Some Facts About Miscarriage
What is a miscarriage? It is the failure of a pregnancy to develop. Most of us know someone who has had a miscarriage. However, there are some common misconceptions about it.
There are statistics about how often a miscarriage can occur. The average seems to be that around one in four of all pregnancies will not continue to birth- either because of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (where the fetus develops in the ovaries.)
Mommydocs.com broke it down like this: if the woman is under 35, miscarriage happens 20% of the time (or 1 in 5 pregnancies.) After 35, the rate goes up to 33%, and then over age 45, it climbs even higher to 50%.
About 90% of all miscarriages happen in the lst trimester, and the majority of those happen before a heartbeat is even heard. Also, many of these are caused because the baby has some type of genetic abnormality that will not allow life to continue.
Miscarriage rarely happens because of anything that the woman has done. Lots of people blame stress or vigorous exercise or even the fact that they did not want the baby to begin with. However, facts do not back those feelings.
It is also a fact that most women who have a miscarriage will not have another one. The odds are that if you have one, that you will go on to have normal pregnancies in the future. Some women do have multiple miscarriages, but they are in the minority and usually have an underlying medical condition.
If you think you might be pregnant, Assure is your Best First Step! We can run a free pregnancy test. If it is positive, we can also do a free ultrasound so you can find out exactly how far along you are and to determine if the pregnancy looks viable (like it will continue.) Please call 402-397-0600 to set up an appointment at either one of our offices in Omaha, or at our new location in Council Bluffs.