We have all heard of women having miscarriages, but we never hear of what causes them. A miscarriage is defined as the loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks. It is the most common type of pregnancy loss. If it is so common, what causes it and what can’t cause it? That is the question we are going to answer in this article.
The causes of a miscarriage vary and most often cannot be identified, but the most common cause is a chromosomal abnormality. This means that something is not correct with the baby’s chromosomes. Most chromosomal abnormalities are due to a damaged egg or sperm cell, or to a problem at the time the zygote went through the division process. Some other causes may include the following:
– hormonal problems,
– maternal health problems of infections,
– lifestyle (such as smoking, drug use, malnutrition, excessive exposure to radiation, etc.),
– if the implantation of egg into the uterine lining does not occur properly,
– maternal age,
– and maternal trauma.
These are all common causes, but all miscarriages are not caused by these as there may be other factors.
There are several causes of miscarriages, but what doesn’t cause a miscarriage? Three main factors have been found to not cause miscarriages. These include:
– moderate exercise, and
– working outside the home.
It is actually recommended that you get 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days during your pregnancy to stay healthy. Some suggestions for moderate exercise include walking, swimming, and low-impact aerobics. Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Working outside the home during your pregnancy is safe as long it is not a job that does not expose you to harmful chemicals. Pregnancy may present some challenges, so you should know how to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts such as nausea and when a work task might jeopardize your pregnancy.
Sex won’t harm the baby because the baby is protected by the amniotic sac and the strong uterine muscles. There are some complications that may make sex a no-go. You should consult your doctor before you engage in sexual intercourse.
Now that you know causes and non-causes, hopefully you feel more informed. If you have any of the factors listed above, I would highly recommend talking with your doctor before considering becoming pregnant as he or she can recommend the best course of action for you.