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Miscarriages on the rise in valley

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Riding two-wheelers on rough roads can also lead to miscarriage

Kathmandu, March 25

Gynaecologists have suggested pregnant women to take precautions during pregnancy, saying cases of miscarriage are rising in Kathmandu valley.

“Seven per cent of women visiting the gynaecology department of our hospital are found to have suffered miscarriages,” said Dr Manor Din Shaiyed, consultant gynaecologist at Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital, Swoyambhu.

According to Nepal Demographic Health Survey 2016, nine per cent of pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. Many women suffering miscarriage are found to be visiting hospitals complaining of bleeding and abdominal pain. The causes of miscarriage could be genetic, metabolic, abnormal uterine structures, infection or rough driving during first trimester and vigorous sex, among other things, according to doctors.

Fibroid uterus, cervical incompetence and bicortunate uterus (heart-shaped uterus) are the causes of miscarriage during the second trimester. Smoking, alcohol intake and intake of drugs without doctor’s prescription during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage in any trimester.

Though there are a number of women suffering miscarriages, but they report to the hospital in the last stage, as per the doctor. A pregnant woman must visit a gynaecologist immediately if she suffers bleeding. “However, there are women who take bleeding during pregnancy normally. But, the women must understand that bleeding during pregnancy isn’t normal. They should visit doctor at the earliest,” said Dr Shaiyed.

Pregnant woman must take care of her health during the first trimester as most of the miscarriages happen during this period. Even the tasks like lifting a bucket of water can lead to miscarriage.

The doctor also advised women to meet gynaecologists at least three months before trying to conceive. “They should not go for a long drive, avoid dancing, doing heavy work and lifting heavy weight,” said the doctor. Riding scooter and motorbike on rough road during pregnancy can also lead to miscarriages, said the doctor.

“Thyroid disorder, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, infection, obesity should always be ruled out prior to conceiving a baby,” added the doctor.

A version of this article appears in print on March 26, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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