Alternate Names : Spontaneous Abortion, Complete Abortion
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Not all miscarriages can be prevented. But taking certain actions can help.
Several months before pregnancy and during the entire pregnancy, a woman should follow
Avoid alcohol and
Stay away from pesticides, and chemical solvents
such as paint thinners.
Avoid all medicines unless recommended by the doctor. This includes those sold
over-the-counter, prescriptions, and herbal remedies.
Eat a diet rich in folic acid
and take multivitamins.
Maintain good control of diseases such as diabetes
Notify the doctor of any other risk factors, such as
Report any symptoms of sexually transmitted disease
to the doctor.
If a woman has had infertility tests for imbalanced hormones, the doctor may
screen her for hormone problems in the first trimester.
If a problem is found, hormone pills can be prescribed.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
The long-term effects of a miscarriage vary. There are many myths about what
causes miscarriage. A woman may feel anxiety, fear, and guilt if she believes she did
something to cause the miscarriage. She should discuss feelings or worries such as these
with her doctor.
What are the risks to others?
A miscarriage is not catching. It poses no risk to others.