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What causes a miscarriage?

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Most miscarriages are due to things that are out of your control. More than half happen because of problems with chromosomes. Chromosomes hold the genes that set the baby's hair color, eye color, health, and other features.

Having too many or too few chromosomes can keep a baby from growing normally. These problems often happen by chance. They're not caused by anything you or your partner did.

From: What Is a Miscarriage? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 5, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/5/2019

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: "Miscarriage and Loss."

Cleveland Clinic: "Miscarriage."

March of Dimes: "Miscarriage."

Mayo Clinic: "Miscarriage: Treatment."

National Health Service: "Miscarriage -- Causes," "Miscarriage -- Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Miscarriage (Beyond the Basics)."

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Early Pregnancy Loss.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 5, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: "Miscarriage and Loss."

Cleveland Clinic: "Miscarriage."

March of Dimes: "Miscarriage."

Mayo Clinic: "Miscarriage: Treatment."

National Health Service: "Miscarriage -- Causes," "Miscarriage -- Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Miscarriage (Beyond the Basics)."

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Early Pregnancy Loss.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 5, 2019

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