How to Prevent a Miscarriage

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Pregnancy comes with a lot of risks and rewards, but for many women it can be a stressful time. For those women who have been classified as high risk pregnancies or for women who have a history of pregnancy related issues, having a miscarriage can be a constant fear.

Some women have experienced them in the past and others may experience them for the first time. Whatever your situation, avoiding a miscarriage is something that you are desperately trying to do.

1. Seek Medical Treatment

There are some ways that you can attempt to avoid a miscarriage. The first, being to seek medical treatment immediately following a positive pregnancy test. For women who have a history of miscarriages, this is extremely important and your doctor may be able to offer guidance on the best ways to avoid a miscarriage.

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He may also provide certain vitamins and supplements for you to take along with your prenatal vitamins. More than likely your doctor will begin monitoring you closely if you have any other health concerns.

Some women are forced to be put on bed rest for portions of their pregnancy in order to keep them and their baby healthy. This can be frustrating and difficult to handle for many pregnant women, but remember that it is necessary in order to avoid pregnancy.

2. Eat Healthy Foods

You should also be certain that you are eating the right foods. Stay away from sugary, fatty snacks and avoid salt and processed foods.

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For best results, stick with lean meats and fruits and veggies. Water is also important when you are pregnant so be sure that you drink plenty of it as well.

3. Get Rid of the Bad

Now is also the time to stop many of the bad habits that some women have prior to becoming pregnant. For example, once you find out that you are pregnant, you should immediately stop drinking alcohol and smoking.

These items have been known to cause birth defects in babies and can lead to early delivery of miscarriage. By continuing to smoke and drink while you are pregnant, you are opening yourself up for dangers to your unborn child.

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If you take drugs, you also need to seek medical guidance quickly. These too can be detrimental both to you and your child and it is important to get the help you need to stop taking them. Drugs also open the door for miscarriage, birth defects and many other pregnancy complications.

4. Be Extra Careful

Stay away from dangerous activities. For example, if you enjoy horseback riding, you will have to stop while you are pregnant. Likewise, you should refrain from performing dangerous sports while you are pregnant.

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Although some activities may seem harmless, you should remember that your balance will change as you grow and you will be more likely to fall or become off balance during the next five months.

5. Know the Potential Danger Signs

If you experience any type of bleeding, it is important that you see your doctor immediately. If you are unable to reach your doctor by phone, you need to take the trip to the emergency room to make sure that everything is fine with you and your baby.

This should also be done if you are experiencing severe pain or contractions, especially early on in your pregnancy. Many symptoms can be discussed with your doctor at your next visit, but many should be addressed immediately.

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You should discuss potential danger signs with your doctor on your first visit. Follow the advice of your doctor carefully. However, you may feel that you do not agree with him at times. If this is the case, it is a good idea to receive a second opinion with another physician.

If you and your doctor have many differences of opinions, it may be best for you to part ways and find a new doctor. However, you should remember that your doctor has seen many pregnant women throughout his career and many of the advice that he gives is based upon experience.

6. Take Time to Recover

Finally, you should take note that not all miscarriages can be avoided. If you do happen to have one, be sure not to blame yourself. Some pregnancies were simply not meant to be and if you find that you are having difficulties coping with your loss, be sure to seek counseling.

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A miscarriage is very difficult for a couple to go through, but it is important that you take care of yourself and remain healthy while you are recovering. If you are trying to have a baby, you should also follow the directions of your doctor carefully before trying again to get pregnant.

Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.