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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


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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

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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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Had a natural miscarriage in oct and have had a normal cycle six weeks after and now I have on and off periods for five days very heavy came 10 day e?

Had a natural miscarriage in oct and have had a normal cycle six weeks after and now I have on and off periods for five days very heavy  came 10 day e?

Cycle after miscarry: After a miscarriage, the usual advice is to wait 3 months of cycling before trying again to make sure your body gets back to normal. This not unusual but I recommend that you review this with your doctor to make sure that all is well. You didn't describe the circumstances of your miscarriage so your dr would be able to make some sense out of this for you. ...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

Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more


Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is 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 an elective interrupted ...Read more