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Thursday, December 13, 2018

ENDOMETRIOSIS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE CONNECTION

CAN MISCARRIAGE BE CAUSED BY ENDOMETRIOSIS?


Endometriosis is when the lining of your uterus called the endometrium is found outside the uterus in your tubes and abdomen. How does endometriosis contribute to infertility and miscarriage? When I was trying to conceive and experiencing recurrent miscarriage, my research uncovered a group of hormones called prostaglandins which play a critical role in menstruation, conception, pregnancy and sometimes miscarriage. There are different types of prostaglandins, some are helpful and some are harmful. Some prostaglandins assist the uterus and the fallopian tubes to contract which moves the egg to the portion of the tube where fertilization is most likely to occur. Additionally, overproduction of prostaglandins could cause contractions so powerful that the egg moves too fast before conception can occur.

INFERTILITY CAUSED BY ENDOMETRIOSIS

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What are signs that you might have endometriosis?

Endometriosis may be difficult to find on a pelvic exam. Depending on the severity of the condition,
a women may be completely asymptomatic. I had endometriosis (stage II) and I didn't have any direct symptoms of the condition. I did have some menstrual cramps the first day of my period, but nothing that I would consider to be “a problem”.

However, in more severe cases, endometriosis may be found on a pelvic exam. For example, if the uterus cannot be moved or can be only slightly moved during an exam, this might be an indication that scar tissue is present and adhering the tissue together. Ovaries may also be painful and difficult to move if endometrial implants are present.

Here are some causes and treatments for endometriosis:

Tight Clothes

Did you know that in cultures where women wear loose fitting garments that endometriosis is seen much less frequently. The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that in India where women wear saris, the condition is practically nonexistent.

Pycnogenol (Pine Bark)

There's promising hope for women who suffer from endometriosis, one of the most common causes of infertility and pelvic pain. A new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine reveals that Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, significantly reduces symptoms of endometriosis by 33 percent...

...Patients were randomized to two groups: Pycnogenol and Gn-RHa. Patients who supplemented with Pycnogenol took 30 mg capsules orally twice daily for 48 weeks immediately after morning and evening meals. Patients who received the Gn-RHa therapy received injected leuprorelin acetate depot, 3.75 mg intracutaneously, six times every four weeks for 24 weeks. (Leuprorelin treatment completely blocks estrogen in the body and must be discontinued after 24 weeks because of side effects).

Both treatment groups showed no differences at start of treatment and reported severe pain, pelvic tenderness and pelvic indurations. After four weeks, Pycnogenol slowly but steadily reduced all symptoms from severe to moderate. Treatment with Gn-RHa reduced the scores more efficiently but after 24 weeks post-treatment a relapse of symptoms occurred.

"As expected, Gn-RHa suppressed menstruation during treatment, whereas no influence on menstrual cycles was observed in the Pycnogenol group. Gn-RHa lowered estrogen levels drastically and in contrast, the estrogen levels of the Pycnogenol group showed no systematic changes over the observation period," said Dr. Kohama. "In addition, five women in the trial taking Pycnogenol actually got pregnant," he said.

Excerpted from: Nimrodi, M. (2007, March 13). "Pine Bark Significantly Reduces Endometriosis, New Study Finds." Medical News Today. Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/64791.php.

Lycopene

American Society of Reproductive Medicine reported that a diet rich in lycopene may help with adhesions caused by endometriosis. Dr Tarek Dbouk, a researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, said the amount used in the experiments was compatible with consumption of a lycopene-rich diet. He said the nutrient could potentially be used to treat endometriosis, scars caused by surgery and fibroids (benign tumours in the womb). 'What we found in our laboratory study is that lycopene can help with the adhesions that these conditions cause,' he said. 'One of the major complications of endometriosis is that it causes inflammation which induces adhesions. The inflammation basically causes scarring. 'What we did was to look at protein markers that could help us trace the activity of the abnormal cells that cause these adhesions. The lycopene worked to reduce the abnormal activity of these cells. 'This means that you would not get the adhesions which suggests that lycopene could work to mitigate the complications and ailments of endometriosis. So, hypothetically speaking, we might be able to reduce the adhesion effects of endometriosis.' Dr Dbouk said it was not possible at this stage to advise women on the amount of lycopene they should eat, but levels used in the study were similar to those that could be got from a diet packed with tomatoes and other lycopene-rich foods. 'There are many studies showing it plays a positive role in cancer and chronic inflammation, it's a nutrient and it can't do any harm,' he added. The latest finding follows evidence that lycopene may protect against some forms of cancer, heart disease and male infertility.

Excerpted from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1084992/Eating-tomatoes-fights-painful-womb-condition-affecting-2-million-UK-women.html#ixzz2NWf1MK8b

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

When I was trying to conceive and experiencing recurrent miscarriage, my research uncovered a group of hormones called prostaglandins which play a critical role in menstruation, conception, pregnancy and sometimes miscarriage. There are different types of prostaglandins, some are helpful and some are harmful. Some prostaglandins assist the uterus and the fallopian tubes to contract which moves the egg to the portion of the tube where fertilization is most likely to occur. Prostaglandins also surge at the end of a menstrual cycle causing the corpus luteum of the ovary to shrink down which tells the body to start a new cycle. When a woman has endometriosis, she needs to help her body manufacture the good prostaglandins by eating a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These can be found in foods like flaxseeds, salmon and walnuts. Read more here.

A study cited in Human Reproduction found that the intake of “trans fats” or hydrogenated oils can increase the incidence of endometriosis and they should be removed from your diet. Hum. Reprod. (2010) 25 (6): 1528-1535. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deq044 First published online: March 23, 2010

Birth Control Pills

Although this is not completely a natural remedy, birth control pills stop ovulation and can help with endometriosis by stopping the monthly surge of hormones which can aggrevate endometriosis and the pain it causes.

Monday, December 10, 2018

IS A D&C NECESSARY AFTER MISCARRIAGE?

CAN YOU HAVE A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE? DO YOU NEED A D&C?

My treatments after my miscarriages varied by the situation. I did have a couple of D&C's since
two of my miscarriages did not expel by themselves, but most of them just came out on their own
as a heavy period. One of my D&C's was done after fertility treatments left me with a twin pregnancy
where one became ectopic (lodged in my fallopian tube) and one was in my uterus but was non-viable.
Talk about a big mess!
I was rushed into surgery to have a laparoscopic removal of my tube and a D&C in my uterus.

There are pros and cons to having a D&C rather than a natural miscarriage. Some women really do need a D&C because a non-viable pregnancy is continuing to grow and in some rare cases, it can become a molar pregnancy (cells turn malignant). However, for many women, it is quite traumatic to have a non-viable pregnancy but continue to have pregnancy symptoms. In these cases, you and your doctor may decide on surgical removal of the pregnancy

So What is a D&C like?

First of all, D&C stands for "dilatation and curettage". This procedure is usually done as an outpatient
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in a hospital or other surgical center. You should be given some light anesthesia (once I was given IV Valium which worked fine).
Ahead of time, they may insert something called a Laminaria stick (which is a seaweed stick)to help dilate your cervix.
This stick absorbs water and grows which should expand your cervix when in place.
You will be placed on a gynecological type examining table with your feet in stirrups.
The doctor will use an instrument called a "curette" which is metal and has a curved shaped loop. The walls of the uterus are scraped to remove what remains of the pregnancy so it may expel.
This may also be called a surgical evacuation of the uterus or a D&E.
The risks of the procedure include:

1. perforation of the uterus or other abdominal structures

2. scarring and adhesions

3. infections

4. damage to the cervix

5. complications with anesthesia

After the procedure, there may be some mild bleeding and cramping. Your doctor will give you instructions on what to do if the bleeding
is more severe. Even though I never wanted surgical intervention for fear that I would
be left with scarring, it was a relief to have the pregnancy tissue removed along with the symptoms.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

WHAT HAPPENS TO HCG LEVELS AFTER MISCARRIAGE?

HCG LEVELS AND PREGNANCY LOSS

If you become pregnant, especially after infertility, you may "live and die" by your HcG numbers. Do you need more information about HcG levels in pregnancy and what the normal levels are? HcG stands for "human chorionic gonadotropin" - otherwise known as the pregnancy hormone. Women who have normal pregnancies may never deal with having HcG levels monitored (except to confirm a pregnancy). However, if you've undergone fertility treatments, you will probably have this test done after every cycle. There are a number of things which can affect HcG levels especially on home pregnancy tests. This is why most doctor's offices will use a blood test which is more sensitive and more accurate.

Some higher risk women get HcG levels monitored every 48 hours

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Whenever I found out I was pregnant (even though most miscarried), I would have my HcG levels drawn immediately and every 48 hours thereafter to see what the numbers were doing.
For me, many times, the levels looked great and other times, they were sluggish and not doubling like they should. Unfortunately, I miscarried all of those pregnancies. Some doctors may recommend
coming in periodically after a miscarriage to make sure that your HcG levels are falling, however, many times they don't. I should mention that on one of my miscarriages, my HcG levels kept rising and they thought I might have a molar pregnancy. This is where the pregnancy cells keep growing almost like a malignancy. as it turns out, I did not have a molar pregnancy, but I did go ahead and have a D & C to be on the safe side.Interestingly, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I decided not to have any bloodwork nor did I see a doctor until I was over 7 weeks. I didn't want a blow by blow accounting of my numbers. If I was going to miscarry, then so be it (and of course, that was the one pregnancy that made it). It makes me wonder why I put myself through all blood draws and the subsequent waiting and wondering for the results.

Some women with low HcG levels go on to have healthy pregnancies 

 I know a number of women who had HcG's drawn and they were told the results were low but they went on to have healthy pregnancies. Sometimes I think we just get too much information. If you are wondering what the normal HcG levels are in pregnancy, this chart should give you some guidelines which are followed by the medical community:

hCG Levels
Days from LMP Weeksfrom LMP Events Avg hCG mIU/ml Range hCG mIU/ml
26 3w+5d
25 0-50
27 3w+6d
50 25-100
28 4w+0d Missed period 75 50-100
29 4w+1d
150 100-200
30 4w+2d
300 200-400
31 4w+3d
700 400-1,000
32 4w+4d
1,710 1,050-2,800
33 4w+5d
2,320 1,440-3,760
34 4w+6d
3,100 1,940-4,980
35 5w+0d
4,090 2,580-6,530
36 5 1/7
5,340 3,400-8,450
37 5 2/7
6,880 4,420-10,810
38 5 3/7 yolk sac appears 8,770 5,680-13,660
39 5 4/7 yolk sac appears 11,040 7,220-17,050
40 5 5/7 yolk sac appears 13,730 9,050-21,040
41 5 6/7 yolk sac appears 15,300 10,140-23,340
42 6 heartbeat appears 16,870 11,230-25,640
44 6 2/7 heartbeat appears 24,560 16,650-36,750
45 6 3/7 embryo appears 29,110 19,910-43,220
43 6 1/7 heartbeat appears 20,480 13,750-30,880
46 6 4/7 embryo appears 34,100 25,530-50,210
47 6 5/7 embryo appears 39,460 27,470-57,640
48 6 6/7 embryo appears 45,120 31,700-65,380
49 7
50,970 36,130-73,280
50 7 1/7
56,900 40,700-81,150
51 7 2/7
62,760 45,300-88,790
52 7 3/7
68,390 49,810-95,990
53 7 4/7
73,640 54,120-102,540
54 7 5/7
78,350 58,200-108,230
55 7 6/7
82,370 61,640-112,870
56 8
85,560 64,600-116,310

 Chart from: http://www.babymed.com/hcg-level-in-early-pregnancy

Monday, December 03, 2018

STRESS AND MISCARRIAGE, THE CORTISOL CONNECTION

CAN STRESS CAUSE MISCARRIAGE AND PREGNANCY LOSS?

Please don't dismiss the connection between increased cortisol due to your stressful lifestyle. Many of us don't even know how much stress we are under until we get away from it.

Reduce stress if you want to get pregnant. I'm not telling you anything you haven't already heard right? It's been written and rewritten to the point that everyone just says, I do yoga, I deep breathe, now why aren't I pregnant?! When I was first trying to conceive, I had what I now call a “corporate pressure cooker” job. I worked up to 10-12 hours per day, I was continually feeling a time pressure trying to meet deadlines, I battled rush hour traffic, I gulped my not-so-healthy lunch between meetings....need I go on? I recall going to doctor's appointments during my work day and having high
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blood pressure readings. I rationalized it by saying, “oh, I had to run over here, I'm sure it will go down in a minute”.
In addition, I never got enough sleep with my overcrowded mind racing when I went to bed. Like many career women, I grew up in a family with a strong work ethic, I thought this was the way it was supposed to be. Although I would not admit it at the time, much of my self worth was wrapped up in my job. I felt like a “worthy” person when I got accolades at work and the hardest workers got the most recognition. I often look back at those days and wonder, how on earth did I think I could get pregnant under those circumstances?

Some Evidence That Stress Does Affect Fertility and Can Be Related to Miscarriage

Why does stress affect fertility? When your body is under stress, it's natural fight or flight response produces cortisol (the stress hormone). To make cortisol, your body needs progesterone. Progesterone is considered to be the “pro-gestation” hormone and is needed for a successful pregnancy. If your body is using progesterone to make cortisol, it's not available to support your reproductive system. One study found that women who were of normal weight but had not had a period in six months had high cortisol levels. Although these women felt that they were handling their stress well, when they were given behavioral therapy, 80% started ovulating again. Additionally, stress-related hormones and chemicals produced by your body may target uterine cells causing a chain reaction ending in miscarriage. Even the tissue of some miscarried fetuses has shown the presence of these stress related hormones and chemicals. Stress can also cause high blood pressure which may have an association with muscle injury resulting in uterine fibroids.

What Does It Mean To Reduce Your Stress?

Take an inventory of your lifestyle: Are you getting 8 hours of sleep per night? There is a natural cycle of light and dark which helps to regulate your circadian rhythms, melatonin, and reproductive hormones.  If you're not getting enough sleep, this can disrupt hormonal balance. Do you frequently feel pressed for time? Are you constantly saying there aren't enough hours in the day? Do you feel a constant pressure to perform at work? Are you in a continual state of worry about your job security? Are you able to eat your meals in a leisurely fashion? Do you have the time to prepare/eat a healthy meal including fruits and vegetables? Is your normal blood pressure below 120/80? Although some individuals have high blood pressure not necessarily associated with stress, for many, it can be reduced with lifestyle and dietary changes.

If you are trying to conceive, you need to take an honest inventory of your life. For me, the only way to reduce my stress was to quit my high-stress job. Yes, I gave up a good salary and all the “golden shackles”, but now I have my daughter which beats a salary and benefits hands down.

Friday, November 30, 2018

BBT AFTER MISCARRIAGE, DOES TEMPERATURE GO DOWN?

What Temperature Indicates a Miscarriage

What are the BBT signs of a miscarriage?

Yes, you can use your basal body temperature to determine a miscarriage in the first trimester. If you do continue to chart your basal body temperature during your first trimester and it goes down to pre-ovulation temperature(below cover line) this could be an indication you are about experience a miscarriage. If your temperature drops to below your cover line, (if you tracked your basal body temperature you know what your cover line is), for more than two mornings than you should give your doctor a call as he or she may decide to use progesterone supplements to attempt to void off a miscarriage. If you do not know your cover line the average is about 97.5F, meaning if your temperature is lower than 97.0F and you do not know what your cover line is than you should also
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give your doctor a call.

When Will My Temperature Not Indicate a Miscarriage

You can not, however, use this technique to determine a missed miscarriage(this is when you don't have a viable pregnancy but it has not expelled) because your progesterone levels are still high and your temperature may still be higher too. Remember here that it is when your progesterone levels fall that your body knows to start shredding your uterine lining(bleeding) . During a missed miscarriage your body does not yet know that the pregnancy is not viable. Missed miscarriages are usually determined via ultrasound where no heart beat is detected. Your progesterone and temperature would still be elevated during this situation. Your doctor will only recommend taking a progesterone supplement if he or she suspects that the miscarriage is caused by low progesterone. If that is not the cause the chances of saving the pregnancy is slim as genetic factors can not be fixed with progesterone. If genetic factors are the case you need to just remember that miscarriages are extremely common; happening in about 75% of pregnancies, known or not. You also need to remember that taking progesterone supplements against what your doctor recommends could just be slowing down the process. (excerpted from www.usmomssite.com)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

REASONS FOR PREGNANCY LOSS FREQUENTLY UNKNOWN

THE REASONS FOR PREGNANCY LOSS ARE USUALLY UNKNOWN

I don't know if it's irrational thinking or not, but I've often wondered if my six miscarried babies somehow were rejecting me when I lost them. I've always been a firm believer that babies choose you, not the other way around.

When I was a year or two into my trying to conceive journey, my self esteem took a beating. In my weak moments, especially in the months immediately following a miscarriage, I would often feel rejected and think: "Why didn't you want me as your mother? I would have been a good one. Is it something I did? Something I said? And my mind would go on and on.... Honestly, I don't have an answer even to this day - could it be that getting pregnant is based on random luck and survival is completely hit or miss? Maybe those souls did decide that the time wasn't right or that I wasn't the
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right mother for them. But even if that's the case, that's okay.

Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I can see that the baby that did come into my life was the perfect one. I hope the others found a happy home or will find a happy home when the time is right.

Pregnant Again At 49

I actually had one more miscarriage after I had my daughter (at the age of 49!) The pregnancy was totally accidental because we weren't trying and it was right after the flu had swept through our house. That one did feel rather random, I didn't even know I was pregnant until I started having some weird bleeding. But even looking at that one in retrospect, it's possible that particular baby decided to go with another family who perhaps didn't have a child already.

I guess none of us know how the universe works. Parents and children teach each other equally. When it's right, it's right and I think everyone knows it. That belief got me through some tough times. I waited six years for it to be totally right and it was worth the wait. So if you're in the depths of despair, just remember, the time will be right for you too - it just may not be exactly when you think. I believe there is a master plan and where we stand, we can't know the wisdom of all there is.

Friday, November 23, 2018

IS IT EASIER TO GET PREGNANT AFTER MISCARRIAGE? ARE YOU MORE FERTILE?

ARE YOU MORE FERTILE AFTER A MISCARRIAGE?


Are you more fertile after a miscarriage? Many women wonder when they will start ovulating again after a miscarriage and when their fertility will return to normal. Recent research has shown that there is no need to wait to try to get pregnant again after a miscarriage (unless there was surgery or medications involved.) However, many women wonder if their chances of getting pregnant again may actually be better and if they are more fertile. Since I experienced so many miscarriages myself, and I was on the older side, it was important to me to be able to try again as soon as possible. This article explains more about fertility after miscarriage.

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Guest Post By Diana Farrell Have you heard it said that when ovulation after miscarriage starts up again, you might actually be more fertile than you were before the misfortune? While some women on their first try! And so the question remains - are you really more fertile after a miscarriage? The truth of the matter is, the answer is yes and no.
disregard it as an old wives' tale, others swear by it, saying that they were able to conceive just one week after their miscarriage,
studies about fertility after pregnancy loss
Although there aren't any conclusive results, studies are beginning to show that there may just be some truth to the tale. A study back in 2003 noted that the subjects conceived with greater success immediately following a miscarriage. Most experts believe this to be due to the increase in progesterone levels in a woman's body during pregnancy. Progesterone is known to aid in the proper implantation of a fetus in a woman's body. With adequate support from progesterone, a woman's body is believed to be more pregnancy-ready. Add to that the fact that many miscarriages are a result of progesterone deficiencies, and you have some pretty promising evidence for increased fertility after a miscarriage.

However, everything's still a little inconclusive. A British study from 2004 found that women actually took longer to conceive after a miscarriage. This is most likely due to the fact that it takes about 2-4 weeks for a woman to start ovulating following a miscarriage. The body will need to adjust to the drastic changes brought about by a lost pregnancy, so much so that ovulation will often take a backseat to your hormones getting back to some level of normalcy.
there is reason to hope after you miscarry
fortunately, there is nothing at all to support the belief that a woman may experience decreased fertility after a miscarriage. That is simply not true - you do not become less fertile after a miscarriage. Since there is zero support for decreased fertility after a miscarriage, and some support for increased fertility after the ordeal, there's reason to hope that you just might be a little more fertile for your next try at bringing a child into the world.
Of course, everything is still on a case-to-case basis. The results of these studies are based on natural miscarriages that leave little, if any, damage to the body. Miscarriages caused by physical harm or substance abuse may lead to decreased fertility as a result of what caused the miscarriage in the first place.


For example, severe damage to the uterus may cause problems for a woman trying to conceive. Drugs and alcohol, on the other hand, are widely known to have ill effects on a woman's fertility.
Another cause of miscarriage that can deter your next attempt may be biological. Some women simply have a harder time than others when trying to conceive. It may just be a matter of genetics, or some pre-existing medical condition that they never knew of. If you've had a miscarriage, it's important for you to consult your doctor and try to determine just what caused the loss in the first place. Physical damage can be healed, substances can be removed from the body, and biological problems can be worked around. If you really want to improve your chances of conceiving after a miscarriage, you should definitely consider this.
In the case that you did just have a natural miscarriage, then don't lose hope. Just take care of yourself, and try again when you're ready. Good luck!

Diana Farrell, M.A. is an author of several popular books on enhancing fertility who has helped many couples realize their dream of parenthood. If you would like to know more about ovulation after miscarriage, visit http://www.PregnancySuccessProgram.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Diana_Farrell
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

FISH OILS TO PREVENT MISCARRIAGE, WHY THEY HELP

CAN FISH OILS PREVENT MISCARRIAGE AND PREGNANCY LOSS?

What are omega 3 fatty acids and fish oils ? It seems like every time I turn around, I am hearing about more benefits from fish oils and omega 3's. Fish Oils are thought to have an "anti-inflammatory" affect in the body. Some women have what is called "placental inflammation". In pregnancy, fish oils are thought to help prevent conditions like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes according to an Australian study. The researchers found that consuming fish oil led to higher levels of "resolvins" in the placenta. Resolvins are formed from omega-3 fatty acids and are thought to reduce inflammation. Fish oils are also thought to assist with fetal brain development. Read more:

Fish Oil For Pregnant Women - Discover the Positive Health Benefits
By Susan M. Taylor
Opinions vary about the value of omega-3 fish oil for pregnant women. Yet, a growing amount of
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research provides evidence that the benefits are all positive. Here you will learn what the researchers are reporting, but first a little background.
Omega-3s are a specific group of fats that are "essential" to the human diet, meaning that they are necessary for bodily functions, but the body cannot produce them. So, they must be present in the foods that we eat.
There is no way to determine how many people are suffering from omega-3 deficiencies. There is reason to believe that the number is very large, indeed. It's just that the deficiencies do not cause acute or immediate symptoms. They cause, or at least contribute to, diseases associated with aging, including heart disease, some types of cancer and arthritis.
When the deficiency is present during pregnancy, infancy or childhood, there are increased risks of learning disabilities, visual impairment, asthma and allergies. The nutrients are essential for normal brain development and function.
So, the value of omega-3 fish oil for pregnant women is to support the developing baby and to reduce his or her risk of chronic conditions like asthma. But, there are other values.
Research indicates that a high omega-3 intake reduces the risk of miscarriage and premature delivery. There may be a reduced risk of post-partum depression, too.
Post-partum depression is typically blamed on sudden hormonal changes, but those are natural changes that should not place undue stress on the body. Nutritional deficits are likely to occur during the last trimester and following delivery as essential nutrients have been directed to the baby's needs. Research has shown that a woman's DHA blood levels may be particularly low after delivery.
The nutritional value of fish oil for pregnant women or for anyone has to do with two unique omega-3s called Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. DHA and EPA are present in other foodstuff. They are only found in some species of fish.
At one time, wild game and even farm animals may have contained DHA and EPA, but today, the only omega-3 that those foods provide is alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. The body can, if it must, convert some ALA to EPA and then to DHA, which is why severe deficiency symptoms are not seen in people that do not eat fish or take a supplement.
It's just that the amount of ALA that is converted to DHA is very low, less than 4%. An alternative to fish oil for pregnant women that are vegan is marine algae. But, be sure to check the label for DHA and EPA content, no matter what kind of supplement you are about to buy.
Despite all of the research, some doctors may still have reservations about suggesting fish oil for pregnant women, but any doctor would agree that the supplement is a good idea for those that are planning to become pregnant.
After all, the brain and central nervous system start to develop before a woman even knows she is pregnant. In short, good nutrition is always important.
I have found a pure pharmaceutical grade fish oil product that is naturally high in DHA and EPA and also high in anti-inflammatory properties that comes from the world's most pristine oceans. See my website for more details of omega 3 fish oil products - the key to optimal health.
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Susan M. Taylor is a passionate advocate of preventative health care. She likes sharing information on her research and educating the public about the numerous benefits of omega 3 fatty acids.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

HEALING CRYSTALS TO PROTECT PREGNANCY AND IMPROVE FERTILITY

Amethyst

Amethyst is considered to be a healing crystal. It is supposed to strengthen the endocrine glands which are at the root of hormonal balance and it is good for the nervous system. It can help alleviate stress and it is thought to help with relaxation and increasing intuitive powers. It is also thought to attract abundance. It balances your energy and it is thought to be good for sleep which is essential if you are trying to conceive. Amethyst is thought to absorb negative energy and promote positivity. Amethyst is a great stone to promote mental strength and clarity and is therefore used during meditation.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is also called Pink Quartz. It is a popular stone for healing and is frequently used in feng shui. The pink color of rose quartz is thought to attract love energy. Rose quartz is thought to carry feminine energy and it targets the heart chakra. Rose quartz promotes vitality, energy and fertility and it is commonly thought of as a fertility stone. It can also be helpful to put rose quartz on your belly when and if you do become pregnant because it can help protect against miscarriage. Rose Quartz is the universal stone of love and can help heal relationships, friendships and can help the wearer accept themselves unconditionally with self-love and self forgiveness. It helps to dispel negativity and promotes positive thoughts, relationships and overall well-being. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for our selection of jewelry with Rose Quartz.

Moonstone

Moonstone is thought to be tied to the energy of the moon and is thought to have healing properties for women. It is good for regulating hormones and cycles (probably because it is tied to the moon) and may be helpful for women who are experiencing miscarriage because it is good for receptivity. It will also help prepare the body for pregnancy after a miscarriage. Moonstone can help purify the blood and kidneys. It can help with self esteem and a feeling of purpose. Like many other stones, it can help with meditation because it encourages visualization and psychic abilities. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for our selection of jewelry with Moonstone.
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White Turquoise

More rare than the traditional Turquois, White Turquoise brings calmness, aligns the chakras and unites male and female energy. It reduces acidity which is good for female fertility. It has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps to alleviate pain and cramps. White turquoise can also help calm the mind and lessen distractions. Because of this, it is useful during meditation. It can reduce aggressiveness and anger and help your relationship with others because you will become more reasonable and empathetic. White Turquoise can also help you become a better communicator.  

Carnelian

Carnelian is the stone associated with the Sacral Chakra which controls women’s fertility. Carnelian is said to improve blood flow and circulation which can be helpful in all aspects of health but particularly for the menstrual cycle and reproductive system. It can also help with the absorption of nutrients and can help eliminate toxins from the body. It is said to increase metabolism and energy. Carnelian can help with vitality, stamina and creativity. This stone encourages honesty and optimism and living an authentic life. It can also be protective against disease, accidents and other misfortunes. Click here for Chakra Fertility Jewelry with Carnelian

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

STRESS, CORTISOL CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MISCARRIAGE

CAN STRESS CAUSE MISCARRIAGE AND PREGNANCY LOSS?

Please don't dismiss the connection between increased cortisol due to your stressful lifestyle. Many of us don't even know how much stress we are under until we get away from it.

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Reduce stress if you want to get pregnant. I'm not telling you anything you haven't already heard right? It's been written and rewritten to the point that everyone just says, I do yoga, I deep breathe, now why aren't I pregnant?! When I was first trying to conceive, I had what I now call a “corporate pressure cooker” job. I worked up to 10-12 hours per day, I was continually feeling a time pressure trying to meet deadlines, I battled rush hour traffic, I gulped my not-so-healthy lunch between meetings....need I go on? I recall going to doctor's appointments during my work day and having high
blood pressure readings. I rationalized it by saying, “oh, I had to run over here, I'm sure it will go down in a minute”.
In addition, I never got enough sleep with my overcrowded mind racing when I went to bed. Like many career women, I grew up in a family with a strong work ethic, I thought this was the way it was supposed to be. Although I would not admit it at the time, much of my self worth was wrapped up in my job. I felt like a “worthy” person when I got accolades at work and the hardest workers got the most recognition. I often look back at those days and wonder, how on earth did I think I could get pregnant under those circumstances?

Some Evidence That Stress Does Affect Fertility and Can Be Related to Miscarriage

Why does stress affect fertility? When your body is under stress, it's natural fight or flight response produces cortisol (the stress hormone). To make cortisol, your body needs progesterone. Progesterone is considered to be the “pro-gestation” hormone and is needed for a successful pregnancy. If your body is using progesterone to make cortisol, it's not available to support your reproductive system. One study found that women who were of normal weight but had not had a period in six months had high cortisol levels. Although these women felt that they were handling their stress well, when they were given behavioral therapy, 80% started ovulating again. Additionally, stress-related hormones and chemicals produced by your body may target uterine cells causing a chain reaction ending in miscarriage. Even the tissue of some miscarried fetuses has shown the presence of these stress related hormones and chemicals. Stress can also cause high blood pressure which may have an association with muscle injury resulting in uterine fibroids.

What Does It Mean To Reduce Your Stress?

Take an inventory of your lifestyle: Are you getting 8 hours of sleep per night? There is a natural cycle of light and dark which helps to regulate your circadian rhythms, melatonin, and reproductive hormones.  If you're not getting enough sleep, this can disrupt hormonal balance. Do you frequently feel pressed for time? Are you constantly saying there aren't enough hours in the day? Do you feel a constant pressure to perform at work? Are you in a continual state of worry about your job security? Are you able to eat your meals in a leisurely fashion? Do you have the time to prepare/eat a healthy meal including fruits and vegetables? Is your normal blood pressure below 120/80? Although some individuals have high blood pressure not necessarily associated with stress, for many, it can be reduced with lifestyle and dietary changes.

If you are trying to conceive, you need to take an honest inventory of your life. For me, the only way to reduce my stress was to quit my high-stress job. Yes, I gave up a good salary and all the “golden shackles”, but now I have my daughter which beats a salary and benefits hands down.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

HOW TO HAVE A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE, NO SURGERY

Much has been written about how to have a natural miscarriage. Is there any way to encourage your body to expel a miscarriage? I had six miscarriages before I had my daughter. Of course you want to try again, but it can take quite a while for the pregnancy to expel from your body. I thought it would be helpful to share the information I have gathered on how to have a natural miscarriage. As always, you should check with your doctor to confirm that your pregnancy is not viable (baby has died) and consult a qualified practitioner before trying these methods which are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
Please note: the information on this page is not intended to induce an abortion for a live pregnancy, it is meant as a resource for women who have already experienced a miscarriage which has not expelled from their body

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If you have learned that your pregnancy is not viable, you have a few options.  Your doctor may recommend a  D & C under certain circumstances, or you can wait for your body to expel the remains of your pregnancy naturally.  I know how uncomfortable and emotionally draining it is to
know your baby has died but you still feel pregnant.  At least in my case, I wanted to expel the pregnancy as soon as possible - partly because it was so uncomfortable to have symptoms with no pregnancy, and partly because I wanted to try again.  Additionally, D &C's can leave uterine scarring which could cause additional problems getting pregnant.

Although I did not try these methods of inducing a miscarriage, I found these methods through my research. 

Vitamin C

Many sources claim that Vitamin C can start uterine contractions and bring on menstruation.  Based on my research, you should not take more than 6000 mg per day but you can break it up and take it throughout the day. Vitamin C in these high doses is thought to keep progesterone away from the uterus and will eventually induce a period. You should also drink plenty of water. As mentioned before, you should check with a doctor before taking high doses of Vitamin C because there could be side effects, some of which could affect the baby should the pregnancy be viable. The use of vitamin C has not been proven medically, but there are many testimonials online of women who feel vitamin C helped to expel their pregnancy.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is also popular to use to help with a natural miscarriage. and can be purchased as a quill (the tube shape) or as ground powder. It stimulates the uterus and can cause contractions.  Cinnamon supplements may be best as they are already measured in safe doses. Too much cinnamon can cause liver toxicity. Cinnamon may also be helpful after a miscarriage because it can help stop bleeding and encourage healing because of its affect on blood platelets.

Parsley

Parsley can be used inside the body as well as consumed orally.  To use  vaginally, it is recommended to get a sprig of fresh and organic parsley and insert it deep into the vagina.  You should change it every 12 hours. It is recommended to also consume parsley by boiling about two cups of water, adding the parsley after removing it from the heat and steep it for about 20 minutes and consume it throughout the day.

Dong Quai Capsules

These may stimulate uterine contractions:  up to 1000mg every 4 hours is recommended.  This should be used with caution or not used if you have bleeding disorders or if you are on aspirin therapy or on any type of blood thinners or anti-clotting medication.  Again, you should consult your doctor, or qualified herbalist before taking this amount.

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture points can help stimulate delivery in women, but these same points can also help induce a miscarriage.  Here is an excerpt from: mobility-massage.blogspot which talks about acupuncture/acupressure points that may stimulate delivery and miscarriage:

 Pregnancy massage is one massage modality that is experiencing high growth. In fact, it is often one of the most-requested services at any massage clinic or individual business. However, there are some areas that should not receive deep pressure due to the chance of causing a miscarriage. Chinese medicine has held that these eight acupuncture or acupressure points are key to avoiding miscarriage; conversely, practitioners may press them with the intent of causing delivery in an overdue pregnancy.
See The 8 acupuncture points below:

The eight points are:
1 - Kidney 1 is on the sole of the foot, about on the midline vertically, and just below the level of the ball of the foot.
2 - Large Intestine 4 is located between thumb and forefinger, in the fleshy part just above the knuckle of the first finger.
3 - Spleen 6 is located 2-3 inches above the ankle bone, on the inside of the leg.
4 - Spleen 10 is located about three inches above the knees, on the inside of the leg.
5 - Liver 3 is located between the first and second tarsal bones on top of the foot, about an inch past the gap between the toes (going toward the ankle).
6 - Bladder 67 is is on the outside edge of the nail on the little toes.
7 and 8 - The uterus reflex and the ovary reflex are located on either side of the heel, one on the inside surface and one on the outside surface. They are just below the ankle bone, and between the ankle bone and the Achilles tendon.
Just casual or accidental pressure on these points will not cause a miscarriage. It requires deep sustained pressure and also the actual INTENT on the part of the practitioner to effect a miscarriage using these points.
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