Miscarriage, also referred to as spontaneous abortion, is the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. This is considered a common event when it occurs in the first-trimester. The risk of miscarriage is lower for younger women and higher for older women. Among women with clinically recognized pregnancy, the rate of miscarriage is approximately 15% and 50% of all conceptions. Most miscarriages occur within the first 7 weeks of pregnancy. Loss of a fetus after the 20th week of pregnancy is no longer considered miscarriage but preterm delivery and requires different medical care.
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- 1 Naturopathic Assessment
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Naturopathic Treatment
- 4 References
In order to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal the causes of disease must be identified and addressed. With recurring miscarriage, the causes are variable and include lifestyle and environmental factors. A detailed assessment is required to determine which factors are contributing to miscarriage.
- Malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies can increase the risk of miscarriage.
- Stressful situations have been known to trigger a miscarriage.
- Environmental toxins may contribute to the risk of miscarriages, especially recurring miscarriages.
- Trauma to the uterus or abdomen may result in a miscarriage.
- Prescription Medications
- Some prescription medications may increase the risk of miscarriage.
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Structural malformations of the uterus can result in spontaneous abortions.
The diagnosis of a miscarriage is confirmed based on:
- Physical and pelvic exam
- Blood tests including the hCG levels
- Imaging studies including an ultrasound
Related Symptoms and Conditions
The conditions associated with miscarriages include:
- Inadequate progesterone production
- Immunologic rejection
If a miscarriage occurs early it may be asymptomatic. The further along the pregnancy the more likely the miscarriage or spontaneous abortion will be associated with the following
- Low back pain
- Dull, sharp, or cramping abdominal pain
- Tissue or clot-like material that passes from the vagina
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal cramps
The goal of naturopathic treatment is to support and work in tandem with the healing power of the body and to address the causal factors of disease with individual treatment strategies. If you suspect that you are having a miscarriage it is best to go the hospital. Naturopathic care is aimed at the prevention of miscarriages, especially recurring miscarriages.
It is always advisable to work with a naturopathic doctor before engaging in any treatment plan.
Lifestyle recommendations include:
- Moderate exercise is beneficial. Avoid strenuous exercises after pregnant especially if you are high risk for miscarriages.
- The guidelines for exercise and pregnancy are as follows:
- All women without contraindications should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises as part of a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy.
- Reasonable goals of aerobic conditioning in pregnancy should be to maintain a good fitness level throughout pregnancy without trying to reach peak fitness or train for an athletic competition.
- Women should choose activities that will minimize the risk of loss of balance and fetal trauma.
- Women should be advised that adverse pregnancy or neonatal outcomes are not increased for exercising women.
- Initiation of pelvic floor exercises in the immediate postpartum period may reduce the risk of future urinary incontinence.
- Women should be advised that moderate exercise during lactation does not affect the quantity or composition of breast milk or impact infant growth.
- Ensure that you get adequate sleep when pregnant.
Naturopathic Therapies for miscarriage include:
- Botanical remedies such as Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus), Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa ),,  Black haw root (Viburnum prunifolium ), and False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum ).
- Acupuncture may be helpful in the preventing recurring miscarriages.
Reviewed by Iva Lloyd, BScH, RPE, ND 
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