How Can I Prevent Recurrent Miscarriages?

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A miscarriage can be a very stressful thing for a woman to go through both mentally and physically. For many women who have experienced more than one, the effects of multiple miscarriages can be detrimental.

Some have even chosen to give up having children at all or have found that they will not be able to have children because of the effects that the miscarriages have had on their body.

Each situation is different, so it is important to talk to your doctor immediately, after learning that you are pregnant, in order to promote a healthy pregnancy after having multiple miscarriages.

Your doctor will be able to offer advice and guidance on the proper ways to handle the pregnancy and will probably begin monitoring you closely throughout the next nine months.

1. Keep your doctor updated with any changes

However, there are also many things that you can do, on your own, that will help prevent multiple miscarriages. The first is to keep your doctor updated with any changes that you see.

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Each pregnancy is different, but if you are seeing symptoms that are extreme or new, you should alert your doctor at once. He will be able to guide you on the steps that you need to take if you are in danger.

2. Avoid sexual intercourse while pregnant

Another important step of avoiding multiple miscarriages is to avoid sexual intercourse. While most women can engage in sex safely while they are pregnant, it may not be possible for some women. You should talk this over with your doctor before having sex in order to decide on the best course of action.
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3. Have your doctor perform a detailed evaluation

Once you are able to see your doctor, be sure that you have him perform a detailed evaluation and order any test that may help protect your pregnancy. These tests may offer some insight into any issues that you may expect while you are pregnant. Once the results come in, it is also important that you follow the guidance of your doctor for any of the issues that you may find.

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4. Take prenatal vitamins

Taking a prenatal vitamin is also crucial for women who have experienced multiple miscarriages. You may also want to ask your doctor about certain supplements that can help you remain healthy and avoid illness throughout your pregnancy as well. Some vitamins that have been shown to help in this area are vitamin C and vitamin E among many others.

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5. Avoid stress

You should also try to make your environment as peaceful as possible. Try avoiding stress both at home and at work and try to make your spaces as relaxing as possible.

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This will help with your overall mindset and allow you to get more rest as well. Plenty of rest is very important during pregnancy, but for women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, it is essential.

6. Talk to your doctor about hormone injections

You may also want to talk to your doctor about hormones that you may need to take while you are pregnant. Many miscarriages are caused by a lack of progesterone. Some doctors may suggest taking injections of this missing hormone early in your pregnancy in order to help keep you safe and miscarriage free.

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7. Eat right and stay away from harmful chemicals

Make sure that you are eating right and staying away from harmful chemicals as well. These can be very important factors in any pregnancy. Your doctor may provide you with a list of things that you should stay away from but you should also look into the proper foods that you should be eating as well.

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8. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking

Be sure to avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking while you are pregnant as well. These can be very harmful to your pregnancy and although caffeine is alright in moderation, for women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, it should be avoided altogether.

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Avoiding a miscarriage after you have already experienced one during your lifetime can be high on your priority list when you learn that you are pregnant. Although many times they cannot be avoided, there are steps that you can take to lower your chances of having another one in the future.

9. Follow your doctor’s advice

Most importantly, be sure to follow your doctor’s advice while you are pregnant. With his help, you should be able to successfully go through your pregnancy and enjoy all the benefits of motherhood. Although it will be difficult to do, try to relax and enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.