Quite a high percentage of early pregnancies miscarry.
It can occur
when you do not realize it - you may think your period was abnormally heavy.
This is often
nature’s way of rejecting an embryo that is abnormal or malformed. Miscarriages are often known as
spontaneous abortions and people in medical occupations often use the words
Miscarriages in the first 28
days of pregnancy are often caused by a hormonal imbalance. The body does not produce
enough of the hormone which will sustain the pregnancy throughout the term. Instead it
goes through its normal hormonal changes had you not been pregnant. This results in
a partial period. You may experience either a heavy or light period, back ache or an ache
around the womb area.
Miscarriages can also result
from genetic abnormalities in the embryo. The embryo in this case cannot survive and is
aborted. The abnormality may have been the result of an abnormality in the egg or the
Another reason for
miscarriage is a week or abnormal cervix. The cervix may not be able to support the
pregnant uterus. The cervix is then described as incompetent.
Miscarriages can occur if the
mother is suffering from certain illnesses or severe malnutrition.
Signs of miscarriage
You will need to go to bed
immediately and call your doctor. You may also have to go to hospital for observation.
If the bleeding stops, you
may still be able to proceed with the pregnancy but if your cervix has dilated,
miscarriage will happen.
If the fetus
are completely expelled from your body, you have had what the medical profession call a
complete abortion. If they have not removed themselves, you will need to undergo a D &
C (Dilatation and Curettage).
In either case your doctor
will need to
examine you immediately