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Pregnancy loss

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Pregnancy loss

Any pregnancy loss in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy is known as a miscarriage.

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Early Pregnancy Loss - A booklet about pregnancy loss before 20 weeks, including miscarriage, ectopic and molar pregnancy

The death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy can be a very sad and distressing time. When a pregnancy loss occurs before 20 weeks, parents are often already busy preparing for a new life with their baby.

Read more on Sands Australia website

Types of miscarriage

There are several types of miscarriage – threatened, inevitable, complete, incomplete or missed. There are also other types of pregnancy loss such as ectopic, molar pregnancy and a blighted ovum.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Miscarriage: a guide for men | Raising Children Network

This Dads Guide to Pregnancy covers miscarriage, the grief men might experience after miscarriage, and how to support partners after pregnancy loss.

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Loss and grief

Loss and grief is a normal aspect of pregnancy yet it is not often talked about. Holding a sense of loss and grief alongside joy can feel confusing.

Read more on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) website

Life, Loss, Hope: Surviving the death of your baby

A book to support parents who are grieving the death of their baby

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Losing weight after birth safely

Tips for losing weight after birth, including how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, setting realistic goals, breastfeeding and weight loss and when to seek help.

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Pink Elephants - Pregnancy After Loss

Pregnancy after loss can be fraught with many conflicting emotions. We have put together a list of coping techniques that you may find helpful.

Read more on Pink Elephants Support Network website

Pregnancy and loss - NT.GOV.AU

Bereavement support organisations.

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A miscarriage refers to the loss of a baby during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The majority of miscarriages occur in the early stages of pregnancy, mostly during the first three months of pregnancy or 'first trimester'.

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