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What is a miscarriage?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Michael Opsahl
I agree with Dr Toppin. About 15% of first pregnancies are miscarriages (medical term is abortion). After 1-4 prior miscarriages the rate increases to 25-30%. The most common reason for miscarriage is an abnormal number of chromosomes (aneuploidy). About 1/500 women have recurrent miscarriage (2+) and need special tests to see why the problem recurs.
Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Loss of a pregnancy

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.

In brief: Loss of a pregnancy

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.
Dr. Barbara Toppin
Dr. Barbara Toppin
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Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu
General Practice

In brief: Miscarriage

Many women experience some bleeding in early pregnancy.
About 1 in 4 recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most are caused by a one-off fault in the genes. Always tell your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding when you are pregnant. Call an ambulance if the bleeding is very heavy or if you have severe tummy (abdominal) pain.

In brief: Miscarriage

Many women experience some bleeding in early pregnancy.
About 1 in 4 recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most are caused by a one-off fault in the genes. Always tell your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding when you are pregnant. Call an ambulance if the bleeding is very heavy or if you have severe tummy (abdominal) pain.
Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu
Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu
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