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A miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy before the 20th week. Most miscarriages happen during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Sometimes, a miscarriage can happen before a woman knows that she is pregnant.
Having a miscarriage can be an emotional experience. If you have had a miscarriage, talk with your health care provider about any questions you may have about the loss of your baby, the grieving process, and your plans for future pregnancy.
Many times, the cause of a miscarriage is not known.
The following factors may make a pregnant woman more likely to have a miscarriage:
Certain medical conditions
Problems with reproductive organs or structures
Personal or medical history
Treatment for a miscarriage is sometimes not needed if all the pregnancy tissue that was in the uterus comes out on its own, and there are no other problems such as infection or heavy bleeding.
If you have Rh-negative blood, you may be given an injection of a medicine called Rho(D) immune globulin. This medicine helps prevent problems with future pregnancies.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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