Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I recall after my sixth miscarriage, I was ready to throw in the towel. I didn't think I could take any more cruelty. That's when I got pregnant with my daughter. Somehow, my body seemed to heal itself - whatever it was that was keeping me from carrying my pregnancies to term, somehow went away. In retrospect, I firmly believe that what I now call my "pregnancy protocol" was behind this seemingly miraculous turnaround. Here is another encouraging story:
12 miscarriages - then comes miracle Joe
Wow! That's an amazing story. It just goes to show you, even in the most hopeless of situations, amazing things can happen.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
If you're not familiar with common healthcare abbreviations, CHF stands for "congestive heart failure". I found an interesting article about how some miscarriages may be caused by this condition in the fetus.
From the article:
"We've identified a new kind of mechanism of fetal loss," Birnholz says. "There is a form of congestive heart failure that accounts for a lot of fetal loss. CHF is something you tend to think about in old folks with CHD (coronary heart disease). It has not been identified as such in embryos."
Birnholz performed Doppler ultrasound imaging to evaluate embryonic heart function early in the first trimester. The ultrasound measured the speed of red blood cells passing through vessels to determine the pressure dynamics within the embryo's heart.
Birnholz evaluated 1,800 cases in all, including 1,200 women whose ultrasounds showed no abnormalities. In another 125 women, 95 percent of the ultrasounds were abnormal and the women later miscarried. In another 475 cases, the ultrasound findings confirmed that the baby had died due to congestive heart failure -- even though miscarriage had not yet occurred, he says."
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