Miscarriage is common, but finding its cause may not be easy. If a cause can be found, it’s likely to be a problem with the baby or the structure of the uterus. Other factors cause miscarriage, but they are less common.
Either of the following problems with the baby can cause a miscarriage:
There is a problem with the baby’s chromosomes (genes that carry the information needed for life).
Any of the following problems with the uterus or cervix can cause a miscarriage:
The uterus may be divided (have a septum), or have fibroids or adhesions.
The lining of the uterus may be too thin for the fertilized egg to implant.
The cervix may be too weak to support the weight of a pregnancy.
Any of the following problems can cause a miscarriage:
A serious illness, such as uncontrolled dabetes mellitus.
A bad injury, perhaps during a car accident.
Exposure to toxins or radiation.
Plenty of myths and “old wives’ tales” try to explain the cause of miscarriage. But they are fiction—not fact. None of the following activities causes miscarriage:
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