Miscarriage Statistics

Pregnancy is a beautiful experience that nearly all women hope to experience and get through successfully.  Unfortunately, miscarriages can happen and the chances of experiencing a miscarriage are more common than most people think.  Believe it or not, miscarriage is pretty common among women today and this article is going to present a series of statistics to give a clear idea just how major the chances of having a miscarriage are among pregnant women.

According to most studies conducted, a miscarriage can occur in 20 – 25% of recognized pregnancies or pregnancies that are realized by both parents and doctors.If we are to include unrecognized pregnancies in which the woman is unaware of her conception, the rate could go up to more than 50%. Reports have shown that within this range, the miscarriage would happen during the 13th to the 22nd week of pregnancy. Once a miscarriage occurs, the woman will experience several signs such as vaginal bleeding with or without pain, abdominal cramps, loss or decrease in pregnancy symptoms, weight loss, and at times grayish tissues passing from the vagina.There is a 75% chance of a miscarriage occurring during the first two weeks of pregnancy, but as you continue on to your 6th to 12th week, the chances lower down to about 5% to 10%.

The statistics are based on several factors, one of which is the age of the woman.  Healthy women under 30 years old have a 15% - 20% chance of experiencing a miscarriage while women above 30 would have a 20% - 35% chance and women above 40 are reported to have a 50% chance.  Another factor would be the frequency of the occurrence of miscarriage.  Women who have experienced miscarriage for the first time have a 10% to 13% chance of experiencing it again while those who experienced recurrent miscarriage (two or more miscarriages in the past) have a higher chance ranging from 40% to 50%.  But according to some studies, the rate lowers if a woman is able to have one or more live births after going through a miscarriage in the past.

These miscarriage statistics do not totally define the end-results of every pregnancy.  Every woman and every child is different and unique and some pregnancies will progress far better than others.  How well you take care of yourself, your daily diet, and how active your lifestyle is will help determine the success of your pregnancy at the end of the journey.