USC Fertility

Types of Pregnancy Loss

What is early pregnancy loss?

Early pregnancy loss is a loss that occurs in the first trimester, less than 12 weeks into pregnancy. Although, miscarriages occur in g 15-25% of all pregnancies, recurrent pregnancy loss is less common. Fewer than 5% of all women will suffer two consecutive miscarriages and only 1% of women will suffer from three consecutive miscarriages.

What is recurrent pregnancy loss?

The label recurrent pregnancy loss applies to those women who have had several consecutive miscarriages. The exact definition varies between 2 or 3 consecutive losses. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine a work up should be undertaken after two clinically recognized pregnancy losses.