Miscarrying, how common?
Bonnie - posted on 12/07/2012
I think it is pretty common to miscarry at 4, 8 and 12 weeks, when you would've been d/t have you period anyhow. The risk goes way down after a heartbeat is detected. Of the 3 girls at my work that are in their childbearing years (all in our mid 20s) we have had 10 pregnacies total (since I started working there 4 1/2 years ago.) We have had 4 term pregnancies with healthy, living babies, I am currently 20 weeks pregnant, we each had an early miscarriage (6 weeks or before, did not have time to detect hb), 1 missed miscarriage (baby stopped growing at 8 weeks after + hb was detected, was found out at 10 or 11 weeks), and 1 second trimester delivery where the baby was alive at birth but passed away a few months later.
From our experiences I would say it is very common to have an early miscarriage and less common to have issues after hearing the heart beat. Of our miscarriages 75% were before the heartbeat was detected. Wish you the best.
Jodi - posted on 11/29/2012
About 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage in the first trimester. I have lost one at 6 weeks, and another at 13 weeks. It is actually common, there is not necessarily any way of telling if it is going to happen to you or not. My 13 week baby had a strong heartbeat at that age too. But obviously something just wasn't right. All you can do is take the best possible care of yourself and your baby.
And just remember, the chances also depend on other risk factors, such as your age, your medical history, any history of genetic issues, etc.
Tara - posted on 11/29/2012
I did some looking and found this:
Studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Chemical pregnancies may account for 50-75% of all miscarriages. This occurs when a pregnancy is lost shortly after implantation, resulting in bleeding that occurs around the time of her expected period. The woman may not realize that she conceived when she experiences a chemical pregnancy. Most miscarriages occur prior to 13 weeks.
If you have reached 7-8 weeks and have a good heartbeat there is still a possibility of miscarriage but unless you are showing signs of miscarriage (pain, cramping, bleeding) it is unlikely.
That said, if you are having any kinds of signs such as severe pain, cramping or bleeding, go see your doctor or the Emergency right away.
I had heavy bleeds with both of my pregnancies - the first one I started bleeding at 5 weeks and the second one I started bleeding at 10 weeks and I went on to deliver two healthy girls. The ER doc did tell me that if you are under 24 weeks they won't intervene in any way.
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