Symptoms & Risk of Miscarriage at 10th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on October 16, 2012

Miscarriage is the term used for an unsuccessful pregnancy which ends in the loss of the child in the womb, before 20 weeks of gestation. This is one of the most misfortunate experiences in life and often leaves the mother grief stricken. Although you may be inconsolable at the time of your loss, there is life beyond, and in almost all cases women who suffer a miscarriage do go on to have a healthy and normal pregnancy. At 10 weeks pregnant a miscarriage has a number of causes. The primary cause for most miscarriages in the first trimester ...

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...is a genetic abnormality in the developing fetus, in more than half of the miscarriages that occur during the first trimester, the main cause is a chromosomal imbalance. More often than not, this is just a fluke occurrence that may not occur again. In the case of repeated miscarriages, the genetic irregularity may be passed on from either one of the parents and this risk increases with advanced maternal age. Only a small portion of such pregnancies make it to full term. Improper implantation due to reasons such as previous uterine scars or uterine tumors may also result in miscarriage. A progesterone deficiency, autoimmune disease and vaginal or uterine infections are also believed to be causes of pregnancy loss in the 10th week of pregnancy. A hectic lifestyle with irregular meals and insufficient nutritional intake could also result in pregnancy loss. Smoking, alcohol intake and the use of drugs like cocaine and heroin would also imply that at 10 weeks pregnant the miscarriage risk is significantly high. This is especially true in the case of women who have been addicted to these vices over a period of time and continue even after conception. Physical trauma and stress are other reasons that could lead to miscarriage at 10 weeks.

At 10 weeks pregnant miscarriage symptoms generally include vaginal bleeding and severe cramping in the abdominal region. The bleeding that is triggered by a miscarriage is usually much heavier than a normal period and the passage of blood clots and tissue is very common in such cases. A sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and fatigue could also be indicative of pregnancy loss. At 10 weeks pregnant, a miscarriage without bleeding could also be possible. In such cases, the pregnant woman does not realize that she has miscarried as the main symptom of vaginal bleeding does not occur. This is known as a missed abortion. Missed abortions are usually brought to light only when the doctor cannot pick up a heartbeat and is generally confirmed only after an ultrasound. In most cases, the doctor would recommend a D&C or a D&E to clean the uterus of all the contents of conception.

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