Miscarriage: Causes, Signs and What You Can Expect

A woman experiencing a spontaneous miscarriage

When a baby is lost before the 20th week of pregnancy, it is known as a miscarriage. It can occur at any stage leading up to the timeframe previously noted and is caused by a number of conditions including infection. Women experiencing a spontaneous abortion may or may not experience miscarriage symptoms.

Knowing the risk factors for miscarriage and regularly visiting your OBGYN can help reduce the chances of you miscarrying. It helps you better understand what is a miscarriage and what the medical professionals look for in signs that the baby is in distress and needing immediate care and attention.

This list explains what causes miscarriage to happen, signs that you’re experiencing an early pregnancy miscarriage, and what to expect after having a miscarriage.

Miscarriages occur for different reasons and range from woman to woman.

A woman experiencing miscarriage symptoms
Miscarriages could occur for multiple reasons ranging from hormonal issues to infections.

Your medical history and lifestyle choices contribute to the health and well-being of your baby. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention just as soon as you suspect that you’re pregnant. Once the pregnancy has been confirmed, your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions concerning how you are to take care of yourself going forward. Prenatal vitamins will be given to you, and you’ll be asked to report any abnormalities you feel or witness in your body while you’re pregnant.

Causes of a Miscarriage

Some of the reasons for miscarriage include:

  • Diabetes or Thyroid Issues in the Mother
  • Infection
  • Issues with the Uterus
  • Hormone Issues
  • Immune System Issues

This is just a few examples of some of the things that could cause a miscarriage. If your doctor deems that you’re “high-risk,” it’s likely due to your age, weight or previously diagnosed medical conditions. You and your baby will be monitored closely in an attempt at keeping a miscarriage from happening.

You might not know that you miscarried your child.

A man comforting a woman experiencing a miscarriage
Oftentimes women don’t realize that they’re miscarrying.

Many women don’t show any signs and symptoms of having a miscarriage while pregnant. Others do. You may experience cramps that are mild to severe in nature, pain in the back or abdomen, loss of pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, mucus that is white-pink in color, and clotting. You’ll need to see your doctor as soon as possible because you could hemorrhage or have a serious infection after you miscarried a child.

What happens after a miscarriage varies from woman to woman.

A woman experiencing cramps due to a miscarriage
A DNC procedure is performed during the miscarriage if the tissue does not pass out of the body naturally.

The tissue will pass through the body naturally but if it doesn’t, a D&C will be performed to prevent further bleeding from occurring. It’s a procedure that is done quickly by a physician to keep the infection from spreading. It involves suction and scraping to remove all traces of the tissue.

Grief is a very normal emotion to feel after having a miscarriage.

A woman crying before her DNC procedure
A miscarriage is one of the most heartbreaking moments a woman can go through.

Having a miscarriage is a very traumatic event. It can make you feel anger, sorrow, remorse, and depression. Seeking mental health services after miscarrying is highly advisable as it helps you come to terms with your loss. Joining a group online or in person for bereaved parents is also an option that helps many people grieving the loss of their unborn or stillborn babies. A web search helps put you into contact with support groups locally and virtually.

Take Care of Yourself

We know how difficult it is to lose a child to miscarriage, and afterwards it can feel like you “didn’t do enough,” or that you “could have done more.” Don’t beat yourself up over it. Sometimes these things happen, and there was nothing you could do to prevent it. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your mental health.

Try to move forward by engaging in healthy activities and focusing on improving yourself. Make sure you care for yourself and consider your own mental health whenever you make a decision. A Bellefit postpartum corset can help you start to feel more confident in your body, and soon things will start getting better.

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How long do you think it takes for a woman to fully recover and heal emotionally after experiencing a miscarriage?

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