Miscarriage is a scary word, especially when you’re in the early days of pregnancy or if you’ve experienced a pregnancy loss previously. If you’re at a high risk for miscarriage, you might very likely find yourself at your computer, repeatedly Googling when you can finally take a deep breath of much needed, and much deserved, reprieve. Thankfully, miscarriage rates by week show a trend that should hopefully have you taking a deep breath relatively soon.
Miscarriage rates by week show that the highest risk lies in the first trimester, which is defined as the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. According to Healthline, about 80 percent of miscarriages happen during this period of gestation. There are a few periods of time to break down during the first trimester itself, and the risk for miscarriage is different during each subsequent period of a woman’s first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
First, up to four weeks is the highest risk for miscarriage, according to Check Pregnancy, because there is a 22-75 percent risk that the fertilized egg will not implant. These pregnancies, labeled chemical pregnancies, account for 50-75 percent of all miscarriages, according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA). The APA goes on to explain that most women might not even know they’re miscarrying, since the loss happens shortly after implantation. Check Pregnant goes on to explain further, adding the following:
The site points out that once you have confirmed your pregnancy after your missed period, this risk phase isn’t something you necessarily need to…