What Causes Miscarriage?

Some women blame themselves for miscarriage, but miscarriage is rarely caused by something the pregnant woman did. About 15% of known pregnancies result in early pregnancy loss during the first trimester. Early miscarriage is generally caused by a fetal chromosomal abnormality or another problem in the development of the embryo.

Avoid known risk factors such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Other risk factors include:

  • Women who are overweight or underweight
  • Older than 35 years of age
  • Severe chronic illness: poorly controlled diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • Severe trauma and very serious infections
  • Uterus abnormalities: scar tissue or uterine fibroids
  • Use of cocaine
  • Heavy caffeine use (MORE than 200 milligrams a day)

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