Miscarriage
(Spontaneous Abortion)

Miscarriage Summary
A miscarriage is any pregnancy that ends spontaneously before the fetus can survive. Miscarriage usually occurs before the 13th week of pregnancy. The cause of a miscarriage cannot always be determined. The most common causes of a miscarriage in the first trimester are collagen vascular disease (lupus), hormonal problems, diabetes, chromosomal abnormalities, and congenital abnormalities of the uterus.
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Miscarriage facts

  • Spontaneous miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy that ends spontaneously before the fetus can survive.
  • Exercise, working, and intercourse do NOT increase risk of miscarriage for women without underlying specific medical conditions that place them at risk.
  • Causes for miscarriage include genetic abnormalities, infection, medications, hormonal effects, structural abnormality of the uterus, and immune abnormalities.
  • After an isolated miscarriage, the probability of having a normal term pregnancy in the future is high.
  • Treatment of recurrent miscarriage is directed toward the underlying cause.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/7/2014

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