Miscarriage-the facts and where to go for support

I have just googled miscarriage and found a very useful website from the Miscarriage Association with lots of information and support-link below. 

It seems miscarriage occurs in about 1 in 4 pregnancies. In the UK there are approximately 250,000 miscarraiges a year.

Another 1% of pregnancies are ectopic ie the pregnancy occurs in the wrong place-outside the uterus usually in the fallopian tube-we will talk about this another time as that is a whole other subject in itself

Considering how common miscarriage is women do not talk about it that much, so where do you go for information and support. I will put some information below, for more info and support visit the miscarriage association website

When do most miscarriages occur ?

 Miscarriage usually occurs in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and miscarriages later than this are thankfully uncommon, although they can occur up to 24 weeks. Miscarriage after 24 weeks is called stillbirth.

What causes a miscarriage ?

Usually the cause is unknown which can be very frustrating and distressing for the couple. This does not mean that it is your fault-it is extremely unlikely to be anything that you have done that has caused the miscarriage.

Here is some information I got from the miscarriage association website on the causes of miscarriage :

The main causes of miscarriage are thought to be:

Genetic: In about half of all early miscarriages, the baby does not develop normally right from the start and cannot survive.

Hormonal: Women with very irregular periods may find it harder to conceive and when they do, are more likely to miscarry.

Immunological: Problems within the blood vessels which supply the placenta can lead to miscarriage.

Infection: Minor infections like coughs and colds are not harmful, but a very high temperature and some illnesses or infections, such as German measles, may cause miscarriage.

Anatomical: If the cervix (neck of the womb) is weak, it may start to open as the uterus (womb) becomes heavier in later pregnancy and this may lead to miscarriage. An irregular-shaped uterus can mean that there is not enough room for the baby to grow. Large fibroids may cause miscarriage in later pregnancy

Click here to visit the Miscarriage Association Website

How long should we wait after a miscarriage before trying again ?

There does not seem to be a definite answer to this. Everyone reacts differently to a miscarriage and some may take longer to grieve than others. For some the urge to get pregnant again straight away is very strong.

If you wait until after your next  normal period then this makes dating your subsequent pregnancy easier for medical staff as well as giving you time to come to terms with the loss of the baby and for your body to return to its pre-pregnant state.

According to the miscarriage association there is no evidence to show that when you conceive makes any difference to the risk of miscarriage in the next pregnancy. In most cases, the couple themselves are the best judges of when to try again

The good news is that most women who have a miscarriage go on to have a successful pregnancy next time.