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  • Does Elevated Prolactin Play a Role in Recurrent Miscarriages? Created: Sunday, April 20, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    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, h...
  • Is a D&C Painful? Created: Monday, May 24, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    A D&C will not be painful if the doctor uses adequate anesthesia, but the procedure can be quite painful if done without anesthesia.
  • How Do Doctors Diagnose Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss? Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Worried about miscarriage? If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding or other miscarriage symptoms, learn about the tests doctors use to diagnose pregnancy losses, such as hCG doubling times, transv...
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Interpreting hCG Levels in Early Pregnancy Created: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
    In early pregnancy, doctors often use serial tests of the pregnancy hormone hCG to gather clues about how the pregnancy is progressing. Sometimes, checking whether or not the hCG level is going up ...
  • What Causes Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, and Stillbirth? Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
    Miscarriage causes are not well understood by the medical community, but if you have had a recent loss, you are probably curious what may have caused it. Read a short overview of the most common kn...
  • Subchorionic Hematoma Created: Monday, November 17, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Bleeding during pregnancy can be a sign of miscarriage but another possible explanation is a subchorionic hematoma, a type of bleeding between the placenta and the wall of the uterus. A pregnancy w...
  • I Can't Feel My Baby Moving. Should I Worry? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    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.
  • Is Loss of Pregnancy Symptoms a Sign of Miscarriage? Created: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Pregnancy symptoms can fade, fluctuate, or disappear entirely even in a normal pregnancy -- so loss of pregnancy symptoms of disappearing morning sickness is not necessarily a miscarriage symptom.
  • My Ultrasound Showed No Fetal Pole. Am I Miscarrying? Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    The fetal pole is the early developing baby when it first becomes visible in the uterus on an ultrasound. Usually an ultrasound will pick up the fetal pole by 5 to 6 weeks gestational age. If there...
  • What Are the Chances of Problems in a Subsequent Pregnancy? Created: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    After one miscarriage, the risk of having another miscarriage does not increase much -- but there's some evidence that there might be increased risk of other pregnancy complications, such as preter...
  • When Will I Ovulate After a Miscarriage? Created: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Unfortunately there is no way to predict when you will ovulate after a miscarriage except by using ovulation predictor strips. It could be anywhere from two weeks to three months after the miscarri...
  • Was My Late Period Really an Early Miscarriage? Created: Saturday, July 11, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    This past month, my period came a few days later than average and seemed a little heavier than normal. Is it possible I had a miscarriage?
  • When in Early Pregnancy Does Implantation Occur ? Created: Thursday, May 07, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    When discussing early pregnancy, the term implantation refers to when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the mother's uterus and begins developing into a baby. Problems with implantation can lea...
  • What to Say When a Friend or Relative Has Had a Pregnancy Loss Created: Sunday, October 28, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Learn what to say, what to avoid doing, and how you can give your friend or relative space if she needs to grieve the loss of her pregnancy.
  • What is a Missed Miscarriage? Created: Saturday, January 12, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    A missed miscarriage is a pregnancy loss, usually in the first trimester, in which the doctor diagnoses the miscarriage based on lab results or other clinical evidence but the woman has not have de...
  • What Are Normal hCG Levels in Early Pregnancy? Created: Friday, January 18, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    It's hard to pinpoint a normal hCG level at any point in pregnancy, since what is normal varies by the person and the situation. Two hCG levels taken over two to three days will provide more useful...
  • When Should I Worry Over a Baby Not Moving As Much As Usual? Created: Monday, January 04, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    If you are worried your baby is not moving as much as usual or have other concerns about decreased fetal movement, call your doctor right away for advice.
  • Does Early Pregnancy Bleeding Mean I'm Having a Miscarriage? Created: Friday, December 21, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy can be a symptom of miscarriage, but it does not always mean pregnancy loss. Call your doctor when concerned about possible signs of an early miscarriage.
  • What to Expect From a D&C for Early Miscarriage Created: Saturday, December 29, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    A D&C, or dilation and curettage, is a treatment for diagnosed miscarriages in the first trimester. The surgery clears the uterus and ends the physical part of miscarriage, shortening bleeding ...
  • Incomplete Miscarriage Created: Sunday, June 15, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    The term "incomplete miscarriage" means a miscarriage in which tissue remains in the uterus. Most miscarriages that are incomplete at the time of diagnosis will complete without intervention, but s...
  • Is It Possible to Have a Miscarriage with No Bleeding? Created: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    It is quite possible to be diagnosed with a miscarriage without having bleeding, cramping, or other obvious symptoms. A miscarriage with no bleeding usually means the diagnosis has come before the ...
  • Pregnancy Cramps Created: Monday, October 26, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Early pregnancy cramps frequently occur in normal pregnancies and are usually not a sign of problems, but in some cases it's a good idea to call your doctor to be on the safe side.
  • Choosing a Miscarriage Treatment Created: Monday, September 24, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    After diagnosing a miscarriage, your doctor may ask whether you want a D&C or whether you want to wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally. You may also have the option of taking medication...
  • Implantation Bleeding or Early Miscarriage? Created: Friday, June 20, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Light vaginal bleeding, or spotting, in early pregnancy may be due to implantation bleeding and may not necessarily be a sign of miscarriage. Learn what implantation bleeding looks like, when it oc...
  • Can a Retroverted Uterus Increase Risk of Miscarriage? Created: Friday, February 22, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Many women wonder whether having a retroverted uterus can be a factor in pregnancy loss. Generally, doctors consider this a normal variation.
  • Bacterial and Viral Infections Linked to Miscarriage / Pregnancy Loss Created: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Certain bacterial and viral infections, such as chlamydia and parvovirus B19 (fifth disease), can be linked to pregnancy loss.
  • First Trimester Miscarriage Created: Friday, February 15, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    First-trimester miscarriage, sometimes called spontaneous abortion, is very common but also heartbreaking for most moms. It's normal to have a lot of questions about signs of miscarriage, diagnosis...
  • Quantitative hCG Levels to Evaluate Miscarriage Symptoms in Early Pregnancy Created: Thursday, January 17, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
    In very early pregnancy, doctors may use serial quantitative hCG blood tests to compare levels of hCG over two to three days. This is a common means of investigating miscarriage symptoms to check w...
  • Why Do I Still Have a Positive Pregnancy Test If I Had a Miscarriage? Created: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
    It can take some time for your hCG levels to return to zero after you have had a miscarriage, so it is normal if you are still getting a positive pregnancy test in the first week or two following y...
  • Making Sense of Miscarriage Statistics Created: Thursday, April 22, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
    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." itemprop="descriptio3'" --> itemprop="descrip...
  • What Does an Early Miscarriage Look Like? Created: Saturday, December 08, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
    In early pregnancy, miscarriage symptoms would generally include spotting, vaginal bleeding, and possibly cramping. Doctors may call this a chemical pregnancy.
  • How To Determine Whether You Are Having a Miscarriage Created: Monday, February 18, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
    Signs and symptoms of miscarriage are rarely definitive, especially for first-trimester miscarriage, and it is not always easy to tell for sure if you have had a miscarriage. Learn how to interpret...

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