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Miscarriage

Updated: Nov 25, 2020


1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in their lifetimes, and 1 in 100 have 3 or more miscarriages in a row.


Miscarriage – loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks of gestation. 1 in 6 pregnancies will end in miscarriage.


Some women do not experience any symptoms of miscarriage at all; however, possible signs besides bleeding include:

•Mild to severe cramps.

•Back pain.

•Loss of pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting.

•White-pink mucus.

•Passing tissue or clot-like material


Although it’s common for a woman to wonder if she has miscarried because of something she did or didn’t do, it’s important not to blame yourself. Miscarriage is not caused by moderate exercise, sex, or a small daily cup of coffee. The most common cause is a chance chromosomal or gene�c abnormality in the embryo.


Other risk factors include:

•Drug use

•Smoking

•Excess drinking

•Listeria, a bacteria that may be present in undercooked meats, raw eggs, and unpasteurized dairy products

•Maternal trauma, such as a car accident

•Hormonal or structural abnormalities in the mother (such as low progesterone levels or uterine fibroids)

•Advanced maternal age (over 35)

•Infections such as Lyme disease or fifth disease

•Chronic illnesses such as uncontrolled diabetes, lupus, or thyroid disease


Remember both you and your partner are suffering a loss. For a woman, there is a physical connection to the baby growing inside of her, but men also exper