Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, Spontaneous Abortion Causes, Prevention and Symptoms

Whether you call it miscarriage, pregnancy loss or spontaneous abortion, they all pertain to the natural termination of a fetus within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Any pregnancy cessation transpiring beyond that stretch is referred to as pre-term delivery.

Miscarriages are fairly common, with many pregnancy losses occurring before impregnation is even realized. And a substantial number of spontaneous abortions occur because of abnormal fetal development, i.e. chromosome issue, blighted ovum. Typically these errors occur by chance and have nothing to do with the parents.

Occasionally, a health condition of the woman can cause a miscarriage, such as:

Some other causes or increase your risk of a spontaneous abortion are:

Although in the vast majority of pregnancy loss cases there’s no realistic mode of prevention, miscarriages that are caused by your health condition and environmental exposures might be preventable. Some miscarriage prevention measures include:

  • don’t consume illicit drugs, alcohol, excessive caffeine
  • receive early, comprehensive prenatal care & eat a balanced diet
  • treat any chronic health conditions, genital infections before becoming pregnant
  • avoid certain environmental hazards ~ x-rays, infectious diseasespoisons, cigarette smoke

Symptoms you may experience that indicate a spontaneous abortion is a possibility are:

Don’t panic if you only have symptoms of vaginal spotting or bleeding, as this is fairly common during early pregnancy.

Sometimes, a septic miscarriage can develop if any tissue remains in your uterus after a pregnancy loss. It is caused by a bacterial infection and your symptoms may involve:

These symptoms can indicate a serious infection that requires immediate health care attention and antibiotics.