Miscarriage common in UAE – 1 in 4 suffer from it
It has been reported that there can be 1 in 4 women to suffer from a miscarriage. But the good news is that the report also states that the same women have a 70 percent chance in giving birth to a full term healthy baby.
“the experience is common among the women, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy”, mentions Dr. Zahida Haq, Specialist – obstetrics and gynecology at Universal Hospital.
She further stressed that, “Many patients often feel they are under great pressure from the society due to common stigmas, which leads to psychological issues post-miscarriage. They feel ridiculed by those around them and are made to feel that it’s their fault. The patient has nothing to do with the loss of her baby, especially if it occurred in the first trimester, which is often related to chromosomal abnormalities of the fetus.”
Besides the pain in the loss of the child, there is a great amount of psychological pressure that is put upon on the mother. Miscarriages generally occur within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and if carried on, in the next 20 weeks there is a good chance of having stillbirths.
Factors that majorly influence miscarriages are infections in the genital system, alcohol consumption, obesity, thyroid problems, auto-immune disorders, cardiac diseases, diabetes and smoking.
“Miscarriage is a time that requires support, including from the doctor, from work, from her family and her partner. It has to be dealt with a sympathetic approach, which usually involves the partner”, says Dr. Haq adding, “it is always difficult for any doctor, including herself, to break the ‘bad news’ to a patient, who expects to be a mother.”