Understanding Signs of Miscarriage and the Possible Diagnostic Tests
My Miscarriage and How I Got Through It
If you're feeling alone after your miscarriage, you're not. Tell your story here and share your advice for other women going through a pregnancy loss, or read miscarriage stories submitted by others.
Types of Pregnancy Loss
Although first-trimester miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, several different types exist.
During pregnancy, ultrasound can give doctors a good idea of how the baby is developing, and usually the news is reassuring. But sometimes ultrasound results can be confusing or concerning. Here are some of the most common concerns people have when ultrasound doesn't show the expected results.
Early Miscarriages - What Early Miscarriages Look Like
Sometimes miscarriages happen so early along in the pregnancy that it is hard to know whether it was an abnormal period or a miscarriage. If you have had an early miscarriage, please describe your experience here to help others who are wondering.
There is a lot of misinformation and confusion out there about ectopic pregnancies. Although these pregnancies can cause life-threatening medical emergencies and sometimes require immediate surgery (and even hysterectomy, in rare cases), tubal pregnancies that are caught early can be fairly simple and much less drastic …
What Does Miscarriage Tissue Look Like?
One particularly troubling aspect of having a miscarriage can be the experience of passing tissue or large blot clots during the associated vaginal bleeding. The miscarriage tissue may or may not be recognizable, depending on how far along the pregnancy was at the time of the miscarriage.
Is Frequent Urination a Sign of Miscarriage?
There is no link between frequent urination and risk of miscarriage. Frequent urination is a normal symptom of early pregnancy.
Ultrasound is an amazing tool for tracking the development of a pregnancy, and it gives doctors a lot of useful information for providing optimal prenatal care -- but ultrasounds are not 100% reliable for everything they measure. The accuracy can vary by the point in the pregnancy, the quality of the machin…
Ultrasound Accuracy for Diagnosing Congenital Birth Defects
Ultrasounds can be fairly accurate for catching certain congenital birth defects, but it cannot provide a guarantee that the baby has no malformations or health conditions. Similarly, an ultrasound can occasionally show a false positive.
Are Ultrasounds Accurate for Predicting Due Dates?
Sometimes the due dates estimated by an early ultrasound don't match the expected due date based on the last menstrual period. This is usually not a sign of a problem with the pregnancy.
Normal Fetal Heart Rate
The normal fetal heart rate can vary by the point in the pregnancy. When ultrasound detects a slow fetal heart rate, this may mean higher risk of miscarriage, but a rapid fetal heart rate does not increase the odds of miscarriage or other pregnancy complications.
I Can't Feel My Baby Moving. Should I Worry?
In the third trimester, sudden reduction of fetal movement can be an early warning sign of a problem. Learn how kick counts can help you screen for changes in your baby's movement patterns.
Bleeding After the First Trimester
Vaginal bleeding after the first trimester of pregnancy can be a sign of pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption or preterm labor. Generally it is a good idea to seek medical advice if you are spotting or bleeding in mid to late pregnancy.
Vaginal Bleeding in Pregnancy
As many as 10% of all pregnant women have some degree of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, but spotting or bleeding should always be reported to a medical practitioner for further investigation. About.com's A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center has more on possible causes and what you should do.
Eight Common Miscarriage Misconceptions
Despite increased public awareness of pregnancy loss over the past decade, there are still nearly as many myths about miscarriage floating around in the general public as there are facts. Here is a look at several common misconceptions people have about pregnancy loss.