Preventing miscarriage

It’s generally thought that most miscarriages can’t be prevented, but with research, we hope to change this.

Due to a combination of factors, we don’t always know why miscarriages happen, this makes it difficult to prevent them. We think about half or more miscarriages occur because of serious abnormalities in the developing baby, which mean the baby cannot survive.

Sometimes,  your doctor may be able to work out  why you may have miscarried and to provide treatment to help prevent it happening again.  For instance, if you have a health condition which might have contributed to miscarriage, , then this condition  could be managed, or if you are found to have a weak cervix , it’s possible to have treatment to stop the cervix opening too soon.

 How can I limit my risk of miscarriage?

It’s important to know that the vast majority of miscarriages aren’t caused by anything you or your partner have or haven’t done. However there is clear evidence that your lifestyle can affect your chance of having a baby, so there are several things you can do to limit the risk of miscarriage and increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy. 

You might want to consider:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Losing weight (if you are very overweight or obese)
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Taking folic acid (or a multivitamin specifically for pregnancy) whilst you are trying for a baby and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake (no alcohol at all is best, and caffeine at a minimum)
  • Not taking illegal drugs

All of these things we know can increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research 

In order to prevent more miscarriages, we need a better understanding of why miscarriages happen. The best chance of changing the situation is through research, and that’s why we opened Europe's largest research centre dedicated to preventing early miscarriage in April 2016. 

Read about the Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research.

Read more information about miscarriage

Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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