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1Miscarriage is defined as a loss of an embryo within the first twenty weeks after the first twenty weeks the death is defined as a still birth only one quarter of all women have a miscarriage fifteen to twenty percent of miscarriages are in the first trimester the cause of miscarriages could be many things ranging from either problems with the embryo or the placenta may not be able to connect to the inner wall of the uterus other risk factors would be older women family history of miscarriages drug or alchol use smoking caffeine disease infection low folic acids the symptoms of a miscarriage could be vaginal bleeding abdominal pain passing of tissue through the vagina pelvic pain irregular bleeding There are some cases where after the embryo or fetus has discontinued but the girl does not notice anything wrong there might not be any signs Later in pregnancy if you can not feel a baby kicking for over a week that might be a sign of a miscarriage only 1 percent of women have three consecutive miscarriages There are certain tests you can have done to determine if you have had a miscarriage Pelvic examination- in this test the doctor does something simmilar to a pap smear and the doctor checks your cervix to see if it is dialating if the cervix is dialation you are more than likley pregnant still Blood test- in this test blood is drawn to check the hCG levels human chorionic gonadotrophin if you are pregnant they should be increasing at a very fast rate thousands a day the next day they would draw blood again and check it against the blood previously drawn if the levels are decreasing you have had a miscarriage if they are increasing you have not had a miscarriage Ultra sound- in this test if you are more than 12 weeks the technician will look
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