Content warning: This post contains mentions of miscarriage and pregnancy loss and may be triggering for some readers.
A tiny smear of blood, the feeling that something isn’t quite right, or blissful ignorance.
The feeling of making it to the 12-week ‘safe zone’ to only find that your baby had stopped growing weeks before.
And the shame, fear and cutting disappointment that comes afterwards.
Mamamia founder, Mia Freedman talks about feeling lost after her miscarriage:
Speaking to Mamamia, GP and Chief Medical Officer at MedicalDirector, Dr Charlotte Middleton says this kind of pregnancy loss can be difficult to diagnose due to the lack of physical symptoms, with an ultrasound the only means as a definitive way of diagnosis.
“The definition of a missed miscarriage is when the baby has stopped growing, or has died, but there’s no actual physical signs of a miscarriage,” she explains.