Miscarriage 101: What You Need to Know About Pregnancy Loss

Losing a pregnancy is more common than you may know. Here's what you need to know about the causes and symptoms of miscarriage -- and what you can do to reduce your risk (17 Photos)

Dina Roth Port on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:38PM

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What Every Woman Should Know About Miscarriage

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a Dina Roth Port on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:18PM

There are few things harder than going through the joy of finding out you're pregnant only to have a miscarriage. But miscarriage is incredibly common, affecting about one in five women. Here's what you need to know about it -- why miscarriage happens, what the signs are and what you can do to raise the odds that you'll have a healthy pregnancy the next time around. 

What Is a Miscarriage?

A miscarriage, medically known as a spontaneous abortion, is a pregnancy that ends by itself within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If a pregnancy ends after 20 weeks, that's considered a stillbirth, according to the March of Dimes.

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