Myths and Facts on miscarriages
Monday, August 17, 2020
Having a miscarriage does not necessarily mean you have a fertility problem. Most women who have miscarriages have subsequent normal pregnancies and births. It is a common experience, ending 15 to 20 percent of confirmed pregnancies.
Here are some myths about miscarriages:
Myth: Having one miscarriage means you’re likely to have another
After your first miscarriage, if you do want to try getting pregnant again, the odds are typically good. Your risk does slightly increase after having two miscarriages, though. If a woman is suffering recurrent miscarriages, it’s best to consult with a fertility specialist who can offer a treatment plan. Even the majority of women with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (65 percent) will have healthy pregnancies eventually.
Myth: You should wait several months after a miscarriage before trying to conceive again
In most cases, it’s safe to start trying again as soon as you feel physically and emotionally ready. While it’s true that women who’ve had a miscarriage are more likely than those who have not to have other miscarriages, most women who have a miscarriage go on to have healthy pregnancies. The doctors always advise women to wait until their blood test (beta-hCG) value goes down to zero before trying again, this could be as early as just a few weeks or even 1 month.
Myth: Bleeding and cramping are always signs of miscarriage
Bleeding and cramping are scary experiences to have during pregnancy, but they don’t necessarily signal pregnancy loss. Some symptoms of miscarriage may include lower back pain or abdominal pain, tissue or clotted material expelled from the vagina, and vaginal bleeding. These symptoms should not be ignored, and it’s important to bring them up with your ob-gyn as soon as possible. However, miscarriage isn’t always the reason. Vaginal bleeding is incredibly common in the first trimester. Even heavy, prolonged bleeding may happen during a healthy pregnancy.
Myth: To prevent miscarriage, you need to lay off exercise
Exercise is an important part of any healthy pregnancy. You can still enjoy a range of low-impact exercises such as a walk every day that can actually make you feel better and get your body ready for birth. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your exercise regimen so that it’s safe for you and your baby.
Myth: Your hormonal birth control is increasing your chances of miscarriage
The pill doesn’t pose any risks on your pregnancy, but an intrauterine device (IUD) can cause miscarriage or preterm birth if it’s in place when you become pregnant. You have nothing to fear if you previously had an IUD, though. It only becomes a problem if it’s implanted at the time of pregnancy. Be sure to have your IUD removed if you plan on getting pregnant.
Myth: Miscarriages do not affect men
A report in Psychosomatic Medicine found that many women feel like a mother as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Men, on the other hand, may not feel like a father until they can see and hold their child. Men’s grief can become invisible and they get even less support than women.
If support is not forthcoming from family and friends, it is important to reach out to someone with whom you can share your feelings. That may be a therapist, a spiritual advisor, or a support group. If those things are not an option for you, then consider writing about your experience.
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