Having a miscarriage can seem like the end of your dreams of having a family, but you shouldn't lose hope. The fertility experts at the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Winter Park and Celebration, Florida, have considerable experience helping women who've suffered a miscarriage to go on and have a healthy, successful pregnancy. Find out more by calling the office nearest you today or use the online form to book an appointment.
Miscarriage is when you lose a baby within the first trimester of pregnancy, which is the initial 13 weeks.
Miscarriages are common, taking place in around 10% of women who know they're pregnant. The actual figures could be higher, as it's possible to miscarry without being aware you were pregnant.
About 50% of miscarriages are the result of the embryo having the incorrect number of chromosomes.
Chromosomes are structures inside your cells that carry your genes. Most human cells contain 23 pairs of chromosomes, making a total of 46 altogether. Eggs and sperm have 23 chromosomes each, so when conception occurs, the resulting embryo has 46 chromosomes, half from the mom and half from the dad.
If the egg or the sperm contains an abnormal number of chromosomes, the resulting embryo also has the abnormality. As a result, the embryo doesn't develop as it should, which can trigger a miscarriage.
Most women wonder if they could have done something to avoid miscarrying, but the truth is that in the vast majority of cases, there's nothing you could have done.
There's no evidence to show that activities like working, exercising, or sex cause miscarriages. Even falls and shocks are extremely unlikely to result in a miscarriage.
The risk of experiencing a miscarriage does increase as you get older. In women over 40, around a third of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
First-trimester miscarriage is usually a one-off, and most women subsequently have successful pregnancies.
Repeated miscarriages are uncommon, so if you've suffered several miscarriages, you might want to undergo some tests to see if there's an underlying cause. Even if there doesn't seem to be an identifiable reason for the miscarriages, in time, most couples do succeed in having a child.
For most women, there's no reason why you can't start trying for a baby again almost straight away. You could ovulate and therefore conceive as little as two weeks after miscarriage if you wish.
Many couples prefer to wait longer simply because they need time to come to terms with their loss before trying again. On a practical note, if you wait until you've had a period before trying again, it's easier to work out your due date when you become pregnant.
If you need help conceiving after a miscarriage, call the Center for Reproductive Medicine today or book an appointment online.