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What is a missed abortion

Sep 28, 2011 > Women
A missed abortion is a miscarriage in which the fetus dies but the uterus does not expel the pregnancy tissue immediately. Before ultrasound was available, it was thought this happen only occasionally. Now we know that in many pregnancies the fetus stop growing and dies and woman will not star bleeding or cramping until much later. Without ultrasound, she would not have known for several weeks that the pregnancy was not still growing in a normal way. She would be unaware of the condition until she finally started the typical bleeding of miscarriage.

Missed abortion

What is a missed abortion If a woman has a miss abortion, she will often stop being nauseated (if she has been having morning sickness) and, although she may not know it, her uterus will stop growing. She may even lose a little weight. If the woman feels that something is wrong or that the pregnancy is not progressing, or if the doctor determines that the uterus is not growing, an ultrasound (sonogram) will probably be ordered.

If the sonogram shows that the fetus has died, the doctor may want to use a suction machine to withdraw the pregnancy tissue from the uterus unless the pregnancy is very early or little tissue is present. For your health, as in the case of a “regular” miscarriage, the doctor will want to be sure that all the material is removed.


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