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Missed Miscarriage

Missed Miscarriage

Missed miscarriage is a rare type of miscarriage that women can have without knowing it. It is also known as a missed abortion or a silent pregnancy.
Buzzle Staff
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
There are many types of pregnancy losses, and one of them is a missed miscarriage. In this type, the elements of terminated pregnancy are not expelled out of the body immediately. And women may not realize it for many weeks. Probably, the reason might be that the symptoms are overlooked, which is actually the worst part for pregnancy. Therefore, it is of utmost important for every woman to know what exactly this term is, along with its signs and symptoms.


In a missed miscarriage, the body fails to recognize the death of an unborn child. It is a kind where an embryonic death occurs, but the body does not drive out the various elements of a terminated pregnancy. It may not be noticed for a period of many weeks, and the women will not be aware that they have lost their kid. Why this happens is still unknown, but it may show the signs of loss of pregnancy symptoms and absence of the fetal heart sound found on an ultrasound.

This condition can have a form of overwhelming or destructive loss for pregnant women. The fact is that its signs are indefinite, and many women are unaware of the fact that their pregnancy has been terminated. It can have effects on further pregnancies as well.


The causes of this condition are diverse, but the exact cause cannot be accurately defined. Most of them occur within the first 12 weeks of conception. It is only predicted from several examinations, that the early ones are due to genetic problems with either the ovum or sperm or with the zygote division process. Sometimes, it depends upon the sperm cells or ovum quality, and sometimes, it may be caused due to wrong division process of zygote. It may also lead to infection.

Some of the other causes may be chromosomal abnormality, hormonal problems, infections, maternal age, improper implantation of the egg, maternal trauma, etc. Sometimes, it also depends up on the individual's lifestyle, like smoking, drinking, eating habits, etc.

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Mild to severe back pain
  • Mucus or bleeding from vagina
In some cases, it may happen that sometimes a woman can experience pregnancy symptoms even after she loses the baby. This is due to the fact that the placental tissue continues to release pregnancy hormones even after the incident has occurred.


The prime objective of the treatment is to prevent hemorrhage and/or infection. If the body fails to expel all the tissue, the most common procedure used to stop the bleeding and prevent infection is a dilation and curettage. Drugs may be prescribed to control the bleeding after this procedure is performed, but the bleeding has to be monitored closely. After the treatment, if you notice an increase in bleeding or the onset of chills or even fever, it is best to contact your physician immediately.

Emotional Treatment

Unfortunately, this kind of condition can affect any woman and leave her with unanswered questions about the physical recovery, emotional recovery, and the hope to conceive again. During this time, it is very important that women maintain healthy communication with their family and friends and of course, their doctor.

Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.