Q & A: How to Avoid Miscarriage

Q: My last pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. What can I do to increase my chances of carrying my next baby to term?

A: To improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy after a previous miscarriage, try to do the following:
• Have a well-balanced diet.
• Take prenatal vitamins.
• Avoid environmental toxins and infections.
• Don’t smoke or use recreational drugs.
• Avoid extremely stressful relationships as much as possible before and during pregnancy.
• Make arrangements for emotional support and medical monitoring, starting early in pregnancy.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

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