Getting pregnant is often one of the greatest moments a couple can have, whether it’s done the old fashioned way or involves the help of a fertility specialist. This elation is undercut if the woman miscarries. The emotional and physical strain this can have is quite devastating. The team here at our center for IVF in New Jersey understands the sadness and great sense of loss that accompanies a miscarriage. We’d like to take a moment to look at some statistics and facts about miscarriage and discuss related matters that are important to keep in mind.
The term miscarriage is applied to pregnancies that end within the first 20 weeks of gestation, with many miscarriages occurring around 13 weeks. (After 20 weeks, it is possible for the child to survive outside of the womb, though the viability of the fetus increases if it is able to gestate in the womb longer.) It is estimated that roughly 15 percent of pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. Miscarriages are the most common form of pregnancy loss. Generally women who are older are more likely to have a miscarriage than women who are younger.
There are many different causes for miscarriages and New Jersey recurrent pregnancy loss. One of the most common causes is a genetic complication or chromosomal error in the fetus. Another cause is the condition of a woman’s uterus. If there are abnormalities in the uterus, miscarriage is more likely. Complications involving the placenta and the umbilical cord can also contribute to a miscarriage. Hormonal imbalances and disorders can also result in the loss of the child.
Smoking, drinking, or using any tobacco products while pregnant will also increase the chances of miscarriage. The same is true for using illegal drugs, and even certain prescription drugs. Any accidents involving trauma to the abdominal area can also cause a woman to miscarry.
If you have suffered a miscarriage, it is important to consult with your doctor or an obstetrician before attempting to get pregnant again. It’s advisable that you wait at least six months to recovery physically and emotionally. Should you have any concerns or questions about pregnancy loss, we will be happy to address them. Please contact our IVF center in New Jersey to speak with a member of our team.