A miscarriage is the spontaneous ending of a pregnancy before the 20th week of pregnancy.
Do not blame yourself for the miscarriage. Most miscarriages are thought to happen because there is something wrong with the baby, such as a genetic problem. The baby may not develop at all, or the baby may develop abnormally. Miscarriage may be the body's way of ending a pregnancy that is not developing normally.
There are many other possible causes of miscarriage. These include infections in the uterus, uncontrolled diabetes, and hormonal imbalances. Miscarriages are not caused by sexual intercourse or strenuous exercise.
Often you will not know what caused a miscarriage.
After a miscarriage, you may:
It is very important that you and your partner work together and allow yourselves to grieve your loss.
You may want to memorialize your baby in a special way. You could:
It is natural to feel sad and lonely while you grieve your lost baby. However, if sadness, fatigue, and lack of interest last a long time, or you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, get professional help. These can be signs of depression. Depression can be treated through therapy and medicine.