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What is threatened miscarriage?

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Threatened miscarriage occurs during the first trimester when the vagina bleeds mildly and the cervix is still closed. Following the diagnosis, an ultrasound scan is carried out to determine whether the heart of the baby is still beating.

The exact causes of threatened miscarriage are unclear; however, the common reasons include when the baby has disabilities, there are chromosome abnormalities, a pregnancy without an embryo or uterus abnormalities.

The possibility of a threatened miscarriage becoming a miscarriage is 50:50. If the bleeding stops, expectant mothers can still carry the pregnancy through. In contrast, if there is frequent bleeding and pain in the lower abdomen, there is a possibility of a miscarriage.

As a result, the doctor may advise expectant mothers to stop working and participating in any unnecessary activities in order to have sufficient rest. In addition, the doctor may prescribe progesterone hormones or anti-threatened miscarriage medicine. The medicine can be taken orally or intramuscularly.

To receive expert advice and ensure the safety of the expectant mother and baby, it is important to conduct some prior research in relation to emergencies or abnormalities. The hospital provides Obstetrician-Gynecologist services 24 hrs/day.

The Symptoms That Show You Are Near Delivery

  • Bleeding or blood showing in the vaginal region
  • Water breaking (clear water without color and smell, similar to urine), frequent contractions, pain in the lower abdomen, nagging pain, loose and frequent bowel movements
  • Contractions. If the uterus tenses up and contracts it is advisable to visit a doctor when you feel contractions every 5–10 minutes

Signs of preeclampsia commonly found in first pregnancies, twin pregnancies, and pregnancies of women with pre-existing diabetes are as follows: blurred – vision, epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting and edemas of the hands, feet, and face. If you experience any of these,  you should consult a physician early in the pregnancy.

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