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Does taking prenatal vitamins before you conceive reduce the risk of miscarriage?

Does taking prenatal vitamins before you conceive reduce the risk of miscarriage?

No: It does not reduce risk of miscarriage, but it does reduce risk of certain birth defects related to vitamin deficiency. The most common among these is spina bifida caused by a folic acid (folate) deficiency. This prevents the spinal cord from fully forming. It's a common birth defect in developing countries but is essentially eliminated with simple prenatal vitamins. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


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I have ptt level high i.e 47 which is leading to miscarriages . Is there a way to reduce it and bring down to the normal level permanently ? Pls suges

I have ptt level high i.e 47 which is leading to miscarriages . Is there a way to reduce it and bring down to the normal level permanently ? Pls suges

High ptt: There are many causes of miscarriage. A high ptt is something that should be investigated among other things for general health, not only miscarriage. The reasons for high PTT can be autoimmune disease, liver disease, including hepatitis or other liver infection or infestation. This is something that should be looked at by your doctor or a hematologist. ...Read more

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A few days ago i had a third miscarriage in the past year. How can I reduce my chances of having a miscarriage?

A few days ago i had a third miscarriage in the past year. How can I reduce my chances of having a miscarriage?

See specialist: Recurrent miscarriage is a complicated and frustrating problem because about 50% of cases have no diagnosis. See rei specialist for evaluation. Get micro-array genetics of any future losses. Numerous low-tech treatments and high-tech (pgs with ivf for those with genetic cause of losses). Sometimes, you can develop infertility too - watch for this. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a woman gets pregnant in the month after paragard removal, is there a greater chance of miscarriage? If so, how long to wait to reduce the chance?

If a woman gets pregnant in the month after paragard removal, is there a greater chance of miscarriage?  If so, how long to wait to reduce the chance?

No risk: Given that the copper iud is not hormonal it should not have any affect on the uterus after it's removed. There is not a greater chance of miscarriage, so good luck! ...Read more

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If hCG level reduces slowly than expected will there be a reason other than miscarriage?

No: Hcg has a fairly long half life so it may take some time for the levels to fall. Usually HCG levels are followed after medical treatment for ectopic pregnancy or after spontaneous abortion. ...Read more

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I m 28 year female. trying to get pregnant from 5 months. sometimes masturbate. Does masturbate reduces chances of pregnancy. one miscarriage in past?

I m 28 year female. trying to get pregnant from 5 months. sometimes masturbate. Does masturbate reduces chances of pregnancy. one miscarriage  in past?

No effect: That you care to masturbate is actually a GOOD THING, a proxy for active hormonal status, which is also a function of your ovarian function (good). Masturbation does not decrease your chance of pregnancy and has nothing to do with miscarriage. Best of luck. Take prenatal vitamins if you're trying to conceive. ...Read more

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I found out I am pregnant but am worried if I reduce my 50mg B6 vitamin a day will it increase my chances of miscarriage?

I found out I am pregnant but am worried if I reduce my 50mg B6 vitamin a day will it increase my chances of miscarriage?

No: Take the prenatal vitamins and drop the B6. You should be fine and the fact that you are so concerned tells me you will be a wonderful mother. Your baby is very lucky. ...Read more

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My gyne reduced my metformin from 1000 b.d to 1000 o.d. I'm 5weeks pregnant. Is that safe? Can reducing the dose risk miscarriage?I hav thin type pcos

My gyne reduced my metformin from 1000 b.d to 1000 o.d. I'm 5weeks pregnant. Is that safe? Can reducing the dose risk miscarriage?I hav thin type pcos

She be fine: My guess is that your OB is worried that your blood sugars is getting too low. It never hurts to clarify with him/her why they changed to dose, but sometimes we do have to lower it. ...Read more

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I read tht TSH rise in pregnancy.I'm hypothyroid n had TSH 4.57 b4 a chemical pregnancy.8 days after 4wk pregnancy miscarriage, its reduced to 0.25. Y?

I read tht TSH rise in pregnancy.I'm hypothyroid n had TSH 4.57 b4 a chemical pregnancy.8 days after 4wk pregnancy miscarriage, its reduced to 0.25. Y?

Thyroid requirements: can vary significantly during pregnancy and lab must be monitored closely. TSH's are commonly low or low normal in early pregnancy. A TSH of 4.75 is too high if you are attempting conception. Check w/your doctor. Make sure you are on brand name replacement for safety and consistency. ...Read more

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Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more