6 Most common causes of miscarriage parents need to know

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Knowing what causes a miscarriage can greatly help you deal with the loss and try again.

Miscarriages are truly terrible events. However, miscarriages, especially during early pregnancies, can sometimes be a normal part of having a child. But still, it doesn't make the loss any easier to bear.

Here are some of the most common causes of miscarriage that parents need to know:

Abnormalities in the chromosome

60% of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities, or mismatched chromosomes. Chromosomes are tiny parts of the cell that carry our genes, so if there's a problem within the chromosomes, a miscarriage will happen.

Thankfully, couples these days can get tested for chromosomal problems which might be causing a miscarriage to happen, and it can be treated with the help of a specialist so that you can get pregnant, and not suffer another miscarriage.

Uterine problems

An abnormally shaped uterus or other similar conditions can also cause you to suffer a miscarriage. And for the most part, you'll only know that you have uterine problems if you've suffered a number of miscarriages. In these cases, the uterus can sometimes be too weak or incomplete, and can thus cause a miscarriage once the baby develops.

This condition can be remedied through surgery, so it's best to coordinate with your doctor to see what options you have.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

PCOS is now becoming one of the more common causes of miscarriages. Women who have PCOS have high levels of testoterone, which can cause irregular ovulation and menstruation. PCOS prevents the lining of the uterus from maturing properly, thereby causing miscarriages.

Thankfully, there have been treatments that were developed in order to treat PCOS and help women get pregnant.

Immune problems

There are some rare cases wherein the woman's body rejects the fertilized egg, and treats it like a foreign object, causing antibodies that are part of the immune system to act against this 'foreign object'. Most of the time, the fertilized egg sends signals to the woman's body that tells it to not treat it like a foreign body, or a germ. But in rare cases, the immune system reacts negatively and attacks the fertilized egg, causing a miscarriage.

While it's still a mystery why this happens, some doctors have had success in treating cases like this with aspirin, heparin, or certain steroids.

Cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, etc.

Substance abuse plays a large role when it comes to pregnancies. If you're a smoker, or a drinker, then there's a huge chance that these bad habits might be causing you to not get pregnant as these drugs can interfere with placental growth and thereby cause a miscarriage.

Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a great way to help you get pregnant, and prevent miscarriages. Plus, you'll also need to be healthy once you're pregnant, so it's better to start as early as possible.

Bacterial infections

Bacterial infections can also play a role in causing miscarriages. Bacteria can sometimes infect the woman's uterine lining, which makes it impossible for an embryo to develop properly.

Sadly, there are no symptoms to this type of disorder, and the only way of knowing would be to get tested. Thankfully, this condition can easily be treated with antibiotics.

Source: parenting.com

READ: To the child I lost in a miscarriage: “We never met but I will always love you”

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