Here is what we know: I give these statistics not to scare you, but because it is important for those mothers who have lost their children to know that they are not alone; to know that there are many others out there who are needing to navigate this loss too.
I have worked with countless women in my office as they try to manage the unfamiliar emotions that surround loss, and I have learned a great deal from these phenomenal moms.
Some miscarriages occur suddenly without warning, however, many are preceded by a few recognizable early symptoms and signs.
This valuable new study examined the medical records of over 30,000 Scottish women and found that conceiving within six months was associated with lower risks of second miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or termination than conceiving 6–12 months after a miscarriage. Most importantly, it cannot tell whether delays between miscarriage and subsequent pregnancies were due to couples choosing to wait before trying again or caused by difficulties in conceiving, which may also be related to problems when pregnancy does occur.
Overall, the study suggests that pregnancy can be successful soon after miscarriage, although it is important that prospective parents feel emotionally and physically prepared before trying again.
Early pregnancy loss, or miscarriage, is the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks.
In the first trimester, embryonic causes of spontaneous abortion are the predominant etiology and account for 80-90% of miscarriages (see the image below).
It is an experience that many will never need to make sense of and also one that many others will swim through unexpectedly.
It is tragic and drastic and totally and completely unfair and yet thousands upon thousands of families find themselves in this position each year.
I also have a dear friend and colleague who lost her daughter hours after birth and she, too, has honored me with her insight, pain, and eventual healing.
With the information gathered from both my clients and my dear friend (who is now a clinician in San Francisco specializing in perinatal loss), this post is written for all of the moms out there who are trying to navigate the unfamiliar postpartum experience while also grieving the loss of a child that never made it home or past that first year mark.
Later in pregnancy, any bleeding might indicate an inflammation or infection of the cervix, not necessarily a miscarriage.
Some mild lower abdominal/pelvic cramping with vaginal spotting can occur at implantation and during early gestation as your uterus adapts to your pregnancy.
How long a couple should wait before trying for another pregnancy after a miscarriage has long been debated, with opinions varying.