Pregnancy

Habitual Abortion

Normally, abortion is the removal of the fetus (before the placenta is fully formed) during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. But when a woman has three or more repeated miscarriages at a particular period of pregnancy, we call it habitual abortion. It is also called recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) or recurrent miscarriage and this can greatly affect the emotional wellbeing of a woman who may suffer from severe grief, guilt or depression.

Symptoms of Habitual Abortion

Two of the common symptoms of habitual abortion are labor-like pain and bleeding. Due to the bleeding, the ovum gets separated from the uterus leading to the triggering of uterine contractions. In subsequent weeks, if the fully formed fetus dies in the uterus, it may lead to maceration (disintegration of fetus), which results in the abdomen of the mother becoming filled with blood and other matters. This will then lead to the inflammation of the reproductive organs.

Causes of Habitual Abortion

There are various causes of habitual abortion. It can be due to the contraction of the uterus, cervical incompetence, chromosomal disorders such as translocation, endocrine (thyroid) disorder, thrombophilia (tendency to develop blood clots) and chronic constipation (leading to inflammation and congestion of uterus and autointoxication). The usage of certain drugs, such as antibiotics, painkillers, tranquilizers, etc can also lead to habitual abortion. Habitual abortion can also result from excessive mental anxiety or excitement, sexual intercourse, syphilis infections, incompatibility of blood between husband and wife, systemic disorders in the mother like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic nephritis, etc.

Treatments of Habitual Abortion

Uterine infection, hormonal imbalance and chronic constipation can be treated with natural remedies. However, for congenital uterine malformation, surgery is the only option for treatment.

In the case of a constipated colon, a warm water enema can give considerable relief as this may relieve pressure from the uterus as well as the bowels. Taking cold hip baths every day for 10 minutes can also give relief from the inflammation of the uterus. It is also suggested that women with a prior history of habitual abortion may want to be extremely cautious with their diet and take adequate rest, whenever it is needed. They should refrain from taking refined carbohydrates, oily food, smoking or chewing tobacco products, coffee and tea as these may worsen the constipation symptom.

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