What is a miscarriage?

It is the failure of a pregnancy to develop. Most of us know someone who has had a miscarriage. However, there are some misconceptions about what a miscarriage is and how often it can occur.

There are quite a few statistics out there about how often a miscarriage can occur. The average seems to be that around one in four of all pregnancies will not continue to birth- either because of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (where the fetus develops in the ovaries.)

Mommydocs.com broke it down like this: if the woman is under 35, miscarriage happens 20% of the time (or 1 in 5 pregnancies.) After 35, the rate goes up to 33%, and then over 45, it climbs even higher to 50%.

About 90% of all miscarriages happen in the 1st trimester, and the majority of those happen before a heartbeat is even heard. Also, most of these are caused because the baby has some type of abnormality that will not allow life to continue.

It is a fact that miscarriage rarely happens because of anything that the woman has done. Lots of people blame stress or vigorous exercise or even the mother not really wanting the pregnancy. However, the reality does not back those ideas.

It is also a fact that most women who have a miscarriage will not have another one. The odds are that if you have one, you will go on to have normal pregnancies in the future. Some women do have multiple miscarriages, but they are in the minority and usually have an underlying medical condition.

If you think you might be pregnant, ThriVe is your Best First Step! We can run a free pregnancy test. If it is positive, we can also do a free ultrasound so you can find out exactly how far along you are and to determine if the pregnancy looks viable (like it will continue.) Please call (407) 208-9058 to set up an appointment with us.