My Four Miscarriages: Why Is Losing A Pregnancy So Shrouded In Mystery? • Discoverology

My Four Miscarriages: Why Is Losing A Pregnancy So Shrouded In Mystery?

After losing four pregnancies, Jennie Agg set out to unravel the science of miscarriage. Then, a few months in, she found out she was pregnant again – just as the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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