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A miscarriage is a pregnancy that ends by itself within the first 20 weeks, and it is usually because the pregnancy is not developing normally. Some experts estimate that half of all fertilized eggs die and are miscarried. Most times it is even before a woman knows she is pregnant.

Of the pregnancies women know about and have been medically confirmed, approximately 10 percent to 20 percent end in miscarriage. This makes miscarriage very common. In many cases, miscarriage is considered a natural-selection process because it is ending a pregnancy that would not have developed into a normal, healthy baby.

Often cases of miscarriage are only of placental tissue and a fetus was yet to even be formed. The term abortion is always used to the term of ending a pregnancy deliberately.

Medically speaking, however, it refers to both intentional and unintentional ending of a pregnancy up until the time the fetus can be expected to live outside the womb. Medical advisors often use the term "spontaneous abortion" to refer to a miscarriage, intentional or unintentional. There are several stages and types of miscarriage. Such include threatened abortion, incomplete abortion, complete spontaneous abortion, inevitable abortion, missed abortion, and septic abortion.

Threatened abortion is when symptoms of a miscarriage occur within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and indicate a miscarriage is possibly happening. Vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of a threatened abortion.

An incomplete abortion is when some of the pregnancy tissue remains inside a woman and is usually expelled over time. In some cases however the tissue may need to be removed by a health-care provider.

During a complete spontaneous abortion, all the tissue is expelled out of the body. There is no need to have any tissue removed after this type of miscarriage, although seeking medical advice during this time is recommended.

Inevitable abortion is when a miscarriage is imminent. There is little warning and little signs to know. Tissue is also expelled.

In a missed abortion, the fetus has died or did not develop. The pregnancy tissues have not been expelled from the uterus. With this type of miscarriage again there is little sign of what is happening until it has already happened.

An infected abortion, or a septic abortion, is when a serious infection occurs in the fetal material before, during, or after the miscarriage.

Miscarriages are an unexplained thing. It has not been researched as well as some would like, but hopefully the future will bring more knowledge in how to prevent this. The majority of miscarriages happen within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The most common age factor in a miscarriage is women older than 35.

Another common miscarriage is women carrying multiple fetuses.

Miscarriage rates about double when a women turns 40. No matter though, young or old, miscarriages happen, sometimes with no explanation at all.

There are numerous risk factors for miscarriage. The risk rises if you have had a miscarriage in the past and if you have had a stillbirth between explanation the fourth and eighth months of pregnancy. Also, if you have had a preterm labor in an earlier pregnancy or have trouble conceiving, you are also at higher risk to miscarry. There are certain health risks that women have that make it more difficult to carry a child that would lead to miscarriage. Women who have systemic disease, things such as diabetes, lupus or hypothyroidism, endometriosis, a uterine infection, fibroids, or uterine scar tissue are at much higher risk than a healthy woman.

While pregnant, getting an infection such as rubella or toxoplasmosis or getting a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is also a great risk factor in miscarrying.

In most cases neither a woman's doctor nor the woman can prevent having a miscarriage. However, if you think you are having a miscarriage it is important to contact your health care provider. He or she may be able to detect if your pregnancy is proceeding normally or detect some other problems.

Some symptoms of having a miscarriage are most commonly brown or bright red vaginal bleeding or spotting, without cramps. This bleeding could occur very early in the pregnancy, before you even miss your first menstrual period and know that you are pregnant.

Good health care for the mother always promotes better health care for the developing baby. It is known that certain eating habits and not smoking will promote a healthier child, although sometimes miscarriages just occur, even if a mother is doing all the right things.