Even for a short-lived pregnancy, research shows that women go through a grieving process similar in every way to women whose babies died much later in pregnancy or after birth. However, the grieving period is shorter, lasting 3 to 12 months.
Genetic: About half of early miscarriages involve a missing or extra chromosome in the fetus.
Structural: Twenty percent of aborted embryos are malformed
Hormonal: Low progesterone, thyroid dysfunction
Infection: Ureaplasma, chlamydia or any infection causing a high fever
Other: Heavy smoking or alcohol use; incompetent cervix, malformed uterus
Rules for Grieving
For Support Persons
Surviving Pregnancy Loss, by Rachelle Freidman and Bonnie Gradstein (revised 1996, Citadel Press), Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News , by Jonathan Scher (Harper and Collins, 1991), How To Prevent Miscarriage And Other Crises Of Pregnancy , by Stefan Semchyshyn and Carol Colman (Macmillan, 1990).
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