Blood Tests for Detecting Miscarriage

Submitted by Nick on January 17, 2012

A pregnancy is one of the highlights of any woman’s lifetime and despite the fact that she is likely to endure some very painful as well as stressful times, what with the continuously changing chemical as well as physical levels within the body, holding the baby in her arms at the end of the ninth month will always be a very satisfying moment. However, while a normal pregnancy is a very regular occurrence, there are a number of complications that threaten the pregnancy over the course of those nine months. Studies have shown that about 25% of all conceptions result in miscarriage at some point of time during the pregnancy.


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One of the most common misconceptions about miscarriage is that working, exercising or engaging in sexual intercourse during the pregnancy, causes it. However, in truth, studies have shown that none of these are likely to cause a miscarriage in most cases. However, in the event that the mother has a weak uterus, any kind of physical engagement or strain could possibly place the child's life in danger.

As a result, whenever a general health practitioner identifies this as a cause for concern, he or she will request the mother to take time off work ad get as much rest as possible to ensure a healthy childbirth. More on spontaneous abortion

Some of the most significant symptoms of a miscarriage include sudden loss of blood through the vagina in the middle of a pregnancy as well as a pain in the uterus. Mothers that are in the second or third trimester are also likely to notice a lack of movement by the baby. Once a miscarriage has occurred, it is important to perform a few medical tests in order to ascertain the cause of the problem. While this will hardly help the current situation, it will help identify the root cause of the problem, thereby ensuring that any future complications are avoided. A quantitative hCG test is usually ordered as a result of the miscarriage and will help analyze the influence of a ectopic pregnancy in the event of the occurrence. There is also the possibility that the miscarriage was influenced by factors such as smoking, whether maternal or paternal, and the use of certain kinds of medications that will affect the chemical balance within the mothers system. In the event of a threatened miscarriage, it is important to get as much rest as possible.

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