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Miscarriage has long been shrouded in shame and secrecy. That’s changing
By the time Liz Abele, a real estate agent from Bethesda, Md., climbed onto an examination table for her 12-week ultrasound one June morning in 2011, she and her husband had already seen the grainy images of their growing fetus three times. They had admired its big head and tiny arms and legs. They had heard the swoosh of the heartbeat. But at this appointment, unlike the earlier ones, Abele, then nearly 40, felt unusually relaxed.
For any woman who has worried about her ability to carry a pregnancy to term, a 12-week ultrasound is a big victory. For Abele, it meant she had made it to the end of the first trimester, during which about 80% of miscarriages occur. It also meant that after spending the previous five …