Getting pregnant and giving birth to a new life is the most cherished experience for a woman. However, some pregnancies are unable to consummate and end up in miscarriages. Miscarriages usually happen when the body is not fully prepared for a baby and/or several complications make it impossible for the foetus to survive.
Miscarriage is a traumatic experience. Nonetheless, one should keep in mind that a miscarriage does not entail the end of the maternity experience. Once the body has healed and is ready for a baby, the woman will be able to conceive again. To ensure that the body heals well after a miscarriage, women need to be aware of certain signs which can help to gauge when the miscarriage is complete or not.
An incomplete miscarriage can trigger several other complications endangering the health and the prospect of conceiving again. Proper and timely medical attention is vital in cases of incomplete miscarriages to eliminate all possibilities of harm to the woman’s well-being.
Studies have shown that usually miscarriages occur before the 13th week and in some cases, before the beginning of the 20th week. Incomplete miscarriage occurs when the uterus does not get entirely cleared. A left over part of the fetus, placenta and/or sac in the uterus signal an incomplete miscarriage.
A missed carriage is different from an incomplete miscarriage. In a missed carriage, the fetus does not show any signs or growth or development and the pregnancy becomes non-viable but the body has not yet experienced miscarriage. In some cases, body naturally and gradually expels the left over pieces and clears the uterus. In other cases, certain symptoms indicate that the body is unable to purge itself of the remaining parts of the fetus. If you detect the presence of such symptoms, it is warning signal of an incomplete miscarriage.
Signs and Symptoms of Incomplete Miscarriage
The presence of clotting and/or vaginal bleeding even after the miscarriage indicates that some part has been left behind in the uterus. Incomplete miscarriage also results in lower abdominal cramps. Such expulsions are a result of the body’s efforts at discharging the leftover pieces and clearing the uterus.
These symptoms cause physical distress to the woman signalling that something is not right with her body. Tenderness in the pelvic region and abdomen area is yet another sign of incomplete miscarriage. Lower back pain is also triggered due to this condition. An examination by a doctor or an ultrasound can provide the information regarding an incomplete miscarriage. It shows whether the cervix is still open or not.
Ultrasound procedures have an additional benefit as the scans allow the doctor to see whether any leftover pieces are present inside the uterus. Once the condition of incomplete miscarriage has been confirmed, appropriate medical attention is required. Procedures such as dilation are used to expel the remnants from the uterus and clear it completely. Eliminating the remnants of the terminated pregnancy minimizes the risks of any harm to the woman’s body and paves the way for a future pregnancy.