Miscarriage is one of the most heartbreaking events that a couple may face in their relationship. Parents who have already had a child grieve knowing what they have lost, and couples who have yet to have children often wonder if they did something wrong or if they will be able to carry a successful pregnancy in the future. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., the first thing we want you to understand is that there is very little that you can do to either cause or prevent a miscarriage. 25% of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage, and of these, over 80% were caused by random, non-repeatable abnormalities. The staff at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. understands that we cannot take away your pain, but we will do our very best to provide compassionate and complete care.
Once a miscarriage has been confirmed, there are steps that must be taken. It is often difficult to think about as hormones and emotions collide, but the choice needs to be made whether you will choose a minor surgical procedure known as a D&C, undergo an induced miscarriage through medication, or wait for a spontaneous miscarriage to occur. While some women choose to wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, it is not recommended for women to wait more than two weeks.
There is no “right” choice, and women make their choices based on different reasons. With any of the choices, there will be some physical discomfort and bleeding involved. By talking with one of our physicians, you can make the best choice for you based on the appropriateness of each option.
Most women and their spouses/partners want to try to gain an understanding of why a miscarriage occurred, mostly to prevent it from happening again in the future. However, aside from alcohol, drug, or physical abuse there is often no known cause. A large majority of women who have had a miscarriage go on to have a successful pregnancy and healthy, live birth. Even women who have had two or more recurrent miscarriages go on to have a healthy, full-term delivery.
At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we are here for you throughout trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth, and loss. We understand that miscarriage is difficult, and we offer empathy and compassion at every turn.