Miscarriage and Causes

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Jason Goggin
English 2

Shelley Long is a 31 year old wife, and mother of two children. Currently, she works as a property manager and sells real estate for a side career. Also, she attends college full time to acquire the skills to become a Medical Assistant. Her life changing experience began six years ago, when she was recently remarried to her current husband Josh Long. Shelley and Josh decided to start trying to conceive a baby. They both were really excited when the first conception happened. Shelley Long states, “everything was going great in her life and then the unthinkable happened, she had lost the pregnancy” (Long). By definition from the Encarta Dictionary, a miscarriage “is an involuntary ending of a pregnancy through the discharge of the fetus from the womb at too early a stage in its development for it to survive.” Miscarriages are very devastating and take place too often in life. According to www.pregnancy-info.net, “more than 25% of all pregnancies end in a first trimester miscarriage, and it is likely that this number is actually much higher. This is because pregnancies are miscarried before a woman even realizes she is pregnant. True miscarriage rates may be as high as 50% of all pregnancies” (Pregnancy-Info.net). Some women are at a particularly higher risk than other women due to their age or the type of lifestyle they choose to live. A 30-year-old woman is higher-risk to miscarriage than a 20-year-old is. A 40-year-old woman is at a significantly higher risk than both of the younger ages stated. This is due to many factors like the on set of menopause. The type of lifestyle women live plays a part such as smoking, heavy drinking, and drug use. Rather it be one or all of them together, these activities will put a pregnancy at high-risk. Pregnancy loss is difficult to find the cause in most cases half of the couples that have a miscarriage never find the root cause of the loss. There are a number of causes that...
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