There are many blighted ovum symptoms that one should be aware of. This article provides some information about them. It also includes the causes and treatment of the same.
Though we all know how to avoid a miscarriage, sometimes, it just isn’t the way it should have been. There are a lot of cases of early pregnancy failure or miscarriages and there is only one thing we can do. That is, be patient, find out the reason, and take care the next time around. The miscarriage could result from a blighted ovum. So, one should be aware about what exactly blighted ovum is and what causes it.
What is a Blighted Ovum and How Is It Caused?
A blighted ovum, also called a anembryonic pregnancy, is an early pregnancy miscarriage, a condition that usually takes place in the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. The fertilized egg of a woman, clings or holds onto the uterine wall but from there onwards it doesn’t grow. Here, only the embryo doesn’t grow. The sac does. Blighted ovum causes range from chromosomal abnormalities to unknown mysteries.
Yes, doctors say that sometimes, the reasons for its occurrence are beyond medical comprehension. If a family member (in close relation to the parent) has birth defects, this too can lead to a blighted ovum. Though there are many means of knowing what can cause a miscarriage, the chances in the first trimester are the most, almost 30%.
What are its Symptoms?
Though there are many signs of a miscarriage, in the case of a blighted ovum, there are many symptoms that can confuse one. Hence, we do not give a list of miscarriage symptoms as such, but explain how it works. Initially, one might feel all the pregnancy symptoms of a proper normal pregnancy like nausea, morning sickness, and fatigue during pregnancy even. Then, one may see the actual blighted ovum symptoms.
Nausea, for example disappears. As the pregnancy is naturally terminated, one might see a sudden reduction in these symptoms as the co-relation in hormones is disturbed. Sometimes, the pregnancy signs can continue for sometime as the body is still producing pregnancy hormones. Then, when the pregnancy is actually terminated one might see a thick brown discharge followed by little or heavy bleeding. This might be completely unexpected or one may feel back pain and few abdominal cramps at the same time. These signs and symptoms are the most common in many cases.
Is There a Treatment?
There are many ways to avoid a miscarriage that are known to us today due to progress of the medical field. One should consult a doctor and find out what exactly is the cause for the pregnancy failure. Regular visit to the doctor and a healthy pregnancy diet can do wonders. Medical tests can also help one understand whether the person is affected by hormonal imbalance or there is a problem with the quality of the semen. Medications are provided accordingly. Sometimes, the reason for miscarriage can also be cervical strength and this too can be checked by opting for consultation before trying for a child.
Now, that one is aware of these symptoms, it is understood that there is no fault of the mother in this situation. Blighted ovum is a condition wherein the egg does not grow due to factors which are more complex a nature. On observation of any of the aforementioned symptoms, it is advised to visit a doctor immediately. Most of the time, the mother doesn’t even know that she’s pregnant when this happens. So, right from the first day, visit a doctor regularly at least for the first 14 weeks as the chances of miscarriage in the first trimester are the most. There is no need to panic with such information. Just make sure to take extra care and give extra attention to issues such as a pregnancy.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.