Miscarriage - Losing a Baby Before 24 Weeks of Pregnancy
Losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy is known a miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and affect up to 1 in 5 confirmed pregnancies. It is also suspected that many more women miscarry in the very early weeks of pregnancy before they have even realised they were pregnant.
Many women experience a miscarriage and unfortunately, in most cases, there is no way to prevent a miscarriage occuring once it appears to be happening. However, of those women who do suffer a miscarriage, many go on to successfully carry babies in subsequent pregnancies.
It is widely believed that many first-time pregnancies result in miscarriage and that the reason may be that the human body has a trial run before ending the pregnancy. The second time around this appears to be less common and the pregnancy is more likely to continue.
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Further Information on Miscarriage
The Miscarriage Association, ph 01924 200 799, offers support and advice to women, their partners and families who have experienced miscarriage. They have articles covering how you might feel after a miscarriage, special circumstances, trying again and as well as personal reflections by mothers who have experienced miscarriages.
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