Pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilized by male sperm and travels down a fallopian tube into the womb or uterus. When the fertilized egg is unable to survive a full term, which is 40 weeks, then this condition is called miscarriage. Miscarriage is defined as a situation of loss that occurs during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Maximum chances of miscarriages happen during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
The conditions of miscarriages that occur after the first half of pregnancy are called preterm deliveries. In about 15 to 20% of pregnancies there are maximum chances of miscarriage. The widespread popularity of at-home pregnancy tests (and early pregnancy confirmation) has caused miscarriage rates to rise to a level higher than previously believed.
What is a miscarriage?
A miscarriage happens when a pregnancy stops growing and it is mostly found in women who have bleeding in early pregnancy, or it may be found during routine tests. Miscarriage happens in those pregnancies that would not have been healthy for various reasons. It is not caused due to stress or any regular activities like playing sports or having sex.
What are the complications of miscarriage?
After the miscarriage, the tissues remain in the uterus from pregnancy. Bleeding is one of the main symptoms of this problem. It gets resolved on its own or in case of excessive bleeding it requires proper medical treatment.
Hemorrhage or excessive bleeding is the complication associated with miscarriage and the excess bleeding occurs which is dangerous.
In some of the cases, women are more prone to infection and symptoms may have a high fever, cramping, and bleeding.
In Asherman syndrome, there is the formation of scar tissues (adhesion) in the uterus. This adhesion may cause infertility and increases the chances of a further miscarriage.
Miscarriage also affects mental health which leads to depression and anxiety.
Common symptoms of miscarriage are:
- Abdominal, pelvic or lower back pain, which may be severe.
- Bleeding, spotting, nausea, cramping, and pelvic pain.
- Heavy cramping accompanied by bleeding or discharge.
Serious symptoms of miscarriage are:
Miscarriage can be life-threatening in some cases, especially if there is an infection.
- Heavy cramping
- Severe abdominal or low back pain
- Uncontrolled or heavy bleeding, hemorrhage
What are the causes of miscarriage?
It is not known exactly what causes miscarriage, although many theories exist. Exposure to toxicities such as pollution, drugs or alcohol, chemicals, gynecologic conditions, autoimmune diseases, smoking, obesity, diabetes, and genetics are the main causes of miscarriage.
In some cases early-term miscarriages are caused by chromosomal defects, past history of endometriosis (the abnormal growth of uterine cells outside the uterus), sexually transmitted diseases, cyst of ovaries can affect pregnancy. A cervix that opens too early can disturb pregnancy.
What are the risk factors for miscarriage?
Factors that increase the risk of miscarriage are given below in detail-
- Age over 35 years
- Alcohol consumption
- Excessive BMI (low or high)
- Exposure to radiation or toxins
- Folate acid deficiency
- History of previous miscarriages
- Multiple previous pregnancies (multiparity)
- Substance abuse
Things to be avoided –
- Avoid alcohol or illegal substances
- Avoid smoking
- Seeing your health care provider regularly if you are pregnant
What is the Ayurvedic view of miscarriage?
In Ayurveda, miscarriage is correlated to “Garbh satrav” mainly vata dosha is imbalanced in the body as compared to the other two (pitta & kapha). This mainly happens due to your wrong lifestyle & eating habits.
What is the ayurvedic treatment of miscarriage?
Ayurveda provides the best treatment for miscarriage patients as it balances the dosha & manage the condition properly. It deals with the signs & symptoms related to miscarriage patients. Chandigarh Ayurved Centre introduces a kit for women dealing with miscarriage situation known as “Miscarriage Care Kit”.
1. STRI POSHAK SYRUP
Stri Poshak Syrup is an Ayurvedic syrup for treating miscarriage that contains natural and pure herbs which mainly balances the Vata and Kapha dosha. The syrup is beneficial in curing a woman’s physical weakness, anemia, amenorrhea, etc. It includes ingredients like – Ashok chall (Saraca asoca), Lodhar chall (Symplocos racemosa), Khadir chall (Acacia catechu), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), etc. This herbal syrup cures general weakness, abdominal discomfort, mood elevation, excess sweating, tiredness, excessive bleeding, abdominal pain, cramps associated with miscarriage patients.
Recommended Dosage– Take 2 teaspoonful twice daily.
- STRI POSHAK CAPSULE–
Stri Poshak Capsule is the herbal remedy for miscarriage which contains– Ashok chall (Saraca asoca), Lodhar chall (Symplocos racemosa), Aamlaki (Emblica officinalis), Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea), etc. that mainly balance the vata & kapha dosha. The capsule is very beneficial in maintaining women’s health and help in regulation of the menstrual cycle. It relieves abdominal pain, excessive bleeding, abdominal cramps, pelvic pain associated with miscarriage patients.
Recommended Dosage – Take 2 capsules twice a day with normal water.
3. FEMINE CARE TABLET-
Femine care tablet is being prepared from several herbs and extracts that provide health benefits naturally. The tablet contains ingredients like Ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Muramakki (Commiphora myrrha), etc. It mainly helps in improving the blood circulation, boosts the immune system, prevents abdominal pain, cramps, excessive bleeding, and muscle rupture naturally.
Recommended Dosage – Take 2 tablets twice a day with normal water.
4. DETOX PREMIUM POWDER
Detox premium powder is the mixture of traditional bhasmas that remove the toxins all over the body naturally. As it consists the combination of shukta pishti, giloy satv, parval pishti, gandhak rasayan, kamdudha rasa, etc. The powder is very beneficial in relieving discomfort, pain, numbness, muscle ache, reduces swelling, and inflammation on the pelvic region.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water.
5. VAAT NASHIK VATI
Vaat nashik vati are herbal tablets prepared from ingredients such as jahar mohra pishti, giloy, abhrak bhasma, etc. These herbal tablets balances vata dosha in the body. The signs & symptoms related to miscarriage patients are treated with the regular use of these tablets.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
What is the panchakarma treatment for miscarriage?
Along with ayurvedic treatment for miscarriage, there is some panchakarma procedures that will give quick & effective results for miscarriage patients. Here are some panchakarma procedures that are beneficial for miscarriage patients:
- Patra Potli pind sweda-
In this procedure, a potali (bag) is filled with herbal leaves. After that, it is cooked in medicated oil. This potli is applied to your whole body that gives relieve in abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, pelvic pain associated with miscarriage.
- Uttar Vasti:
In this procedure, uttar vasti is very beneficial for miscarriage patients. As it strengthens the reproductive system of a female & gives effective results.
Healthy tips and lifestyle:
Here are some of the healthy tips & lifestyle that you should follow to avoid miscarriage:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat fresh fruits & vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid processed, fried, & heavy food items.
- Walk daily for 30 minutes.
- Do perform yoga & meditation for calming your mind, relieve stress, & anxiety.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.