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Thursday, May 25, 2017

FIBROIDS AND MISCARRIAGE CONNECTION

Fibroids, Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40

I've heard differing opinions about whether or not fibroids can affect fertility and pregnancy. I'm sure much of it depends on their size, location, etc.  I did have three rather large fibroids removed when I was around the age of 30.  The problem with fibroids is that they can grow quite large in women of reproductive age which is why I opted for the surgery.
 Here is an article that connects fibroids to miscarriage. Read more:

Fibroids, benign muscle tumors of the uterus, are estimated to affect more than one in five women of reproductive age. But little is known about the influence of these growths on pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriage, premature birth and fetal growth restriction.
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 "No studies have prospectively investigated these risks in a large cohort of women early in pregnancy where presence of fibroids was uniformly assessed using ultrasound imaging. This is the first large-scale prospective study to do that," said Dr. Katherine Hartmann, the study's principal investigator. Hartmann also is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology as well as epidemiology in UNC's schools of medicine and public health.

"Fibroids are very common, as are these potentially devastating pregnancy outcomes. But research evidence to inform clinical care is meager," she said.

Previous ultrasound studies of uterine fibroids were flawed because they used ultrasound databases including fibroids that doctors considered of concern, Hartmann said. Typically, these were fibroids of at least three centimeters. Others, often much smaller, were not uniformly noted.

"So the studies are flawed by inadequate assessment of the classification of who has fibroids and who does not," she said. "In our pilot study of 1,600 women, we discovered that the majority of those who have fibroids never have been told that they did."

Fibroids were diagnosed in 170 of the women.

Pilot study results show that women with fibroids have a 55 percent increased risk of pregnancy loss, and smaller fibroids are significantly more associated with having a miscarriage than larger ones. Moreover, it appears that presence of fibroids is uniformly associated with miscarriage throughout early pregnancy
from:
bio-medicine.org

Monday, May 22, 2017

ALL ABOUT FETAL HEART RATES

Miscarriage And Fetal Heart Rate

Just before one of my miscarriages, I had an ultrasound.

 The first thing the doctor said when he came into the room after the PA had the ultrasound positioned on my baby was "the heartbeat is slow". I started to get this sinking feeling like he was giving my baby a death sentence. 
 See Also My Story About Overcoming Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage
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Well...I know it wasn't his fault, he was just the messenger--I did lose the pregnancy.
Many women wonder what a normal fetal heartrate should be. Here is a site that explains more:

"What should my baby's fetal heart-rate be?
The normal fetal heart rate is between 110 to 180 beats per minutes (BPM), but can vary. Fluctuations of the fetal heart rate (usually associated with fetal movement) during different periods of the day are common and often rise above 160, going as high as 180 to 190 and are considered normal. If you have questions or concerns about your baby's fetal heart rate always direct them to your healthcare professional.
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What hearing a healthy heartbeat signifies
Listening to a normally beating heart using a fetal ultrasound doppler as early as 8 weeks can offer reassurance and cut down on a lot of stress and help assure that the developing fetus is healthy. While miscarriage occurs in only about 15 percent of apparently normal pregnancies, it only occurs in about 1 percent of pregnancies where a normal heartbeat has been seen or heard."

>from: 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

NANCY KERRIGAN SPEAKS OF HER 6 MISCARRIAGES

Well, I finally have something in common with an Olympian....6 miscarriages.  Nancy Kerrigan, the Olympic skater and Dancing with the Stars celebrity opened up about how hard it was for her to complete her family.  Even though she had her first child uneventfully, she subsequently suffered recurrent pregnancy loss.  She finally succeeded in completing her family with IVF.

 

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Read more:

But as easy as her first pregnancy had been, it would be eight years before she would become a mom for the second time.
“The first time that you go in and they tell you, ‘Oh there’s no heartbeat,’ it’s devastating,” Kerrigan says of suffering “at least” six miscarriages in the years after giving birth to Matthew.
“I felt like a failure,” says Kerrigan, whose doctors were never able to determine why she kept miscarrying.
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Making matters worse was having to tell Matthew that he would have to wait to become a big brother.  “Once, the pregnancy was far enough along that we actually told our son and he was so excited,” says Kerrigan. “How do you explain [a miscarriage] to a little kid? Having to tell them that it was now gone and they had to take it out? He asked why and we had to explain, ‘Because it’s dead. It’s not alive anymore.’ That was awful.”
from people.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

MISCARRIAGE AND QI, CHINESE MEDICINE

A Woman Must Recover Her Qi and Get Relief From The Emotional Strain Of Miscarriage

Here is an interesting article about miscarriage and what it does to a woman from a traditional chinese medicine viewpoint.

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 I could certainly relate to some of the information presented here about recovering from past miscarriages before  trying to conceive again.  Not only do you need your "Qi" back, but you must also recover from the emotional strain of miscarriage.

From the article:

he process of maintaining a pregnancy past the 1st trimester is much like driving on a paved country road for 3 months without veering off onto the soft shoulder. Being pregnant with suboptimal balance
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is much like driving a car with two wheels on the soft unpaved shoulder of a road. If all four wheels get on and stay on the paved road, the pregnancy will go on. But, there is higher chance for all four wheels to slide off onto the unpaved soft shoulder and get stuck, or for the patient to miscarry.

A woman, who experiences miscarriage, loses Qi (vital energy) and Blood according to TCM as well as fetus, meaning that a miscarriage is as draining to a woman's energy as labor. Indeed there is a saying that proclaims ¡®a miscarriage is more serious than labor. If a proper treatment is not made after miscarriage, imbalanced condition can be aggravated so making her more difficult to get pregnant. With recurrent miscarriages, a woman can lose her hope and sometimes cannot overcome fear and depression that she may be unable to reach to 40th week of pregnancy. Actually this kind of emotional strain can aggravate imbalanced condition of body. Therefore, treatment plans for miscarriage in TCM include:

1. Recovery from losses of Qi and Blood due to recent miscarriage

2. Distress and relief of emotional strain

3. Correction of pre-existing imbalance of body

These purposes can be achieved well by acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs. Even though once pregnancy is achieved, continuous treatments by acupuncture and herbs up to 12th week of pregnancy can help a woman to prevent miscarriage.

from: 
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ASPRIN IN PREGNANCY=MISCARRIAGE RISK

Taking Low Dose Aspirin In Pregnancy

Taking low dose aspirin is something many women do - and is recommended by some fertility clinics. I also took low dose aspirin - even when I was trying to conceive naturally because I had heard that it could help with early miscarriage by eliminating small clots.

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on getting pregnant over 40 and preventing miscarriage 


 However, this article raises concerns about taking aspirin. Of course you should check with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. Read more:

Taking aspirin in early pregnancy may trigger a miscarriage, women were warned yesterday.

The claim by researchers has shocked doctors who prescribe low-dose aspirin thinking it can prevent some expectant mothers from losing their babies.

They warned the findings should be treated with caution. The miscarriage risk for women taking aspirin or similar painkillers could be sevenfold higher than for those not taking the drugs, the Danish study suggests.

It is the first to make the link, The scientists admit their findings do not show that taking aspirin actually causes miscarriage.

But the 'association is new and needs to be confirmed' by further investigation, says the study, published today in the British Medical Journal today.

Last night British experts urged mothers-to-be not to panic. They advised them to seek medical advice about what painkillers to take or to use paracetamol.

Dr Gunnar Nielsen and her team looked at the medical records of 1,462 pregnant women who had received prescriptions for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAID) during the period from 30 days before conception to birth.

They also compared 4,268 women who had miscarriages, of whom 63 had taken aspirin or similar NSAID painkillers, with 29,750 women who had live births. Although such drugs have been suspected of causing a range of health problems in the unborn baby, the study showed no increased risk of birth defects, low birth weight or premature birth.

But an extra risk of miscarriage in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy emerged from the data. It found a
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doubling of risk for those who had taken aspirin between seven and nine weeks before a miscarriage, which rose to a sevenfold risk among women who took it up to one week earlier.

However, just three miscarriages were responsible for the figures giving a sevenfold risk and the researchers admit aspirin might have been prescribed to treat pain that signalled an impending miscarriage.

Professor Phil Baker, professor of foetal and neonatal health for Tommy's Campaign, which funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth said NSAID painkillers should be used with caution during pregnancy.

'If a pregnant women needs a mild analgesic or painkiller then paracetamol is a relatively safe drug,' he said.

from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Saturday, May 06, 2017

REASONS FOR MORNING SICKNESS, PREGNANCY HEALTH

 Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy May Protect Us From Harmful Foods

I had horrible nausea with all my pregnancies, especially my successful one.
 I have often heard that nausea can indicate that you have a healthy pregnancy because your hormones are strong (although I should mention that I miscarried a number of pregnancies with nausea).  Here is an interesting article about how morning sickness may be nature's way of protecting against miscarriage.   Apparently, it can keep us away from harmful foods which could affect our pregnancies.  Read more:

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The analyses suggest that morning sickness occurs more often in pregnant women who consume high
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amounts of sugar, fats, alcohol, and meat. While, pregnant women who eat more cereal-based foods suffer less NVP. The results demonstrate convincing evidence that a connection between diet and morning sickness does exist and reinforces the scientist’s belief that an adaptive evolutionary link exists that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy serve to prevent the ingestion of harmful or toxic foods that may lead to miscarriage or harm to the developing fetus

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Monday, May 01, 2017

MISCARRIAGE CAUSED BY ESTROGEN PROGESTERONE SENSITIVITY

Hormones and Miscarriage

There's quite a bit of controversy about whether or not progesterone can help women who experience recurrent miscarriage carry to term. Some articles say it can prevent miscarriage and other articles that claim there is no benefit at all. Here is an article about how some miscarriages may be caused by a sensitivity to hormones in which case progesterone injections would actually cause more harm than good. Read more:

"A new research carried on at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, might have shed some light on the origins of these unexplained miscarriages.

The scientists found that a immune hypersensitivity in women with recurrent miscarriage to female
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sex hormones (that regulate pregnancy), estrogen and progesterone, in skin tests. 


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This is a warning signal, as some controversial current therapies against miscarriages include progesterone injections.
“Previous studies had shown a connection between miscarriage and unusual immune system responses, but none had looked at the role of these sex hormones,” the researchers say.

The team injected the hormones into the skin of 29 women who had suffered at least three unexplained miscarriages, and 10 women who had successfully gave birth to a healthy, normal baby and never experienced a miscarriage.

26 women in the first group showed immune hypersensitivity to one of the two hormones, and 17 of them are hypersensible to both, while the women that had not experienced miscarriage were totally immune.

“This is really novel,” says Walker.

“It’s a small sample size but if the results are that profound, it definitely warrants more research.” 

from 
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Friday, April 28, 2017

CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE SUFFERED MISCARRIAGE

I always say that misarriage has no boundaries.  I think we all tend to think that celebrities have it all and have the perfect life.  But, the fact of the matter is that they are regular people just like the rest of us and many of them suffer through infertility and miscarriage.  Here are some high profile celebrities who have opened up about their miscarriages:

P!nk revealed that was pregnant with her daughter during a 2010 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres
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Show.” The singer said she delayed making the announcement because of her experience with pregnancy loss.
“I didn’t want to talk about it because I was just really nervous, and I have had a miscarriage before,” she said.

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 In 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow told the Daily Mail’s You magazine that she experienced pregnancy loss after having her two children.
Discussing her children’s requests for a new baby sibling, the actress said, “I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?’

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 BeyoncĂ© spoke publicly about the miscarriage she suffered before becoming pregnant with Blue Ivy in her 2013 HBO special, “Life is But a Dream.” The singer described her experience as “the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”
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 Like her famous onscreen character Monica, Courteney Cox also struggled with fertility issues. The actress had multiple miscarriages before carrying and giving birth to her daughter Coco. “I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them.” she told People magazine. 
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 While pregnant with her twins Monroe and Moroccan, Mariah Carey told “Access Hollywood” that her first pregnancy with Nick Cannon had ended in miscarriage.

“It kind of shook us both and took us to a place that was really dark and difficult,” she said.


from:huffingtonpost

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SAINT RITA, NEW PENDANT NECKLACE FOR IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES

 Even if you did not grow up Catholic, you may still find some comfort in prayer to saints who are
associated with certain causes and conditions.  One of these is Saint Rita. 

Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun.  Those who are trying to conceive or experiencing miscarriage may truly feel that getting pregnant and having a heathly pregnancy is truly an impossible cause.  But, sometimes the things that
we think are out of our reach can come easily.  I have done many blog posts on women who went through fertility treatments only to fail time and time again.  Then, miraculously, they get pregnancy by surprise. 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

MISCARRIAGE HELP FROM CHINESE MEDICINE, ACUPUNCTURE

Recurrent Miscarriage Pregnancy Loss Can Be Helped With Chinese Medicine

 I really like the Chinese Medicine philosophy when it comes to getting pregnant over 40 or any age.
They look at the whole person rather than just giving drugs and medications to force your body to ovulate whether it's ready or not.  Treating some of the underlying causes of miscarriage will help  you carry to term.  This site does a good job of explaining the Chinese philosophy of treating infertility and the underlying cause of miscarriage:

 See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for alternative medicine and home remedies for miscarriage

 From the principles TCM, our body must be in an “optimized” state of  balance before one can conceive.  To maintain a pregnancy, one must maintain the same balance.
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But such balance is not as clear as black and white, on and off, or zero and one state.  Instead, it is a bell-shaped curve with the highest point on the top as the state of optimal balance.  In other words, a woman can and often does get pregnant when she is in a suboptimal state.  But, it is this group of pregnancies that are often subject to the greatest chance of miscarriage after becoming pregnant without acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments.  When the body’s condition deviates too far from the optimal balance point, there will be no more pregnancy.   The process of maintaining a pregnancy past the 1st trimester is much like driving on a paved country road for 3 months without veering off onto the soft shoulder.   Being pregnant with suboptimal balance is much like driving a car with two wheels on the soft unpaved shoulder of a road.  If all four wheels get on and stay on the paved road, the pregnancy will go on.  But, there is higher chance for all four wheels to slide off onto the unpaved soft shoulder and get stuck, or for the patient to miscarry.  

Let us look at the genetic factors.  When fetal tissues from miscarriages are analyzed, approximately 70% will have chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomies 13, 16, 18, 21 and 22.  In most cases, the couple is chromosomally normal.  Therefore, the fetal chromosomal abnormality is considered a “random” event.

This event is the result of a failed division of a pair of chromosomes.  Under normal circumstances, only one branch of the pair is copied  instead of the whole pair.   This condition occurs more frequently with the increased age of a couple.  As we age, optimal balance is harder to maintain and more is needed to restore balance for both partners of a couple in order to prevent miscarriages.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments help achieve this balance.  When eggs or sperm develop under an optimized condition, there is less chance of environmental damage to an otherwise genetically normal egg or sperm.
  The process of maintaining a pregnancy past the 1st trimester is much like driving on a paved country road for 3 months without veering off onto the soft shoulder.   Being pregnant with suboptimal balance is much like driving a car with two wheels on the soft unpaved shoulder of a road.  If all four wheels get on and stay on the paved road, the pregnancy will go on.  But, there is higher chance for all four wheels to slide off onto the unpaved soft shoulder and get stuck, or for the patient to miscarry. 

Endocrine factors.  Thyroid hormones TSH, T3, T4, Estrogen, and Progesterone all have a profound influence on the state of the optimal balance and vise versa.  Abnormal balance will in turn lead to hormonal imbalance.  Luteal phase defect is just an example of inadequate progesterone level or progesterone receptor response to the hormone.  

Circulatory factors.  This is one of the major factors in recurrent miscarriages.  Blood circulation to the pelvis is crucial in achieving and maintaining a pregnancy.  It delivers the necessary nutrients, hormones and oxygen, and removes the metabolic waste products.  Hormones FSH and estrogen need to communicate between the pituitary and the ovaries.  Such communications are done thru the blood flow and carry these hormones.   
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Friday, April 21, 2017

WHAT CAUSES UTERINE FIBROIDS?

Uterine Fibroids

Guest Post By Dr. Miriam D. Martin

Fibroid tumors are benign growths originating in the uterus. The incidence of uterine fibroid tumors increases as women grow older, and they may occur in more than 30 percent of women 40 to 60 years of age. (American Family Physician 2007) Most women have no symptoms related to these tumors. However, there are some, who unfortunately, face a myriad of signs and symptoms related to fibroids.
The most common symptom is abnormal uterine bleeding. The periods may be heavier and/or longer. Spotting may occur between the normal menstrual cycle. There may be severe pain (dysmenorrhea) associated with fibroids as well. If the bleeding is excessive or prolonged, iron deficiency anemia may develop.
Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, additional symptoms and conditions may develop.
These may include:
  • pelvic pain
  • abdominal pressure
  • back pain
  • urinary obstruction
  • painful defecation
  • infertility
  • miscarriage
It is not known why uterine fibroids develop. Research done by the Mayo Clinic suggests:
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  • Genetic alterations. Many fibroids contain alterations in genes that code for uterine muscle cells.
  • Hormones. Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate development of the uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy, appear to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and estrogen receptors than do normal uterine muscle cells.
  • Other chemicals. Substances that help the body maintain tissues, such as insulin-like growth factor, may affect fibroid growth.
Other potential risk factors which are being studied are:
  • Obesity. Some studies have suggested that obese women are at higher risk of fibroids, but other studies have not shown a link.
  • Oral contraceptives. So far, strong data exist showing that women who take oral contraceptives have a lower risk of fibroids. This is generally true for all women, except those who start oral contraceptives between ages 13 and 16.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth. Researchers have also looked at whether pregnancy and giving birth may have a protective effect, and so far pregnancy and childbirth seem to have a protective effect.
According to a new study, African-American women whose diet is largely comprised of foods that spike blood sugar levels may be at an increased risk of developing uterine fibroids. (Infertility and Miscarriage Examiner)
Diagnosis of uterine fibroids is generally made during gynecologic physical examination. The examiner may feel a mass or note enlargement of the uterus. Confirmation of the diagnosis can be made with ultrasound.
In general, uterine fibroids cause no symptoms and require no treatment. Until recently, the mainstay of treatment for fibroids was hormonal therapy or surgery. Since uterine fibroids are stimulated by estrogens, anti-estrogen hormones are used to shrink the tumors. However, there are many side affects to hormone therapy, i.e., osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms. As a result, hormone therapy is only used for a short time and the fibroids tend to recur once the therapy is discontinued.
The two main surgical interventions are hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), and myomectomy (removal of the tumors). Newer advances in the treatment of fibroids and their symptoms are uterine artery embolization (blocking of blood flow to uterine vessels leading to shrinking of the tumors) and endometrial ablation (destruction of the uterine lining).
If you are experiencing symptoms from uterine fibroids, discuss your options with your health professional. There are many options, other than hysterectomy available. Undoubtedly, with continued research, other techniques are on the horizon as well.
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Dr. Miriam Martin is the Medical Director of MD Medical, Inc. located in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Her areas of specialization include Emergency Medicine/Family Practice, and Bariatric (weight loss) Medicine. The center focuses on the the physical, psychological, and nutritional health and well-being of individuals and families.
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