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Can not eating enough nutrients cause miscarriages?

Can not eating enough nutrients cause miscarriages?

Unlikely: The human reproductive system is quite effective at getting a fetus the nutrients it needs to develop. Women conceive, even in times of shortage and famine. Obviously there can be problems for baby if, say, Folic Acid is insufficient, namely, neural tube defects. Having said that, nutrition isn't a major cause for miscarriage. ...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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Can eating too little cause a miscarriage?

Can eating too little cause a miscarriage?

Not really: If you mean true starvation with significant weight-loss, then maybe. Otherwise, just eating lightly will not cause miscarriage. ...Read more

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Might eating little cause an early miscarriage?

Might eating little cause an early miscarriage?

No: Most miscarriages are caused by genetic abnormalities in the fetus. Not eating should not cause a miscarriage. ...Read more

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Would not eating at all cause a miscarriage? I just found out that my bf (23) and I (22) might be pregnant but we don't want the child now (school)

Would not eating at all cause a miscarriage? I just found out that my bf (23) and I (22) might be pregnant but we don't want the child now (school)

Newly Pregnant: First of all, please do not attempt to injure yourself or negatively impact your health. It is very unlikely to get the outcome you desire, and will just make you sick. If you've had intercourse in the past three days and are worried that you could become pregnant, you may wish to consult a care provider about emergency contraception now. If you're confirmed pregnant, see an OB care provider. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm really young and found out that I'm pregnant. Idk what to do. I was wondering if not eating, like at all, cause a miscarriage.

Hello, I'm really young and found out that I'm pregnant. Idk what to do. I was wondering if not eating, like at all,  cause a miscarriage.

No: usually starving yourself will NOT cause you to miscarry but can cause abnormalities in the baby. If you decide to terminate your pregnancy, do so with the help of a professional. ...Read more

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Can eating a food you are intolerant too (but not allergic) cause a miscarriage? Thank you

Can eating a food you are intolerant too (but not allergic) cause a miscarriage? Thank you

No: Even if you are violently ill from a food, there is no evidence that it leads to a miscarriage. However if you continue to eat the food which causes you problem in absorbing essential nutrients and vitamins (as in gluten intolerance) , then you would have less success in the pregnancy. ...Read more

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I always crave eating oranges and have just been told that too much can cause a miscarriage. How so?

I always crave eating oranges and have just been told that too much can cause a miscarriage. How so?

That's questionable: Too much of a good thing is never a good idea but cravings are very common. You are getting a good dose of vitamin c and also sugar. Try to keep your sugar intake under control. ...Read more

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Can eating too much sugar or malt drink cause a miscarriage?

Can eating too much sugar or malt drink cause a miscarriage?

Likely not: Everything in moderation. Unless you are diabetic that should nto happen. But i supposes in extremely high amounts anything can have an effect. ...Read more

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Can eating dairy when you're lactose intolerant and pregnant cause a miscarriage?

Can eating dairy when you're lactose intolerant and pregnant cause a miscarriage?

Not likely: You will probably have more intestinal cramping but that should not affect the pregnancy. ...Read more

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