We all know that it's been well established that smoking before and during pregnancy should absolutely be avoided. However, the following article discusses how passive smoke may be related to miscarriage. Read more:
Passive smoke link to miscarriage
Smoking has a number of effects on health
The chances of a miscarriage rise sharply if a woman's partner smokes heavily during her pregnancy, research has found. (BBC News)
From the article:
In all, 84% of the women whose husbands did not smoke eventually fell pregnant and gave birth.
Among those whose partners did smoke the rate was 76%.
The study was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in America and Beijing Medical University in China between 1996 and 1998.
Researcher Dr Scott Venners said the study suggested that some of the babies lost by women whose partners smoked would otherwise have survived to full term.
The scientists believe that smoking could cause damage to the chromosomes in sperm.
In addition, exposure to tobacco smoke breathed in by a pregnant woman may endanger the developing foetus by affecting levels of female sex hormones, or by reducing blood flow through the placenta.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Pregnancy Loss And Miscarriage Over 40My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Here's an insightful article on the emotional dilemma many women experience after a miscarriage:
Feelings After A Miscarriage
by Dana Dovitch, PhD, OBGYN.net Editorial Advisor
The greatest stumbling blocks to healing after miscarriage are sometimes created by the very people in a woman's life who want to provide her with support. All too often friends, loving family members and even well intended doctors and nurses unintentionally minimize the loss surrounding a miscarriage. Their comforting words might serve to disavow a woman's experience of loss rather than allowing room for it. Commonly heard expressions like, "It was early in your pregnancy," "Miscarriage is not uncommon," or "You'll have other chances" might be interpreted by a woman to mean "This happens all the time. It's no big deal. You don't have to get so upset."
On the receiving end of such tarnished comfort a woman might be left feeling guilty for feeling grief stricken, after all, miscarriage, she is told, is not "uncommon". Or she might feel angry and think to herself, "No one understands what I'm going through!! I don't care if miscarriages happen all the time. It's a big deal to me and I feel wrecked!" Then she might find herself feeling isolated and alone in her experience.
The feelings around miscarriage are not very well understood by many of us. When miscarriage occurs early on in a pregnancy it can be falsely viewed by outsiders as only the loss of the mere "possibility" of a baby and not the loss of a child. A woman in her first trimester may not even appear pregnant and, therefore, to outsiders, her pregnancy may seem less real than were she in her seventh month. But, trust me, her pregnancy is very real to her. The two month old baby in her womb may already have a name. The baby that is barely larger than a bean may be awaiting summers at camp, swimming lessons and mommy's dream of a college education.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
When I was trying to conceive, I would frequently turn to "Resolve" for information. Resolve is a non-profit organization which supports women going through infertility, miscarriage and/or considering adoption. Here is a link to a pdf file on Miscarriage which is a thorough summary of causes, symptoms and the emotional aspects of having a miscarriage:
Miscarriage - The Hidden Loss (www.resolve.org)
Monday, August 10, 2009
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