What is a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy that occurs before the 20th week of gestation. A miscarriage can happen for many reasons, including:
- Problems with the baby’s chromosomes can contribute to 50% of losses.
- Women over the age of 40 years are at a higher risk of pregnancy loss.
- Problems with reproductive organs such as incompetent cervix, thin uterus lining, etc.
- Physical trauma such as falling, car accident, violence.
- Health conditions such as diabetes, high or extremely low body weight, high blood pressure, food poisoning, smoking, alcohol, and illegal drugs can increase the risk of a miscarriage.