Threatened Miscarriage

Definition - What does Threatened Miscarriage mean?

A threatened miscarriage refers to symptoms indicating a possible or impending loss of a pregnancy prior to 20 weeks gestation. While some threatened miscarriages lead to pregnancy loss, others stabilize, resulting in a successful pregnancy.

Threatened miscarriage is also referred to as threatened abortion, primarily within the medical community. A threatened abortion happens involuntarily within the body as opposed to a medical abortion or a surgical abortion, which are elective procedures to terminate a pregnancy.

FertilitySmarts explains Threatened Miscarriage

The most common signs of threatened miscarriage are vaginal bleeding accompanied with cramping that occur during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Women who experience these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. To evaluate the pregnancy, a physician will complete an ultrasound, pelvic exam, and blood tests. These exams check the fetal heartbeat, developmental stage, and amount of bleeding present.

Most women are instructed to refrain from sex or straining activity until the symptoms have passed. Monitoring of the blood loss and cramping will continue until symptoms have resolved without loss or until miscarriage is confirmed.

To prevent threatened miscarriage, women should avoid the following during pregnancy:

  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Drug usage
  • Infectious diseases
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