Yoga and Naturopathy for Habitual Abortion

If there is three or more recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), it is called habitual abortion. There are various causes for habitual abortion and some can be treated. Some couples never have a cause identified even after extensive investigations. About 50-75% of cases of Recurrent Miscarriage are unexplained. This can happen due to many reasons. Some of them are:

Uterine conditions: A uterine malformation is considered to cause about 15% of recurrent miscarriages. The most common abnormality is a uterine septum, a partition of the uterine cavity.

Cervical conditions: In the second trimester a weak cervix can become a recurrent problem. Such cervical incompetence leads to premature pregnancy loss resulting in miscarriages or pre-term deliveries.

Chromosomal disorders: About 3% of the time a chromosomal problem of one or both partners can lead to recurrent pregnancy loss. Although patients with such a chromosomal problem are more likely to miscarry, they may also deliver normal or abnormal babies.

Endocrine disorders: Women with hypothyroidism are at increased risk for pregnancy losses. Unrecognized or poorly treated diabetes mellitus leads to increased miscarriages. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome also have higher loss rates possibly related to hyper-insulinemia or excess androgens. Inadequate production of progesterone in the luteal phase may set the stage for RPL.

Thrombophilia: An important example is the possible increased risk of miscarriage in women with thrombophilia (propensity for blood clots). Many women with thrombophilia go through one or more pregnancies with no difficulties, while others may have pregnancy complications. Thrombophilia may explain up to 15% of recurrent miscarriages.

Thyroid antibodies: Anti-thyroid autoantibodies are associated with an increased risk of recurrent miscarriage.

Lifestyle factors: While lifestyle factors have been associated with increased risk for miscarriage in general, and are usually not listed as specific causes for RPL, every effort should be made to address these issues in patients with RPL. Avoid chronic exposures to toxins including smoking, alcohol, and drugs.

Infection: A number of maternal infections can lead to a single pregnancy loss, including listeriosis, toxoplasmosis, and certain viral infections. Malaria, syphilis and brucellosis can also cause recurrent miscarriage.

Treatment: Treatment of habitual abortion need to be directed after determining the likely cause of recurrent pregnancy loss. There are currently no treatments for women with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. The majority of patients are counseled to try to conceive again, and chances are about 60% that the next pregnancy is successful without treatment. However, each additional loss worsens the prognostic for a successful pregnancy and increases the psychological and physical risks to the mother. So, it is important to diagnose the cause and address it properly.   

Asana: Sarvangasana, Vajrasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana, Paschimotanasana, Konasana etc.

Pranayama: Udgit, Bhramari, Anulom Vilom, Nadisodhan etc.

Yognidra, Relaxation and Meditation: It is very good for pregnant women.


Take enema with slightly warm water. Take cold water hip bath daily.

Pregnant women should take bed rest when there is bleeding from vaginal path. While lying rest your legs on pillow instead of your head. Avoid lifting weights. Place wet sheet on lower abdomen in the morning and evening. 

Diet Therapy:

Take balanced diet with sufficient quantity of fruits, milk, salad and vegetables. Water chest (singhare) and black raisins are very good. 

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki

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