10 Causes of Miscarriage
Whenever a woman experiences miscarriage, it leaves a deep impact on her and everyone associated with her. The abrupt end to her pregnancy is something very difficult to deal with. But what exactly causes miscarriage? Read on to know about the 10 common causes of miscarriage.
1. Chromosomal abnormalities
Chromosomes contain DNA which determines the genetic make up of the baby. A normal fetus should have 46 chromosomes (23 from the father’s sperm and 23 from the mother’s egg). But sometimes the fetus can get abnormal number of chromosomes from mother or father or both. In such a scenario, the pregnancy terminates in miscarriage. Such chromosomal abnormalities account for around two thirds of early miscarriages.
2. Placental abnormalities
The placenta supplies the fetus with mother’s blood and nutrition. If this organ doesn’t develop properly, the pregnancy fails and ends with miscarriage.
3. Thyroid gland malfunctioning
If the mother is suffering from overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and she is not undergoing treatment or her thyroid hormone levels are not normal, then it can lead to miscarriage.
4. Womb abnormalities
Certain womb problems like scarring on the surface can also cause miscarriage. Presence of fibroids (non-cancerous growths) in the womb can also lead to miscarriage.
5. Prolonged illness
If the pregnant woman is suffering from chronic health problems like diabetes, severe hypertension, kidney diseases and the likes, then that can cause miscarriage if proper care is not taken.