What is a spontaneous abortion?

Loss of fetus. If there is no obvious cause of miscarriage, or aborting a fetus, then it is 'spontaneous'. Much more common than most think, 20% of all pregnancies. This is important to know, because women often think it is their fault, or feel guilty, or think they won't get pregnant again, or become anxious or depressed. It's not your fault, it is common (most first trimester), doesn't decrease chance next.

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What is spontaneous abortion I was 13 weeks with no complications and was told the baby was doing great leas than 24 hours of losing him was this a mc?

Yes. My condolences for your loss. You have experienced a first trimester loss which is not rare, but traumatizing nonetheless. It is generally to be viewed as nature's way of taking care of anomalous conceptions. Please take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and maintain your spirits high - your chances of successful pregnancy in the future are great. Read more...
Yes. Miscarriage and spontaneous abortion are the same. Spontaneous abortion is the medical term. Miscarriages are quite common, but less so at 13 weeks. It is difficult to see what causes these so soon after an exam. I tell my patients that with a miscarriage, there is something wrong with the pregnancy, and that this is natures way of ensuring you have a healthy baby. Read more...

What are the tests for spontaneous abortion?

Testing for cause(s) Many possible causes. Recurrent pregnancy loss = 2 or more miscarriages. Blood tests, ultrasound, & Clomid (clomiphene) challenge test for low egg supply. Ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (hsg) for uterine septum, polyps or fibroids. Blood work for abnormal antibodies, blood clotting disorders, hormonal issues. Sperm test. Chromosome tests, maybe. See a reproductive endocrinology/ infertility (rei) specialist. Read more...

What is the treatment for spontaneous abortion?

Observation or D&c. An early pregnancy loss (6-8 wks)can be observed closely and often a complete miscarriage will ensue in the 2-4 wks. Antibiotics are usually not needed for a natural course. In some cases, a simple dilation and curettage (D&C) of the uterus can remove the pregnancy. A brief course of antibiotics is needed. Read more...