Many people believe miscarriages are a tragedy that happens to others, but not them. However, when 10-15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, it’s not exactly a rare occurrence.
With so much misunderstanding surrounding miscarriages, these myths and misconceptions can cause harm to women who have been through the experience of a miscarriage firsthand. Today, we’re debunking these myths and clearing the air around the misconceptions of miscarriage.
Types of Miscarriage
There are a few types of miscarriages that could happen. A chemical pregnancy is a miscarriage that happens very early. Women who have chemical pregnancies may not have even known they were pregnant. Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, potentially causing severe pain and dizziness, if on the way towards a rupture. In many cases, no symptoms accompany the ectopic at all outside of fluctuating beta hCG levels.. A missed miscarriage is a loss of pregnancy, usually in the first trimester. It doesn’t exhibit the typical symptoms and is often diagnosed by a doctor based on lab results.
Myth 1: It’s the mother’s fault.
Many women who experience miscarriages lay the blame on themselves. People who don’t understand may also blame the mother since it’s her body that is supposed to nurture and carry the child. Sometimes the genome process, or the combining of chromosomes, fails, resulting in aneuploidy. On some occasions, this failure results in Down Syndrome but in severe cases, it can cause the fetus to die. Heavy lifting and exercise does not account for miscarriages. While upsetting, this failure has nothing to do with the mother’s choices before or during pregnancy.
Myth 2: Multiple miscarriages are a sign of infertility.
Most women who miscarry will do so only one or two times but some women will have three or more miscarriages. According to a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, “A 35-year-old woman who has had three miscarriages in a row still has a 70 percent chance of a successful pregnancy.” Just because you’ve experienced miscarriages doesn’t signify the end of your fertility.
Myth 3: A woman’s body needs to recover after a miscarriage.
A common misconception about miscarriage is that the body needs to recover before it’s ready to become pregnant again. However, there is little medical evidence to suggest that waiting is better for a woman’s health. Many doctors recommend trying to conceive again as soon as possible, as waiting longer doesn’t seem to have any impact on the health of future pregnancies.
Myth 4: You’re supposed to wait until you’ve had three miscarriages before consulting a doctor.
In the past, it was recommended that a woman have three consecutive miscarriages before seeing a doctor about it. There is no reason to go through that tough experience three times before seeking help. Speaking with a doctor could help you learn more about your loss and even prevent future losses from occurring.
Miscarriages are still a very misunderstood concept. Those who haven’t had them may have misconceptions about the people who have. Educating people on these common misunderstandings is the best way to clear the air around this difficult topic.
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