UPDATED November 16th, 2017

The sad bottom line is that miscarriages are a common occurrence and there’s often nothing that can be done to prevent them. The March of Dimes tells us, “As many as half of all pregnancies may end in miscarriage—we don’t know the exact number because many may happen before a woman knows she’s pregnant.” Of course, being healthy and following all doctor recommendations is optimal for pregnancies, but most miscarriages would have taken place regardless of the mother’s habits, leaving her devastated, but not at all at fault.

Below, we’re going over 15 miscarriage facts every woman should know, including some signs and symptoms of loss. If you have any questions or concerns about your own pregnancy, you should consult with your physician as soon as possible. If you’ve suffered a miscarriage and are struggling to process your loss, don’t hesitate to get some emotional support from a loved one or a professional counselor.

1. They tend to happen early.
Over 80% of miscarriages happen in the first three months of pregnancy. This is why it is believed that many take place before the woman even knows she’s conceived and the following percentage should be higher.

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