Pregnancy

What are the Risks of Miscarriage?

Medical conditions associated with risks of miscarriage:

Many pregnancy losses are the result of random chromosomal abnormalities. The risks for conceiving a baby with these abnormalities is higher for mothers as they get older. In some cases, particular medical conditions in the mother may have higher risks than average risk for pregnancy loss, recurrent miscarriages, or stillbirth.

Medical conditions that cause risks for pregnancy loss:

  • Problems in earlier pregnancy
  • Mother’s age (younger than 15 years and older than 35 years)
  • Conceiving after infertility
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Being under weight or over weight
  • Bacterial and viral infections during pregnancy

Lifestyle factors associated with miscarriage risk:

Certain lifestyle factors cause increased chances for miscarriage. These do not cause pregnancy loss on their own, but they may increase the chance for miscarriage.

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Consuming certain herbs
  • Occupational exposure to certain chemicals
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Usage of certain painkillers and medications during pregnancy

Possible factors for miscarriage risk:

Certain factors may or may not be correlated with the risks for miscarriage. Some studies indicate a risk while others indicate no risk. Here are some possible risks for miscarriage, but the medical community is debating on the link that exists between these factors and miscarriage.

  • Drinking tap water
  • Exposure to low levels of radiation
  • High caffeine intake
  • Strenuous exercises
  • Chronic stress and anxiety

Factors not correlated with miscarriage risk:

Miscarriage risk discussions cannot be complete without mentioning some myths and misconceptions.

  • Use of birth control pills
  • Sex during pregnancy

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