What to expect during miscarriage at 7 weeks?

(October 19, 2012)

What are the signs of miscarriage at 7 weeks?

By the 7th week, you are probably aware of the fact that you are pregnant. You need to exercise a lot of caution during this stage, as the risks of having a miscarriage are quite high. Given below are some of the most common signs of miscarriage at 7 weeks:

  • Abdominal cramps, which can range from mild to severe
  • Absence of fetal heartbeat (determined during a checkup)
  • Backaches and pelvic pain
  • Difficulty in breathing due to heaviness in the chest
  • Leakage of the amniotic fluid from the vagina
  • Light, moderate or heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Painful contractions that occur every 20 minutes or so
  • Passage of blood clots or tissue along with the bleeding or fluid leakage
  • Presence of pinkish-white or brown discharge
  • Severe pain in the abdomen
  • Spotting
  • Sudden and rapid weight loss

These are the most common signs of miscarriage at 7 weeks, but it is not necessary that you will experience them all. There are many women who have had a miscarriage, without any of the symptoms. However, in such cases, the absence of your usual pregnancy symptoms can alert you to the fact that you may have had a miscarriage.

As soon as the early signs of miscarriage at 7 weeks become evident, it is important for you to go in for a checkup. Your doctor will conduct the required tests to confirm if you have had a miscarriage or not.

Submitted by N on October 19, 2012 at 12:35

What causes miscarriages in the first trimester?

It is only natural for any woman to get concerned on experiencing vaginal bleeding during any phase of pregnancy, as it is one of the first signs of a miscarriage. While bleeding during first trimester could be a sign of trouble, there are several other factors that cause it. Given below are some of the most common causes of bleeding during first trimester

  • Blighted ovum
  • Completed or incomplete miscarriage
  • Intrauterine fetal demise
  • Ectopic or molar pregnancy
  • Engaging in sexual intercourse
  • Implantation process as the embryo attaches itself to the walls of the uterus
  • Tears, trauma or infections affecting the vaginal walls
  • Threatened miscarriage because of an infection, dehydration or use of drugs

Studies indicate that almost 20% to 30% of all pregnant women experience bleeding during first trimester and around 50% of the women who bleed have a miscarriage. Given below are some of the causes of miscarriage in first trimester:

  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Food poisoning
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Medical conditions like celiac diseases or diabetes
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Structural problems with the uterus

There are many other factors that could also lead to a miscarriage in the first trimester. However, it is not always possible to identify the exact reasons for a miscarriage.

Submitted by N on September 26, 2011 at 05:38

What is the risk of miscarriage at 7 weeks?

A miscarriage can occur at any stage of pregnancy, for just about any reason. Unfortunately, you have a much higher chance of having a miscarriage in the first trimester, as compared to the others. In the first trimester, around 20% of all pregnancies result in a miscarriage. As the pregnancy progresses, the risk of losing the baby reduces. Data shows that a miscarriage occurs in less than 1% of the pregnancies that make it to the second and third trimester. Even within the first trimester, the risks of having a miscarriage decrease with each passing week.

According to a recent study, the chances of having a miscarriage in the 6th week are around 10%. The risk of miscarriage at 7 weeks falls to around 5%; at 8 weeks, the chances further dip to 4% or 3%. Around the 7th or the 8th week, you should be able to hear the fetal heartbeat, during a prenatal checkup. It is believed that the presence of the heartbeat further reduces the risk of miscarriage at 7 weeks, but there is no clinical study to prove if this is true or not.

There are several different factors that increase your risk of a miscarriage at 7 weeks, such as poor diet, excess stress, obesity, advanced age and medical problems. As soon as you are pregnant, speak to your health care provider for the ways in which you can minimize the risks of a miscarriage. 

Submitted by N on September 15, 2011 at 01:00

Miscarriage During First Trimester

Miscarriage during the first trimester of pregnancy is the most common type of miscarriage. At week seven of a pregnancy, a woman is in her second month of pregnancy and it is during this time that most miscarriages occur. In most cases, a miscarriage during the first trimester is caused by unknown factors and not by any actins of the mother. Since the factors cannot be determined, it is not always possible to predict or even prevent a miscarriage during the first trimester. However there are several factors that can be controlled and many lifestyle changes that a woman can make in order to reduce her risk of miscarriage during this time.

There are several symptoms of an early miscarriage that may go unnoticed. In many cases, woman mistake the initial bleeding in a miscarriage as implantation bleeding and so they tend to ignore it. Bleeding caused by a miscarriage during the seventh week of pregnancy is generally quite heavy and you may observe thick clot-like tissue along with the blood. The blood is red in color and is not dark like menstrual blood but more like the bleeding you would normally experience from a cut or scrape. Another one of the common symptoms of miscarriage during the first trimester is abdominal cramps. Abdominal cramps can be slight or severe and it would be best to discuss this with the doctor in advance. Dizziness and feeling faint can also be a symptom of miscarriage and so if you experience either of these symptoms, you should consult your doctor in advance. In fact, it would be advisable to talk to your doctor about miscarriage symptoms in advance as this will help you to recognize them in time. Many women are so happy once they come to know that they are pregnant that they refuse to even consider the possibility of a miscarriage. This is a big mistake as in many cases a miscarriage can be avoided if it is detected in time. The initial stage of a miscarriage is known as a threatened miscarriage which basically means that if the woman does not receive medical attention in time, she will have a miscarriage. Many women who recognize the symptoms and therefore get immediate medical attention go on to deliver perfectly healthy babies.  

In most cases, women who have miscarriages in the first trimester go on to have completely normal pregnancies later. The important thing to keep in mind is that you should follow the advice of your doctor and always call him/her if you feel that there is something amiss.

Submitted by P T on June 26, 2010 at 03:39

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