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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy. Miscarriage occurs in 15 percent to 20 percent of pregnancies, usually during the first 13 weeks, and sometimes before you even realize you are pregnant. If you had three or more miscarriages, you are considered to have recurrent pregnancy loss.

A miscarriage is a heartbreaking event, and the emotional issues involved can be severe. But there is hope. Even women who have multiple miscarriages still have a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of having a successful pregnancy.

What Causes a Miscarriage?

Although a miscarriage can be caused by a number of things, the exact cause may never be identified.

The risk for a miscarriage increases with age. (Your eggs get older too.) If you are under 35, you have a 15 percent chance of miscarriage, but if you are over 45 your chance of having a miscarriage goes up to 50 percent.

Genetic problems with the embryo account for more than half of miscarriages in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy; chromosomal issues prevent the fetus from developing properly and surviving. Genetic problems happen by chance and have nothing to do with either parent. Although this type of miscarriage is unlikely to happen more than once, the chance increases with age.

Hormonal problems may also cause a miscarriage. If you do not produce enough progesterone during the luteal phase of your period, the endometrial lining of your uterus may be too thin for an egg to attach and grow.

Polyps or fibroids in the uterus can interfere with the implantation of the fertilized egg. Uncontrolled diabetes, an underactive thyroid gland, or infections can also lead to a miscarriage. If you smoke, use illegal drugs, or drink a lot of alcohol, you increase your risk of miscarriage.

What Does Not Cause Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss?

It is important not to blame yourself for a pregnancy loss. You do not increase your risk of miscarriage by exercising, working, having sex, or lifting heavy objects. Morning sickness, even if it is severe, does not increase your risk.

Even if you fall, are hit, or injured, you are unlikely to miscarry unless the injury is so serious it threatens your own life.


Comments (89)

I am 30 years old, myself and my hubby have been ttc for a year and a half.. We have a 6 year old girl already! My last period was the 12th of Feb 2016... I got a positive test in the 8th of March, obviously we were completely overjoyed!! However I went for a scan last week and the baby is only measuring at 6 weeks which is almost 2weeks behind and the could find no heartbeat.. The doctor said I could have my dates wrong but because I had my positive on the 8th of March I doubt I am two far off with my dates as at the earliest I would have got my positive was 7 days post conception. So at the very least I should have been 7 weeks and 3 days when I got the scan if not more.. To be honest the more I think about it the more I realise it might be a missed miscarriage. What do you think? Thanks

hi everyone,last October i had a missed abortion,i was 10 weeks and apparently they didn't find the heartbeat since the 8week. lucky me,and yes i said lucky me,i only spotted a little bit and also some light cramps,i went for a dc procedure i cried and felt sad for a couple of days and the i went back to work the next Monday. i don't felt depressed or sad for more then a couple of days,and i still fighting comments about "the way i handle the situation",well...let me tell you something to all women out there: Every woman is a castle,you let your walls down or not,and its OK,tragedies happens,good and bad times happens,but you are still alive,people depends on you,or pets,or friends or someone out there ,also if nobody is out there you have yourself,its all about how you wants to handle this situation,if you wanna cried for days feel depressed is fine,but if you move over is fine too,never judge yourself or rise your voice when other judge you about how you handle this situation,don't let other feel pity for you, and those one who really want the best for you will give you the proper time in order for you to put your shit together,and remember that when you think you are going through a bad time first think that its just a cycle,others went through that and is time for you to occupied not preoccupied.

I have had 3 miscarriages the last one was January 27,2015 and I was 45 and the baby passed away at 16 weeks inside of me . I didn't find out until 20 weeks and I find it hard to talk about due to feeling like I failed. The doctors never told me why she died . I wish I had an answer.

Hello Heidi,

Thank you for reaching out and for sharing. I'm so very sorry to hear that you've been struggling and I'm very sorry for your loss. When a woman is over the age of 40, she is more susceptible & prone to experiencing egg quality issues which can result in miscarriages. If you would like to find out more information as to what could be the reason behind your miscarriages, I think that it would be in your best interest to consult with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility specialist).

For a recommendation near you, please feel free to fill out a form on or call one of our dedicated Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-2229.


I am 44 and I think I may be pregnant. I have one living child & have had 3 miscarriages. The last 2 were blighted ovums. I passed the ovum naturally and it killed me. I don't think I can take another miscarriage. What can I do to prevent this from happening again??

I got scared today because my little 1 year old daughter fell from her crib and I got scared to death can I loose my baby at 2 months of pregnant

I am 22 pregnet with my 3rd child it has been waying on my mind of a miscarriage and its im sure because I think way to much . I havent ever had a miscarriage but does anyone know what my chances of a miscarriage may be ? I have two full term healthy babys . I just want to ease my mind

Hi Rebecca,

You are young and the chance of miscarriage is small. Usually our chance of miscarriage increases with age, over the age of 35. Talk to your OB-GYN about your concerns.

Best of luck,

Hello Mel - I'm so sorry to hear of your struggles following your miscarriage. Miscarriage can occur for many reasons - in most cases it happens because there is an issue with how the child is developing and it's natures way of ensuring only healthy children are born. However, that doesn't make it less painful of an experience. A significant other should never treat you that way or say those types of things to you. I encourage you to seek help if you are struggling coping with the loss. Reoccurring miscarriages can also be caused by underlying reproductive issues. If you are concerned I recommend that you see a fertility doctor to determine why this keeps happening. If you need help finding a fertility specialist in your area please email me directly at

Hi I had a miscarriage when I was 21 I was 15wks gone then I had my son basil and 6months ago i had another miscarriage and iv done a pregnancy test today and its positive should I be worried when I lost my first it took me nearly 2years to get over it I blamed my self I was emotional. I blamed my self and cryed every night and still do now Time to time and now im scared it will happen again. Can anybody help many thanks x

And the first time I lost 1 a man said to me that the babys better off deadnit would be 1 less disabled child in the world he said it to me when I was at work and I cryed my eyes out x

Hi am 27 years i have á miscarrage lást year when i wäs 7mönth änd we try agäin even thìs yeär ít happened agaín i wäs 7month äm just worried where is the pröblem please help

Hello Aphiwe - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss and that you've been struggling. I highly recommend that you consult with a fertility specialist to determine the cause of your miscarriages. I can help you find a fertility specialist in the United States if you need assistance email me directly at

I have had 3 chemical pregnancy no kids yet. My man is 35 and I'm 27. I've never been pregnant by any one but him and he never got any one pregnant but me. Why is this happening and what can we do. ANSWERS PLEASE??????

I have had 3 chemical pregnancy and I dont hsve any kids yet. My man is 35 with no kids. I'm 37 and been pregnant by him 3 times. I've never been pregnant before him and he never got any one pregnant. What could be the probl??

I found out I was pregnant last January and found out I was having twins. I had a miscarriage that march (6 wks) I have b negative blood and my fiancee is a positive. My ob dr said the babies were rh positive and because im rh negative it caused the miscarriage. I habe to receive the rh shot every time im pregnant now. My question is... because my body has the antibody now because I didn't receive the rh shot until after the miscarriage am I more likely to have miscarriages for now on or am I still ok and have a good chance in actually carrying full term?

I'm 19 just had my first miscarriage January 18. I was 13weeks told due to working it put stress on the baby. I should have know lifting and running up and down the line would be bad. But the people I worked for didnt give me any breaks even when I told them. But hopefully in the future when im emotionally , physically ready and when I have a better job. Which im quiting my current job and heading to a better company. Me and my love can try again. He has really been helpful during this.

Hi can someone advice me to a clinic or a number I can call to ask about miscarriage. Im 7 weeks pregnant and have many symptoms I ve read can cause a miscarriage. I would lile to someone please. Thanks God bless

I don't know where you live, but you can call a local hospital and they can direct your call, or search for an ob/gyn or local women's clinic in your area and give them a call. Best, Claire

Hi my name is isabella im 25 yrs old and I.just found out Im about 7 weeks pregnant . I ve never been pregnant before and was not planning on doing so. However I am extremely happy but now im super super scared of having a miscarriage or a deformed baby for the reason that I ve been drinking and smoking and using other substances. My boyfriend has as well. Like I said I did not knw I.was pregnant. I feel so guilty now and im very nervous, anxious and.scared. how can I completely detox my body to not harm my baby? Should I expect and be prepared for the worst? what can I do please help

You really need to see an ob/gyn and talk to her about your situation. S/he can give you the advice, medical care and support you need. Best, Claire

shgood morning my name is winnie and I am 18 years old my expected menstrual date was supposed to be november 23 2013 i missed it for about 10 days so i sught some advice my older sister said wait for the 14th day and take a home pregnancy test which i did and it was positive i went to the health center on december 27 2013 they gaved me anothrr test which was also positive and told me that i was 9 weeks along i'm scheduled for my prenatal care today 1/16/2013 but i was experiencing some bleeding and went to the emergency only for them to tell me that i am miscarrying because my baby heart beat could not be found i was rather sad of this news then the doctor tells me he made an appointment with an gynecologist and if my blood level gies up my baby should be fine if not then i should be prepared for a miscarriage he then discharged me i still have the bleeding and is going to see the gynecologist today i'm really scared because this is my first pregnancy and do not really know what to believe or think and family have been telling me to see another hospital because the one i went to is known for giving wrong infirmation please help me and keep me in your prayers thank you

Age: 29, Children: 0, Treatment: None, Response: None, Issue: I am thalassemic minor with HB 8 or 9 Specific Question: I ovulate naturally without clomid, but had a missed abortion at 5 weeks when taking progesterone and had no heart beat so had to take medicines to abort in 2011 after trying for 1.5 years. I am on Clomid from jan this year, in this June I had the HPT positive but within 2-3 days the pregnancy terminated but the Beta HSG from blood had value greater than 8 on day 4 of period. My and my husband's all tests done are normal. I have regular 27-29 days cycle when without clomid and progesterone. I have not been tested for an autoimmunity test or blood clotting issues or generic tests. I live in India and this cycle I am trying for 1st IUI. Please advise what all test to try and if I can show the results to you.

I am so sorry for your losses. Please contact our Patient Care Advocates directly at if you are interested in scheduling a Skype consultation with a fertility doctor in the U.S. to review your information. Best, Claire

Not knowing I was pregnant with my first miscarriage I did things normal as everyone out there. Working was something that was done daily basis for me as for going to school. I did not notice I was pregnant because I felt the same and didn't seem to have any complications until I notice that I was cramping for almost a week with no period. As for that I decided to take a HPT and with it coming out positive I then had to visit the emergency room because I didn't know if it was normal to feel the pain I felt. When I got in the emergency room they told me I was miscarrging because in the ultrasound there was nothing to see. I didn't get a period after that miscarriage, I knew I was pregnant again so I visited my doctor and he told me that it looked like I was having a healthier pregnancy. They did an ultrasound and there I was to hear my babies heart beat and development. Being only 8 weeks pregnant. Although, throughout time I started to spot in which caused me to panick and go to the ER once again. There the doctor tells me to go home that my baby is perfectly fine. A week later after spotting cramps begin to accompany. There I decide to go to the ER once again. I knew and I felt like something wasnt right in me. The doctor then told me that everything was fine with the baby due to last weeks ER visit. I knew this wasn't right. The only thing they found out to be wrong was a UTI. After taking medication for it the spotting wouldn't stop. Then on the same week I come to find out I miscarried again. These pregnancy losses have really took a big emotional part on me. As for now I've been doing fine. Therefore, I am trying to get regnant did to all this. I know it might be a bad idea but I can't seem to wait. I have not yet gotten my period and I wonder if it's possibly to get pregnant after no period for two miscarriages?

I'm so, so sorry for your losses. If you think you may be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test - either over the counter or at your doctor's office. Particularly because you've miscarried twice. You may also want to find out what's causing these miscarriages, and get some advice and support around your next pregnancy. If you'd like help finding a doctor in your area, please contact our Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-2229 or Best, Claire

I am 28 and last month I lost my 4th pregnancy it's nt pregnancy I lost my baby coz it was preterm delivery pls can I get my email id I really wanna consult wid someone whts wrong wid me or my body , docs are nt saying nything jut I hv gone thrw wida tests n all everything fyn . What I do am jut keep asking questions wid myself :(

I'm so sorry for your losses. Please call one of our Patient Care Coordinators toll-free at 855-955-2229 or email us at and we can help you find a fertility doctor for a consultation in your area. Best, Claire

I am 32 years old now I just had a miscarriages. it was 6 weeks old. earlier also in April 2012 i had miscarriage when i was on 7 week. in both cases bleeding started suddenly without any pain. every time i have to go for D & C. Before these cases i was pregnant in 2010. i delivered a still boy on my 32 week. In that case also i was bleeding every month just like my menstrual periods. I & my husband don't want to repeat the history. Can u give us the reason why its happening & what to do to stop this? When we can try for pregnancy again? Can kayrotyping can help us in this regard?

hi! my name is Martha. I lost my baby on may2013 I was 4 months. I try to get pregnant but couldn't .in 3 Wednesday I went from congrats to mam the doc say you loosing the baby. my dr said mam your insides are well even your fibroid got smaller. but then why am I still having pain in my abdomen like something is pushing to come out! and why am I crying more than usual is it me or what. sex hurts but we still want another baby . my son would have been 8 months by know.

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. You need to give yourself time to grieve, and many women find comfort in getting support from a therapist or a support group. You might also want to look at our miscarriage forums on FertileThoughts. It's a wonderful place to get support and advice from other women. If you are having physical pain or discomfort, you should see your doctor. I wish you all the best, Claire.

i lost my first baby at 12weeks in 2010 and the second one at 24weeks in 2013 im stil crying myself to sleep im 22years old and afraid it will happen again im seriosly dying inside because i could only hold him for a while coz they had to rush me to theatre i lost alot of blood and i wished i had died with my precouis baby boy that day

Justine, I am so sorry for your losses. You are so strong to get through that! I would definitely talk to your OB-GYN or a fertility doctor about recurrent loss. Some doctors will say that you should be treated for recurrent loss after 3 miscarriages, but I think in your situation, it is obviously a concern. If you would like to connect with a fertility doctor, give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email Best, Kim

I am 33, was tested with high FSH of 25.9 on July in the same cycle (month) i was also tested Pregnancy positive but miscarried after 5 weeks. do you think there is a possibility of conceiving again because i tried for 9 months before i could conceived for the 1st time in life, i really want my own baby...any advice pls!..

I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. This is a medical question and I would suggest you speak with your doctor or consult with a reproductive endocrinologist. If you'd like to find a doctor in your area, please call us at 855-955-2229 or email Best, Claire

I had my first m/c in Oct. 2000. Then my husband and I had another m/c in Oct. 2002. We finally had our healthy, beautiful daughter in Feb. 2004. I found out I was pregnant again in Feb. 2013! We lost the baby in Apr. 2013. I have been charting, using ovulation tests, etc. after the d&c. Are my chances of miscarrying again extremely high? I will be 38 this year and my doctor told me to try again, but miscarriages are absolutely heartbreaking ........

Hi Corey, I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriages. Miscarriages are most often the result of chromosomal abnormality in the embryo. It might be beneficial for you to work with a fertility doctor or even a reproductive immunologist to help select the best embryos (fertility doctor) or determine if there is an immune issue causing the pregnancy losses (RI). Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we will gladly help you connect with a doctor near you. Best, Kim

I had my first miscarriage at 16, and since then iv had 2 more. I'm now 18 almost 19 and very worried that I'll be able to carry or have my own child. Any advice please help. And no harsh things please

Hi Amanda, I am so sorry to hear of your losses. You would benefit from consulting a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we will help you connect with a doctor near you. Best, Kim

Hi, I am 38 years old and had a 16+ week fetal demise in November of a baby boy. The baby had all testing done and came back normal, as did I. I got pregnant again naturally in March. I just went to my 18 week checkup and found that the heart had stopped beating yet again. The baby was a baby girl and so far all testing on her has come back normal. I am heartbroken and feel I have no where to turn for answers. I am looking for someone who specializes in 2nd trimester losses in the NY/NJ area. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You should probably consult a reproductive immunologist or a maternal fetal medicine/high risk doctor. Best of luck, Kim

I am 22years old on 5th nov 2012 I miscarried and since then I've being having unprotected sex and still cant fall pregnant I dont no what to do

Hi Becks, For women under the age of 35, it could take up to one year to get pregnant. You can also consult your OB-GYN if you have any concerns. Best, Kim

I lost my baby at 20 week last year ad 2 av dc buh kept on bleedin after dey said was retain produts buh happened bout 8 times den i got pregnant agen buh lost very eary do u think i misscaried agen cause of the retain produts an will i ever get pregnant again

I am 20 years old, actually just turned 20. and I have had miscarriages twice now.. one in Decemeber 2010 and one in Decemeber 2011... no successful pregnancies.. no children before... I am really worried that something is wrong with me. and im scared to death because i think im pregnant again.. I would be ecstatic if we were... but I dont know what im going to do if something happens... my stress level is through the roof... should i be worried? I mean if i only have a 15% chance of a miscarriage and found myself in that horrible percentage twice now... in a row... do i have valid concerns? I am still devastated over the loss of the last one.. OH i was like 6 weeks with the first, and 13 with the second... and we dont know what went wrong. :/

Hi - I'm so sorry to hear about your losses, and it's understandable you are concerned. Did you see a doctor when you had the miscarriages? If so, what did he or she say? I would recommend taking a pregnancy test, and also seeing an ob/gyn or reproductive endocrinologist. If you are pregnant, the doctor can monitor you and talk to you about your concerns of having another miscarriage. If you aren't pregnant, the doctor can talk to you about your previous miscarriages and see if they can identify a problem.

In addition, you might want to log onto our sister site, There are pregnancy loss and miscarriage forums where you can get advice and support from other women who have been in a similar situation.

If you'd like help finding a fertility doctor in your area, I'm happy to help.

I wish you all the best,

on 14 dec 2011 i had a D&C done because of the miscarriage. two days later the bleeding stoped and me and my bf had unprotected sex everyday since then.. its 2weeks later and i havent gotten my periods as yet, my breasts are swollen, ive got cravings and im gaining weight, im going to the bathroom 10- more times a day, could i be pregnant? please let me know.


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