Miscarriage

Miscarriage

Sometimes a pregnancy ends in a different way than you had hoped or expected. Twenty percent of all pregnant women experience bleeding in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Eventually, 10 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. In the remaining 10 percent of women who loss blood during pregnancy, the bleeding is innocent. Because of the increased use of first trimester ultrasounds, ever more often the diagnosis nonvital pregnancy is made before symptoms occur.

In case of a very early miscarriage, growth has been stopped early on in the pregnancy, an embryo never developed. On the ultrasound an empty amniotic sac (blighted ovum) is visible. If the miscarriage occurs at a later stage, in which the embryo has grown, an embryo without a heartbeat will be visible (missed abortion).

 

The greater the age of the mother, the greater the risk of a miscarriage.

Younger than 35 years of ageThe chance of having a miscarriage is about 10 %
Between 35 and 40 years of ageThe chance of having a miscarriage is about 20 %
Older than 40 years of ageThe chance of having a miscarriage is about 30%
Older than 45 years of ageThe chance of having a miscarriage is about 50 %

 

Are you worried you might have a miscarriage, don’t hesitate to call us. Together we will decide when will be the best time to get an ultrasound check the viability.