Healthy living

Reasons for pregnancy loss

There are many possible reasons for pregnancy loss, including:

  • an abnormality in the developing baby
  • infection
  • hormone imbalance
  • the developing baby did not attach itself properly to the uterus wall (the uterus is where the growing baby develops)
  • problems with the placenta and how it is formed
  • an inability of the cervix (the neck of the uterus) to stay closed.

Often no cause can be found for early pregnancy loss and no specific explanation can be offered. Many parents feel helpless and frustrated when a cause for their loss cannot be found. It is very rare for an early pregnancy loss to occur because of something you have, or have not done. You should discuss possible causes with your doctor but also prepare yourself for the possibility that no cause will be found.

Where to get help


Women and Newborn Health Service

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