Miscarriage Risk 101
- Far over 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
The actual number is higher because so many women miscarry before realizing they were briefly pregnant and/or never report it to be recorded. Adding to the inaccuracy is the fact many women mistake miscarriage bleeding for a late period.
- Wait till the second trimester to announce your pregnancy.
The majority of miscarriages occur within the first trimester. Once you break on through to the second trimester pop open a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly and celebrate your pregnancy with family and friends!
- The first trimester is not even real pregnancy for some.
In many native cultures a woman isn't considered truly pregnant until she feels the baby move. This is known as "the quickening" and is every mother's ultimate proof of her living child's presence within her and a fairly accurate way to avoid buying too much baby stuff before you're sure you really have a baby.
Practicing a level of calm mental caution in the first trimester can strengthen you for the potential loss that so many women face.
Woman with the following issues are at higher risk for miscarriage:
- Fallopian tube abnormalities
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Previous ectopic pregnancies
- Drug, tobacco or alcohol addiction
- Thyroid disease
- Two or more previous miscarriages