By Ashley Jones, Oct 20, 2022

“‘Miscarriage’ is defined as the expulsion of the fetus from the womb before it is able to survive independent from the mother,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double-board certified physician in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine, and Director of Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, tells Romper. “With expulsion from the womb, there is bleeding.” In contrast, the terms “missed abortion” or “blighted ovum” are a more technical way to refer to a pregnancy that has not developed normally and will not be viable, but bleeding is not yet present, according to Gaither. “This condition may not present initially with bleeding, and can be diagnosed via laboratory testing in conjunction with sonogram,” Gaither says. “These non-viable pregnancies generally ultimately result in spontaneous expulsion from the womb, vs. medically or surgically intervening resulting in expulsion.”

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