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History of miscarriage, am I high risk?

By Anonymous April 30, 2013 - 2:44pm
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I have had a few miscarriages while trying to conceive in the past 3 years. The last miscarriage was August of last year. I am now pregnant again and terrified of having yet another miscarriage. I haven't been diagnosed as high risk, but they wouldn't do a pelvic exam because of my history and have scheduled me for two appointments and two ultrasounds already (I'm only 6 weeks). It seems like my doctors are tip-toeing around the words high risk... So, with my history of spontaneous abortion (Which is the least sensitive name for a miscarriage I could ever dream of) would I be considered high risk? And if so, what precautions should I be taking? Lifting limits, sex, how often I'm allowed to sit/stand for periods of time at work?

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Hello Anonymous,

I can appreciate your concerns. Was your obstetrician able to determine the reason for your multiple miscarriages? Genetic abnormalities in the fetus cause most miscarriages.

Determining the cause, if possible, would have been helpful in the planning and maintaining your current pregnancy.

Here are some things you can do:

Be sure to take at least 600 mg of folic acid daily

Don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.

Don't drink alcohol

Limit your caffeine intake to one to two cups of coffee a day

Avoid radiation and poisons such as arsenic, lead, formaldehyde, benzene, and ethylene oxide.

Take special care to keep your abdomen safe while pregnant. Avoid sports that carry a higher risk for injury, such as contact sports and skiing, and always wear your seat belt.

Check with your doctor before taking any medication, including over-the-counter drugs, during pregnancy.

Avoid environmental hazards such as X-rays and infectious diseases.

The website for the Center for Human Reproduction in New York has information that I think you might find very helpful.



April 30, 2013 - 4:50pm
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