There are a lot of things to think about when you find out you’re pregnant. Many women fret and worry about a hundred and one things throughout the first trimester, usually because that’s the period of time that things seem to go wrong. We all know of someone who had a miscarriage. We all know how horrible it was to watch someone go through that. It’s an awful thing to happen but the truth of it is many of you are worrying for no reason. It’s not as common as you might think.
9 Weeks Pregnant Miscarriage Risk – The Truth
If you are between the ages of 18-35, your 9 weeks pregnant miscarriage risk is only between ten and twelve percent.
If you are between the ages of 35 to 39, your 9 weeks pregnant miscarriage risk is about eighteen percent.
If you are between 40 and 44 years of age, your risks are significantly higher at 34%.
The majority of these pregnancies occur before the female has even the slightest inkling that she is pregnant. Out of that 10% – 12% of under 35 year olds, many of them won’t even know it has happened, putting it down to a rather heavy period.
The news gets better when you learn that by the time the heartbeat has formed at about six weeks, the chances of having a miscarriage decrease further to just 5%.
What Causes a Miscarriage?
For the majority of women, a miscarriage will be a one-off event and future attempts at pregnancy will be successful. In rare cases, medication will be needed to ensure the pregnancy continues successfully and this will generally be when women have had three or more miscarriages.
When the miscarriage happens before 14 weeks, it is normally down to an abnormality in the development of the baby, and although is it is believed there could be many reasons why this might happen, and also how, it is rarely down to something the mother has done.
In the very early stages of gestation, cells will divide and multiply a number of times until there are enough cells to form a foetus. Chromosomes are the ‘building blocks’ of these genetic cells and in some cases, the miscarriage itself can be caused by too many or too few chromosomes.
Bearing this in mind, a miscarriage is generally something that cannot be prevented.
If the miscarriage happens between the point of 14 to 26 weeks, there is a chance it could have been brought-on by a medical condition the mother already has, perhaps one she doesn’t know about.
Can You Prevent Miscarriages?
There are things you can do to keep yourself fit and healthy during pregnancy but for the most part, it is the genetics that cause a miscarriage to happen in the early stages of pregnancy. These things just happen sometimes and there is rarely something that can be done about it, or a preventative measure that could have been taken.
With repeated and multiple miscarriages, there is medication that can be taken under the overview of a doctor to ensure that future problems occur.
Keeping yourself fit and healthy gives you a better chance of creating a well-developed foetus so this will mean things like changing your lifestyle to better suit and cope with the added pressure of the new life you are making.
You should quit smoking if you haven’t already and you should also take a conscious effort to not only eat more, but exercise mildly and drink plenty of water too. The hormones and effects this pregnancy can have on your baby will be made all the more easier when you keep yourself fit and healthy. A balanced diet will ensure you have the right nutrients, and plenty of water will ensure your entire body is hydrated, as well as the body of your baby.
You should avoid drinking while pregnant, and there are certain medications it is not safe to take during pregnancy too. If you are already taking prescription drugs, it is worth discussing them with your doctor to ensure you won’t be causing any damage to the foetus.
If you are overweight, you will find you have a much easier time of things if you lose weight before you try to get pregnant. Obesity can cause a number of problems with a developing baby and it can also make getting pregnant more difficult also.
Common Signs of Miscarriage
In many cases, the miscarriage will be so early on in the pregnancy that most women believe it to be just a heavy period. You may experience heightened period-pain cramps and also a heavier flow of bleeding, and you may also experience clots that are bigger than you would usually see.
Bleeding and camps are the two most obvious signs that you are having a miscarriage although for some women, the bleeding itself can be quite light at first. The bleeding can also start and stop over the course of a few days.
You will experience a drop in hormones when you experience a miscarriage and another common symptom that many women experience is that their painful breasts and nausea will dissipate.
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