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Missed Miscarriage

A missed miscarriage mostly occurs early in pregnancy without any warning symptoms that something has gone wrong, until detected through an early routine scan. This is where a baby has failed to develop at all (blighted ovum) or there is no heartbeat detected during a scan.

Your body may still have been giving you pregnancy symptoms, despite your baby not growing or surviving, so this is why it is called a missed miscarriage. Perhaps there was a slight lessening of breast tenderness or your nauseousness had eased slightly.

This loss can happen to anyone and will come as a great shock. Please know most women go on to have a successful pregnancy.

Causes of a missed miscarriage

Chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can be a cause of missed miscarriages but it is largely unknown. These abnormalities occur during the fertilisation process where a baby does not develop at all or only survives for a short time.


You need to discuss the options available to you with your doctor. You will need to decide if you will have a procedure called a Dilation & Curettage to speed up the process or you can wait to see if you miscarry naturally.