Losing a baby can be devastating, and for most people, the fear of having a miscarriage can be overwhelming, even eclipsing the joy of your pregnancy. Unfortunately, miscarriages are fairly common, on the national average, 1 out of every 5 pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. Miscarriages cannot be prevented; they are random genetic and chromosomal change that occurs during conception or during early fetal development. But there are some factors that can put a woman at a higher risk for losing her baby.

Higher risk factors

• Age

• Smoking

• Drinking

• History of miscarriage

A miscarriage is a spontaneous abortion of an embryo/fetus before it's developed enough to survive. In some instances this happens even before a woman knows that she is pregnant. A miscarriage will normally happen within the first 3 months of pregnancy. A small percentage of miscarriages, less than 1% are called stillbirths, because they occur after the 3 month pregnancy mark.

Symptoms of Miscarriage

• Heavy menstrual flow

• Cramping

• Spotting

• Abdominal pain

• Fever

• Weakness

• Vomiting

• Back pain

Spotting is not always a sign of a miscarriage; many women normally experience it early on in pregnancy. But it is better to play on the side of safety, if you are spotting or have any of these symptoms anytime during your pregnancy, you should probably consult with your doctor.

If you have a problem getting pregnant or you miscarriage more than once, you should see a fertility specialist to find out what options are available to you. Not all women have an easy time getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term, but with the help and careful eye of a fertility specialist, you can bring a baby of your own into this world.

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