Miscarriage

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

Miscarriage is far more common than many women believe, but that doesn’t mean losing a pregnancy is ever a simple or easy experience. The team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates understands that every woman has a unique set of needs when it comes to miscarriage, and strives to provide caring and compassionate care to women in and around Ocean and Howell, New Jersey. If you’re concerned that you may be having a miscarriage, reach out right away to determine your next steps.

Miscarriage Q & A

What is a miscarriage?

In clinical terms, a miscarriage is the loss of a fetus prior to the 20th week of pregnancy. In terms that align more closely with reality, a miscarriage is the often sudden and unexpected loss of your baby.

You may not realize just how common miscarriage is, but the March of Dimes estimates that as many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most of those losses occur before women even realize they’re pregnant. You may not even miss a period or have any idea what has happened.

As many as 80% of miscarriages happen during the first three months of pregnancy. That’s part of why so many couples wait until they’ve passed that mark before they share their good news with friends and family.

How do I know if I’m having a miscarriage?

Again, most miscarriages happen so early in the pregnancy that there are no clear symptoms. When symptoms are present, they might include:

  • Bleeding that worsens over time
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe cramping
  • Weakness
  • Back pain
  • Fever

If you’re pregnant and notice these symptoms, it’s important to call Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates right away. Our team of specialists can see you in the office on an emergency basis or meet you at the hospital if needed.

What causes miscarriage?

The vast majority of miscarriages occur due to a genetic problem that doesn’t allow your baby to develop properly. Other possible causes include:

  • Infection
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Hormonal problems
  • Medical or physical conditions affecting the mother
  • Immune system responses
  • Problems with your cervix

There is simply no way of knowing the precise cause of a miscarriage. Not knowing can be difficult for an expectant mother to come to terms with. This is why your specialist takes time to explore possible causes and help you understand that having a miscarriage does not mean you won’t go on to have healthy future pregnancies and births.

If you’re worried you may be having a miscarriage, call the office right away to determine how to proceed. Emergency scheduling is available, and your doctor can meet you at the hospital if needed.`

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