If you're pregnant, you may be concerned about the risks of a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Most of the time, this happens for several reasons that are beyond your control. In fact, it's often difficult to know the exact cause. Learning what causes it may help put your mind at ease and help you improve your chances of having a healthy, full-term pregnancy.
Here's an overview of why abnormal chromosomes can lead to pregnancy loss or miscarriages.
When a miscarriage happens in the first 12 weeks, more than half the time it’s because of a problem with the baby's chromosomes. Chromosomes contain the genes that determine your baby's unique traits, such as hair and eye color. A baby can't grow normally with the wrong number of chromosomes or with damaged ones.
An abnormality in an unborn baby’s chromosomes could cause one of several problems. Among the most common are:
• Blighted Ovum (anembryonic pregnancy). No embryo develops.
• Molar pregnancy. Both sets of chromosomes come from the father, while none come from the mother. The placenta doesn’t grow normally, and the fetus doesn’t develop.
• Partial molar pregnancy.
The father gives two sets of chromosomes in addition to the set from the mother. The embryo may start to develop but soon stops.
Several other chromosomal abnormalities can cause the loss of a pregnancy. These include trisomy 13, 18, 21 (Down syndrome), monosomy (Turner's syndrome), and other sex chromosome issues.
• There's no way to prevent chromosome problems from happening.
• As you get older, especially after age 35, your risk for chromosome problems specifically, and pregnancy loss in general, goes up.
Miscarriages from chromosome problems usually don't happen again in future pregnancies.
· An atypical number of chromosomes (a number greater or less than 46 chromosomes)
· Chromosome(s) with missing or extra material (genes)
· Chromosome(s) with the correct amount of material (genes) but in an atypical structure
· When a person has an atypical number of chromosomes or missing or extra chromosome material (genes), it may cause health problems such as birth defects and delays in development.
When a person has one or more chromosome(s) with an atypical structure, but the correct amount of chromosome material (genes), that person can have a higher chance to have pregnancy losses or to have a child with missing or extra chromosome material.
At Androcare Fertility Clinic as one of the best fertility clinics in Lagos, Nigeria, we offer first-class chromosome analysis test among couples that are experiencing miscarriages in families. As the top fertility clinics in Nigeria, we ensure that your of parenthood is actualized