Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Signs of an Incompetent Cervix
Incompetent cervix, also called cervical insufficiency, is one of few recognized causes of recurrent miscarriages in the second trimester.

How Long Until hCG Falls to Zero After Miscarriage?
Your hCG level does not fall to zero immediately after a miscarriage; it can take several weeks for hCG to return to pre-pregnancy levels.

How Does Heparin Help Treat Recurrent Miscarriages?
Heparin is a blood-thinning, injectable drug that doctors often prescribe for women who have recurrent miscarriages and a thrombophilia disorder.

Should I Worry If My Early Pregnancy hCG Level Is Low?
A slow-rising hCG level in early pregnancy can sometimes be a sign of problems such as an impending miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Learn more here.

Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy Explained
Severe abdominal pain during pregnancy may mean that something serious is going on but moderate abdominal pain can have several less severe causes.

Relief for Breast Engorgement Pain After Stillbirth
Learn techniques and tips for relieving breast engorgement pain and reducing milk supply after a stillbirth, miscarriage or neonatal death.

Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy - A Medical Emergency
A ruptured ectopic pregnancy may cause sharp pain in the abdomen or shoulder, dizziness, vomiting, or feeling faint. This is a medical emergency.

MMR Vaccine During Pregnancy
Safety advice for pregnant women about the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Why you should wait until your baby's birth to get the shot.

What Does It Mean to Have a Double Uterus?
A double uterus, or didelphic uterus, means that a congenital uterine malformation has caused a woman to form two uteri and sometimes two cervices.

Risk Factors and Pregnancy Loss
Miscarriages are usually no one's fault, but this overview article covers a few risk factors that are statistically correlated with higher rates of pregnancy loss, as well as a few more factors may or may not be associated with increased risk.

How Antiphospholipid Syndrome Affects Pregnancy
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome may cause recurrent miscarriages in some women but are rarely associated with any symptoms before that.

Recurrent Miscarriages and hCG Injections
Can supplementing with hCG work as a treatment for recurrent miscarriages? Strangely, research suggests it might, but more studies are needed to evaluation hCG injections as a miscarriage treatment.

Reasons for Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy
It's not easy to identify the reason for a miscarriage. In many cases, the cause may never be found. Most first trimester miscarriages occur because of chromosomal abnormalities, but some may also occur due to infections, chronic health conditions, or unexplained reasons.

Reasons for Therapeutic Termination of a Pregnancy
Here is a review of the medical indications for a therapeutic termination of pregnancy plus a look at the type of specialists who can help.

What Are the Causes of Recurrent Miscarriage?
Recurrent miscarriages may have a variety of causes, ranging from anatomical/uterine problems to autoimmune disorders to hormonal imbalances.

Grief Journaling: An Overview
Journaling can be a powerful tool for recovering from the trauma of losing a baby through pregnancy loss, or any other traumatic event. Learn more about the benefits of journaling and get tips for getting started.

Ultrasound Accuracy - Heart Rate, Miscarriage Detection
Ultrasounds are not 100 percent reliable for everything they measure in pregnancy. The accuracy of an ultrasound can vary based on a few factors.

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Miscarriage
If you've endured the tragedy of a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, you may want to ask your doctor these 10 questions at your next visit.

Getting Pregnant Again Right After Miscarriage
Doctors often advise women to wait one to three months to get pregnant again after experiencing a miscarriage, but is the wait necessary?

Products of Conception - A Term for Any Pregnancy Tissue
Products of conception is a term for tissues that develop from pregnancy. This includes the fetus, the placenta and any other pregnancy tissues.

Funeral Planning After Pregnancy Loss
Planning a funeral after a pregnancy loss can be part of the grieving process. Here are some tips for how to handle it if you go that route.

Guide to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) with IVF
When used in combination with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in vitro fertilization (IVF) can lower the risk of miscarriage for some people.

How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
Find out how long it takes to get pregnant again after a miscarriage, and what the research says about how long you should wait before trying again.

How to Prevent Placental Abruption From Occurring
Placental abruption, also called abruptio placenta, is a condition in which the placenta begins to separate from the uterus before the baby is born.

Placenta Previa and Miscarriage Risk
Placenta previa is not associated with pregnancy loss, but it can cause severe bleeding and can increase the risk of preterm birth and infant death.

Complications After a Miscarriage
Physical and emotional complications after a miscarriage can occur. Learn about some of the common problems women face - and how you can deal with them.

Physical Recovery After a Miscarriage Varies by Woman
Recovery from a miscarriage or stillbirth differs depending on how early or late the pregnancy loss occurred and whether or not the woman had a D&C.

Healing and Physical Recovery After a Stillbirth
Women who have stillbirths have many of the same experiences as in a live birth, but there are special instructions for healing and recovery.

How Is Trisomy 13 Diagnosed?
Trisomy 13 is one of the more common trisomies found in babies that are lost during pregnancy. Learn more about how trisomy 13 is diagnosed.

Miscarriage and Stillbirth Risk Factor for Moms Over 35
Miscarriage and stillbirth are more common in mothers older than 35 and even more so in moms over 40. But what causes the increased risk for pregnancy loss?

Making Sense of Miscarriage Statistics
Confused about miscarriage statistics? You're not alone. Here's how to make sense of the most commonly cited statistics about the risk of miscarriage.

Risks of Occupational Exposure to Chemicals During Pregnancy
Occupational exposure to certain chemicals, like heavy metals and organic solvents, may increase risk of miscarriage and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Can Herpes Cause Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss?
Some research has tied herpes to miscarriage, but the biggest risk of active herpes during pregnancy is that the baby could become infected.

Can Lyme Disease During Pregnancy Cause a Miscarriage?
Research shows that there is no serious risk of problems for the baby when moms are treated for Lyme disease during pregnancy, but it is possible there might be an increased risk when the Lyme disease is not detected and treated.

Should I Worry if Baby's Not Moving as Much as Usual?
If you are worried your baby is not moving as much as usual or have other concerns about fetal movement, call your physician right away for advice.

Rho(D) Immune Globulin (RhoGAM) Glossary Definition
RhoGAM is an immune globulin injection given after a birth or miscarriage to women who are Rh negative to prevent later pregnancy complications.

When to Try to Get Pregnant Again After a Miscarriage
After a miscarriage, many women want to get pregnant again immediately, but advice varies on the amount of time to wait to try for a new pregnancy.

Risk of Miscarriage After In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
A pregnancy conceived via IVF may carry a slightly higher risk of miscarriage than a natural pregnancy, but that may be due to underlying factors.

Short-Term Birth Control After a Miscarriage
Consider these options for short-term birth control if you want to wait a few months before trying to get pregnant again after a miscarriage.

Risks of Listeriosis or Listeria and Pregnancy
Listeriosis is a form of food poisoning that can be risky for pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems. Infection with listeria during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or preterm delivery.

What Does a Miscarriage Look Like?
What a miscarriage looks like depends on how far along you are. There is also a chance it might not be a miscarriage. Learn more about what to look out for.

The Most Common Causes of Miscarriage
Self-blame is common after a miscarriage, but this type of pregnancy loss is almost never anyone's fault. Learn about the common causes of miscarriage.

Can OTC Progesterone Cream Prevent a Miscarriage?
Over-the-counter progesterone cream is sold in health food stores, but talk to your doctor before you take it. Not all creams are created equally.

Parental Bereavement Act Parents Time Off After Loss
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Odds of Miscarriage with Specific Risk Factors
Many miscarriage statistics focus on women overall, but certain groups face higher risk of miscarriage than others because of pre-existing risk factors. Find out the rates of pregnancy loss for specific groups.

How Fibroids Affect Fertility and Pregnancy
Learn about uterine fibroids and their effects on health and pregnancy complications including miscarriage, preterm labor, and infertility.

No Fetal Heartbeat on Baby Doppler Device
It's easy to worry when the doppler does not detect the heartbeat, but if you are earlier than 12 weeks, it doesn't mean anything is wrong.

No Fetal Heartbeat on Early Ultrasound. Is There Hope?
Naturally it is quite scary to be told your baby has no heartbeat. But on an early ultrasound, it can be normal to see no fetal heartbeat.

Can Naming Your Baby Help Cope with Miscarriage?
Some parents grieving a miscarriage find naming the baby helps them cope. Not everyone will feel this way, and it's OK to do what feels right to you.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
October 15 is a national remembrance day for miscarriage and pregnancy loss and that October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Odds of Miscarriage After Seeing Heartbeat on Ultrasound
The risk of miscarriage drops after a physician is able to detect the baby's heartbeat on an ultrasound. Here we look at a little bit of research.

A Closer Look at Some Miscarriage Statistics
If you've done much reading on miscarriage statistics, you may have seen the claim that 70% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Is this statistic for real?

What Is hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)?
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is a hormone associated with pregnancy. Levels of hCG can be useful in determining likelihood of miscarriage.

Syphilis and Pregnancy: The Risk of Miscarriage
Having a syphilis infection during pregnancy means a very high risk of stillbirth or infant loss. Babies can also contract the infection during pregnancy or birth, leading to life threatening complications and developmental problems. Be sure to seek treatment if you suspect you have syphilis.

Miscarriage and Food Poisoning - Listeria - Salmonella
Food poisoning is never fun, but it can be risky during pregnancy. Food-borne infections such as Listeria (the bacteria that causes listeriosis), Salmonella, and E. coli can cause miscarriage or stillbirth in some cases, but some simple precautions can reduce risk of pregnancy loss from bacterial infections.

Definition of Gestational Age in Pregnancy
A pregnancy's gestational age is the number of weeks and days that have passed since the first day of the mother's last menstrual period.

Does a Nuchal Cord Increase Risk of Stillbirth?
The condition of nuchal cord, or an umbilical cord wrapped around the unborn baby's neck, is surprisingly common. But is nuchal cord dangerous?.

When Is an Early Miscarriage Considered a Chemical Pregnancy
The only difference between a chemical pregnancy and a clinical miscarriage is the point at which the baby stops developing. In chemical pregnancies, the baby stops developing sometime before the fifth week of gestational age.

Can Drinking Too Much Water Cause Low hCG Levels?
Water intake won't affect your hCG level in a blood-based pregnancy test, but it may affect your results with an at-home urine-based pregnancy test.

Can Elevated Prolactin Cause Recurrent Miscarriages?
High levels of prolactin, a condition called hyperprolactinemia, is known to cause infertility. A few studies have found elevated prolactin levels in women with recurrent miscarriages. Right now, however, treating high prolactin is not considered a proven cause of miscarriages although researchers are looking at the issue. Page 2.

Chromosomal Abnormalities Causing Miscarriage
According to research, random chromosomal abnormalities are the culprit in most miscarriages and in many stillbirths. But what causes the chromosomal abnormalities themselves? Parental age is one risk factor but evidence is mixed on others.

Chances of Miscarriage After Normal Pregnancy
Numerous factors can affect your risk of miscarriage. If you have successfully given birth, you may have a lower chance of future miscarriage.

Can Sex During Pregnancy Cause a Miscarriage?
Sexual intercourse during pregnancy is safe and not likely to be a risk factor in terms of causing miscarriage in the vast majority of women.

Is Pregnancy Bleeding Always a Medical Emergency?
Although it's scary, pregnancy bleeding isn't usually an emergency. Learn what signs and symptoms should prompt emergency care during pregnancy.

Does Having Morning Sickness Mean I Won't Miscarry?
If you have heard that having nausea during pregnancy is a good sign, you're right. Studies show that women with morning sickness are less likely to have a miscarriage. But it's not a hard and fast rule; it's still possible to miscarry with morning sickness, and feeling no nausea is not a sign of miscarriage.

Bacterial Vaginosis and the Risk of Miscarriage
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) in pregnancy increases the risk of second-trimester miscarriages, preterm delivery, and having a low-birthweight baby.

Anxiety Disorders After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Some women may develop an anxiety disorder after a miscarriage or a stillbirth. Learn the signs and find out how you can get help for your anxiety.

Can Antidepressants Cause a Miscarriage?
Although there are known medical risks to untreated depression in pregnant women, antidepressant use during pregnancy is a complex issue. Page 2.

Vaginosis - Signs and Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis
Some research has tied bacterial vaginosis to increased risk of late miscarriage and preterm delivery, but how can you know if you need to be tested? Here are the signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

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Using a Baby Doppler in Pregnancy After Miscarriage
Doppler ultrasound-based fetal heart rate monitors (also known as baby dopplers) can help ease anxiety during a pregnancy after a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Miscarriage Blogs - List of Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage Blogs
Writing your feelings in a blog can be a great way to cope with miscarriages. Here are some blogs by women who have experienced a miscarriage or pregnancy loss.

Understanding the Term "Viable Pregnancy"

When Does the Gestational Sac Become Visible on Ultrasound?
Find out when the gestational sac is supposed to become visible on an early pregnancy ultrasound. We also take a closer look at ectopic pregnancy.

What Causes Second Trimester Miscarriages?
A second trimester miscarriage may be due to chromosomal abnormalities, cervical insufficiency, congenital birth defects, placental problems, or more.

Miscarriage and Foods to Avoid
You have probably heard that you should avoid unpasteurized dairy products during pregnancy, but do you know which specific cheese products pose a miscarriage risk from possible contamination with Listeria (the bacteria that cause listeriosis)?

hCG Blood Test for Miscarriage Symptoms in Early Pregnancy
Quantitative hCG blood tests are the most common means of investigating signs of early miscarriage; women who have bleeding during the first few weeks of pregnancy often have serial blood tests to check hCG doubling times in order to gauge the odds of miscarriage.

When Does Implantation Occur in Pregnancy?
Implantation is when the egg implants into the uterine lining. You might wonder how this is calculated for pregnancy.


Basic Labor Terminology
Definitions for basic labor and delivery-related terms as they apply to miscarriage and pregnancy loss.

New Holiday Traditions to Honor Your Baby
Many grieving families have trouble facing their old holiday traditions. It's OK to start new traditions--in fact, you may come to look forward to your new traditions as much as the old ones in years to come. Here's a list of ideas for ways to honor the memory of your child at holiday time.

Basic Pregnancy Terminology
Definitions for basic pregnancy-related terms as they apply to miscarriage and pregnancy loss.

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss - Miscarriage Symptoms and Diagnosis / Treatment of Pregnancy Loss
If you are having vaginal bleeding in pregnancy or other miscarriage symptoms, or if you have been told by a doctor that you will miscarry, find out more about what to expect from an early miscarriage. Read about stillbirth symptoms / treatment and other types of pregnancy loss issues here as well.

Understanding Miscarriage / Pregnancy Loss - Finding Answers for Risk Factors, Causes, and Recurrent Miscarriage Treatment
After recovering from the initial shock, many women feel an intense drive to understand why a pregnancy loss happened. Learn about causes and risk factors for miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, and other pregnancy losses -- as well as what causes recurrent miscarriages and what you can do to prevent further losses.