(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:
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Exposure to lead or radiation.
- Drinking, drugs and smoking.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- 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.