The loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks gestation is defined as a miscarriage. This happens when a pregnancy stops growing. Gradually, the pregnancy tissue is passed out of the body. Often, there will be vaginal bleeding and some women can feel period-like pain and.
Most spontaneous miscarriages (around 75 to 80%) occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Many miscarriages are unreported or go unrecognised as they happen in the early stages of pregnancy.