Pregnancy Issues

Pregnancy loss happens more often due to lack of medical care, genetic issues, and natural issues, anomalies, trauma, and unknown reasons. Located on the pregnancy page are tables of statitics in the United States for pregnancy loss, miscarriage, and complications. Pregnancy loss is considered stillbirth once the unborn baby reaches twenty four weeks gestation. Pregnancy losses before twenty four weeks is considered a miscarriage. However, terminating a pregnancy without having health or pregnancy complications is considered an abortion before twenty four weeks and is not done after twenty four weeks gestation.

Percentage Likelihood of Miscarriage

1-2 Weeks(Before your period is due):
  • ◊ 75% (this includes eggs that never grow past fertilization, and it would have been impossible to know you were pregnant;
  • ◊ after implantation, which occurs 7-10 days after ovulation, the odds go down to 31%).
  • ◊ 467,201 Before taking an early detection home pregnancy test that gives results before you expect your
3-6 Weeks:
  • ◊ 10% (at 14 days post ovulation when hCG levels reach 50-80)
6-12 Weeks:
  • ◊ 5% (or less if heartbeat heard)
2nd trimester:
  • ◊ 3% (considered stillbirth after 20 weeks)
3rd trimester:
  • ◊ No longer considered miscarriage once fetus is beyond one pound (500 grams) around 24 weeks gestation. Stillbirth rate is 1%.

Pregnancy Loss Statistics
Every year in the U.S., nearly 2 million women experience pregnancy loss:
  • ◊ 600,000 women experience pregnancy loss through miscarriage
  • ◊ 1,200,000 women experience pregnancy loss through termination
  • ◊ 64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy
  • ◊ 6,000 women experience pregnancy loss through molar pregnancies
  • ◊ 26,000 women experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth

Pregnancy Complications Statistics
Pregnancy Complications in the U.S. each year:
  • ◊ 875,000 woman experience one or more pregnancy complications
  • ◊ 458,952 babies are born to mothers without adequate prenatal care
  • ◊ 467,201 babies are born prematurely
  • ◊ 307,030 babies are born with Low Birth Weight
  • ◊ 154,051 children are born with Birth Defects
  • ◊ 27,864 infants die before their first birthday

The three pregnancy complications below will be dicussed in more detail within their respective pages. Each is broken down into causes, diagnosis, and treatments. As I become more familiar with some of the more common pregnancy complications, such as Vasa Previa, more pages will be added. The three that are a part of what happened when I was pregnant with Baby Kaitlin were Velamentous Insertion Cord, Rh,and Erythroblastosis fetalis. Any other pregnancy pages, I have not personally experienced.

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Velamentous Insertion Cord is the insertion of the umbilical cord on the chorioamniotic membranes rather than on the placental mass.

'The Rh system was named after rhesus monkeys, since they were initially used in the research to make the antiserum for typing blood samples. If the antiserum agglutinates your red cells, you are Rh+ . If it doesn't, you are Rh- . It is only when the two blood types are mingled in an Rh-negative individual that the difficulty arises, since the Rh factor acts as an antigen in Rh-negative persons, causing the production of antibodies.'

Erythroblastosis fetalis develops in an unborn infant when the mom and the baby have different blood types. The mother produces substances called antibodies that attack the developing baby's red blood cells.

Limb Body Wall Complex refers to a rare combination of disruptive and lethal abnormalities which start early in the gestational process. - Please note, this was a pregnancy issue shared with Kaitlinswish from a loving mother wanting others to know and understand Limb Body Wall Complex.


  • Cord, velamentous insertion by Ruben Quintero, MD, Waldo Sepulveda, MD, Roberto Romero, MD *, Francisco Brandt, MD, Moshe Mazor, MD

  • Erythroblastosis fetalis. (2008). Retrieved February 11, 2009, from University of Maryland Medical Center Web site

  • Facts about Miscarriage. (2008). Retrieved May 30, 2009, from Pregnancy Loss Web site

  • Statistics. (2000). Retrieved May 30, 2009, from American Pregnancy Association Web site

  • Rh factor. (2008). Retrieved February 9, 2009, from Infoplease Web site

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