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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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References and Resources
- March of Dimes – Miscarriage
- Mayo Clinic – Pregnancy week by week: Can too much stress cause early miscarriage?
- Womenshealth.gov – Pregnancy Loss
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Repeated Miscarriages: What is the most common cause of miscarriage?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Facts about Stillbirth