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Q: Is it true that miscarriages are on the rise?

Lezlie says...
It’s difficult to know. Many women who miscarry do so before they even realize they’re pregnant. And Statistics Canada only keeps count of what it calls “fetal loss,” which includes hospitalized miscarriages, stillbirths and abortions. Those rates are going down according to the most recent numbers. What’s going up, though, is the average age women get pregnant. And the miscarriage rate rises with maternal age—from about nine percent of the recognized pregnancies of 20-year-olds to as high as 50 percent by age 42.

Lezlie Lowe has two jobs: 1) freelance writer/broadcaster/researcher, and 2) mother of two young girls. Guess which is more difficult. Send her your parenting questions here.