Health Tip: Risk Factors for Miscarriage

If you bleed or have significant cramps, get medical help immediately

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(HealthDay News) -- Up to one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, a devastating result for the prospective parents and their families.

Here are some risk factors for miscarriage, courtesy of the Baystate Health system of New England:

  • Infection.
  • Hormonal imbalance.
  • Exposure to lead or radiation.
  • Drinking, drugs and smoking.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Diabetes.
  • Poor nutrition.

The first signs of miscarriage often are vaginal bleeding and cramping. If you're pregnant and have either of these symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately.

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