How Do I Know If I've Had a Miscarriage?

Are There Ways to Stop or Prevent a Miscarriage?

Unfortunately, there is usually nothing you can do to prevent a miscarriage. In most cases, miscarriages occur because the embryo didn't form correctly. It is not your fault, and there is nothing you can do about it. The process of miscarrying, although traumatic, is your body's way of naturally passing the pregnancy.
If you have a threatened miscarriage, take it easy for a few days and avoid intercourse for a few weeks. Try to remember that bleeding in the early weeks of pregnancy is quite common, and it doesn't mean that the fetus is unhealthy or that you are having a miscarriage. In some cases, women may bleed throughout their pregnancy.
If you continue to have bleeding throughout your pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider. In some cases, bleeding may be caused by other medical issues, such as abnormal placental implantation, uterine fibroids, or placental abruption (where the placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery).
Some women may wonder if certain things can cause a miscarriage, such as being too active. However, working, exercising, and sexual activity will not increase your risk of miscarriage. If you have any concerns during your pregnancy, bring them up with your healthcare provider. He or she will make sure you have proper prenatal care, which includes suggesting certain dietary or vitamin supplementation you might need to help ensure your pregnancy is as healthy as possible.
If a woman has several miscarriages in a row, a medical condition may be contributing to this. In such cases, finding and treating the medical condition may help prevent future miscarriages.

Try Not to Worry

Although the fears of bleeding and miscarrying during pregnancy are a viable concern, try not to worry if you are bleeding early in pregnancy. Your healthcare provider can help determine the cause and hopefully relieve your concerns.
If you are having a miscarriage, try to remember that they usually occur because there was something wrong with the baby, not because of something you did or did not do. Although this is heartbreaking, it is your body's way of preparing for another chance for you to have a healthy pregnancy in the future.
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