Bleeding in Early Pregnancy | Prevention

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What can I do to prevent a miscarriage?

Keeping your body healthy is the best way to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Do not smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or take illegal drugs. Talk to your doctor before taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before you get pregnant to lower the risk of brain and spinal cord problems in your baby. If you have medical problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, talk with your doctor about the care you will need during your pregnancy before you get pregnant.

There is no way to prevent a miscarriage after bleeding has started. There is also no way of knowing exactly why a miscarriage happens. Usually, it is not because the mother did anything wrong. Most women who have had a miscarriage can have healthy pregnancies in the future. If you have lost more than 3 pregnancies, talk to your doctor about other tests and treatments.

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First Trimester Bleeding by Mark Deutchman, MD, Amy Tanner Tubay, MD and David K. Turok, MD, MPH (American Family Physician June 01, 2009, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20090601/985.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09

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