What is a miscarriage? The unplanned loss of a fetus during the first 23 weeks of pregnancy.
Why do miscarriages happen? There are many reasons. Sometimes a miscarriage happens because of a genetic problem, or because of an illness. It is very rarely the mother’s fault. Visit the NHS website for more information about miscarriages.
Can a miscarriage be prevented? According to new research, yes. More than 25% of miscarriages can be prevented. Visit the BBC News website for more information about the research.
How can you help prevent a miscarriage? Make lifestyle changes.
- Control your weight. Being obese or underweight can cause problems, try and maintain a healthy weight.
- Do not lift anything heavy. Do not lift more than 20kg (44lbs) each day during pregnancy. A large holiday suitcase weighs approximately 20kg.
- Do not drink alcohol whilst pregnant.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid working night shifts.
Does age affect the chance of miscarriage? Research says that women over the age of 35 are more likely to have a miscarriage.
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