can help parents at this very difficult time. Two web sites that may be of assistance are: www.miscarriage.org.nz www.sidsandkids.org The following poem was written by Nicole Johnson In
Ectopic pregnancy By Hannah Dahlen 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. During conception a woman’s ovum (female egg) is usually fertilized by the sperm in the narrow fallopian tube. This fertilised egg begins to divide and moves into the uterus over the next couple of days. If the fallopian
The Sound of Silence Journeys Through Miscarriage By Jane Palmer As a midwife I often find myself in the position of supporting women through a miscarriage in early pregnancy. Each time, it breaks my heart as the woman grieves for her lost baby. I want to be able to support women in the best way possible through their individual journey. When I was offered the opportunity to review the book ‘The Sound of Silence: Journeys Through Miscarriage’ I jumped at