WHAT CAN I DO?
Although 80 percent of sporadic miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormalities, and there’s nothing the mother can do about that, there are associated lifestyle factors that don’t cause a miscarriage, but are associated. In other words there are lifestyle choices you can make that can lower your risks of having a miscarriage. “High levels of emotional or physical stress on the body are associated with increased chance of a miscarriage,” cautions Dr Venter. Smoking, taking painkillers and drinking all increase the risk of miscarriage. Being overweight or obese also increases your chances. A healthy lifestyle is recommended. Eat well, manage your stress, lose weight if you’re overweight (consult a dietician for advice), and supplement with a good multivitamin and folic acid daily before conception.