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Expanding a family is one of the most exciting and emotional times that can be experienced. Everything you think you know about conception goes out of the window and you find yourself questioning methods and learning things you never thought possible. One of the few things we are inclined to learn about is miscarriage. That is the one word we try our best to avoid at all costs. Why is the subject of miscarriage still so taboo? It is more common than we think but less understood than it should be.

The said truth is that many pregnancies end in miscarriages and it is important that we have knowledge on the topic. Let’s explore what miscarriage is and how to best help those experiencing this traumatic time get through it.

What exactly is a Miscarriage?
Miscarriageis the natural death of an embryo or fetus before it is able to survive independently”. This traumatic experience can occur at anytime, typically within the first 20 weeks of gestation,  and can happen to anyone. Many miscarriages can occur at home while some are realized at doctor’s appointments. There are even instances where a woman may not know she is pregnant and assume she the bleeding she experiencing is her normal menstrual cycle.

Conditional to the classification and time frame of the miscarriage there is a possibility that it can be medically or surgically. There are also instances where medical or surgical intervention is not necessary, but a medical opinion should be sought out once there is a feeling that something is wrong.

Why do miscarriages occur?
Studies show that most instances of miscarriage occur because of abnormalities of the chromosomes in the fetus. Aside from fetal or chromosomal abnormalities, the likelihood of miscarriage increases concurrently with the increase in a woman’s age.  Other causes to be considered in why miscarriages occur are issues such as fluid and inflammation in the fibroids, polyps, fallopian tube, or a clotting disorder.

Life after miscarriage
Regardless of when miscarriage happens, it is difficult to deal with.  It is crucial that anyone who is or has experienced a miscarriage seek out the proper mental health assistance. And do not assume that the experience only affects you and you are the only one this has happened to. This experience also deeply affects your partner and there are countless others who have been in this situation. You are not alone.  Allow you and your partner time to grieve and cope. Once you and your partner are ready both emotionally and physically, try again. No matter what, do not give up hope on expanded your family and becoming a parent. There are many other options available to you.