Miscarriage or more precisely abortion is a term used when the pregnancy does not last for more than 20 to 22 weeks of gestation. Most miscarriages occur during the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. Keeping this perspective in mind, a pregnant woman has to be extremely cautious during this period.
What Can Cause A Miscarriage?
In most cases it is difficult to detect the cause of miscarriage with certainty. Often fault in the embryo development due to chromosomal defect may be a cause of miscarriage. The second cause is faulty maternal environment such as; infections (toxoplasma etc.) and trauma which may be psychological, physical or surgical.
Hormonal deficiency such as progesterone hormone deficiency, anatomical abnormality or diseases such as diabetes in mother can also cause miscarriage. Cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug abuse can also be a risk factor in a woman. Chances of miscarriage increases with advanced age. Maternal age more than 35 years has greater risk of miscarriage than a woman below this age.
Early miscarriage is nearly always a result of embryonic (chromosomal) defect, while late miscarriages are commonly the outcome of faulty maternal environment.
The signs of miscarriage usually start with vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, and backache. There may be history of expulsion of product of conception through the vagina.
Natural Remedies For Miscarriage Prevention
Though it may be difficult to determine the exact cause of miscarriage, it is possible for a woman to minimize the risk of miscarriage in a natural way:
- Keep your progesterone hormones at its optimum: any deficiency of progesterone hormone can increase the risk of miscarriage. This hormone is also called pregnancy hormone. If a woman has low level of progesterone, her cycles may be short with premenstrual syndrome. The natural way to ensure enough progesterone level in your body is to take enough magnesium and vitamin B6.
- Zinc: the mineral zinc is important for reproductive system in women as well as men. Any deficiency of zinc can lead to miscarriage in woman and production of healthy sperm in man. Eat foods rich in zinc such as lean meat, oysters, whole grains, egg yolk, etc.
- Vitamin C: the internal lining of the uterus (womb) has to be healthy so that the egg can get attached to its wall. Vitamin C helps to strengthen your uterus wall. Eat vitamin C containing citrus fruits to prevent its deficiency. Eat foods that contain bioflavanoid as it helps proper absorption of vitamin C in your body. Vitamin C is present in all fruits especially in oranges, lemons, grapefruit etc. Berries contain flavanoids in large quantity.
- Quit smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeine.
Use Of Herbs To Prevent Miscarriage
Certain herbs are known to prevent miscarriage; however they should be taken under strict guidance of a qualified herbal practitioner.
- The herb ginseng and sarsaparilla are known to increase the production of progesterone hormone. Progesterone hormone is crucial for maintaining healthy pregnancy.
- Certain herbal teas such as green tea, tea prepared from leaves of raspberry, or tea prepared from Mexican wild Yam etc. are useful in preventing miscarriage. The tea can be prepared by mixing one teaspoon of the herb to one cup of water. Let the water boil and steep the herb, when the water becomes cool, strain the liquid and drink the herbal tea 2 to 3 times in a day till the danger of miscarriage passes or till the time the herbal practitioner advises.
- The herb yellow dock is a tonic that stimulates the gland and acts as a blood purifier; it consists of many mineral compounds and vitamins. It is rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. All the given properties of the herb help to prevent miscarriage.