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How long does a miscarriage last

Pregnancy is probably something which is the most wonderful for every woman. It brings much joy and happiness to the mother, but to the whole family as well. Therefore, miscarriage is a very distressful condition that causes much grief to the expecting mother, but also to the entire family.

Miscarriage is practically a natural abortion, which ends up the pregnancy. It is estimated that even 20 to 30% of pregnancies is terminated with miscarriage. In the majority of cases, the miscarriage will happen in the period of the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, although the risk for the occurrence of this spontaneous abortion is present during the first 24 weeks of the pregnancy.

Causes of miscarriage

In most cases, chromosomal abnormality of the embryo is the prime cause for the occurrence of this stressful condition. The chromosomal anomaly of the embryo may be caused by some genetic disorder of the parents, but  it can also be a matter of chance. When chromosomal defect of the embryo is the cause, miscarriage occurs in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

When miscarriage occurs in the last three months of the pregnancy, it is usually caused by certain health problems of the expecting mother, such as diabetes, hypertension, genital herpes, chlamydia, systematic lupus or rubella, as well as inactive thyroid gland.

Other causes for the occurrence of miscarriages include low levels of progesterone, anomalies of the uterus and cervix, and autoimmune response to the baby as a foreign body.

How long does a miscarriage last?

Vaginal spotting is the first symptom of miscarriage, but it is also accompanied by severe pain in the lower abdomen and pain in the lower back. This bleeding and pain gradually become worse until the placenta and the pregnancy tissues are not completely ejected from the body. It is considered that a miscarriage can last for a couple of days or weeks, but there are also cases when the miscarriage occurs in a single day. However, it is estimated that in most cases, miscarriage resolves in about two weeks. 

When a miscarriage lasts for a long period, it is the result of the body’s inability to expel rapidly the remaining products of the pregnancy. Therefore, it can be concluded that the duration of the miscarriage varies from woman to woman. If the miscarriage lasts longer than two weeks, it is the sign of an incomplete miscarriage. Thus, it is important to go to the doctor since it is necessary to remove the remaining pregnancy tissues from the body in order to prevent serious infections.

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