An Overview of Early Miscarriage

More than 30% of all women in the United States will experience an early miscarriage during pregnancy. An early miscarriage, also called a spontaneous abortion, is a natural, spontaneous loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks of gestation.  Almost always, the miscarriage is the result of a developing fetus that exhibits chromosomal abnormalities or some other developmental issue such as a mother that has low progesterone levels, a chronic illness or an autoimmune disease.  Age also plays a significant factor and studies show that around half of all pregnancies in women over 40 end in miscarriage. Many times, a woman will experience an early miscarriage before they even miss a period or realize that they are pregnant, while others will experience unusually heavy vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramps and a sudden loss of their normal morning sickness symptoms.

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