When your fetus dies inside the womb before the day 140 (before the 20th week) of pregnancy then it’s a miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. Miscarriage is a well-known type of pregnancy loss and which often occurs because the fetus isn’t developing in the right manner. The death of your baby can be devastating and also emotionally upsetting.
There can be a various number of reasons that could lead to a miscarriage and therefore making it very difficult to actually identify and point out the exact cause of a particular miscarriage. A study published in The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India says that Indian women are more prone to have miscarriages in their first pregnancy or suffer what is called a recurrent miscarriage than any other ethnicity.
Some of the common causes of miscarriages include hormonal problems, chromosomal abnormalities, lifestyle addictions like smoking, drug use, or excessive caffeine intake, improper implantation of the egg into the uterine lining, maternal trauma, etc. A healthy pregnant woman generally has the chances of a miscarriage from 15% to 20%.
Miscarriage symptoms include weight loss, white-pink mucus, true contraction, fluid, blood or tissue passing from the vagina and pain in the stomach, pelvis or lower back.
People may also experience pain in the:
Groin: during uterine contraction, vaginal bleeding, or vaginal discharge.
Gastrointestinal: during nausea or vomiting
Also common: cramping, fatigue, or irregular uterine bleeding
Apart from all these problems, there are also some certain foods that can increase the danger of having a miscarriage:
This fruit contains bromelain, which can soften your cervix and induce contraction which could cause miscarriage. Pineapple juice is known to be used at the time of delivery to make the process faster and easy. This bromelain contained in pineapple can make uterine muscle smooth and cause miscarriage. So if you eat pineapple during the first 12 to 14 weeks of your pregnancy, this may lead to miscarriage.
2. Papaya and papaya leaves
Papaya, especially green papaya, is believed to lead to miscarriage because green papaya contains an enzyme which could cause uterine contractions, leading to miscarriage. Papaya contains components that act as a laxative and can initiate miscarriage.
3. Raw dairy products
Consuming unpasteurized dairy products like milk and feta cheese could lead to a miscarriage, because this food may carry disease-carrying bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes which can lead to miscarriage. Therefore Pregnant women should avoid drinking unpasteurized or raw milk and any food which uses it.
4. Undercooked or Raw Eggs
Eggs carry a bacteria that is known as salmonella which can cause a miscarriage. Therefore pregnant women should try to avoid undercooked eggs, undercooked foods, raw eggs or foods that have raw eggs in them. If you are going consumed boiled egg, ensure that the egg white and egg yolk become solid after you cook it. This is to help prevent the potential risk of salmonella.
5. Smoked Seafood
Smoked or refrigerated seafood that is most times labeled as lox or nova should be avoided if you are pregnant as it might be contaminated with listeria. Listeria can cause serious infection which leads to miscarriage.
6. Drumstick Tree
This is said to be a very dangerous food for pregnant women because it can lead to miscarriage in early pregnancy. Drumstick is bad for pregnant women because it contains what is called an alpha-sitosterol, which has an estrogen-like structure that can lead to miscarriage.
7. Animal Liver
Animal liver is nutritious, but if the liver is taken from an infected or a sick animal, then it can be very harmful to pregnant women because the liver may contain toxins that can affect the fetus. The liver also contains high amounts of vitamin A and cholesterol. Consumption of these in excess can adversely affect the fetus and cause abortion.
8. Aloe Vera
Pregnant women should avoid aloe Vera and should neither eat nor drink anything that includes aloe vera because it can cause serious pelvic hemorrhage which can lead to a miscarriage. It is better to avoid any kind of aloe vera product during the first trimester of your pregnancy.