About one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Miscarriage clinically refers to pregnancies that end before 20 weeks’ gestation. It is also referred to as spontaneous abortion (SAB) or chemical pregnancy (very early miscarriage).
Consider these statistics from amazingpregnancy.com:
“Almost 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, with the majority occurring during the first 12 weeks."
“There is a 75% chance of miscarriage in weeks 1-2 of pregnancy, when you do not know you are pregnant."
“There is a 10% chance of miscarriage in weeks 3-6 and this number drops to 5% during weeks 6-12."
“During the second trimester the chance of miscarriage drops again to 3%. After you’ve reach 20 weeks’ gestation, it is no longer considered a miscarriage.”
A New Direction
Given the above statistics, it is reasonable to assume that one out of five women reading this article who have been pregnant have experienced a miscarriage. Since EmpowHER.com wishes to be a resource for all women, our goal is to reach women not only medically and physiologically by providing well researched information about symptoms, illnesses, diseases and conditions, but also emotionally.
To do this and take EmpowHER.com’s reader relationships to the next level requires getting a little personal, getting beyond disease descriptions and symptoms, and connecting more at a heart level.
Women find comfort in sharing their experiences with people who have already been where they are. Women find comfort in giving comfort to those who may not have experienced these things before. Women can connect with women in a way that men simply cannot. That’s what the new Empty Arms chat group will offer for EmpowHER.com women a forum to find support and encouragement and to offer support and encouragement to one another.
Once a week a new article will be published regarding those of us who carry the burden of having lost a child (no matter what stage of life), and while general comments will always be welcome on the main site, those of you who wish to share your more personal comments and stories can do so on the new group.