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Miscarriage Risks

on Oct 29, 2012

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Miscarriage Risks

Miscarriage is mostly prevalent during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and accounts for 20% of all pregnancies. Find out the 7 most common miscarriage risks.

Also known as spontaneous abortion, miscarriage is the most frequent complication encountered during early pregnancy and consists of unwanted and unplanned pregnancy termination. At this point, the fetus is not fully developed to live on its own. Miscarriage is mostly prevalent during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and accounts for 20% of all pregnancies. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The most common 7 miscarriage risks include the following.

Unhealthy lifestyle choices

Smoking, alcohol and possibly caffeine are serious risks factors hindering the proper development of the fetus. For instance, active or passive smoking can cause chromosomal disturbances due to the fact that it lowers the oxygen supply necessary for the baby. Any amount of alcohol can cause fetal malformations and also fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which could lead to miscarriage.

Medical conditions

Medical conditions and previous miscarriage on account of hormonal or genetic factors are another risk. Pregnant women suffering from chronic ailments such as uncontrolled diabetes, severe hypothyroidism and hypertension are more likely to face pregnancy loss. Gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) needs to be properly controlled so as to prevent further complications. Other factors which pose an increased risk of miscarriage include preeclampsia (high blood pressure) during pregnancy affecting both the mother and the fetus, autoimmune diseases which cause genetic abnormalities in the fetus, rubella and sexually transmitted Chlamydia infections. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a major risk factor that leads to about 50% of the pregnancies to be lost.

Weight problems

To avoid spontaneous abortion, pregnant women should ideally have a balanced weight, because being underweight or overweight are both risk factors for an increased chance of miscarriage.

Exposure to toxins

Exposure to environmental toxic chemicals and intake of harmful medications (barbiturates, antidepressants, some antibiotics) which are contraindicated during pregnancy also lead to increased miscarriage risks.

Folic acid and progesterone deficiency

Low Folic acid levels and progesterone deficiency, especially during the first trimester when spontaneous abortion is more prevalent, are also risk factors. Early pregnancy loss (chemical pregnancy) can be prevented by supplementing the mother’s diet with B vitamin complex including folate, which greatly decreases the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus and aids in fetal development.

Age

The risk of spontaneous abortion increases with the age of the mother. Furthermore, the use of the intrauterine device (IUD) during conception and excessive exercise are also common risk factors.

Stress

Stress and double or multiple pregnancies are also risk factors that might lead to spontaneous abortion.

Prenatal care is crucial for the pregnant woman so as to prevent fetal complications such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. During the first two trimesters, medical check-ups are in order once a month. The first symptom of a possible miscarriage is bleeding, which signals the need to seek medical attention. Risks of recurrent pregnancy loss or recurrent miscarriage include ovarian and uterine abnormalities, endocrine and chromosomal disorders, immune and lifestyle factors.

Pinpointing the cause of a miscarriage can aid in avoiding such unfortunate complications in future pregnancies.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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