Miscarriage: Eating Antioxidants Can Help Increase Oxygen To Your BabyHere's more support that a diet high in fruits and vegetables (and their antioxidants) could help prevent miscarriage. The antioxidants are associated with increased blood flow and increased oxygen to the fetus Read more:
Burton and his colleague Eric Jauniaux, of University College London, placed a tiny monitor in the placentas of 30 women and studied the oxygen levels during their first three months of pregnancy. Most embryologists have traditionally thought that oxygen levels gradually increase during pregnancy.
'We know that these tissues are very susceptible to oxygen and the high levels of oxygen associated with that blood flow cause the tissues to degenerate and hence to miscarry. 'There's a wide spectrum of conditions associated with miscarriage, and I wouldn't say necessarily this causes all, but I think it may be associated with a significant number.'
The research suggested that cells called cytotrophoblasts, which anchor the placenta in the womb and invade the blood vessels to limit oxygen intake, dissipate at about eight to 10 weeks, allowing more of the gas in. A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins C and E could help protect the foetus from this sudden change in their environment, Burton said.