What You Need To Know About Miscarriages
No pregnant woman wants to hear the word 'miscarriage' and talks about it are avoided like a plaque. All you want to think about is the joy you'll have when you finally get to hold your baby in your arms and not the sadness and despair that will come with being told that you lost them. Sadly, this lack of knowledge and information contributes significantly to the total number of miscarriages recorded every year. If you are pregnant, should make an effort to learn about miscarriage and tell the symptoms. This way, you could save your baby by seeking help before it is too late.
WHAT CAUSES MISCARRIAGE?
Miscarriage is described as the death of a fetus in the mother's womb before the twentieth week of pregnancy. There are many causes of miscarriage including:
- Genetic issues such as chromosomal problems
- Long-term health problems such as uncontrolled diabetes
- Infections such as STIs
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Problems with the cervix or uterus
SYMPTOMS OF MISCARRIAGE
The signs of miscarriage include:
- Heavy bleeding and cramping, usually more intense than that of starting a period
- Crippling or very fierce back pain
- Small clumps of tissue that look like large blood clots in the vaginal discharge
- Severe pain in the belly or abdomen
- Severe contractions
- Lightheadedness or a feeling of being dizzy like you may pass out
PREGNANCY VS PERIODS
Sometimes, the symptoms of miscarriage are not usually very intense, and many women assume that they are having periods. After confirming that you are pregnant and you start experiencing these symptoms, rush to the hospital as fast as you can. It could be a miscarriage or a case of ectopic pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg is fertilized and attaches itself to the inner lining of the uterus, usually on the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies are fatal and put the lives of both the mother and child in danger. They ought to be treated as soon as possible to avoid the risk of miscarriage as well as internal bleeding. Signs of the ectopic pregnancy are:
- Pain in the shoulder tip. This is the part of the body where the shoulder ends, and the arm begins. The pain intensifies when lying down.
- Severe pain in the abdominal region
Dizziness and lightheadedness
TYPES OF MISCARRIAGES
A threatened miscarriage happens during the early stages of pregnancy and is signaled by some bleeding and back pain. The pregnancy continues as long as the cervix stays closed. It is, however, considered inevitable if the cervix is open.
A complete miscarriage happens when the fetus is expelled from the uterus. Usually, bleeding and back pain stops quickly.
In a missed miscarriage, the baby dies but is not expelled. There are no symptoms such as bleeding or back pain.
Pregnancy is delicate and should be treated with as much care and concern as possible (without, of course, worrying unnecessarily). If you experience even the slightest of these symptoms, race for the hospital and let the doctor examine you. It could save your baby.