What Is a Miscarriage?
A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy. The medical term for a miscarriage is spontaneous abortion. But it isn’t an abortion in the common meaning of the term.
As many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage -- most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she’s pregnant. About 15%-25% of recognized pregnancies will end in a miscarriage.
More than 80% of miscarriages happen within the first 3 months of pregnancy. Miscarriages are less likely to happen after 20 weeks. When they do, doctors call them late miscarriages.
Symptoms of a miscarriage include:
Bleeding that goes from light to heavy
Worsening or severe back pain
Fever with any of the symptoms listed above
Tissue that looks like blood clots passing from your vagina
Fewer signs of pregnancy
If you have these symptoms listed above, contact your doctor right away. They’ll tell you whether to come to the office or go to the emergency room.