Missed Miscarriage - Why?
The Silent Robber
A miscarriage is a devastating experience for a woman and for a couple. Perhaps one of the most difficult miscarriages to endure is a missed miscarriage - one that has happened and the baby has died, but the woman's body continues on as though the baby is still viable.
The diagnosis is given when there are no heart tones, the uterus has stopped growing, and an ultrasound confirms the pregnancy has ended.
Often there are no signs or symptoms to alert the woman to the miscarriage. She usually feels as through everything is going along as it should.
However, after a period of time there may be some spotting, or pregnancy symptoms (sore breasts, nausea, and fatigue) diminish. When a missed miscarriage occurs, there are no pains in the lower abdomen or pelvic region.
Often a missed miscarriage is called a silent miscarriage because the woman doesn't know it has happened until a while after the fact.
Common Signs of Miscarriage in the First Few Weeks
Although the majority of women who experience an early miscarriage have no signs there are warning signals that can alert her to what is happening.
When a miscarriage is occurring in the early stages, in the first few weeks of gestation the signs are:
· a positive pregnancy test that turns negative
· late menses
· heavier period
· period that lasts longer than normal
After the first four or five weeks of gestation, the signs of miscarriage are:
· vaginal bleeding (can be dark brown spotting to bright red bleeding)
· passing blood clots
· decreasing hCG levels (determined through blood test)
· significant pelvic cramping
· loss of pregnancy symptoms
· no fetal heartbeat
· unable to locate fetus in uterus