Miscarriage | Fit Pregnancy


The Sad Truth About Stillborn Babies

The first time I attended a birth where I knew the baby would not live, I’d only been a nurse for a few months.  It was a premature delivery at 24 weeks and there was no way to stop that baby from being born. The little girl slipped out of her mother’s body into warm waiting blankets.

Miscarriage Demystified

For many women, the instant exultation that a positive pregnancy test evokes is slowly replaced with a nagging fear: What if something goes wrong? What if I lose the baby? While a certain number of pregnancies do, sadly, end in miscarriage, it’s reassuring to know that the majority of pregnancies result in healthy babies. And even if a woman does suffer a loss, she’s very likely to have a healthy pregnancy in the future.

No Delay Needed After Miscarriage

A new study from researchers in Scotland suggests that sooner may be better when it comes to conceiving after a miscarriage, ABC News reports.

Stillbirth Risk is Higher for Black Women

African American women are twice as likely to suffer a late-pregnancy loss as white women, says a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Miscarriage Reality Check

Your miscarriage risk is probably lower than you think; in fact, if you have no symptoms, such as bleeding, it’s less than 2 percent. The overall risk once you know you’re pregnant is 12 percent to 15 percent, but most women who go on to have a miscarriage have had symptoms. The best news of all: An average of 19 out of 20 first-time moms go on to have healthy, full-term pregnancies after a miscarriage. A recent British study also found that a woman’s miscarriage risk is related to her past pregnancy history as follows: 

The Heart of It All

It's just past rush hour, and my husband, Nelson, and I are riding the Red Line T into Boston. I'm finally feeling morning sickness (at all times of the day, in fact) so I'm trying extra hard to keep the queasiness at bay while we squish in next to a crowd of people. I catch a whiff of strong jasmine perfume from a heavy set lady dressed in a red flowing tunic and fight off the heaving sensation in my belly. I close my eyes, breath slowly, and listen to the sound of the trolley car now ricocheting along the tracks.

First Trimester Bleeding and Miscarriage

I've gotten quite a few emails lately with questions about miscarriage and first trimester bleeding. Nadine had an early miscarriage recently and was advised to wait three months before trying again. Amber had her first OB appointment and was told she wasn't nine weeks along as she thought but six weeks. Her placenta was big and there was no heartbeat. Kerri recently had her first prenatal appointment and reported a little spotting but didn't get any response or advice from her doctor.

Crazy Cramps

Let's talk about cramps. You thought you'd leave those suckers behind for nine months once you got pregnant. You figured you'd have a bunch of big whoppers when you went into labor but other than that, you'd be cramp-free. Along with no period, isn't that supposed to be one of the perks of pregnancy? But then you notice some twinges. A little aching that comes and goes. Maybe you're just a few weeks along and worried there's a miscarriage coming. Maybe you're in your second trimester and worried it's preterm labor.

A Mother Never Forgets

Michelle's riding the roller coaster. She had an ultrasound this week because of spotting, thinking she was around nine weeks pregnant. The technician gave her sad news. There was a sac (amniotic membrane) but nothing in it. Michelle and her husband were obviously upset until an obstetrician told her the reason the sac was empty was because she was only six weeks along—not nine. Her blood hormone levels were adequate and appropriate for a six-week pregnancy. Sometimes we can see a beating heart on a six-week ultrasound but not always.

An Unimaginable Loss

My sister and her husband just lost a baby halfway through their pregnancy. It's the kind of heartbreak I can only imagine, and it leaves me feeling heartbroken for them, and completely helpless.