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  • Should I Go to the Emergency Room for Possible Miscarriage / Pregnancy Bleeding? Created: Friday, November 16, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Miscarriage symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy, often send women to the emergency room. Sadly, however, emergency room doctors can almost never do anything to stop a ...
  • Understanding Molar Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Created: Saturday, January 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Molar pregnancy is a scary condition that causes pregnancy tissue to overgrow, and the fetus does not develop normally.
  • Causes of Bleeding During Pregnancy Created: Friday, April 10, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Somewhere around 30% of all pregnant women have some sort of bleeding during pregnancy, most commonly in the first trimester. Although miscarriage is one possible explanation for first-trimester bl...
  • Chemical Pregnancy - A Very Early Miscarriage Created: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Despite the name, a chemical pregnancy is not a false pregnancy or a false positive on a pregnancy test -- it is a very early miscarriage. Doctors believe chemical pregnancies are usually caused by...
  • Understanding Early Pregnancy / First Trimester Ultrasound Results Created: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Although widely considered the most accurate means of dating an early pregnancy, ultrasound results can be confusing when trying to confirm or rule out a miscarriage. Let's take a look at what you ...
  • Odds of Miscarriage with Specific Risk Factors Created: Monday, February 11, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    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 spe...
  • Coping with Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss Created: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Miscarriage grief may feel overwhelming, especially in the initial aftermath of the pregnancy loss. You may face anxiety, anger, depression, or any number of feelings. You might find your relations...
  • Triploidy Created: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Triploidy means that an individual has three copies of every chromosome instead of two. The disorder is always fatal. Most pregnancies affected by triploidy will miscarry and the occasional babies ...
  • What to Do If You Think You Are Having an Early Miscarriage Created: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Signs and symptoms of an early miscarriage would include bleeding after a positive pregnancy test, cramping, and possibly loss of pregnancy symptoms. Find out what to do if you think you are having...
  • Can the Baby Be Saved in an Ectopic Pregnancy? Created: Thursday, August 07, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    An ectopic pregnancy, sometimes called a tubal pregnancy, must be terminated nearly 100% of the time in order to prevent major health risks to the mother. Untreated ectopic pregnancies that rupture...
  • What to Do if You Have Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms Created: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Learn more about ectopic pregnancies and what to do if you find yourself with the symptoms and whether you should consult a physician.
  • Bicornuate Uterus and Pregnancy Loss / Miscarriage Risks Created: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    A bicornuate, or heart-shaped, uterus is one type of congenital uterine malformation that can be associated with pregnancy loss, although not usually first-trimester miscarriages. Septate uteri are...
  • Ultrasound for Suspected Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss Created: Saturday, September 29, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Ultrasounds are a common test for suspected pregnancy loss or threatened miscarriage. By using an ultrasound, a doctor can get an image of the gestational sac and the developing baby's heartbeat in...
  • What Does It Mean If There's No Yolk Sac on the Ultrasound? Created: Saturday, January 03, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    When an ultrasound shows no yolk sac inside the gestational sac, the pregnancy is either too early for the yolk sac to be seen or a miscarriage has occurred.
  • What's the Risk of Miscarriage If I Get Pregnant with an IUD? Created: Monday, June 07, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    IUDs are usually effective at preventing pregnancy, but if you become pregnant with an IUD, tell your doctor right away. Ectopic pregnancy needs to be ruled out, and there's an elevated risk of mis...
  • Ten Things That Might Surprise You About Miscarriage Created: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Information about miscarriage is far more readily available than it used to be, thanks to the Internet, but here are some potentially surprising facts that you might not already know about miscarri...
  • No Fetal Heartbeat on Early Ultrasound. Is There Hope? Created: Saturday, November 15, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    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, although it can also be a sign of missed miscarriage or bl...
  • Incomplete Miscarriage Created: Sunday, June 15, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
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  • I Can't Feel My Baby Moving. Should I Worry? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 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.
  • How Do Doctors Diagnose Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss? Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 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...
  • When Should I Worry Over a Baby Not Moving As Much As Usual? Created: Monday, January 04, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 14, 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: Monday, July 14, 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: Monday, July 14, 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 ...
  • Is It Possible to Have a Miscarriage with No Bleeding? Created: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 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 ...
  • Why Do I Still Have a Positive Pregnancy Test If I Had a Miscarriage? Created: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 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...
  • Premature Birth and Viability Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Most sources define the point of viability in pregnancy as being around 24 weeks. This is the point at which a baby has a decent chance of survival if born prematurely. Other factors, such as birth...
  • Miscarriage Statistics: Is It True That 70% of Pregnancies End in Miscarriage? Created: Friday, September 26, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
    If you've done much reading on miscarriage statistics, you may have seen the claim that 70% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Although this statistic is probably correct if you count all conce...
  • Should I Worry If My hCG Level is Slow Rising (Not Doubling Every 2 to 3 Days)? Created: Friday, January 18, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Slow-rising hCG levels can be a sign of problems, such as impending miscarriage or a symptom of ectopic pregnancy, but as many as 15% of normal pregnancies may begin with slow-rising hCG levels. St...
  • Can Black Mold Cause Miscarriage? Created: Sunday, July 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Black mold and other common household toxic molds have been shown to increase risk of numerous health conditions. Anecdotal reports link mold toxins to miscarriage, but currently there is no scient...
  • Should Fetal Autopsy Be Performed After a Stillbirth? Created: Friday, May 07, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Find out what kind of information one can obtain from a fetal autopsy to determine the cause of a stillbirth.
  • When Can Ultrasound Results Mean a Miscarriage Diagnosis? Created: Monday, June 02, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    Ultrasound results in early pregnancy can be confusing -- sometimes it is not clear whether the results mean a blighted ovum or missed miscarriage or simply early stages of a normal pregnancy. Lear...
  • Miscarriage Recovery Questions and Answers Created: Friday, February 20, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    The physical process of miscarriage takes up to two weeks, and your body should be back to normal within about three months, depending on how far along your pregnancy was at the time of the miscarr...

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