It is an amazing thing that in the year 2017, there are a lot of topics that we are too afraid to talk about. Miscarriage is one of those topics, it almost seems like a dirty word, that one should dare not speak of. The truth is, we need to start speaking about it, the more we talk about it, the less stigma there will be surrounding it.
At the end of the day, miscarriage is something that is quite common. The numbers tell us that about 20% of pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. The problem is this statistic is not accurate, as a lot of women miscarry when they don’t even know they are pregnant. They just assume they are experiencing their normal menstrual cycle. Due to the amount of unreported cases, it is more likely that this number is even higher.
One of the reasons people do not like to talk about miscarriage, is because the moment a woman finds out she is pregnant, she is terrified of the pregnancy ending. Maternal instinct kicks in right away, and she does not want anything to happen to her baby. This is also why miscarriage is painful, regardless of how far along the woman was, she is a mother as soon as she sees those two little lines on the pregnancy test.
Women will look for any symptom or sign that their pregnancy may end, it can become an obsession for a lot of women. There are 15 clear signs that you are risk for a spontaneous abortion.
16 Recurrent Miscarriages
If you have already had one, two or even three miscarriages before, you are at risk of having another one. This is not always the case, as most women who do have a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, but it can be a sign for some. Miscarriages usually occur within the first trimester, and they are usually due to a chromosomal anomality, meaning that the baby was not viable. It is mother’s nature way of weeding out what will not be a healthy baby.
If you have another miscarriage, you may want to collect a sample of the tissue and have it tested. They will be able to detect if there is a genetic reason this keeps happening, and can possibly work on a plan for a healthy pregnancy. If the results come back that there is no genetic problem, they can start looking at the other possible reasons for the miscarriage.
15 Too Much Pressure On Cervix Due To Big Baby
It seems like such a weird question, but it plays a big part on whether you are at a higher risk of a miscarriage. That is the health of your cervix. It is not something a woman would know unless she became pregnant, as that is when she would find out. There are many reasons why an incompetent cervix would mean that you are at a higher risk of a miscarriage.
Toward the end of the first trimester, the fetus is big enough that it will start to put some pressure on the cervix. Even though they are still so tiny, it is enough to make your cervix bulge. If you have an incompetent cervix, it will not be able to handle the pressure, and the fetus will come out. If this is a known condition you have, your doctor may want to put a couple stitches in your cervix to help give it some extra support and prevent this from happening.
14 Abnormally Shaped Uterus
While the health and stamina of your cervix is important, so is the health of your uterus. There are certain uterine conditions that may mean that you are at a higher risk of a miscarriage. Specifically, the shape of your uterus. Some women have a uterus that is “abnormally” shaped, or one that is divided, and this is known as Uterine Septum.
The reason this means you are at a higher risk of miscarriage, is because it means that the embryo is unable to implant. If it does implant, it may not be able to get the nourishment it needs. The good news is, Uterine Septum can be repaired through surgery, but unfortunately, most doctors will not discover this until you have had a miscarriage. These uterine conditions are also very common, as they are the reason behind about 10% of miscarriages.
13 Do You Have An Immunologic Disorder?
Mother nature is cruel at times, but it can be an amazing thing. Our bodies are designed to keep us healthy and alive, and works hard to expel anything that it sees as a dangerous presence. When you think that sperm is essentially a foreign object that we are trying to force into our bodies, it is amazing anyone gets pregnant at all. They do, and that is because there are signals flaring all over telling our body that this is safe and to not fight it.
If you have a disorder that comprises your bodies ability to detect safe from dangerous objects, it becomes hard to maintain a pregnancy. The body sees it as a dangerous object and will work to expel it. Doctors are still working on a solution to this problem, and are still in the process of gaining a bigger understanding of it.
12 Throbbing Thyroid
When was the last time you asked your doctor about the health of your thyroid? Probably a while, because it is not generally something we all think about. It can be a problem if you are trying to get pregnant. It is always a good idea, when trying to conceive, that you consider your thyroid health. It is also important to check it when you do become pregnant and make sure that it is at a level where it should be.
Thyroid conditions are usually very easily treated by medications. Other untreated illnesses can also put you at risk for a miscarriage. If you have diabetes that is not being treated properly, it may put you at risk. It is important to work with your doctor and plan to treat conditions such as these.
11 Weak Ovaries
PCOS, also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is another condition that means you are at a higher risk of enduring a miscarriage. PCOS is still considered a very complex syndrome, with doctors still not knowing everything about it. What makes this even more bizarre is that it is extremely common. About 1 in 10 women of reproductive age have this condition. What we do know is that it has a lot to do with hormones.
Women with PCOS have levels of testosterone that are too high. This can cause them to have irregular ovulation and menstruation. Also, while they do not have diabetes, PCOS can affect their insulin resistance, which prevents the uterine lining from maturing properly. Working with a fertility specialist is sometimes the only way that a woman with PCOS can fall and stay pregnant. There is help with certain medications to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy.
10 Uterus Inflamed Due To Bacterial Infections
Bacterial infections are another thing that we don’t always check that we have. Women are prone to them (just are men) but they do not normally cause us any issues day-to-day, so we do not think to go to the doctor and get them checked. Women can have them without having any symptoms, and this can be a problem if she is either trying to conceive or has just conceived.
If a woman has a bacterial infection, it can cause the lining of the uterus to become inflamed, which would make it impossible for an embryo to develop. If this certain form of bacterial infection is present, there is no way of knowing you have it unless you get tested. So, when you do fall pregnant ask your doctor to test you because it is easily treated with antibiotics and they will make sure you are on the proper ones that will not harm the growing baby.
9 Nasty Habits
This one should go without saying that certain lifestyle choices can definitely mean you are at risk for miscarrying. If you are a person who enjoys smoking cigarettes, then you really need to consider quitting. Cigarettes smokers risk of having a miscarriage is twice the rate of those who do not smoke. That is because nicotine crosses the placenta and can interfere with the blood supply and fetal growth.
Another lifestyle change you will need to make to reduce your risk of a miscarriage is to eliminate alcohol from your diet. Drinking alcohol is directly linked to a higher risk of miscarriage. It is best to quite smoking and consuming any alcoholic drinks when you decide to start trying, that way you are already preparing a healthy body, and your risk of miscarriage goes down. I don’t even need to mention how the use of illegal drugs is not a good idea.
8 Exposure To Poisons
It is not just what you put in your body that can affect your risk of miscarriage, it also can be determined by your environment where you work. There is a higher risk of miscarriage for a woman who works in environments such as farms, operating rooms, dental offices and hospital labs. The bigger mystery is that they don’t exactly know why women who work in these environments are at a higher risk.
It could be since these jobs mean that you are on your feet more, or that you are around hazardous airborne materials. Either way, they are trying to work on discovering why there is this correlation and how to fix it. If you are concerned about your work environment it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about it. You can also check with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency for more information.
7 Increased Stress
It is important to know that a lot of the risks for a miscarriage are out of our control, that there are times where there is nothing we can do to prevent a pregnancy loss from happening. One risk factor that we can try, and eases is the amount of stress we endure. There is a correlation between high stress and pregnancy loss, and ironically a lot of women stress about losing their pregnancy.
I know this is easier said than done, it is hard to eliminate all stress from our life. What we can do is try and lesson it, so that it is not consuming our life and possibly causing harm to ourselves and the little, growing babe. Find something you do that is relaxing, whether it is going for a walk, having a nice bath or reading a book. If you reach a point where you feel like you can not manage it on your won, talk to your doctor about some tips on how to cope.
6 Old Lady?
While we are in a day in age where it is the norm for women to have children older in life, there does reach a point where your age can determine if you are at risk for a spontaneous miscarriage. Back in the day, women got married and had families fairly young, and then they stayed home to care for their families.
This is changing, and it has been changing for a while now, women are now a productive member of the community and are showing great value for career and independence. While this is great, it does mean that they are having children later in life. A lot of women are starting to have families when they are in their young 30’s. Once a woman reaches the age of 35, her pregnancies are considered, to an extent, as high risk. She will be watched closer by her doctor, and may receive extra tests that a younger mom may not have to have. That is because the risk of miscarriage is higher.
5 Spring Chicken?
While we know there are risks for older mothers, did you also know there are risks for young mothers. Teenage pregnancy is real, it is happening all over the world for numerous reasons, which I am sure we could write a whole article about. If a girl 15 and under falls pregnant, she is also at a higher risk of a miscarriage. While she has obviously started menstruating, her body and reproductive organs are still maturing and developing.
She has a higher risk of presenting a chromosomal abnormality in her pregnancy that would cause the miscarriage. While we do not like to think that children get pregnant, they do, and this makes them a higher risk pregnancy and will need to be monitored closely by her doctor. There needs to be more preventative action to help growing women understand their bodies and how to protect themselves from pregnancy at such a young age.
4 Breaking The Scale
I know this is a question you should never ask a woman, but its answer is important to determining how likely your risk is of miscarriage. It is also not just about women who are overweight, women who are severely underweight are also at a higher risk of miscarriage.
There will never be a concrete reason for the miscarriage unless a testing is done on the fetal tissue once a miscarriage has happened, but they do know that women who are obese, or are severely underweight have a higher risk of miscarriage. What you can do is start to live a healthier lifestyle, it also does not mean you need to go on a drastic, fad diet to do it. Some simple changes and an increase in physical activity is often enough to make a change. Usually, the body change needed to lead to a healthy pregnancy is a small one. Even just 10 pounds can make a huge difference.
3 Devastating Blow Of Being Infertile
There are a lot of women in the world who suffer with some form of infertility. It is very common, and not very often spoken about. It is a silent fight, that women often struggle with alone. When you are struggling with infertility and finally fall pregnant, the excitement and joy is through the rough. Now, imagine if that pregnancy ended in miscarriage. That is a devastating blow, and one that a lot of women can not come back from.
Unfortunately, there is a link between infertility and your risk of having a miscarriage. This could possibly be due to the pregnancy not occurring “naturally”. Whether you used medication or IVF, your body was ‘forced’ to get pregnant, and at times it may reject the pregnancy. This is a good time to have the tissue tested to determine the exact cause of the loss.
2 Unfaithful Partner
OK, the header seems weird, but stay with me. If you are pregnant and you have an unfaithful partner, you may be at a higher risk of a miscarriage. That is because if your partner is having sexual intimacy with numerous other people as well as you, there may be a chance of you contracting an STI, or Sexually Transmitted Infection.
STI’s are a cause of miscarriage, and if there is a chance that you will be affected by one, then you are at a higher risk of a miscarriage. Now, if you believe that your partner is being unfaithful, you may need to make some hard decisions. If you are not ready to say goodbye, then when you and he have intercourse, you may want him to wear a condom. We are not here to judge you, or the decisions you make, just provide you with the information to protect yourself and that sweet little baby growing in you.
1 Can’t Give Up The Joe
There are a lot or risk factors associated with miscarriage that the medical community is still trying to figure out. They are still working to find the exact link (if any) between the usage of them and the risk of miscarriage. One that they warn mothers strongly against is drinking caffeine excessively. Women are advised that they should only drink about 200 mg of coffee (or any caffeinated beverage) a day.
If you can not give up the joe, then you may be at a higher risk of miscarriage. So, it is important to watch your intake, just because there is no confirmed study about caffeine vs. miscarriage, does not mean we should take any risks. Always better to play safe than sorry. Other factors that may increase your risk of miscarriage that they warn you against is high impact exercise, drinking tap water, and exposure to radiation.
Sources: verywell.com, parents.com