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Pregnancy eating guide

Spontaneous miscarriages are not rare. Per 100 fertilized eggs occur only 20 to 25 pregnancies. When some woman find out that she’ll become a mom, that is the best moment of her life. Then the first issue appears: Will the baby be all right? Those women, who experienced pregnancy loss, haunted by many questions: "What happened? Am I wrong? What if it happens again?"

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Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage may be prevented and treated. Therefore, we must know miscarriage’s cause. In 50 percent of cases, the cause of miscarriage isn’t known. Therefore, miscarriage cannot be prevented, or cannot be treated. What causes pregnancy loss:
•There are miscarriages in early pregnancy, which are mostly random error of nature during formation of the embryo.
•A small percentage of miscarriage is caused by a lack of the hormone of pregnancy in the early phases. This usually happens with pregnancy as a result of the process of in vitro fertilization.
•There is situation, when the baby's heart stops working. This is due to disturbance in the blood of pregnant women, called thrombophilia.
•In the later stages of pregnancy (14, 15, 16 weeks, and so on), the causes of miscarriage are infections of pregnant women (or fetus). Around week 20th and onwards) the weakness of the cervix can lead to miscarriage. Infection is treated with appropriate treatment. When there is a weakness of the cervix, the doctor conducts an intervention, called Cervical Cerclage.
•Dominant clinical signs for the diagnosis of a possible miscarriage are bleeding and very typical pain.
•There are a number of other causes of miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss such as Smoking, drinking alcohol, using of illegal and harmful drugs, disorders of immune system, severe kidney disease, heart diseases, Diabetes (which is not under the control), thyroid disease, radiation, some kind of medications, severe malnutrition etc.
Depending on the stage of pregnancy, the doctor applies a certain diagnostic procedures and appropriate therapy.

Symptoms&Diagnostic

Symptoms

•bleeding progresses from mild to severe
•serious cramps
•abdominal pain
•fever
•weakness
•backache

Diagnostic

•Ultrasound examination is required. By using of ultrasound, doctor determines the condition of the embryo. Doctor determines how embryo looks like, and is there an anomaly. Doctor can see proper development of the baby.
•Then he looks at the amount of amniotic fluid.
•Very important review is medical review of uterus by ultrasound. Does uterus have bleeding and does uterus have laboratory signs of infection?

Treatment

There are different types of pregnancy loss. Because there are different treatments.
•Doctor often advises women to rest. Woman should abstain from sexual intercourse. She should avoid strenuous physical activity.
•Taking of progesterone is recommended by doctors.
•Woman must avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

By definition of American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “Recurrent Pregnancy Loss is a disease, distinct from infertility, defined by two or more failed pregnancies”.
According to this source, there are the following data:
•After three or more losses, a thorough evaluation is warranted. Although approximately 25% of all recognized pregnancies result in miscarriage.
•Less than 5% of women will experience two consecutive miscarriages,
•and only 1% experience three or more (data was quoted from American Society for Reproductive Medicine source).

Rh negative factor is the only blood type that causes problems in pregnancy. An Rh-negative mother produces antibodies against the Rh-positive blood cells, even those cells that is belonging to her own child. This is called Rh sensitivity. Doctor can do a blood test to check if woman is Rh negative. It is extremely important: the blood of pregnant women must be regularly monitored, because of the control the formation of antibodies. In order to reduce the risk of developing antibodies in the mother's blood, Rh negative mother has to take some amount of Rh immunoglobulin.
If miscarriage causes severe pain or extensive bleeding or if miscarriage takes longer, women should talk to her doctor about using medicines or carrying out operations. This surgery is called curettage. Thereby Uterus is cleaned.
If woman has had two or more miscarriage consecutive, blood tests, genetic tests, and medications may be needed.

According to statistics, 85% of women who had miscarriage, have a normal pregnancy and normal childbirth.
If a woman has had miscarriage, It does not mean that there is a problem with fertility. On the other hand, approximately 1% -2% of women have Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.

To prevent Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, doctor will recommend specific treatments that should be implemented before attempting a pregnancy. Taking time for physical and mental healing, after a miscarriage, is very important. Support Groups and going to a psychiatrist can also help to overcome the loss.

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Good and Bad Food during Pregnancy

Vitamins and Minerals, healthy meals, controlling of the volume and content of meals are essential for you and your baby.
Avoid:
1. Foods that are rich in vitamin A (e.g. offal and fish oil)
2. Unpasteurized dairy products: milk, cheese, yogurt. There is a risk of diseases such as salmonella or listeria
3. Peanuts in all forms. It may happen that your baby will eventually become allergic to nuts
4. Raw and slightly cooked eggs
5. Slightly cooked meat, fish, poultry
6. Sharks and Swordfish contain high amounts of mercury and it'is not recommended to eat during pregnancy
7. Alcohol and Coffee
8.Fast Food and Ready Meals

Good Food during Pregnancy
1. Organic fruits and vegetables.
2. Organic Dairy Products.
3. Fish
4. Only Organic Meat.
5. Corn flour and whole grain cereals.