Miscarriage is defined as a loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks, which happens in about 10% – 20% of known pregnancies. Even though miscarriage is common, it can be very difficult emotionally, and many feel a sense of grief and loss after a miscarriage. It is difficult to say why exactly a miscarriage is happening, but it’s almost never the person’s fault. Known reasons for miscarriages include chromosome problems of the fertilized egg (which happens in about 50% of the cases), maternal health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or infections, or abnormalities in the uterus. As miscarriages can be dangerous if they are not treated, call your doctor or healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of miscarriage such as vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain or severe cramping.
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