What should I eat to prevent miscarriage?

by | May 14, 2019 | Blog

 

Did you know that some foods can actually decrease your risk of having a miscarriage?  If you’re pregnant, this blog is a ‘must read’.  I’ve looked at the research and found the 5 top foods for preventing miscarriage…

Number 5 – Eggs

It seems that eating eggs at least twice per week helps to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Eggs are an important source of key pregnancy nutrients such as choline and protein. Just make sure that they are well cooked so that your baby isn’t at risk of salmonella poisoning. Whipping up a vegetarian omelette can be a great quick, easy and nutritious meal when you’re exhausted after a big day.

Number 4 – Fish

Eating fish twice per week has been found to decrease the risk of miscarriage by up to 30% compared to women who don’t eat fish during pregnancy. Obviously, ensure that they are handled and cooked well to avoid listeria toxicity, and avoid high mercury fish such as swordfish.  If you’re unsure which fish are the best to eat during pregnancy, check out my Nourish tutorial on my four favourites to eat during pregnancy after this episode.

Number 3 – Vegetables 

One study found that women who ate at least 14 serves of veggies per week had a 40% less chance of having a miscarriage than women who ate less than 7 serves of veggies each week.  A serve of veggies is equivalent to a cup of salad or half a cup of cooked veggies. Veggies are rich in fibre, folate and vitamin C, all which are protective… so it’s just another reason to your greens!

Number 2 – Dairy products

A UK study found that daily consumption of dairy products reduced miscarriage by 30%. And, it’s not the only study, milk and cheese in particular have been found to be particularly good at reducing the risk of miscarriage.  And, an Italian study found that women who included a 40g serve of hard cheese each day had halved their risk of having a miscarriage compared to women who didn’t eat cheese.  Yes, you heard right!  Cheese is good! You love me now, don’t you?! So, try grating some parmesan through your salad or put a slice of tasty into your roll at lunch time. But, avoid butter as women who consumed it the most had double the risk of miscarriages as the women who consumed it the least.

And, now… drumroll please… 

The best food for reducing your risk of miscarriage is… 

Fruit!

A study found that eating two pieces of fruit each day reduced the risk of miscarriage by over 70%. It’s believed that fruit lowers a hormone called androstenedione which has been linked to higher rates of miscarriage. So, if you do nothing else, ensure that you include two pieces of fruit in your diet each day throughout your pregnancy.   

To help you even further, I’ve put together a pregnancy meal plan for you. To download it just go to www.melaniemcgrice.com/pregnancy.  There’s no cost.  It’s my gift to you!

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