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.
Any 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).
The placenta or the umbilical cord may be damaged.
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, adhesions, or endometriosis.
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 mumps or German measles.
A bad injury, perhaps during a car accident.
Exposure to toxins or radiation.
Publication Source: March of Dimes
Online Source: March of Dimes
Date Last Reviewed: 2006-03-15T00:00:00-06:00
Date Last Modified: 2006-03-15T00:00:00-06:00
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