Whether it’s your first pregnancy or you’ve been through the process before, there are worries that every parent experiences along the way. Among them, for many, is the fear of miscarrying—especially within the first 12 weeks or first trimester of pregnancy.
Our team at Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge in Logan, Utah is here to support both you and your growing baby throughout the journey of pregnancy. Here is some of our professional advice when it comes to calming miscarriage worries and how you can have a safe, healthy pregnancy.
Miscarriage And Early Pregnancy
Did you know that the majority of pregnancies result in healthy births? In fact, less than 20 percent end in a miscarriage according to current research. Also, many miscarriages happen within the first few weeks of pregnancy when women may not expect or recognize it. Some miscarriages are even mistaken for a normal-looking period.
The risk of miscarriage also decreases significantly—to about 5 percent—after your doctor detects a heartbeat. This typically occurs at around your 6 to 8 week mark. The chances of having a second miscarriage after a woman has already experienced one is also very slim at less than 3 percent.
Many women are consumed with the question, what causes a miscarriage? And what can I do to prevent it? Miscarriages often occur as a result of a chromosomal abnormality—meaning the fetus is unable to develop normally and a miscarriage is completely unavoidable.
That means that in many cases, miscarriages happen not because of anything the mother did or didn’t do. Let’s say that again—most miscarriages happen at no fault of the expectant mother.
Having said that, there are definitely things you can do to lower your risk of miscarriage. This includes cutting back on your caffeine intake to about 200 milligrams or less each day and refraining from smoking, using drugs, or drinking alcohol.
Easing Your Miscarriage Fears
The first several weeks of pregnancy can be hard on mothers mentally, emotionally, and physically. Surging hormones can be to blame, but so can the natural worry about the safety and wellbeing of your child.
Try to remember that your fears are normal, but that this phase will pass. Take time to practice mindfulness, meditation, and take some time for yourself. This could include any stress-reducing activities you enjoy like yoga or going for a walk.
Take time to educate yourself with helpful facts and how to recognize what your body is going through, but try to not become burdened down by your worries.
As a word of comfort, remember that some symptoms that may seem concerning are often normal in early pregnancy. While bleeding and cramping can indicate a miscarriage in some cases, remember that it’s also common in healthy pregnancies during the first trimester. In fact, up to 25 percent of women experience some type of bleeding in early pregnancy.
If you do experience any unexplained spotting, reach out to our team at Cache Valley Women’s Center. We can conduct testing like an ultrasound or blood test to make sure your pregnancy is still on track and healthy.
Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge In Logan, Utah
Above all, try to remain calm and positive. Focus on what you can control—like a healthy diet (or at least drinking plenty of fluids if you’re a morning sickness sufferer), taking your prenatal vitamins, and getting light exercise. And remember, you’re not going through this journey alone.
Cache Valley Women’s Center is here to comfort, guide, and support you throughout your pregnancy journey and beyond.