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Miscarriage: Causes

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Uterine Abnormalities – conditions of the uterus, such as fibroids or Asherman’s syndrome (extensive scarring of the womb that can sometimes occur after a D+C or use of an IUD). This can make it difficult for the embryo to successfully implant into the wall of the uterus.

Smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Abusing illegal drugs during pregnancy.

Being obese can increase your risk of miscarriage.

Women who are over the age of 42 at the time of conception have a 50 percent chance of miscarriage.


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Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting.

She is a mother of five who practised drug-free home birth, delayed cord clamping, full term breast feeding, co-sleeping, home schooling and flexi schooling and is an advocate of raising children on organic food.

Reviewed October 5, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg
Edited by Jody Smith

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