Miscarriage | Fit Pregnancy


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.

The Mystery of Stillbirth: Still Seeking Explanations

As major campaigns to prevent sudden infant death syndrome and premature births make headway—and headlines—stillbirth has largely been overlooked, according to a World Health Organization report. There were 25,655 stillbirths in the U.S. in 2004, and while the number has slowly declined over the last few decades, rates remain higher than in many other developed nations.

The Silent Loss, Part 2

When I found out I was pregnant, I was simultaneously thrilled about having a baby and petrified that something would go wrong. Chalk it up to the occupational hazards of being a health writer, too much time spent trolling the Internet or a somewhat obsessive, glass-half-full-of-water-that-might-contain-toxins personality. Whatever the reason, I had a long list of bad things in my head. And miscarriage topped the list.

A Worrisome Wait

Laura Randolph 30, California
Laura's tips for dealing with a potentially problematic pregnancy:
•Talk to friends about your situation--they may have dealt with a similar dilemma.
•If you're dealing with AFP test results, focus on the statistics that show a high number of false positives.
•Try not to let your emotions get the best of you or to allow worries to spiral out of control.