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5 Miscarriage Myths

Learn the truth about what really increases your risk of a pregnancy loss.
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Suffering a miscarriage is a heartbreaking experience, so it's natural that moms-to-be worry about it. Perhaps because it's such a scary subject, there's a lot of misinformation floating around. The good news: It's unlikely that your own actions or lifestyle would be responsible for this event. "There are few things women can do that might cause a miscarriage," says Sindhu Srinivas, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the department of maternal fetal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In fact, up to 60 percent of first-trimester miscarriages are due to genetic causes such as chromosomal abnormalities, most of which are nonrecurrent. Knowing that fact will help you rest a little easier. To help relieve other fears, we've consulted the experts to dispel some of the most common misconceptions about miscarriage.