• Question: what causes miscarriage in pregnant women

    Asked by 635green25 to Munga, Loice, George, George on 29 May 2019.
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      George Makau answered on 29 May 2019:

      Most miscarriages occur for reasons that one has no control over. it is quite often, very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. 50% of miscarriages in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy are due to the baby having an incorrect number of chromosomes (these stores the genetic code of the baby and dictate baby’s unique traits, such as hair and eye colour). A baby can’t grow normally with the wrong number of chromosomes or with damaged ones. Some underlying medical conditions e.g. infection by Cytomegalovirus, conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, problems with your uterus or cervix, such as fibroids; an abnormally shaped uterus; or a cervix that opens and widens too early (incompetent cervix) could also prompt miscarriages. Lifestyle habits as the mom-to-be can increase the risk of miscarriage. These include smoking (even if only the father smokes) and heavy drinking. Certain substances the environment may also put one’s pregnancy at risk for miscarriage. These include Lead,, asbestos, Mercury (released from broken thermometers or fluorescent light bulbs), Solvents (paint thinners, degreasers, and stain and varnish removers), Pesticides for killing insects or rodents, Arsenic found near waste sites or in some well water e.t.c