Miscarriage is losing a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks.
Stillbirth is losing a baby after the 20th week.
Most early pregnancy losses are caused careless lifestyle with rates as high as 70% and others are abnormal genetics prior to 20 weeks.
Advancing age, obesity, and chronic medical issues such as diabetes, some thyroid disorders and hypertension, also increase the risk of miscarriage.
While these are out of your control, there are other ways to reduce your chances of having a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.
Taking these simple steps can help control your risks and increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy.
The steps are:
1. Start Antenatal care: If you haven’t already started antenatal care, you should do so as soon as possible.
A medical exam from a doctor or midwife may uncover health problems or pregnancy complications you aren’t aware of which could lead to a pregnancy loss if they go untreated such as high blood pressure, gestational or type 2 diabetes, cervical or uterine abnormalities, or sexually transmitted infections.
2.Take your medications: Chronic health problems like lupus, diabetes, and high blood pressure are all associated with increased chances of pregnancy loss.
If you have a diagnosed chronic illness, you'll have the best odds for a healthy pregnancy if you keep your condition under optimum control both prior to conception and throughout pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, consult your doctor about how to best control your condition, and be sure to follow all your doctor's recommendations, including prescriptions.
If you are considering pregnancy, start taking prenatal vitamins before you conceive.
The benefits of Folic acid are most crucial in the early stages of pregnancy, even before you may know you are pregnant. Adequate folic acid intake is essential to preventing neural tube defects in your baby, which can be fatal depending on severity.
3. Avoid Alcohol totally: Women are advised to avoid consuming alcohol during pregnancy. The risk of fetal alcohol syndrome is the reason most people know about, but there is also a potential risk for miscarriage or stillbirth especially with regular or excessive alcohol use.
There is no known lowest safe amount of alcohol, so it's most prudent to abstain altogether in pregnancy. If you are a regular drinker or don’t think you can quit drinking, discuss this with your doctor.
4. Weight reduction: Obesity has been linked to many health problems from increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, to pregnancy complications including premature birth, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and all types of pregnancy loss.
We may understand all the reasons that makes obesity linked with pregnancy loss but know that women who are obese have a much higher risk of losing their babies.
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