Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Miscarriage

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Miscarriage Services and Support​

We understand the challenges and emotions that surround pregnancy loss. Dr McLaren and her compassionate team are here to provide guidance, support, and comprehensive care during this difficult time.

Understanding Miscarriage​

A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks of gestation. Unfortunately, miscarriages are quite common, with up to 1 in 5 pregnancies ending before 13 weeks, with an increased risk associated with maternal age. The majority of women who have a miscarriage have vaginal bleeding and cramping lower abdominal pains. Some women don’t have any symptoms at all, and the miscarriage is diagnosed by ultrasound scan.

Early Miscarriage: 
An early miscarriage is one that occurs in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The majority of miscarriages occur in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Late Miscarriage:
A late miscarriage is one that occurs between 13-20 weeks’ gestation or in the second trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy loss in the second trimester is much less common.

Recurrent Miscarriage: 
In Australia, recurrent miscarriage is defined as 3 or more miscarriages in a row. About 1-2% of women experience recurrent miscarriage.

Stillbirth: 
Stillbirth is the loss of a pregnancy after 20 weeks.

For more information about understanding miscarriage download the ‘Understanding Miscarriage’ factsheet provided by Miscarriage Australia.

Possible Causes of Miscarriage include:

Genetic Causes: 
Chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.

Uterine Abnormalities:
Issues with the structure of the uterus.

Immune System Abnormalities: Overactive or underactive immune response.

Blood Clotting Disorders: 
Conditions affecting blood clotting.

Hormone Imbalance: 
Fluctuations in hormonal levels.

The majority of miscarriages do not have a preventable cause and are due to non-recurring chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. Therefore, no testing of the embryo or of either parent is required unless three consecutive first trimester miscarriages have occurred.

While some cases remain unexplained, a thorough history, examination, and investigations can help determine the cause, improving the chances of a healthy pregnancy in the future.

Miscarriage Support and Guidance

Experiencing a miscarriage can be emotionally challenging; women can be unprepared for the depth of grief and loss they feel when experiencing an early pregnancy loss or miscarriage. Dr McLaren and her team are dedicated to providing the support and guidance you need during this overwhelming time and will thoroughly discuss any recommended management or care with you.

Many couples will go on to achieve a healthy pregnancy spontaneously, but for those who require assistance, options such as ovulation induction or IVF may be considered.

For more information and support about miscarriage explore factsheets provided by Miscarriage Australia

Molar Pregnancy

A molar pregnancy is a type of early pregnancy loss, because of chromosomal abnormalities that means that your pregnancy is not viable or cannot survive and unfortunately miscarriage usually occurs within the first 3 months.

A molar pregnancy is also known as a ‘Hydatidiform Mole’ or ‘Gestational Trophoblastic Disease’ and occurs in approximately 1 in 1,200 pregnancies. The condition involves the placenta burrowing into the uterine wall, leading to specific challenges with the pregnancy.

There are two types of molar pregnancy: a complete and a partial molar pregnancy. With a complete molar pregnancy no foetus develops. A partial or incomplete molar pregnancy results in both an abnormal foetus and placenta, but the foetus is non-viable.

Molar pregnancy symptoms can include large than expected abdominal growth, and some women may experience no symptoms and be diagnosed on a routine ultrasound.

It is necessary for women who have had a molar pregnancy to be followed up by a specialist gynaecologist obstetrician. Depending on the type of mole, regular follow-up may be necessary. It’s important to note that most women can conceive again and have a healthy pregnancy after experiencing a molar pregnancy.

Explore further information about molar pregnancy from the Mater Mothers Hospital patient information leaflet here.

Setting up an Appointment​

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