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Alternate Names : Spontaneous Abortion, Complete Abortion

Miscarriage | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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 these guidelines.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • 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 and hypothyroidism
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  • Notify the doctor of any other risk factors, such as PTSD.
  • Report any symptoms of sexually transmitted disease to the doctor
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  • Stop smoking
  • .

    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.

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    Miscarriage: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/14/01

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