By Elisa Cinelli, Dec 6, 2023

A provider will also look to see if your cervix has dilated and check if your membranes are still intact. “If we see a closed cervix, we call it a threatened miscarriage because there are signs of possible, but not certain, pregnancy loss,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, MS, MBA, FACOG, a board-certified OB-GYN, maternal-fetal medicine doctor, and the director of perinatal services and maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals.

On the other hand, if your body has begun to dilate or your membranes have broken, this is considered an impending or inevitable miscarriage.1 Even with a heartbeat, these are signs that the pregnancy is ending. “An open cervix tells us that your body is preparing to pass the pregnancy and a miscarriage is inevitable,” says Dr. Gaither. 

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