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Michelle Duggar Miscarries: Age Working Against Her?

At 44, Michelle's age may have been working against her.

Michelle Duggar, star of TLC’s reality show, 19 Kids And Counting, has announced she has miscarried her baby during her second trimester.

Duggar and her husband, Jim Bob, learned the news while at a doctor appointment to find out the sex of their baby.

This isn’t Michelle’s first miscarriage. She miscarried during her second pregnancy which she partial blamed on oral birth control she had been taking. That’s one of the reasons she and her husband, Jim Bob, decided to “let God decide” the number of children they should have.

This baby would’ve been the couple’s twentieth child.

The reasons miscarriages occur vary, but one of them includes maternal age. At 44, Michelle was in a risky zone. As AmericanPregnancy.org reports, at 44 and with a previous miscarriage, the statistics in Michelle’s circumstances aren’t the greatest.

An increase in maternal age affects the chances of miscarriage
Women under the age of 35 yrs old have about a 15% chance of miscarriage
Women who are 35-45 yrs old have a 20-35% chance of miscarriage
Women over the age of 45 can have up to a 50% chance of miscarriage
A woman who has had a previous miscarriage has a 25% chance of having another (only a slightly elevated risk than for someone who has not had a previous miscarriage)

In Michelle’s case — a non-smoker who lives a seemingly healthy lifestyle — odds are it was her age working against her. Regardless of a woman’s age a miscarriage is devastating. While Michelle’s situation has garnered controversy and insensitivity, she deserves, as Devan McGuinness says, nothing but sympathy.  Duggar says her family is understandably heartbroken and will wait to learn the sex of the baby before planning a funeral.

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