Is your head filled with worry after worry about your pregnancy? Know that you’re not alone.
WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI
The worry of having a miscarriage is a common fear among mothers and a completely understandable one. Losing a baby is a tragic ordeal no mother wants to go through.
Most miscarriages typically occur before the twelfth week of pregnancy and are usually due to the foetus being unhealthy. According to Dr Tony Tan, specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, Raffles Women’s Centre, Raffles Hospital, an unhealthy foetus is a result of different factors including chromosomal abnormalities, severe structural abnormalities, severe infection of the foetus, and rare genetic syndrome.
Among these factors, chromosomal abnormalities are the most common reasons for a miscarriage. If a foetus has a chromosomal abnormality, that means it has an incorrect number of chromosomes, or the chromosomes have missing or extra pieces to their structure. As a result, the foetus is not able to develop normally.
Besides an unhealthy foetus, maternal conditions – such as the mother having
serious diseases such as diabetes or thyroid disorders – may affect
the risk of miscarriage as well.
Unfortunately, in most cases, there isn’t anything that can be done to prevent a miscarriage. All you can do is focus on taking care of you and your baby during your pregnancy – avoid smoking and alcohol, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. If you have a medical issue, seeking treatment for it might lower the risk of miscarriage.