(HealthDay News) -- A woman's risk of pregnancy loss depends chiefly on four maternal factors: health conditions, age, lifestyle and specifics of pregnancy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says.
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The agency's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says factors the raise a woman's risk of miscarriage include:
- Existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, infertility, obesity or HIV/AIDS.
- If the woman is either a teenager or is age 35 or older.
- Lifestyle factors, such as alcohol use or cigarette smoking.
- A pregnancy that involves twins, triplets or other multiple births.
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