In which week of pregnancy the risk of miscarriage is highest. How it announces itself. What the typical causes are and what you should be aware of.
ICD-10: O00 – O08 Pregnancy with abortive outcome
Medical points of contact: Gynecologist
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When there is a baby on the way, the parents-to-be are very happy. However, at the beginning of a pregnancy there is also the increased risk of a miscarriage.
Experts agree that the risk of miscarriage is highest during the first four weeks of pregnancy. 10 to 20 percent of all pregnant women suffer a miscarriage at the beginning of their pregnancy. The increased risk of miscarriage remains until about 12 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy week.
Causes of miscarriages
There are many causes of miscarriage. Most likely to be present by 12. In the first week of pregnancy usually hormonal disorders, immunological diseases like z.B. Diabetes, various infections, fibroids or viruses. Genetic factors can also be the reason why a pregnancy is abruptly terminated. The most common cause is a missing chromosome of the embryo, which makes the embryo non-viable in the womb.
Signs of a miscarriage
Signs of impending miscarriage vary widely and depend on the week of pregnancy. Up to the sixth week of pregnancy, the signs are often abdominal pain and heavy bleeding, which can be very similar to menstruation. Between the 6. and 12. In the first week of pregnancy, mild abdominal pain, minor abdominal cramps and bleeding are an indication that a miscarriage is imminent.
However, a miscarriage does not have to announce itself only by physical complaints. It is often enough that the symptoms of pregnancy that occur due to hormonal changes suddenly disappear. If morning sickness subsides or your breasts no longer tighten, this may be a sign that a miscarriage is imminent or has already occurred. However, you should not worry without reason, because every pregnancy is different.
Minor bleeding and cramping may be normal
There are women who have no pregnancy symptoms at all and give birth to a healthy child. During the first three months, it is also normal not to feel the baby yet. Minor bleeding and cramps in the abdomen can also be normal in the course of a pregnancy and are not necessarily a warning sign. Nevertheless, it is very important to regularly visit the gynecologist and the appropriate check-ups.
Unfortunately, there are also cases in which a miscarriage occurs after the third month. Often these are so-called restrained miscarriages, which are not noticed by the pregnant woman. In the case of restrained miscarriages (engl. In the case of a missed abortion, the pregnancy initially progresses normally. However, the heartbeat of the fetus is missing or stops in the course of pregnancy. The typical symptoms of a miscarriage – such as bleeding and cramps – are usually absent altogether. The pregnant woman may notice this type of miscarriage at most by lack of movement of the embryo. In most cases, however, the diagnosis is only made during an ultrasound examination.
Are you pregnant?
In which week of pregnancy? Are you afraid of a miscarriage? Why? What does your doctor say about it? Have you already had a miscarriage? How did the announced?
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