What is a miscarriage? It is when a pregnancy does not develop like it should and is expelled early. Most of us know someone who has had a miscarriage. However, there are some common misconceptions about it.
There are statistics about how often miscarriages 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 first 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 miscarriage, 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.
Since miscarriage can happen up to one third of the time, it is good to get an ultrasound before making a decision to abort. At Assure, we can give you an ultrasound which will show if your pregnancy appears to be viable, which means it is likely to continue. We can also tell you if your pregnancy does not appear as it should so that you can make an appointment with your physician.
Please call 402-397-0600 to set up an appointment at either one of our offices in Omaha. If you think you might be pregnant, Assure is your Best First Step!