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Over half of miscarriage patients 'wanted further care'

  • Some 56% of women who had gone through a miscarriage wanted further medical care, according to figures from Mumsnet.
  • However, only 26% were offered it.
  • Of women who miscarried at home following a scan, 15% felt they had the right support, information and pain relief to manage.
  • Most would-be mums did not talk about their miscarriage - only 23% told their friends about their care.
  • Only 13% spoke of their experience to wider family.

Call for better care for women suffering miscarriages

Almost half of women who suffer a miscarriage have to wait 24 hours for a scan to see if their baby is still alive, according to data from Mumsnet.

Read: Quarter of miscarriages may be preventable

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Only 12% of the women who miscarried were offered counselling, according to Mumsnet. Credit: PA

The parenting website said the slow response from healthcare staff showed a lack of "human kindness" and wants all political parties to address it in their 2015 manifesto.

The survey of 1,065 women who had miscarried found 46% of them had to wait over 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby was still alive, with 18% waiting longer than three days.

It found 47% of the women were treated alongside women with ongoing pregnancies, and 58% of women wanted counselling, but only 12% were offered it.

Read: Mother 'never had a chance after hospital mistakes'

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Safest approach in pregnancy is 'not to drink at all'

Women have been told the safest approach in pregnancy is to not drink at all after a recent study found that more than half of women exceed the recommended drinking limits during the first three months of pregnancy.

The Royal College of Obstetricians issued the following advice:

  • The safest approach in pregnancy is to choose not to drink at all
  • No more than one to two units have been shown to be harmful
  • Drinking one to two units no more than once or twice a week has been shown to be harmful
  • One unit of alcohol is equivalent of a half a pint of lager or beer, a glass of wine or a single shot of a spirit
  • Drinking five or more units of alcohol on one occasion is known as binge drinking
  • Regular binge drinking particularly in the early stages, is harmful to a woman and her baby

Read: Middle class women drink 'the most during pregnancy'

Pregnant women should 'avoid all alcohol'

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Dr Hilary warned women who drank during pregnancy risked causing behavioural, memory and developmental problems in their children. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Women should avoid all alcohol during pregnancy, according to Daybreak's medical editor Dr Hilary Jones.

He said women drinking during pregnancy, particularly in the early stages, would hurt their unborn child and should follow the advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and have "none at all".

There is no safe limit but even small amounts of alcohol can affect the baby," Dr Hilary said.

"The baby after all, starts off as a few grams in weight, a woman might weigh six, seven, eight stone - that is a lot of weight to what she is drinking,

"But the baby is getting all the alcohol that a woman is consuming, through a placenta and a baby's developing liver has not got the ability to detoxify the alcohol."

Read: Middle class women 'drink the most during pregnancy'

Middle class women drink 'the most during pregnancy'

Middle class women are more likely than women from other classes to drink more than the recommended limits during pregnancy, researchers said.

They called for health officials to revise their guidance on drinking in pregnancy after their study showed that even those adhering to the suggested limits are more likely to have problems with their babies than those who do not drink at all.

More: Pregnant women 'drink too much'

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Pregnant women 'drink too much'

File photo of a woman drinking a glass of wine Credit: PA Wire

More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study has suggested.

Some 53% of women drank more than the upper limit of two units a week during the first trimester, with middle class women are more likely than women from other classes to drink more than the recommended limits during pregnancy, figures show.

The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, examined 1,200 women in Leeds who filled out food frequency questionnaires, including information on alcohol consumption during the month before conception and the three trimesters of pregnancy.

If a woman drank more than two units a week during the first three months of pregnancy they are twice as likely to have a baby who was born "small for gestational age" when compared to non-drinkers, the researchers found.

Under-18s pregnancy at lowest rate since 1969

The Office for National Statistics say conception for under-18s is at lowest rate since 1969. Credit: Press Association

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have revealed pregnancy rates for under-18s in England and Wales are at their lowest since 1969.

The estimated number of conceptions in the age group fell to 27,834 in 2012 compared with 31,051 in 2011, a decrease of 10%.

Renewed calls for folic acid to be put in to flour

Pregnancy experts have renewed calls to introduce folic acid into flour so women can introduce it into their diet before conception.

Clare Murphy, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:

Many pregnancies are unplanned, and so often women do not know that they need to be taking folic acid supplements until it is too late.

Some of the saddest cases we see in our clinics are those involving couples who are ending a much-wanted pregnancy, often after a diagnosis of a neural tube defect like spina bifida.

Countries which have introduced mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid have seen a significant reduction in affected pregnancies, and we urge the Government to act for the benefit of pregnant women in this country too.

– Clare Murphy, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Read: 'Only 6% of pregnant teenagers' take folic acid

'Only 6% of pregnant teenagers' take folic acid

As little as 6% of expectant mothers in their teenage years were taking folic acid supplements to protect their unborn child from developing birth defects, experts have found.

Researchers from Queen Mary University spoke to thousands of pregnant women at ante-natal clinics for a 13 year period from 1999 to 2012 and found:

  • Some 40% of older women aged 35 to 39 followed guidelines on folic acid.
  • There were strong ethnic variations in women who took folic acid; only 17% of Afro-Caribbean women, 20% of South Asian women and 25% of East Asian women taking folic acid, compared with 35% of white Caucasian women.
  • More women took folic acid once they discovered they were pregnant, the proportion rising from 45% to 62% between the periods looked at in the study.

Read: Pregnant women failing to take folic acid, experts warn

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