Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage in the 20th week of pregnancy?

Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage in the 20th week of pregnancy?

Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage?
Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage

 

Can hormonal imbalance cause a miscarriage?Trying to conceive moms have severally asked this question.

Well according to the American Pregnancy Association the major cause of miscarriage is genetic disorders in the embryo although other factors like stress and hormonal imbalance also plays vital roles.

If you are reading this article,  then it means you are probably interested in knowing if hormonal imbalance can cause miscarriage?

Not to worry because that question will be answered soon as you read further but first of all, we will want you to understand other important aspects of miscarriages before we move deeper into the possibility of hormonal imbalance causing miscarriage.

In view, we are going to understand what miscarriage means to a pregnant woman, causes and possible longterm effects and then looks at the role of hormonal imbalance in causing miscarriages

So while we take out time to explain all the topics above, please get your belt fastened because we are diving real hard into the main reason why we are here.

I hope we are good so far?

what is miscarriage

I am sure you already know what miscarriage means but for the benefit of the doubt and making sure you understand every step taking before we arrive at our answer, we will like to look at the meaning of miscarriage and what it entails for a pregnant woman.

Miscarriage is the spontaneous death of the fetus formed during pregnancy before the 20th week of gestation.

Lots of people experience this kind of pregnancy loss. In fact, 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. But even though miscarriage is common, it can be emotionally difficult.

The medical term for miscarriage is “spontaneous abortion.”

As a woman when you know you were pregnant already confirmed by your doctor, your hopes are already high in expectation of the new member of the family and your bundle of joy.

Having a spontaneous miscarriage will dash that hope against the wall so it is very important that you know the causes of miscarriage as much as you can and do your best to prevent it from happening when you are pregnant with a child.

Some women who have a miscarriage experience vaginal bleeding, loss of tenderness or fullness in the breasts, and the loss of fetal movement or sound.

Women should report such signs to their doctor or midwife and keep track of the amount of bleeding that occurs.

If a patient passes tissue during a miscarriage, she should save it. A doctor can later use it to help determine the cause of the miscarriage.

Like I mentioned a  miscarriage can cause deep-rooted feelings of loss and sorrow.

Some doctors suggest that patients join a support group to talk about their experience and grief associated with the loss of the pregnancy and the baby.

what causes miscarriages generally?

Miscarriages are caused by a number of things that we wish to discuss here in this article.

Apart from the popular opinion that makes it look like exercise, walking, doing domestic chores, etc can lead to miscarriage, it is very important to note that basically the things listed above cannot generally lead to spontaneous abortion.

It is not always easy to pinpoint the exact reason why a miscarriage occurred but listed below are some of the general causes of miscarriages to look out for;

  • Miscarriage can occur when the fertilized egg contains abnormal chromosomes, it could be when the chromosomes are more or lesser than the actual number, then a miscarriage can occur at this point.
  • Serious infections will increase the chances of miscarriages
  • illnesses like diabetes can lead to spontaneous abortion of the fetus.
  • Abnormalities in the uterus can cause late miscarriage- miscarriage at 3 months of pregnancy
  • If you have hard one or two miscarriages chances are that you will have another one, this is known as recurrent miscarriage

The above-listed factors are basically the general reason why miscarriages may occur but over the years experts have been working hard to find out the relationship between miscarriages and hormonal imbalance.

And Yes! They found the relationship but before we go further into answering the question, Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage?

We have to, first of all, understand the meaning of hormonal imbalance and why it happens as well as the types of hormones that can be unbalanced in the bloodstream.

Hormones are chemical substances produce by endocrine glands like the thyroid gland and pituitary gland found in the endocrine system of the body.

Hormones are circulated and transported in the bloodstream from the gland and they perform their actions on their target organs, thereby telling these organs what to do and how to do it.

Hormonal imbalance, therefore, is the condition of having too much or too little of a particular hormone in the bloodstream.

So the question now is, “how can getting too much or too little of a particular hormone lead to miscarriage”?

Oh yes, that is the question we are here to answer, We are pretty sure you have been looking for answers to that.

You are in the right place to relax while we give you the answer to your questions.

Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage

Yes, is the answer to the above question!

Hormonal imbalance can cause miscarriage and even recurrent miscarriages.

You want to know how and why? then keep calm and read further.

As explained earlier, hormonal imbalance is the presence of too much or too little hormones in the bloodstream

A very spectacular hormone that comes to mind when talking about hormonal imbalance is a thyroid hormone.

The thyroid hormone is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland.

Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body

When the thyroid gland becomes overactive or underactive it affects the body of a pregnant woman negatively and can lead to a miscarriage.

An overactive or underactive thyroid (an endocrine gland at the base of the neck) can result in hormonal imbalances.

Hormonal imbalances can cause a miscarriage if the uterine lining doesn’t develop normally for implantation and nourishment of a fertilized egg.

Another hormone that can trigger miscarriage is prolactin.

Elevated prolactin (reproductive hormone produced in the pituitary gland) levels can alter the proper development of the uterine lining. When the proper development of the uterine lining is altered during the early stages of pregnancy, it can lead to spontaneous abortion of the fetus.

In any case, for a pregnant woman, it is very improper to have hormonal surges or under surges as this can pose a risk to your unborn baby.

All hormones needed for the development and growth of your unborn baby should be available in the right proportion and concentration and it is the duty of your doctor to make sure of this.

Always visit your Doctor during pregnancy

Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage in 20th week of pregnancy?
Can hormonal imbalance cause miscarriage in the 20th week of pregnancy?

Your doctor plays a very important role during the time of your pregnancy so it is very crucial that you always fix an appointment with him/her and meet up with it so that you can be assured that all your pregnancy-related questions will be attended to by an expert.

Visiting your doctor during pregnancy is not optional but very crucial and a must as pregnancy is a very tasking journey in the life of every woman.

If you have not visited your doctor today, we seriously advise you do so!

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About the Author: Ekenechukwu Mbanefo

Mbanefo Ekenechukwu is a medical physiologist. She is a creative and enthusiastic healthcare professional who takes delight in safeguarding your health for you through her insightful and informative health articles on women's health and fitness.

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