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What's the difference between miscarriage and stillbirth?

What's the difference between miscarriage and stillbirth?

Difference: A miscarriage is usually a pregnancy loss at less than 20 weeks. A stillbirth occurs with the death of a fetus before delivery beyond 20 weeks. Some states will classify a stillbirth on the basis of the weight of the fetus at delivery. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

A "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only ...Read more


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What is the difference between a miscarriage and a stillbirth?

Fetal age: Once the fetus approaches 20+ weeks gestation and is lost it is generally considered a "stillbirth" because a death certificate is required in some states. ...Read more

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My cousin just had an 18 week stillbirth and now wants to try to get pregnant again. She has had 4 miscarriages in the last year. Is she ready?

So sorry : ... That she has had to go through such a difficult year. Before trying again, it might be helpful to see a high risk doctor to try to find out why she's having so much trouble. Depending on the reason, there may be things she can do before she gets pregnant to help have a good outcome. ...Read more

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When do miscarriages occur?

When do miscarriages occur?

Anytime: Misacrriages can occur from hours after conception until hours before birth. ...Read more

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How can u tell if you miscarried?

How can u tell if you miscarried?

Varies: Sometimes it is obvious, many times it is not. Most women have some amount of bleeding during early pregnancy due to implantation and they may think they have (or are) miscarried. The best way to tell for sure is with an ultrasound and sometimes by following serial HCG levels in the blood. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stillbirth?

What are the tests for stillbirth?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the pregnancy is the most definitive. Lack of fetal cardiac activity confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if i miscarried or not ?

How do I know if i miscarried or not ?

You may not know: You can know you have miscarried if you pass and can recognize pregnancy tissue, or if you have a positive pregnancy test that becomes negative after heavy bleeding. Simple heavy bleeding does not necessarily mean you have miscarried. Your physician can also sometimes tell by exam or sonogram. ...Read more

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Are miscarriages common after the first?

Are miscarriages common after the first?

Good news: Miscarriage, unfortunately, is very common. The risk of a second miscarriage is no higher than the risk of the first, good luck! ...Read more

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How do I really know if I have miscarried?

Testing: Depending on the situation, we use blood beta-hcg hormone levels and/or ultrasounds to determine if a miscarriage has occurred. ...Read more

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Don?T understand how can I tell if i miscarried?

Don?T understand how can I tell if i miscarried?

See your doctor: See your doctor. He/she will oeder an ultrasound and/or a series of blood tests to determine the viability of the pregnancy. ...Read more

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How is it possible to know if you have miscarried?

How is it possible to know if you have miscarried?

Ultrasound.: Only a targeted ultrasound examination (transabdominal and/or transvaginal) can tell if your pregancy is ongoing or not. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I miscarried and didn't know it?

Is it possible that I miscarried and didn't know it?

Yes: If a miscarriage occurs very early in pregnancy, it may appear to be a longer, crampier and heavier menstruation than usual, especially if you are a few weeks late. ...Read more

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Instead of miscarrying again, how successful are surrogates?

Successful: Surrogacy is very successful. Its not a perfect solution because it is expensive and comes with the baggage of dealing with another woman who is now the mother of YOUR child. Some outsource surrogacy to places like the Philippines. Infertility specialists in the US can also arrange it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What to do if I do not understand why I keep having miscarriages?

What to do if I do not understand why I keep having miscarriages?

Discuss with OB: as they are most qualified to answer this question. ...Read more

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I have had 3 miscarriages in a row. What could be the cause of this?

You need to : Have a detailed and frank talk with your on about this topic. Sometimes there are identifiable causes and sometimes not. ...Read more

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I've had numerous miscarriages. Could there be something wrong with me?

I've had numerous miscarriages. Could there be something wrong with me?

Miscarriages: There could be. First see your gyn regarding possible causes. Then if unable to figure it out, you may want to see a fertility specialist or endocrinologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I don't have insurance but I think I might be miscarrying. What should I do?

I don't have insurance but I think I might be miscarrying. What should I do?

Miscarriage: There is no specific treatment for miscarriage. Some bleeding during early pregnancy is common. If it is persistent, it may result in miscarriage and there is nothing that doctors can do to prevent it. Thus, while i realize that you are probably very anxious, the best thing is to just wait and see what happens. If the bleeding persists, you will know it is a miscarriage with a blood test (hcg). ...Read more

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Can you ovulate while miscarrying?

Can you ovulate while miscarrying?

No: It is not possible to ovulate while hCG is present, when hCG is gone you ar technically no longer miscarrying. ...Read more

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How common are missed miscarriages?

How common are missed miscarriages?

Very common: Many women have miscarriages without even being aware that they are/were pregnant. Often they might experience a heavier than normal period, or their period might be delayed by a few days or 1-2 weeks.
Please remember to use barrier protection to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Do you bleed for sure when you are miscarrying?

Do you bleed for sure when you are miscarrying?

The fetus can become: Non viable before u start to bleed , in some cases it can be weeks between the time the fetus dies and u start bleeding so if u are worried your OB need to do an OB ultraosound as u should be able to see a ht beat of tehefetus at 6 1/2 weeks gestation, once a non viable fetus is diagnosed teh contents needs to be removed whether u are already bleeding or not. ...Read more

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Is it possible that abortions cause miscarriages?

Is it possible that abortions cause miscarriages?

An abortion: by medication should not cause future miscarriages. An uncomplicated surgical abortion should not cause future miscarriages. ...Read more

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What are the risks of miscarrying at seven months?

What are the risks of miscarrying at seven months?

You can't.: The definition of a miscarriage is a pregnancy loss before 20 weeks. At 7 months if the baby were to be born dead it would be a stillbirth, if alive, premature birth. At 28 weeks the chance of survival of the infant is 95%, although it is likely there will be long term complications like eye problems and lung problems. 1st trimester goes from 20% to 5% after heartbeat seen, < 1 % after 1st tm. ...Read more

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Ive had two miscarriages, im 21 should I be concerned? No children.

Ive had two miscarriages, im 21 should I be concerned? No children.

The definition of: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss is 3 or more consecutive losses of recognized pregnancies before the 20th week of gestation. After two miscarriages the rate of recurrence is 24-29% for a woman in her 20's. Therefore, many obstetricians test & treat as indicated after two consecutive pregnancy losses. Ask your OB/GYN to tell you his or her opinion on this. ...Read more

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What is a miscarriage?

What is a miscarriage?

Pregnancy loss: Most typically mean a loss of living pregnancy during the first or second trimester. Some also consider a stillbirth in the 3rd trimester a miscarriage.Sometimes the body expels the entire pregnancy with bleeding, at other times the fetus remains in the uterus and is only detected by ultrasound or absence of the fetal heart tones. Consult your md if you have these signs. ...Read more

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What cause a miscarriage ?

Many causes: there have been books written. The most common reason is the baby never developed of did not develop properly. ...Read more

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How do I have a miscarriage ?

How do I have a miscarriage ?

Talk w/gynecologist: If you are pregnant but don't want to be, please discuss with your gynecologist. Please do not try to induce a miscarriage on your own. If you don't have such a physician, you can go to a planned parenthood clinic to get information and help. ...Read more

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How does a miscarriage occur?

Tissue is passed: Miscarriage is a process in which tissue from the pregnancy is expelled from the uterus by contractions. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

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Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

Stillbirth =death of fetus e after ...Read more