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Worried about pregnancy loss?

Most people visit our website because they are worried or upset about miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

Miscarriage is, sadly, an all-too-common event – about one in every four pregnancies ends this way. Another one in 80 pregnancies is ectopic – that is when the pregnancy starts developing in the wrong place, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. A further one in 600 pregnancies is diagnosed as a molar (or hydatidiform mole) pregnancy – something very few people have even heard of.

Common or not, most people don’t know much about any of these kinds of losses, so you’re not alone if you have lots of questions and are hoping to find answers here.

We will do our best to provide clear, accurate and up to date information to help you make sense of what is happening, what has happened so far and what might still happen. We hope that this will help you cope with your pregnancy loss (or threatened loss) and to plan for the future.

If you’re worried that you may be having a miscarriage, you may find it useful to read about some of the signs and symptoms that people have.  You might also like to know about ultrasound scans – what they can show and from what stage in pregnancy.  There is an overview of our information about miscarriage here.

We also have separate information sections relating to the facts and feelings of ectopic pregnancy and molar pregnancy.

Please be aware that our information can never take the place of qualified medical advice, so do seek advice from your GP or local hospital, especially if you are experiencing acute pain or other worrying or frightening symptoms.