Here is a summary of the important concepts discussed during this chapter. Miscarriage

• This is the most common type of pregnancy loss and occurs in 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies, usually during the first three months of pregnancy.

• Symptoms of miscarriage include vaginal bleeding and cramping in the lower abdomen or back.

• The cause of miscarriage is usually not known, but it is estimated that more than half are due to chromosome problems within the fetus and occur randomly.

• Miscarriage is not caused by work, exercise, sex, most falls, frights, stress, or morning sickness.

• Miscarriage is diagnosed based on a combination of your symptoms, pelvic examination, blood hormone levels, and pelvic ultrasound.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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