If you have suffered from miscarriage in the past and are now pregnant you are no doubt feeling very worried at the moment.
The stress and anxiety levels at this time can be overwhelming.
There are however some things that you can do to lower the risk of it happening again.
A course of acupuncture during the 12 weeks period can be extremely helpful by:
- nourishing the developing foetus by improving the blood flow to the placenta and preventing uterine contractions
- regulating the body’s natural hormonal production which in turn ensures adequate progesterone levels
- relaxing the body and reducing stress levels to prevent early uterine contractions
Rest & Relax
- Rest as much as possible and if you start spotting or bleeding take time off work and have bed rest
- Reduce your stress by listening to a relaxing meditation
Alter your temperature
Keeping a balance temperature is very important, therefore alter your environment accordingly. Avoid hot baths, steam rooms and jacuzzis.
Cold All The Time?
If you are feeling chilly most of the time with extreme tiredness ensure you keep yourself wrapped up warmly at all times.
TCM principles also recommend eating only warm cooked foods. Focus on porridge, casseroles and sipping on soup throughout the day. Include spices, garlic and ginger in food. Drink only warm or room temperature liquids including ginger and cinnamon tea.
In addition wear a Haramaki, (Hara – Japanese for stomach, Maki – Japanese for linen) a piece of material that covers your abdomen and lower back. It will help keep you lovely and warm.
Feeling hot and bothered?
If you are feeling warm most of the time, having hots sweats and maybe insomnia and especially if spicy food or ginger make these symptoms worse it would be advisable to keep yourself cool and avoid overheating.
TCM principles also recommends eating only bland cooked foods, excluding all spices, onions, garlic and ginger completely. Ensure you drink room temperature drinks and include peppermint tea as it has a cooling effect.
Stop all Exercise
For the first 12 weeks consider stopping all forms of high impact and aerobic exercise or any activity that will significantly alter your core body temperature. During these first few weeks, brisk walking is the best form of exercise; aim to walk 30 – 45 minutes 3-4 times each week.
Pregnancy yoga and pilates after 12 weeks is a great way of introducing exercise back into your lifestyle.
There is no significant research available to say whether flying is safe or not. However the Zita West Clinic recommneds that during the first 12 – 14 weeks it is best to avoid flying.
Sex is best avoided during the first 12 weeks if you have a history of miscarriage, if your pregnancy has been IVF or ICSI or if you have had any spotting or early pregnancy bleeding.
Good nutrition and food safety is vital throughout pregnancy and in particular during the first trimester when your baby is developing and when the risk of miscarriage is at its highest.
Principles of Nutrition during the first trimester
- Quality not quantity – you are not eating for two
- Always eat breakfast, aim to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks each day
- Ensure that you are taking folic acid 400 mcg daily as well as a folate rich diet
- Avoid foods with a high glycaemic index i.e. high sugar foods
- Eat about 60g of protein daily e.g. chicken breast 27g, 1 cup of porridge oats 10 g, 1cup of kidney beans 15g
- Each meal should contain both carbohydrate and protein foods. Avoid refined carbohydrates – eat complex carbs
- Eat organic foods and foods close to their natural state
- Cut out processed foods, MSG, sulphur dioxide, ‘diet’ foods and fast food
- Cut out caffeine as its linked to miscarriage
- Cut out alcohol – there is no known safe limit in pregnancy
- Eat food rich in antioxidants e.g foods rich in vitamin C, E Beta-carotene, Selenium and Zinc
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