Because it is a topic that people are reluctant to discuss, there continues to be a great deal of misinformation surrounding “miscarriage.” Defined as the unexpected loss of a fetus prior to the 20th week of pregnancy, more than one million miscarriages occur in the United States annually, with the condition ending one of every four pregnancies. Although miscarriage is the most common of all pregnancy complications, more than half of women believe it is “uncommon.” Many people also believe that unhealthy lifestyle choices (smoking, substance abuse, etc.) are primarily responsible for miscarriage despite the fact that 60 percent of miscarriages are actually caused by chromosomal abnormalities. Getting the facts can help relieve the burden of guilt that misinformation breeds.

Most of the miscarriages that occur in the first trimester are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the baby. At LADIES FIRST OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF DOTHAN, we offer expectant mothers advanced prenatal and obstetrical care. We are with you every step of the way throughout your entire pregnancy. When it’s time to deliver, you can rest easy that our doctors will be there for you, creating a warm, safe, and joyous welcome for the newest family member. Please call (334) 671-9445 to schedule an appointment. We provide confidential and affordable treatment to both new and established patients at our our offices located in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise. “Excellence in Caring For Women”

P.S. Many people incorrectly believe that a stressful event or lifting heavy objects can trigger a miscarriage.