Miscarriages are not something you would even want to consider when you are pregnant. However, they are a reality and must be avoided at all costs. Certain lifestyle changes can reduce your chances of having a miscarriage such as:
Have more Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin B9: Vitamin C is directly linked to the endometrial lining of the uterus. If you are deficient in vitamin C, the uterine tissues are not strong enough to embed and hold the embryo in place. It is found in oranges, limes and grapes, as well as leafy green veggies. Zinc is involved in pregnancy maintenance as well as sperm development. You can increase the zinc in your diet by eating fish, grains, lean meat and eggs. You also need a good amount of vitamin B9 to avoid developmental impairments in your baby. If necessary, have supplements of vitamin C, zinc and vitamin B9 after discussing it with your doctor.
Keep the exercising moderate: While it is important to keep your cardiovascular health in perfect condition, it is inadvisable to perform intense exercises while pregnant. This is because impact sports can increase the chances of a miscarriage due to falling or getting hit in the abdomen. Another reason is that exercise can overheat your body which reduces blood flow to the uterus.
Eat more fish: Studies have shown that consuming more fish reduces the chances of miscarriage. However, avoid eating tuna, mackerel, swordfish and shark as they tend to be high in mercury which can harm the baby.
Modifying your dairy intake: Research has found that consuming milk and cheese reduces the chances of miscarriage, even when considering other factors like obesity, age, and dietary intake. However, the same research shows that butter consumption doubles the risk of miscarriage. The takeaway message is simply to consume milk and cheese while avoiding butter. Make sure not to consume unpasteurised dairy as it may cause infections like toxoplasmosis and listeriosis which can cause miscarriage.
Protect yourself from environmental dangers: X-rays are a strict no-no during pregnancy. If it is essential, tell your doctor about your pregnancy beforehand. Keep away from environmental toxins like pollution, vehicle exhaust fumes, formaldehyde, pesticides, and so on as they could lead to miscarriages, stillbirths or developmental defects in your baby.
Cut down on coffee: Studies have come with conflicting results on coffee and its link to miscarriage. While some suggest that about 4 cups a day is fine.
Avoid cigarettes and alcohol: Tobacco and alcohol are forbidden, as they can cause serious harm to you and your baby. This is because tobacco lowers sperm count and increases sperm abnormalities which could result in miscarriages. Alcohol is even worse, as a single glass can make you less fertile by fifty percent. It passes through the placenta affecting foetus development and can lead to a miscarriage.
Spinach: Studies have shown that Spinach contains Vitamin E which nourishes the embryo and prevents miscarriage by avoiding its starvation.
Indulge in chocolate: Luckily for you, chocolate also helps drop your risk of miscarriage by twenty percent as it improves the immune system of the baby.
Do an STD test: Please get yourself checked for sexually transmitted diseases like HPV, herpes, syphilis and gonorrhoea. These diseases make a miscarriage more likely as they are present in the birth canal exposing the embryo. Also, make sure your partner is tested for these diseases as well.
Take progesterone supplements: Progesterone is the most crucial hormone when it comes to getting pregnant as it helps prepare the uterus to house the foetus. If you have a progesterone imbalance, ask your doctor for progesterone supplements to help you get pregnant and maintain the pregnancy. Using progesterone to prevent miscarriage is especially helpful in the first trimester.
Get a preconception check-up: Before getting pregnant, meet your gynaecologist to have your medical history, lifestyle and diet reviewed. Your doctor might even check for immunity against infections, and vaccinations will be given if necessary. Other conditions can also be tested for such as thyroid disorders, seizures and lupus, all of which could precipitate a miscarriage.
Creating a balanced diet: Eating the right balance of nutrients is crucial if you want to be able to conceive as well as avoid a miscarriage. Some foods that you must not skip are antioxidants like carrots, berries, leafy veggies; fats found in fish. Eating multiple servings of fruits lowers miscarriage risk by nearly seventy-five percent.
Naturopathy: There are several herbs that are said to prevent to reduce the risk of miscarriage. For example, the Chaste tree, Rehmannia, Cramp bark and Black haw are known to be involved in reproductive processes like hormone balance, inflammation, uterus pain and so on.
Massage therapy: Improving blood circulation to the uterus can be achieved by going to a masseuse trained in fertility massages. Massages help relieve congestions and blockages, helping the uterus function at maximum capacity.
Miscarriages are very painful, both physically and emotionally. Understanding the potential causes of miscarriage during pregnancy and following a strict set of habits will go a long way in avoiding miscarriages in the future.
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