When you suffer a miscarriage (which is defined as a pregnancy loss before 20 weeks of gestation), you usually don’t know what triggered or caused it. Losing an unborn baby can be heartbreaking, especially if you’ve had your heart set on being a mother. In most cases, you aren’t to blame for your miscarriage.
In 1 out of every 2 miscarriages that occur in the first trimester, the pregnancy loss is caused by a complication called a blighted ovum (also called an anembryonic pregnancy).
A blighted ovum occurs very early in the conception process. Some women who experience this complication never knew they were pregnant; others get a positive home pregnancy test, but weeks later, at their prenatal visit, the embryo doesn’t show up on the ultrasound.
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