What to do to avoid miscarriage? Miscarriage, the loss of pregnancy before 20 weeks, affects 10 to 15 percent of known pregnancies and can be hard to cope with emotionally and physically. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help lower your risk of miscarriage and increase your chances of a successful pregnancy in the future. Here are some tips on how to avoid miscarriage, to help you have a healthy baby.
What to do to avoid miscarriage
Know the risk factors
Risk factors for pregnancy loss are typically put into two categories: non-modifiable and modifiable. Non-modifiable risk factors include a history of a previous miscarriage, maternal age, poor health of the mother (e.g., obesity), and genetic disorders in the fetus.
Get your body ready for pregnancy
If you want to avoid a miscarriage, it’s important that your body is in the right condition for pregnancy. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant and aren’t already, there are some things you can do now (and keep doing) while waiting for that positive pregnancy test. Eating a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein will ensure that you have all the vitamins and minerals needed for good health during pregnancy.
Get early prenatal care
Getting early prenatal care is one of the best ways to combat a miscarriage. Your doctor can monitor your pregnancy and advise you on what changes you need to make in order for the pregnancy to go smoothly. They can also check for any potential causes of a miscarriage. For example, if there is a vaginal infection that could be causing contractions, which could then lead to uterine contractions that could threaten the safety of your baby.
Don’t drink alcohol
Studies show that women who drink alcohol early in pregnancy have a higher risk of miscarriage. According to research published in the journal BMJ, women are eight times more likely to miscarry if they have four or more drinks per week and six times more likely if they have at least one drink per day. This is bad news for expecting mothers because doctors used to tell their patients that it was okay for them to drink moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy and some still give this advice today.
Don’t smoke cigarettes
Cigarette smoke contains a number of harmful chemicals that can increase the risk of miscarriage. Other ways you can protect your baby include not drinking alcohol or using drugs, and not carrying luggage over your stomach when going through airport security. Stay in shape by exercising on a regular basis (exercise releases endorphins which will make you feel better) and eat healthy meals with lots of folic acid-rich foods like green leafy vegetables, oranges, eggs, beef liver, and brown rice.
Don’t take illegal drugs during pregnancy
Illegal drugs, alcohol, and nicotine can all have a serious impact on the developing fetus. Cigarettes contain poisons that not only the smoker is exposed to but also to the unborn baby. Exposure can lead to birth defects and developmental issues for the baby in utero. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases the risks of miscarriage and fetal alcohol syndrome. Prescription drugs may be more harmful than illegal drugs because pregnant women often don’t know they are pregnant when they take them.
Eat healthy foods
There are many things that you can do in order to help avoid a miscarriage. It is important for a pregnant woman to eat foods that are nutritious and healthy. Some examples of good foods include raw vegetables, leafy greens, fruit, yogurt, and whole grains. If the mother-to-be has a sensitive stomach she may want to stick with cooked vegetables or fruit rather than the raw variety.
Avoid unsafe activities and situations
*Avoid unsafe activities and things such as:
– driving (or operating a vehicle of any type)
– scuba diving
– operating heavy machinery or engaging in manual labor
– carrying anything that feels too heavy for you.
If you are flying, pregnant passengers are advised to book a window seat and refrain from sitting next to emergency exit rows during the entire flight.
Exercise regularly while pregnant.
Regular exercise has a number of benefits during pregnancy and has been found to lower the risk of serious complications. Exercise has been shown to lessen the severity of some symptoms such as back pain, pelvic girdle pain, edema (swelling), shortness of breath, and decreased energy levels. There are also other benefits from regular exercise like improving sleep quality and reducing weight gain.
Avoiding miscarriages can be as simple as looking out for certain risk factors and making some adjustments in your lifestyle. The best way to avoid having a miscarriage is by learning more about the risks that are specific to you and creating a plan based on what we’ve just talked about. Remember that there’s never one clear reason why any pregnancy ends prematurely, so it’s important not to blame yourself or your partner if this happens.