A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. The main sign of a miscarriage is usually vaginal bleeding, which may be followed by cramping and pain in your lower abdomen. If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding contact your GP or midwife. You may well be referred to an early pregnancy unit at your local hospital straight away if necessary, and an ultrasound can normally establish if a miscarriage is about to happen. However, it should be remembered that light vaginal bleeding is relatively common during the first trimester of pregnancy (the first 12 weeks) and doesn't necessarily mean a miscarriage is imminent. There are many reasons why miscarriages happen and it is unlikely that it is anything the mother has done.
Sometimes it can be caused by abnormal chromosomes in the baby or, possibly, an underlying health condition in the mother. Unfortunately, the vast majority of miscarriages cannot be prevented, although certain risks should be avoided, e.g. smoking, drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs, attempting to avoid infections such as rubella, as well as avoiding being overweight. In rare cases where the cause of recurrent miscarriages can be identified - such as Hughes syndrome or a weakened cervix - these may be treated by a specialist.
Submit a request for further information, a quotation or indicative cost. Your enquiry will be forwarded to up to 3 private healthcare providers. They will respond directly with further information.
Get a quote for miscarriage treatment >