What is a Miscarriage?

A miscarriage is a pregnancy that ends on its own within the first 20 weeks of gestation. There are many causes and risk factors for a miscarriage; up to one-third of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur due to chromosomal abnormality. Other causes include hormonal problems, lifestyle, improper egg implantation, maternal age, or maternal trauma. Common signs of a miscarriage are mild to severe back pain, contractions or pain similar to menstrual cramps, and brown or bright red bleeding. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your health care provider. Please note this information was provided by the American Pregnancy Association and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Having a miscarriage can be an emotional process and it is sometimes helpful to find a friend, family member, or professional who can be an emotional support for you.

Consider talking with a Caris professional counselor in a safe and confidential place to help you sort through and process what you’re experiencing.