Almost anyone who has suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth worries about the risk of having subsequent losses. Recent information indicates that women should look into testing after two losses when it used to be common to wait until three. This is especially important for women in their 30s and 40s. Newer studies indicate a miscarriage rate of 26-40% after a woman has suffered two losses, so earlier testing makes sense both emotionally, physically, and in many cases financially as well.
The two major clinically important categories of causes for spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) are fetal and maternal.
Maternal causes include abnormalities in the “environment” in which the embryo and fetus develops. Known maternal causes related to an action of the mother are uncommon, but can include
Often couples blame themselves for “doing something” that must have resulted in the pregnancy loss. Focusing on themselves (often harshly) for doing something wrong is unfortunate since