Underweight Women More Likely to Miscarry

Underweight Women More Likely to Miscarry

The Facts

Women who are significantly underweight before they get pregnant are 72 percent more likely to suffer a miscarriage than women who are a ‘normal’ weight before becoming pregnant. Yes, the news is alarming, and the study shows that what our bodies are like before pregnancy is just as important as what our bodies are like during pregnancy. The study actually was very informative, and uncovered some very interesting information. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The Study

This study was done by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and 6600 pregnant women ages 18-55 participated. The findings of the study were both good and bad, finding that there were several things that significantly upped a woman’s risk of miscarriage. However, the study also found that there were several other factors that could decrease a woman’s pregnancy risk as well. Want to know what those findings were? Read on to hear about both the good and the bad.

The Good

There were several good findings that came out of this study. First of all, underweight women who consumed fruits, veggies, and vitamin supplements, especially folic acid, iron and multivitamins, appeared to lower their risk of miscarriage by about 50 percent.

Also, women who were married or living with a partner had a lower risk of miscarriage, and so did women whose pregnancies were planned. Another surprising find? Women who had nausea and morning sickness in the first twelve weeks of their pregnancies had about a 70 percent reduced risk of miscarriage. Also a surprise? Chocolate! Women who consumed chocolate regularly had a reduced risk of miscarriage as well!

The Bad

Of course, some of the findings were not positive. Besides the fact that underweight women had about a 70 percent greater chance of miscarriage, the study also found that women who had previously terminated a pregnancy had an increased risk of miscarriage, by around sixty percent.

Also, women who had changed partners, or who had already had a pregnancy by a different partner, also had an increased risk of miscarriage, around 60 percent greater. Fertility issues gave a woman around a forty percent greater risk of miscarriage.

In Conclusion

This study was very informative and more info and further follow-up research is sure to be done in the years to come. We are curious to see what happens in the future as experts and researchers follow up on this study.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)