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Why did I give birth to undeveloped baby ? Miscarriage causes

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I went to hospital last night with really bad stomach cramps i hadn't had a period for at least 6 months and i didn't even think of bein pregnant i never told my mum and jus kept it to myslef. When i was lying down i felt my stomach and it felt like i was feeling a leg i really panicked and felt my whole stomach which felt like a baby.
Anyway i got to the hospital and i was bleeding but only like little spots. Then i went to the toilet and i pushed really hard and i couldnt belev it i pushed out a baby's head the baby was tiny i pushed agen once more and everything came out in the toilet pan there it was a tiny little baby no bigger than my hand but this baby wasen't fully developed it was so small but it was dead, the nurses took it away but then they never told me anything next.

This is wat i want to know why i gave birth to an undeveloped baby and was bleeding very heavily, blood clots bigger than golf balls. Can u please tell me what this is. I want to know urgently

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replied December 12th, 2007
Single and Pregnant Answer A3451
A pregnancy that ends before the 28th week is not considered a birth but is medically called a "miscarriage". Pregnancies that end between the 28th and 38th week are considered premature births. The normal duration of a pregnancy is considered to last between 38 and 42 weeks. If a pregnancy lasts for more than 42 weeks, it is considered an "over-kept pregnancy". Six months is less than 28 weeks so it seems that you probably had a miscarriage. There could be many reasons for miscarriage:

1. Genetic malformations of the fetus;
2. Fetal damage caused by viral infections, Toxoplasmosis, drugs, irradiation…;
3. Vaginal infection;
4. Trauma;
5. Cervical failure;
6. Uterus’s tumors etc.

You can consult your gynecologist to find out the precise cause for the miscarriage in your case.

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replied August 27th, 2009
1. How old were you when this happened?
2. Do you smoke or drink or do drugs?
3. Is this the first time you got pregnant?
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replied May 12th, 2010
I am sorry but this doctor hasn't been very precise at all. From day one of a pregnancy until 12 weeks is when you are most likely to have a miscarriage (called an early miscarriage.)Early miscarriages are usually caused by something terribly wrong with the baby, an abnormality that would make it impossible for them to live outside the womb, these problems are chromosomal. There are other reasons for early miscarriages but most of the time it is a chromosomal abnormality that has nothing to do with the mother.
Second of all, after 12 weeks your chances of miscarriage drop substantially due to the fact that the fetus is fully formed and simply needs to grow more and develop brain and lung functions among many others. After this stage you are in the second trimester and if you do lose a baby it is called a late miscarriage. They can be due to an incompetent (too week)cervix, or something wrong with the placenta, infections in the mother and such. It is a late miscarriage up to 20 weeks then until 40 weeks it is considered a stillbirth. It is rare but there have been babies that lived after 21 weeks gestation so they are viable. Some very heartless doctors may beg to differ and say the it is not a baby till 28 weeks when you reach the 3rd trimester but that is not true, and I'm not just speaking as someone who is pregnant with a living baby, or as someone that has lost children, but I have done my homework very thoroughly. Perhaps I should be the one making all the money then doc?
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