…and how to prevent these.
Causes of Miscarriage
So what are some causes of miscarriage? Why do they happen?
Most miscarriages that occur in the first trimester occur because of
a) low levels of progesterone. LPD or Luteal Phase Defect – This is where the luteal phase of your cycle is too short to sustain a pregnancy. Low progesterone levels are the number one reason for a luteal phase defect, according to statistics. If you do indeed have LPD (or suspect that you do), your doctor can do a progesterone test on you seven days after ovulation to determine exactly how deficient you are. Or you can use saliva testing, which some believe is more accurate than blood testing. If you find out that you’re deficient, then you can take steps to correct your deficiency. Natural Progesterone cream is useful in lengthening the luteal phase. Use about 1 to 2 ml of progesterone cream (Naturone) twice daily on the inner arms, inner thighs, neck, and chest area (intra-vaginal gives the best absorption), from the day of ovulation to menstruation. If you find that you’re pregnant, continue using the progesterone cream at the same dose until, at least, the 12th week of pregnancy.
b) chromosomal abnormalities. These factors are out of our control. As many as 30% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, many before the woman knows she is pregnant.
c) Blighted Ovum – This is also called an “empty sac” or “non-viable” pregnancy. This is where the fertilized egg implants but does not develop. Although pregnancy symptoms can still be there, and you will have a positive pregnancy test, your pregnancy hormone (HCG) will not increase properly. Your HCG level should about double every few days early on. If it doesn’t, your doctor or midwife will probably want to do an ultrasound to find out what’s going on. If they don’t see anything in the fetal sac, you can expect pregnancy loss is forthcoming.