Avoiding a Miscarriage

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When I was less than three months into my first pregnancy, I miscarried. My husband and I had been trying for well over a year to have a child at that point. We’d been to see so many doctors and in so many hospitals. When my pregnancy test came out positive, we’d both rejoiced and called our friends.

Finally, finally, finally, I remember thinking.

So you can imagine how heartbroken we were when we found out the terrible news. Although I hadn’t chosen a name for the baby, and although we didn’t know the gender, I still felt inexplicably close to the life form that had been growing inside me. I felt the loss more acutely than I could rationally explain to anyone.

Avoiding Miscarriage

Even as I told my consoling friends that I was fine, I wasn’t for quite a while. You see, I blamed myself for what happened. Though I would never admit to it, I felt like I was responsible.

I’ve had two healthy children and learned a few facts on the subject since then. For instance, 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, often in the first trimester. This isn’t anyone’s fault; around 60 percent of these cases are due to genetic abnormalities or factors completely beyond the mother’s control. In other words: No, it’s not your fault and you are not a bad mother.

You may also be interested in this article from our “Doctor’s Corner” series, brought to you by Samitivej Hospital.

Your Pregnancy Has Been Labeled ‘High Risk’ – Now what?

Second, even if you miscarry, there’s cause for hope. More than three quarters of women who have a miscarriage go on to give birth to a happy, healthy child later in life. What’s more, there are things you can do to help prevent a miscarriage, such as the following:

  1. Avoid drugs, tobacco and alcohol. This one’s obvious, but it’s also so important that it needs to be said. These can all harm your pregnancy in a number of ways, including ending it. Take this one seriously.
  2. Be careful what you eat. There’s no reason to panic, but it’s probably wise to steer clear of certain high-risk foods for nine months. There’s still a lot of debate as to whether or not unpasteurized cheese and raw meat are safe, but this may be one instance where it’s best to err on the side of caution. You can have all the tuna sashimi and beer tartare you want later.
  3. Be careful with exercising. Notice that I didn’t say “stop.” Many expectant mothers are overly paranoid with this one. It’s perfectly okay to work out daily, just avoid intensive, impact-heavy activities (i.e. no marathons) or sports that might cause you to fall.
  4. Get screened for STDs. Even if you’ve been monogamous for years and don’t think you have anything, it’s a good idea to double-check. Lots of sexually transmitted diseases can be asymptomatic, and many can either lead to a miscarriage or be passed to the child. See a doctor and make sure you’re healthy.
  5. Make sure you’ve got your shots. While you’re at the hospital, have the doctor check your vaccination record and make sure that it’s up to date.

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3 Comments

  1. Rouge  /  May 15, 2016, 12:37 pm Reply

    Thanks for posting about this, its a horrible experience and a difficult time to navigate, both physically and emotionally. I’ve had 2 miscarriages in Thailand and I have started writing a blog to help women in Bangkok navigate the medical profession here, as I’m sure you’re aware nothing seems quite so easy as back home. I hope your journey had a happy ending! Rouge

  2. Aom thianlek  /  November 3, 2016, 10:01 pm Reply

    How much will it Cost if I have a miscarriage in thailand.

    • admin  /  November 7, 2016, 9:40 am Reply

      Hello and thank you for your comment and question. However, we are unsure exactly what it is you are asking. Please clarify so we can give you the answer you are looking for.

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