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Having a miscarriage can be a huge emotional loss, or you may not even know it has happened. Since we don’t know how many women miscarry before having a pregnancy test, some figures suggest that as many as one in three pregnancies end in miscarriage. 

Most often there is nothing you can do to prevent a miscarriage. Doctors say that most miscarriages are because there is an abnormality in the growth of the fetus, and not due to anything a woman may or may not have done.

The good news is that the further into the pregnancy you are, the less chance you have of miscarrying. Most miscarriages occur before the thirteenth week of pregnancy.

It can be worrying to have mild cramping and light bleeding in pregnancy, but these are not necessarily signs that you are having a miscarriage. About one in four women experience these symptoms in the early weeks, and many go on to have healthy pregnancies and babies.

Many women experience the heartbreak of losing a pregnancy, while others just spend a lot of time worrying about it. If bleeding or cramping is severe, or you are passing lumpy clots, it is important to go to your clinic as soon as you can. This could be a sign that you are having a miscarriage.

Have you had a miscarriage? Tell us your story in the 'stories' section but remember to register in order to stand to win R55 airtime. 

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