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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. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

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 ...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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I have pcos, hypothyroid& asthma.I miscarried twice.Losing weight is difficult.If I do exercise asthma comes.How do I reduce my weight.I m 5 ft &71kg.?

I have pcos, hypothyroid& asthma.I miscarried twice.Losing weight is difficult.If I do exercise asthma comes.How do I reduce my weight.I m 5 ft &71kg.?

Concerted effort: Effort under guidance is the best. I strongly recommend bariatric surgery; through a program though!. Teamwork including dietician, exercise therapist, sleep specialist, psychologist etc are generally needed for the success. The oft heard success stories on various diet commercials or exercise ones are less likely to be successful en masse, most likely to help is your motivation, diet &exercise. ...Read more

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Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage?Pls hlp dr

Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage?Pls hlp dr

Possibly ; yes: Research shows folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of early miscarriage by 50%, yet most women who are folate (folic acid) deficient will not have a miscarriage. But since folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of neural tube birth defects it's wise for all women who might become pregnant to take Folic Acid (or the l-5-mthf form for the 1/3 of people who have trouble converting folc acid to folate (folic acid)).It will reduce risk. ...Read more

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Mild hypothyroid.Miscarried at 4th wk.TSH after 8 days of miscarriage reduced to 0.25, and free T4 is 1.8. On 75 mcg synthroid (thyroxine).Shd dose be reduced?

Mild hypothyroid.Miscarried at 4th wk.TSH after 8 days of miscarriage reduced to 0.25, and free T4 is 1.8. On 75 mcg synthroid (thyroxine).Shd dose be reduced?

See your Endo: You should see an Endocrinologist who can helps you maintain a proper level of T-4/T-3 while you are attempting to conceive. A lot of Endocrinologist believe you should be taking some T-3 (Synthroid=T-4) and prescribe a form of thyroid supplementation containing T-3. Good Luck Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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When do miscarriages occur?

When do miscarriages occur?

Anytime: Misacrriages can occur from hours after conception until hours before birth. ...Read more

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How can u tell if you miscarried?

How can u tell if you miscarried?

Varies: Sometimes it is obvious, many times it is not. Most women have some amount of bleeding during early pregnancy due to implantation and they may think they have (or are) miscarried. The best way to tell for sure is with an ultrasound and sometimes by following serial HCG levels in the blood. ...Read more

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How do I know if i miscarried or not ?

How do I know if i miscarried or not ?

You may not know: You can know you have miscarried if you pass and can recognize pregnancy tissue, or if you have a positive pregnancy test that becomes negative after heavy bleeding. Simple heavy bleeding does not necessarily mean you have miscarried. Your physician can also sometimes tell by exam or sonogram. ...Read more

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Are miscarriages common after the first?

Good news: Miscarriage, unfortunately, is very common. The risk of a second miscarriage is no higher than the risk of the first, good luck! ...Read more

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How do I really know if I have miscarried?

Testing: Depending on the situation, we use blood beta-hcg hormone levels and/or ultrasounds to determine if a miscarriage has occurred. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

Pregnancy loss = unintended loss of a pregnancy which could result ...Read more