Miscarriage 12-24 WeeksMost of what you read about miscarriage refers to pregnancy losses within the first trimester. However, I've heard from many women who experienced loss later in the pregnancy. Generally, late miscarriage goes up to 24 weeks. Here is an article that addresses late miscarriage specifically:
From the article:
Late miscarriages are more likely than early miscarriages to be linked to a health problem with the mum-to-be (NHS Choices 2009a). Of all miscarriages, about one in 100 happens later in pregnancy (Symonds 2009:314). Bear in mind that the health problems that can lead to a late pregnancy loss are rare. They include:
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* Problems with your uterus (womb). You may have a uterus that has an abnormal shape, fibroids (NHS Choices 2009b) or cervical weakness (Symonds 2009:314).
* A condition that affects your blood, such as sickle cell anaemia (CKS 2007).
* A condition that affects your hormones, such as diabetes or a thyroid disorder (RCOG 2003:3). These conditions may not cause a problem if they are properly managed while you're pregnant.
* A bacterial infection that can cross the placenta. Listeriosis is an infection you can get from food poisoning. Toxoplasmosis is an infection you can pick up from eating undercooked meat or from coming into contact with cat poo (Symonds 2009:314). Both of these very rarely happen and are easy to avoid.
* A viral infection, such as rubella or an infection that can cause a high fever (RCOG 2003:7). You'll be tested for rubella when you find out you're pregnant. Most women are already immune, because they've already had the illness, or have been vaccinated.
* A vaginal infection, such as bacterial vaginosis (Symonds 2009:314, RCOG 2003:7) or, very rarely, group B streptococcus (NHS Choices 2009c). It's possible, but unlikely, that these infections track up the vagina into your uterus.
* Any serious illness involving your heart and blood circulation, or your liver or kidneys could cause a late miscarriage (Symonds 2009:314).