Common Terms for a Miscarriage

Threatened Miscarriage: bleeding in early pregnancy accompanied by cramping or lower backache. This bleeding is often the result of implantation. (cervix is closed)

Incomplete Miscarriage: Bleeding with abdominal or back pain with an open cervix. It is inevitable when there is a dilation or effacement of the cervix. Bleeding and cramps may continue if the miscarriage is not complete.

Complete Miscarriage: when everything dealing with conception has emptied out of the uterus. Bleeding, pain and cramping should subside quickly.

Missed Miscarriage: when embryonic death has occurred but there is not any expulsion from uterus. Women can experience a miscarriage without knowing it.

Recurrent Miscarriage (RM): Defined as 3 or more consecutive first trimester miscarriages.

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