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Miscarriage Specialist

Elite Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL

Miscarriage is something no woman should have to endure, but if you have, the experts at Elite Women’s Care in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, are available for medical and emotional support. If you’re pregnant, the doctors help you take steps to prevent a miscarriage. If you’ve recently experienced a miscarriage, call the office or book an appointment online to identify the cause so you can go on to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Miscarriage Q & A

What defines a miscarriage?

A pregnancy loss that occurs within the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy is a miscarriage. Up to 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, with most happening before week 13.

Why do miscarriages happen?

Miscarriages happen most often due to a chromosomal abnormality in the developing fetus. Other factors that contribute to miscarriage include:

  • Maternal age
  • Drug use, smoking, or exposure to toxins
  • Improper implantation of the egg in the uterine lining
  • Maternal trauma

Certain diseases or disorders in your reproductive organs may also be a cause of miscarriage. At Elite Women’s Care, the doctors perform an extensive workup after you’ve experienced a miscarriage to determine the possible cause and prevent it from recurring in the future.

When should I be concerned about an impending miscarriage?

If you experience symptoms of miscarriage, you should contact the doctors at Elite Women’s Care immediately. 

  • The warning signs of a miscarriage include:
  • Contractions
  • Whitish-pink vaginal discharge
  • Back pain that often feels worse than menstrual cramps
  • Bleeding or brown spotting
  • Tissue and blood clots passing from the vagina

If you’re pregnant, but no longer feel pregnant – meaning you feel your symptoms have faded, and you no longer experience issues such as morning sickness or fatigue – it could signal something is wrong.

What happens after a miscarriage?

During or after a miscarriage, the doctors do everything possible to prevent hemorrhaging or infection. If you have a miscarriage early in pregnancy, fetal tissue usually evacuates naturally. 

A later miscarriage may require a dilation and curettage (D&C) to remove all remnants of your lost pregnancy.

The team at Elite Women’s Care also provides psychological support following a miscarriage. Losing a pregnancy is a difficult experience. You deserve compassion when evaluating why you may have had a miscarriage and determining if you can or when you will become pregnant again.

How can I prevent miscarriage?

Preventing miscarriage starts before you get pregnant. Take care of yourself by following a healthy diet, achieving a normal weight, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, taking prenatal vitamins, and avoiding excessive stress.
Regular prenatal visits are an essential step in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. You can also follow these helpful tips:

  • Don’t smoke or drink
  • Protect your abdominal area
  • Moderate caffeine intake
  • Avoid toxins and environmental hazards
  • Avoid contact sports and high-risk activities

Although most miscarriages are not the expectant mother’s fault, and nothing can guarantee you won’t experience miscarriage, these steps give you the better chance of having a healthy pregnancy.

Make an appointment at Elite Women’s Care to help you prevent pregnancy loss or heal following a miscarriage. Call the office or book an appointment online today.