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What if it does not go well ...

For many pregnant women and their partners, a miscarriage is a drastic occurrence: all the plans and fantasies about the eagerly awaited child come to an abrupt end. It is usually unexpected, so that the reaction is often one of shock and disbelief. In most cases the body recovers quickly and you can soon become pregnant again. Emotional processing of the experience often takes longer. As midwives we provide professional guidance during a miscarriage or impending miscarriage and will be glad to advise you on the steps to take during and after the miscarriage to help you process it and, if you wish, also on how to get pregnant again.

Why does a miscarriage occur? 

A miscarriage often occurs because something has spontaneously gone wrong with the cell division and/or genetic material. Most miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities which have occurred spontaneously. The chances of it happening again are usually small. The cause of the abnormality in the embryo’s chromosomes cannot usually be traced back to (one of) the parents.

How do I recognize a miscarriage?

Most of the times, a miscarriage starts with vaginal blood loss. As soon as you also start to feel cramping pains in your abdomen, the chances that you will get a miscarriage increases. Vaginal blood loss without cramping abdominal pain certainly does not have to mean that the pregnancy is not going well. But it is always good to give us a call for further advice and reassurance.

When should I contact?

During a miscarriage we will provide information about the usual course, but always call us if:

* The blood loss is ample (more than two sanitary towels soaked in blood)
* You feel dizzy or see flashing lights
* The pain increases or becomes constant
* You have a fever (body temperature >=38 degrees Celsius)
* You are worried about something