What is pregnancy loss/miscarriage?
A miscarriage, also called pregnancy loss or spontaneous abortion, is the unexpected loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy, or gestation. (Gestation is the period of pregnancy from conception to birth.) The loss of a pregnancy after the 20th week of gestation is called a stillbirth and can occur before or during delivery.1
- PubMed Health A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. (2010, November 21). Miscarriage. Retrieved May 21, 2012, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002458/ [top]