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What Can You Do To Prevent Miscarriage
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
Pray, take folate!: You basically cannot prevent a miscarriage. Taking Folic Acid at 1-5 mg daily for at least 3 months before conception may help reduce your risk for miscarriage. Also avoid known teratogens (radiation, valproate, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, methotrexate, ace-inhibitors, heat, misoprostol, etc.) and stay calm, placing your belief in god. ...Read more
Can't.: Unfortunately there is not much we can do to prvent early miscarriages, those that occur before 12 weeks. They are most often caused by a random misalignment of the baby's chromosomes. Such misalignments are spontaneous, random events that are out of the control of outside factors. The good news is that after one miscarriage, your chances of having a normal baby are just as good as before. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay healthy: Lower risk by not smoking or drinking. Establish a high level of fitness through exercise prior to getting pregnant. Take prenatal vitamins and eat a healthy diet prior to getting pregnant. If you are overweight do everything you can to get to a normal body weight before becoming pregnant. Finally, if you are in an abusive relationship, LEAVE and do not get pregnant with the abuser. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Have you had miscarriage in the past? If yes, why? Do you have a clotting disorder? In general, getting a good diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, prenatal vitamin, regular exercise, scheduled relaxation time, adequate sleep, no herbal meds or supplements, and low stress levels are helpful. If you have certain problems as above, the need the advice of an obstetrician. Good health! ...Read more
Relatively little: Most miscarriages are due to genetic abnormalities in the pregnancy and are lost for that reason. If you have 2 or more losses or lost a pregnancy later on in pregnancy, it is a good idea to see a fertiility doctor for an evaluation to look for preventable causes of recurrent miscarriages. If you have have one or no miscarriages in the last, there no reason to intervene. ...Read more
Sex doesn't cause mc: Sex when pregnant doesn't increase the risk of miscarriage, but we usually advise women who are bleeding in the early part of pregnancy (a 'threatened miscarriage') not to have sex until the bleeding has stopped; if more bleeding follows after sex it just adds to the anxiety of the situation. A woman who's had two or more miscarriages needs testing to look for a cause, by a rei specialist or OB md. ...Read more
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