Miscarriage is the natural loss of a baby in its mother’s womb before 24 weeks and may happen even without a woman being aware that she is pregnant. This usually occurs in the first trimester (13 weeks) of pregnancy. Symptoms include vaginal spotting or bleeding, abdominal pain or cramping, and fluid or tissue passing from the vagina. If you have any of these symptoms, you should call your doctor, who may do an ultrasound exam and a pelvic exam to confirm miscarriage.

Most miscarriages are caused due to genetic abnormalities that occur by chance and are not related to the mother’s or father’s health. Other causes include infection, certain medications, hormonal effects, structural abnormality of the uterus, and disease conditions such as severe kidney disease, congenital heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes.

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