A miscarriage occurs when a woman loses a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. According to SingHealth, most miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, with an estimated one in four to six pregnancies ending in a miscarriage.
In April 2019, Hilaria Baldwin shared about her “likely” miscarriage on social media as it happened, giving fans and followers a heartbreaking insight into the realities of losing a baby before it’s born.
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The 35-year-old yoga instructor is married to actor Alec Baldwin, and the couple have four kids – Leonardo, 2, Romeo, 11 months, Carmen, 5, and Rafael, 3. On April 4, Hilaria revealed via a lengthy Instagram post that she was pregnant once again, but was “most likely experiencing a miscarriage”. The emotional post garnered over 120,000 likes.
“So, this is what is going on now: the embryo has a heartbeat, but it isn’t strong, and the baby isn’t growing very much. So we wait—and this is hard. So much uncertainty…but the chances are very, very small that this is a viable pregnancy. I have complete confidence that my family and I will get through this, even if the journey is difficult,” she shares. Hilaria says she hopes to “be a part of the effort to normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it”, which is indeed a very brave and courageous thing for her to do.
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Though any woman can miscarry, some are more likely to miscarry than others. So, what puts you at a higher risk and how can that risk be reduced? And what are the signs and symptoms of a miscarriage that often go unnoticed?
We asked Dr Daniel Roshan, an esteemed high-risk maternal fetal medicine/OBGYN from New York to break it down for us: