The moment when a mother knows for sure if she will be getting a girl or boy to spoil. But this time there was something wrong, the ultrasound technician said she couldn’t find anything.
The couple looked at each other confused about what to do next, they both wanted to know what they were having and it seemed like the moment got lost in translation. Weeks later they found out that their baby had died shortly after conception and they were left with an empty womb.
miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, affecting 1 in 4 pregnancies. But it’s still a topic that isn’t often talked about. Miscarriages can happen for many reasons, including chromosomal abnormalities, problems with the uterus, infection, or problems with the father’s sperm.
Many times a miscarriage is a one-time event and the pregnancy can continue without any problems. But if you have two or more miscarriages in a row it’s called recurrent pregnancy loss.
One of the first things to clear up is how doctors classify miscarriage because it can lead to confusion. A miscarriage is also known as a spontaneous abortion. But sometimes they also use this term for when a woman chooses to have an abortion… which can be very confusing, so we’ll use the same terms that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists use.
We will refer to miscarriage as a loss that happens before 20 weeks of pregnancy, while stillbirth will describe any loss that happens after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And if you are bleeding during pregnancy it is called a threatened abortion, where your doctor might recommend bed rest or medication.
20-week pregnancy details
Babies are full of surprises, but some things about your baby’s development are pretty predictable. Here is what you can expect to happen during the 20th week of pregnancy.
Your baby is now about six and a half inches long and has started to put on some weight. All of the baby’s major organs are now fully formed, but they will continue to grow and develop in preparation for life outside the womb.
The baby’s skeleton is also starting to form, and by the end of the 20th week, the baby will have a working nervous system. The baby’s eyes are also starting to form, and will eventually be able to see light.
At this point in the pregnancy, your baby is still too small to survive outside of the womb, but many of the baby’s vital functions are already underway. In the next few weeks, the baby’s brain will start developing and its body will quickly become more developed.
The umbilical cord, which connects the baby to the placenta and supplies it with nutrients and oxygen, is also very important during this stage in development. The umbilical cord is usually about 50 cm long by now, but it will continue to grow in the weeks ahead.
There is still a lot of development to come in the next few months, but by the end of the 20th week, your baby is already starting to look like a miniature human. Congratulations on making it this far in your pregnancy!