Miscarriage 101: What You Need to Know About Pregnancy Loss

Losing a pregnancy is more common than you may know. Here's what you need to know about the causes and symptoms of miscarriage -- and what you can do to reduce your risk (17 Photos)

Dina Roth Port on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:38PM

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a Dina Roth Port on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:26PM

About 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women will have a miscarriage, but experts estimate that the number jumps to 40 percent if you include women who miscarry before they learn that they're pregnant. Keep in mind that these rates vary by age: According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a woman in her 20s has about a 10 percent chance of having a miscarriage. That risk goes up to 12 percent for women ages 30 to 34; 18 percent for women ages 35 to 39; 34 percent for women ages 40 to 44; and more than 53 percent for women older than 45.

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