We do know of some factors that may increase the chances of miscarriage:
- Your age – The older you are when you conceive, the more likely it is that developing baby will have a chromosomal abnormality. Your risk of miscarriage is one in five at 30 years. At 42 years of age, your risk is one in two.
- Your health - If you are overweight, have a poorly controlled medical condition, such as diabetes or have a thyroid problem, can increase the chances of miscarriage. So if you have any problems with your health, get the right care, now.
- Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) or sticky blood syndrome, causes blood clots to form in blood vessels, and is known to cause recurrent miscarriage. APS, is also known as Hughes syndrome, can be a problem all on its own or can happen in conjunction with lupus. APS is treatable. Miscarriage is more likely in women that have abnormalities of the uterus.
- Infections during pregnancy can cause miscarriage such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. Conditions that affect your hormones such as poly-cystic ovaries, and sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis are also associated with late pregnancy loss.
- Your lifestyle – Smoking, heavy alcohol consumption and the use of cocaine all place you at high risk for miscarriage. Also having too much caffeine in your diet may also increase your risk. You can safely drink two mugs or consume up to 200 mcg of coffee a day.