• Brief

    • A miscarriage (stillbirth) is a delivery in the first months of the pregnancy when the unborn child (foetus) is not sufficiently developed to live outside the womb (uterus).

    • Symptoms of an early miscarriage

    • Symptoms of an early miscarriage are similar to those of a heavy menstrual period:

      If you have these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

    • Causes of miscarriage

    • There can be many causes of miscarriage. Most often the foetus has a defect and cannot develop well. It may also be the result of, for example, an infection, a hormone disorder or poor implantation in the uterus. Often it is unclear what causes a miscarriage. Usually, this has no influence on a future pregnancy.

      A miscarriage is not the mother’s fault. Normal physical activities, like walking or cycling, are never the cause of stillbirth.
      Sex during pregnancy is not harmful to the foetus. You can have sexual intercourse unless the doctor advises you not to.

    • Grief

    • A pregnant woman and her partner can become quickly attached to an unborn baby. When the foetus dies, this can cause deep sorrow.

      Both partners have a right to grieve. They have to deal with the loss and find a place in their life for it. Talk about it to each other and to your healthcare provider.