Suffering a miscarriage can be a very sad, scary or lonely experience. This section of our site is designed to answer questions and provide support to you through this difficult time.
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 24 weeks. The loss of a baby after 24 weeks is called a stillbirth. If the baby is born alive from week 24-37 it is called premature birth.
Often the underlying cause is the same, particularly between late miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and this is why Tommy’s funds research across all types of loss and complications.
Miscarriages are often referred to as early or late.
What is early miscarriage?
An early miscarriage is one that happens in the first trimester (until 13 weeks of pregnancy). After 13 weeks, the risk of miscarriage drops.
Early miscarriages are more common than you may realise, often occurring before the mother even realises she is pregnant. Many early losses happen to mothers who simply assume the bleeding is a normal period.
What is late miscarriage?
A late miscarriage occurs between weeks 14 to 24 of pregnancy. This is much less common.
Causes of late miscarriage
Late miscarriages are much less common than early miscarriages. They may be caused by the factors listed below, but many losses remain unexplained at the moment.
Late miscarriage has many of the same causes as preterm birth, which is the birth of a baby between 24 and 37 weeks of pregnancy.
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