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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Anxious after two miscarriages

Dear Dr Amy,

I have had two miscarriages. I am pregnant again and was so distressed that my doctor sent me to an early pregnancy unit. I had a vaginal scan yesterday and they said it looked very good and there was a strong heartbeat and everything was in the right place. I have had slight stomach cramps throughout but today have a tummy bug and light cramps again. Is it normal to experience light cramps throughout the first 12 weeks? Do you thinkI will be ok this time?


Dear C,

Mild cramping is not a sign of miscarriage, so you do not need to be anxious about that.

Once the heartbeat is seen on ultrasound, the risk of miscarriage is cut in half. Once you pass 12 weeks, the risk of miscarriage drops even further. There is no way to know what will happen, but the odds are high that this pregnancy will be successful.



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