PREGNANCY LOSS - Watsons Health

PREGNANCY LOSS

Pregnancy loss refers to the unexpected or unwanted loss of an unborn baby.

There are several risk factors of pregnancy loss, including:

  • Drug use
  • Smoking
  • Excess drinking
  • Listeria (a bacteria that is present in undercooked meats, raw eggs and unpasteurized dairy products)
  • Maternal Trauma, such as Car Accident
  • Advanced Maternal Age (over 35)
  • Infections such as Lyme Disease or Fifth Disease
  • Hormonal or Structural abnormalities in the mother
  • Chronic Illnesses such as Controlled Diabetes, Lupus, or Thyroid Disease

Possible signs of pregnancy loss may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Mild to Severe Cramps
  • Back Pain
  • White-pink Mucus
  • Passing Tissue or Clot-like Material

Some women do not experience any symptoms of miscarriage.  Spotting, although considered to be common in early pregnancy, must not be ignored. This can be a clue that something is wrong with your pregnancy.

There is no definite medication that can be used to prevent miscarriage, hence it is important to have a regular check-up to monitor the status of your baby. If your doctor suspects that you are at risk for miscarriage, he or she may advise you to stay in bed and restrict activity.

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