Reason for miscarriage often a mystery


No matter at what point in a pregnancy a child is lost to an expectant mother, the grieving process is a truly a difficult journey. Questions like, "What went wrong? Did I do something to cause it?” are natural and common. “Will I ever be able to have a baby?” The mother will likely be tempted to blame food, drinks, and certain activities she participated in (or did not participate in) as the cause for the loss. And well meaning friends and family can add to the confusion with their own speculation.

Miscarriage generally occurs before 20 weeks of gestation or pregnancy. Certain genetic abnormalities may cause miscarriages. Some scientists believe that aneuploidy, an abnormal number of chromosomes, may lead to failure of the embryo to implant itself onto the uterine lining and result in a miscarriage. These chromosomal problems happen by chance and have nothing to do with what either of the parents do or don’t do.

Environmental factors of the mother's lifestyle do have an impact on pregnancy, but a stressful lifestyle does not increase risk of having a miscarriage. Certain behaviors like smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, ingestion of teratogens or substances that can cause birth defects may lead to miscarriages. Certain infections like toxoplasma and listeria have teratogenic effects and impact a pregnancy. These are events which should be considered prior to subsequent pregnancies, but the good news is that they can be controlled.

A woman should find out if she or the father have medical conditions which may cause repeated miscarriages or difficulty conceiving. Pre-existing diabetes, thyroid problems, major thallasemia, blood disorders like thrombophilia, and autoimmune illnesses such as Lupus are the most common reasons for recurrent miscarriages.

Once these causes for miscarriage are researched and considered, it is still reported that only 70 percent of women may find a reason for their miscarriages, although many do go on to have perfectly wonderful subsequent pregnancies. It is during these times when support for the grieving woman is even more important. Help her and her family to realize the cause was out of their control and give them hope to try again.

Source: FlyFreeForHealth2009


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