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Is It Possible to Prevent Miscarriage?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 06 October 2018
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In some instances, miscarriage may be caused by controllable factors, such as a physical altercation, which means that there is a likelihood that it could have been prevented. In most cases, however, medical professionals tend to agree that it is unlikely that a woman can prevent miscarriage. What she can do is make decisions and establish habits that are conducive to a healthy and successful pregnancy.

Miscarriage, although unfortunate, is quite common. Medical professionals have been able to ascertain that, in most cases, pregnancy termination of this sort generally occurs before an unborn child reaches 20 weeks. What has not been as easy to determine is a single common cause.

It is generally accepted that the reasons for miscarriage can widely vary. The problem is often blamed on chromosomal abnormalities, which is a very broad diagnosis. Often, even when considering an individual case, the cause may remain unknown. This lack of information makes it very difficult for the medical community to issue any definitive means to prevent miscarriage.

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One factor that has been linked to an increased chance of miscarriage is age. It is, therefore, advisable for women to try to complete child bearing before the age of 35, if there is a concern about miscarriage. Once a woman reaches 35, her chances of miscarriage can actually double. Women who have had one miscarriage may be at an increased risk of having a second miscarriage, which can aggravate the age factor, so these women should give special consideration to completion of child bearing before reaching their mid-30s.

There are also lifestyle choices that should be made by a person aiming to prevent miscarriage. These include avoiding habits that can harm the unborn child, such as drinking alcohol, using illicit drugs, and taking prescription medications not recommended during pregnancy. Women who have physically abusive partners should seriously consider the unborn child’s interest when choosing not to terminate those relationships.

While there is no absolute guarantee that it will prevent miscarriage, making healthy choices may increase a woman’s chance of having a successful pregnancy. These choices include consuming sufficient amounts of food that are good for both the mother and baby. A regular exercise routine should be established and expecting mothers should get plenty of rest. There are certain activities, such as engaging in vigorous sports or lifting heavy objects, which should be avoided. Also, following special instructions or adhering to precautions from a physician may help prevent miscarriage.

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