Preventing Miscarriage

The one thing you can do to prevent a miscarriage is to get as healthy as possible before conceiving. This will not only provide an ideal atmosphere for conception to occur but also increase the chance of carrying the baby to term and having a normal pregnancy. To do this you can:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do not smoke or drink
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Take folic acid daily
  • Manage stress
  • Consult with your doctor about your current prescription medications
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Stay away from environmental hazards such as chemicals and toxins, radiation, contagious diseases and x-rays
  • Reduce your risk of injury by avoiding strenuous physical exercise and any type of contact sport
  • If the cause of the miscarriage is due to structural problems with the reproductive system, surgery may be an option
  • Controlling and treating conditions such as diabetes and thyroid problems can go a long way towards decreasing your chances of a miscarriage
  • In some cases or recurring pregnancy loss, hormone treatments using progesterone have been successful. However, more scientific evidence on the benefits of this form of treatment is still required before any conclusions can be reached.

Frequently asked questions
Myra Parsons, Michele Simpson, Terri Ponton, Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: Safety and efficacy, Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, September 1999, Pages 20-25, ISSN 1031-170X, 10.1016/S1031-170X(99)80008-7.
Keywords: labour; pregnancy; raspberry leaf; safety