A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Miscarriages occur in about 15-20% of known pregnancies. While many women can go on to have healthy pregnancies after miscarrying, it can be a difficult and emotionally traumatic experience. A miscarriage Bedford may also be called a spontaneous abortion because the medical definition of abortion is the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus before it has reached viability.
The symptoms of a miscarriage vary depending on how far along the pregnancy is. In early pregnancy, the most common symptom is vaginal bleeding, which may be light or heavy, with or without cramping or abdominal pain. Other symptoms may include fluid or tissue passing from the vagina.
There are many different possible causes of miscarriage;
- Hormonal problems happen when the body doesn’t produce enough progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain a pregnancy. It usually occurs when the placenta, which provides oxygen and nutrients to the growing baby, separates from the uterine wall too early.
- Genetic abnormalities: Most miscarriages happen because the fetus isn’t typically developing. This can be due to a problem with the chromosomes (the structures that carry the genes) or something else in the baby’s DNA.
- Infection: Infections like rubella, toxoplasmosis, and cytomegalovirus can cause miscarriage. These are usually contracted early before a woman knows she is pregnant.
These are some of the ways to prevent a miscarriage:
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Getting early prenatal care
Prenatal care is one of the most important things to reduce your risk of miscarrying. It is essential to see a healthcare provider early in your pregnancy so they can check for any problems that could lead to miscarriage. Some issues to look out for are anemia, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Eating a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet is important for all pregnancies, but it is especially important if you are at risk for miscarrying. A good and balanced diet can help you to get the nutrients you and your baby need.
Avoiding risky behaviors
When you are pregnant, you should avoid risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs. These behaviors can increase your risk of miscarrying. Your doctor can help you to quit these habits if you need help.
During pregnancy, it is important to manage your stress. High-stress levels can lead to hormonal imbalances that can increase your risk of miscarrying. There are many different ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy.
Getting enough rest
During pregnancy, your body needs extra rest. Pregnancy can be exhausting, so getting as much rest as possible is important. Taking naps during the day and getting a good night’s sleep can help you to feel your best.
Exercise can help elevate your moods, reduce stress and increase your energy levels. Exercising is important for all pregnancies, but it is especially important if you are at risk for miscarrying. Talking to your doctor before starting any new exercise routine is important.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to contact your healthcare provider at CARE Fertility. They can confirm whether or not you are miscarrying and provide you with the appropriate care and support.