Steps you need to take to prevent an early miscarriage

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Precautionary measures you can take to prevent a miscarriage (Courtesy)

Losing a child is one of the worst things that could happen to any expecting parents.

Miscarriages are more common than you may think and in fact, they can cause a lot of emotional trauma on the mother. Of course, no mother wants to lose her baby and, in that case, you definitely want to take all necessary precautions to make sure your pregnancy reaches full term and that you give birth to a healthy infant. Here are preventative measures you can take to avoid an early miscarriage.

1. Learn the common causes of miscarriages.

Doing so will help you learn how to avoid pregnancy pitfalls that lead to miscarriages. Some of these reasons can include genetics - this is by far the most common cause of miscarriages. Half the time, there’s either something wrong genetically with forming or development of the embryo; uterine abnormalities such as fibroids can also lead to a miscarriage. However, most of the times, while some tests can be done to determine the cause, a lot of times, miscarriages just happen without any explanation and even when the to-be mother is doing everything right.

2. The older you are, the higher your chances of getting a miscarriage.

If you are 35 and above, you should ask your doctor for advice as well as extra precautions you can follow so as to carry your baby to term.

3. Watch your health.

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes also increases the risk of miscarriage. That being said, it’s important to manage such a disease before conceiving and ensuring you are at your best in terms of health to increase your chances of success.

4. Drug and alcohol abuse.

Smoking, using illegal drugs and taking alcohol can also compromise pregnancies because doing so can cause abnormalities in fetal development. If you normally smoke, quit, for the sake of your unborn child. If you do not normally smoke, avoid being in places where there are people smoking, as well as polluted areas. In addition, it may be a good idea to avoid or stop drinking anything with too much caffeine just as a precaution even though it has no link to miscarriages.

5. Avoid eating foods that are likely to cause infections.

Steer clear of things such as raw meats and unpasteurized dairy products and remember to take your pregnancy vitamins regularly. Do consume foods rich in folic acid so that your baby develops normally.

6. Schedule regular prenatal checks.

This helps detect problems early on and increases the chances of resolving them so as to have a successful pregnancy.

7. Manage your weight.

Being overweight can increase your risks of a miscarriage and you should keep your weight gain within normal limits, as advised by your doctor. Ensure that you control your food intake and focus on consuming nutritious foods instead of products low in nutritional value but high in calories.

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