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Miscarriage - prevention

Most miscarriages can't be prevented. Experts say most miscarriages happen because of a problem with the baby’s chromosomes. This means the pregnancy cannot develop properly.

You can do the following things to reduce your risk of miscarriage:


Wash hands carefully, especially:

  • before eating, drinking and preparing food
  • after going to the toilet, helping a child toilet or changing a baby's nappy


Wear a condom during sex if:

  • you or your partner have other partners
  • your male partner has any symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) - such as a rash or blisters on his penis or discharge from the tip of his penis.

Get treated quickly

Always go to your GP or obstetrician if you have symptoms of:

  • a urinary tract infection
  • bacterial vaginosis
  • a sexually transmitted infection

If these infections are treated quickly, it may reduce your risk of miscarriage.

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2018
Next review due: 20/11/2021