Miscarriage has been an issue of great concern to most women and families in general. This has caused a lot of heartbreaks and very sorrowful moments in some homes from time past.
Most of the time, miscarriages happen for reasons you have no control over, and this makes it often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Especially in developing economies as we have here where the medical facilities are not up to date or not in good condition.
So I thought learning what causes of miscarriage is may help put your mind at ease and help you improve your chances of having a healthy, full-term pregnancy.
Therefore, let's take a look at some of the common causes of miscarriage in expected mothers.
1. Abnormal Chromosomes
Chromosomes contain the genes that determine your baby's unique traits, such as hair and eye color. A baby can't grow normally with the wrong number of chromosomes or with damaged ones.
When a miscarriage happens in the first 12 weeks, more than half the time it’s because of a problem with the baby's chromosomes. An abnormality in an unborn baby’s chromosomes could cause one of several problems. Among the most common are:
- Blighted ovum: In this case, no embryo develops.
- Molar pregnancy: Both sets of chromosomes come from the father, and none come from the mother. This makes the placenta not to grow normally, and the fetus won't develop.
- Partial molar pregnancy: The father gives two chromosomes in addition to the set from the mother. In this case, the embryo may start to develop but may soon stop.
2. Medical Conditions
A pregnancy loss or miscarriage can occour as a result of some ailments the mother is suffering from. Some of these ailments include:
- Cytomegalovirus or rubella infection
- Poorly managed diabetes or high blood pressure
- Thyroid disease, lupus, and other autoimmune disorders
- Problems with the uterus or cervix
- STD like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, or HIV
- Blood clotting issues
3. Poor Lifestyle
Your bad habits can hunt you during pregnancy and increase the risk of a miscarriage. Some of these habits may include:
- Heavy drinking
- Using illegal drugs
4. Environmental Hazards
Some substances in your environment at home or work could put your pregnancy at risk.
- Lead in old water pipes or paint in homes built before 1978
- Mercury released from broken thermometers or fluorescent light bulbs
- Solvents such as paint thinners, degreasers, and stain and varnish removers
- Pesticides for killing insects or rodents
- Arsenic found near waste sites or in some well water
Those were an overview of some of the most common causes of pregnancy loss. If you are having miscarriages please visit your doctor and pray too.
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