Can You Prevent a Miscarriage?
Increase your odds of having a successful pregnancy.
Watch what you eat. Two rare infections, listeria and toxoplasmosis, can up your risk. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products (soft cheeses like brie and camembert) and undercooked or raw meat.
Talk to your doctor. Chronic conditions like thyroid disease, epilepsy, and lupus can increase your risk of miscarriage -- though most women with these illnesses can have healthy babies. Also tell your doctor about any family history of infertility, clotting disorders, recurrent miscarriages, or other disease.
Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Although this would seem like a no-brainer, many women don't realize that in addition to being harmful to the fetus, these substances can cause miscarriage. Watch your caffeine intake. Studies have had mixed results, but Dr. Lerner suggests limiting caffeine during pregnancy to no more than 200 milligrams a day (about two cups of coffee).
Stay positive. About 75 percent of women who miscarry go on to have successful pregnancies. To learn more, visit SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support ( http://www.nationalshareoffice.org/hc3.asp).