Understanding Miscarriage Risks
There are many risks pregnant women are vulnerable to. Listed below are the most common risk factors:
Older women are more likely to conceive a baby with a chromosomal abnormality. This results in miscarriage. According to reports, it has been proved that a 40-year-old woman is twice as likely to miscarry as compared to a 20 year old. Your risk of miscarriage also increases with each child you bear.
Women with two or more miscarriages in a row are more vulnerable as compared to those who had never miscarried.
Chronic diseases or disorders
Many a time, diabetes that is badly controlled as well as many other inherited blood clotting disorders, hormonal disorders, autoimmune disorders and many more can increase the risk of miscarriage.
Uterine or cervical problems
Certain congenital uterine abnormalities and severe uterine adhesions can increase the risk of miscarriage. A weak or abnormally short cervix also increases the odds for a miscarriage. The basic link between uterine fibroids and miscarriage has also been reported.
Birth Defects/Genetic problems
In case, you, your spouse, or family members have a genetic abnormality or have given birth to a child with birth defect, you are at greater risk for miscarriage.
According to a research, it has been proved that the following infections increase the risk of miscarriage:
• Other infections
Smoking, drinking, and using drugs
Lifestyle disorders such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and using drugs such as cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) during pregnancy can increase your risk for miscarriage. According to some reports, a relationship between high levels of caffeine consumption and an increased risk of miscarriage has been proved.
Many medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen are said to increase the risk of miscarriage.
Obesity is also related to miscarriage.
Many diagnostic procedures also increase the risk of miscarriage. Some of these include chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis. These are usually performed for diagnostic genetic testing.
Getting pregnant within 3 months of delivering a baby also increases the risk of miscarriage.