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Miscarriages are common, with 1 in 5 of all known pregnancies ending in miscarriage. Most of the time, miscarriage is due to chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo, and there is very little that can be done. That said, while any woman can miscarry, there are some who are more likely to miscarry than others.
Here are 10 of the most common risk factors:
#1 – Age
All women are born with a finite number of eggs – between 1 million and 2 million. While this may seem like a large number, the vast majority of eggs within the ovaries steadily die. By the time a woman reaches puberty, only 300,000 or so eggs remain, and of these, only 500 will be ovulated during a woman’s reproductive lifetime. Menopause occurs when a woman runs out of eggs.
What this means is that as a woman gets older, not only does she have fewer eggs, the eggs she has are less robust in terms of their genetic material. Women who are 40 years old are twice as.....