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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WHAT HERBS ARE SAFE IN PREGNANCY?

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SEE ALSO: HERBS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY
 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!


Click here for an adorable holiday animation:

lawson.com

Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Miscarriage Story


Here is a touching and honest story about one mother's experience with miscarriage:

Emotions and Choices in Miscarriage by Becky Jackson (www.gentlechristianmothers.com - reprinted from Suite 101)

From the article:

After the D&C, when I was awake and alert again, I asked the doctor if I could see my baby. He seemed uncomfortable at that question, and told me that if I didn’t see it at home, it most likely just dissolved and passed as blood and tissue. I remembered at my last reading in my pregnancy book that the baby was around 3 inches long. I couldn’t believe that the miracle of that could be reduced to nothing. I wished I had something to show for my 12 weeks of pregnancy, for the love and excitement and morning sickness. I wished for the chance to say goodbye. But in an instant, it was all gone.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Treatments After Miscarriage

Misprostol As A Treatment For Miscarriage

Many miscarriages expel quickly and naturally after the pregnancy is found to be nonviable.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
However, some women need or want medical/surgical treatment after a miscarriage. Here is an article that discusses the use of vaginal misoprostol as an alternative to more invasive procedures:

Managing Miscarriage Medically
Vaginal misoprostol is effective, safe, and tolerable, and most women prefer it over surgery.



From the site:
Among misoprostol recipients, 78% said they would probably or definitely choose misoprostol if needed in the future; 73% of those who had undergone vacuum aspiration in a previous pregnancy said they would use misoprostol in the future.
Comment: These findings indicate that vaginal administration of misoprostol, following the investigators’ protocol, is effective, safe, tolerable, and preferred over surgery by most women. Although misoprostol tablets are inexpensive, the need for additional ultrasound studies and office visits must be factored into the overall cost of treatment.
— Andrew M. Kaunitz, MD
Published in Journal Watch Women's Health October 4, 2005


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lisa Ling Launches Site After Miscarriage

Picture: nydailynews.com/Ruelas/AP

I have watched Lisa Ling for years on television for many years. I recently read that she suffered a miscarriage, and after that painful experience, she decided to launch a site devoted to helping women share their own experiences. There are links to the site in the following article:

associatedcontent.com

From the article:

The NY Daily News reports that Lisa Ling, journalist and former co-host of "The View," is launching an anonymous women's confession site after experiencing a painful miscarriage. Ling and her
friend Sophia Kim "decided there needed to be a forum where women could anonymously share their most private pain, their darkest fantasies, and most personal longings."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Workplace Hazzards and Miscarriage

Miscarriage Due To Workplace Hazzards

Many women in their reproductive years will spend a good part of their day at work.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The following article discusses workplace hazzards which can lead to reproductive problems and miscarriage:

The mysterious miscarriage nightmare - reproductive hazards in the workplace - includes related information on miscarriage cases at USA Today

From the article:

In factories and offices across the country, there is heightened concern over reproductive hazards in the work place. Evidence is mounting that these hazards are found in a wide variety of jobs in which millions of people work. Fear, too, is escalating because no one can say for certain what these hazards are.

Employers have no choice but to develop policies that deal with reproductive hazards. If they don't, they open the gate for continued tragedies--as well as for increased lawsuits, high absenteeism, and rapid turnover.

What dangers are lurking in your work place? What can be done to protect the health of your employees and their unborn children? How can the proper policy be designed?

The hazards

Facts and figures about work-site reproductive hazards are scare. Neither federal regulators nor scientists have a through handle on such dangers. But what is apparent is that these perils represent significant health threats.

Reproductive hazards are the sixth leading cause of injuries and illnesses in the work place, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In 1985, more than six million workers were exposed to eight substances--including commonly used chemicals such as cadmium and formaldehyde--known or suspected to threaten reproductive health, NIOSH reported.

That figure includes only those workers exposed to dangerous chemicals. Another nine million workers came into contact with radio-frequency or microwave radiation, another suspected health threat, according to 1985 NIOSH figures. And if further research conclusively links computers to reproductive problems, another 14 million workers of childbearing age would be at risk as well, says 9to5, the National Association of Working Women.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Therapies to Avert Miscarriage

I've written before about how miscarriage may be caused by immune factors. This article does a good job of explaining how treatments work for this condition. Read more:

nytimes.com

From the article:

Dr. Carolyn Coulam at the Genetics and IVF Institute in Fairfax, Va., uses yet another approach: infusing the mother's blood with gamma globulin, an antibody mixture that includes blocking antibodies. Dr. Coulam said that using these commercially available antibodies means that fetal protection does not have to depend on the mother's ability to respond to stimulation. Furthermore, she explained in an interview, some women miscarry even though they can make blocking antibodies, but they are able to deliver live babies through the protection offered by gamma globulin.

Dr. Coulam said she and German researchers have achieved live birth rates of about 80 percent with the gamma globulin technique.

Dr. Cowchock and others also have reported remarkable success in countering autoimmune disturbances in the pregnant woman that can endanger her fetus. Particularly troublesome are a class of autoantibodies called antiphospholipid antibodies that attack the "glue" between cells and trigger the formation of blood clots.

Though the woman may have no symptoms warning her of the presence of such antibodies, they can be detected through blood tests. During pregnancy, blood clots caused by the autoantibodies can clog the blood vessels of the placenta, depriving the fetus of needed oxygen and nutrients. This can result in fetal death and miscarriage during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or, later in pregnancy, it can retard fetal growth, causing low birth weight or premature birth, among other serious problems.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Incompetent Cervix and Miscarriage

Cerclage For Incompetent Cervix

Some miscarriages that occur later in the pregnancy may be attributed to incompetent cervix.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article/video explains a new procedure which may help:

KABC-TV (abclocal.go.com)

From the article:

As a baby grows in its mother's womb, it gets heavier and starts to press on the cervix. Normally, a woman's cervix opens with the beginning of labor after about nine months, but in some cases, the pressure may cause the cervix to open before the baby is ready to be born. This can lead to a miscarriage or premature birth; a condition referred to as incompetent cervix. According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, the condition occurs infrequently. An estimated 20 to 25 percent of all second trimester losses are attributed to an incompetent cervix. Many women don't know they have the condition until after losing their first pregnancy. Most of the time, the defective cervix is due to a birth defect that affects the normal shape of the uterus or cervix. Ultrasonography has been helpful in diagnosing the condition, which is done when the cervical opening is greater than 2.5 cm or the cervix length has shortened to less than 20 mm.
TREATMENT:
The standard treatment for incompetent cervix involves placing a cerclage, or a band made of synthetic material, around the cervix. The cerclage strengthens the cervix as well as stops the amniotic sac from coming out early. There are different types of cerclages available. In a transvaginal cerclage (TVC), doctors sew the cervix closed, usually during the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy. At 36 weeks, the stitches are taken out so the woman can deliver her child naturally. A few downfalls exist with this method: It requires bed rest for the remainder of pregnancy, many babies are still delivered prematurely, and it needs to be redone with each pregnancy thereafter. TVC has around an 85 percent success rate.
A LIFESAVING OPTION:
Another type of cerclage is transabdominal cerclage (TAC), which involves placing a synthetic band higher on the cervix. In this procedure, doctors make an incision in the lower abdomen, or it is done laparoscopically. This type of cerclage supports the cervix and prevents it from opening. Unlike TVC, it does not require the mother to be on bed rest; however, women who opt for this procedure can only deliver their baby through Caesarean section, performed through the same incision used to place the cerclage. Once the band is placed, it can remain safely in the body and be used for later pregnancies. According to Arthur F. Haney, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., TACS can be placed up to 16 weeks of gestation, but it is best to place abdominal cerclages in the 10th week when the patient and baby have the lowest risk. Many patients opt to have the procedure done before they get pregnant. More than 95 percent of women with TACs who deliver via C-section have a successful term delivery. 

Monday, November 08, 2010

GETTING PREGNANT WITH AN ARCUATE UTERUS

Arcuate Uterus Could Cause Pregnancy Complications Depending On Severity

An arcuate uterus is pictured below, it bows in and in extreme cases, it can cause pregnancy complications like premature labor.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on conceiving and preventing miscarriage

 I actually had a slight arcuate uterus, but I was told it was so minimal that it would not cause problems. My fertility doctor at the time said, "If I could wish it away, I would, but otherwise, there's nothing we should do about it.   Obviously, it wasn't a problem in my pregnancy because I carried my daughter to term.

picture: geneva foundation for medical
 education and research
Many times, an arcuate uterus is a coincidental finding, it isn't severe and hasn't caused no problems in the past.  Depending where the pregnancy attaches in the uterus, and the severity of the arcuate uterus, it could cause premature labor if there isn't enough space for the baby to grow.  This article talks more about uterine abnomalities and possible pregnancy complications:
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Friday, November 05, 2010

My Interview With abc news On Recurrent Miscarriage


Miscarriage-Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40

I have always said that miscarriage knows no boundaries.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 I was contacted by abcnews.com to talk a little about some of the emotional aspects of repeat miscarriage. They were doing a story about Lily Allen and how she has suffered another heartbreaking pregnancy loss.

The article also talks about other women and celebrities who have endured the emotional trauma of multiple miscarriages (although most have gone on to have a baby). Read more:

abcnews.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fevers and Miscarriage

Fever and High Body Temperature Inconclusive For Miscarriage But May Lead To Birth Defects

I've heard so many people say they experienced more colds and general bouts of sickness when they were pregnant - I recall having a number of fairly severe colds which could have been a mild flu.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I've read from numerous sources that your immune system is down a bit while you are pregnant to keep your body from attacking the fetus and pregnancy as a foreign body. With all of this going on, you may wonder if fevers in pregnancy can contribute to miscarriage. This article answers that question:


Can a Fever Cause a Miscarriage?
By Krissi Danielsson, About.com
(miscarriage.about.com)


From the article:

Having a fever during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester, can cause problems for a developing baby – but researchers do not yet know whether having a fever during early pregnancy may actually cause a miscarriage. It is usually prolonged, high fevers that are thought to cause problems.

Some research does link hyperthermia, or abnormally high body temperature, to risk of neural tube defects and possibly miscarriage. One 2003 study looked at hot tub use and found weak evidence of an association between hot tubs and miscarriages -– and doctors routinely advise pregnant women to avoid soaking in hot baths for extended periods of time to be on the safe side.

Research looking specifically at maternal fevers has found that fevers seem to increase the risk of neural tube defects. (The most severe neural tube defects, such as anencephaly, can be fatal for the baby and thus cause pregnancy loss). Fevers may also increase the risk of other developmental problems, such as heart defects.

The verdicts have been less conclusive as to whether fever causes first-trimester miscarriage; a large 2002 study in "The Lancet" found no evidence of an association, although a 1985 case control study by Johns Hopkins University researchers had hinted at a link between fever and miscarriage.

Because of the possible risk of developmental problems, doctors often advise pregnant women to call when experiencing a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to call your doctor if you are ever concerned about illness or other symptoms during pregnancy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MISCARRIAGE CONNECTED TO ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis May Affect Your Ability To Get Pregnant and Possibly Increase The Risk Of Early Miscarriage

Endometriosis is usually associated with infertility, but can it also be associated with miscarriage?
 Endometriosis produces something called prostaglandins.  These hormone-like substances can be part of normal processes, however in women with endometriosis, the abnormal endometrial implants outside of the uterus can produce these substances out of sync causing contractions and possible miscarriage.  Here is a site that does a good job of explaining the connection between endometriosis and miscarriage:

ENDOMETRIOSIS AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Testing for A Protein May Predict Miscarriage

New Testing May Offer More Information About Miscarriage Risk

I found this interesting article about how some women who miscarried were tested and found to have low levels of a protein called MIC1 (macrophage inhibitory cytokine.)
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This finding could possibly lead to new treatments. Read more:

Is this the end for miscarriage heartbreak?bu SUZY AUSTIN, Metro

From the article:

"Thousands of women could be spared the heartbreak of miscarriage after a major medical breakthrough.

They could be offered a simple test to see if they are producing enough of a protein which has been linked to development of the placenta.

It will help doctors determine if a woman is liable to miscarry and then offer her treatment. "

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Miscarriage and Inflammation


How Immune Response and Inflammation May Contribute To Miscarriage

Here is an interesting article about how inflammation may be contributing to miscarriage and what can be done about it.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
The article is on a pdf.

Ian Stokes - Miscarriage, A New Dawn (www.epc-odx.com)

From the site:

A New Dawn describes the underlying role of inflammation in
each symptom in detail. However, it is important to realize
that inflammatory diseases are utterly dependent upon
inflammation – they are not self-supporting. In turn,
inflammation, in the absence of physical injury, is entirely
dependent upon immune activation. If immune activation
ceases, inflammation ceases and inflammatory diseases
immediately abate – thus the cure for miscarriage lies in the
detection and removal of the source of immune activation.
Such a process is speedy, safe and does not require the use of
surgery or a single drug – in particular one that is already
known to involve a litany of potentially fatal side effects.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pill For Recurrent Miscarriage


I've written before about whether or not taking a steroid to calm the immune system can help women carry to term. I've read conflicting views on whether it is a proven treatment, but this article seems to support it. Read more:

www.dailymail.co.uk

From the article:

Doctors told her there was nothing they could do.

But after reading about the pioneering research at Liverpool on the internet, the couple travelled from their York home to meet Dr Siobhan Quenby.

Within months Mrs Greenhouse, 35, was pregnant. Tests in December 2006 had revealed she had high levels of natural killer cells and she was put on daily doses of prednisolone.

The couple are now the proud parents of nine-month-old Finlay.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Giuliana Rancic Discusses Miscarriage

I've said it before, miscarriage has no boundaries. Even those who appear to "have it all" can suffer pregnancy loss. Here is a video where Giuliana Rancic discusses her recent miscarriage:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Miscarriage: You Are Not Alone


Pregnancy Stories Of Miscarriage


Sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone. Miscarriage can be quite common.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is a site where women tell their miscarriage stories - you might want to add yours:

Pregnancy Stories.net

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sharon Stone Speaks of Miscarriages

I've always thought of Sharon Stone as a beautiful actress who had it all. But even the rich and famous go through incredible challenges. Sharon Stone speaks of her miscarriages and how they affected her life. Read more:

www.imnotobsessed.com

From the article:

“I had two pregnancies that I lost in the late fifth month. And this is so awful because I had to go have surgery when my children died. This is a trauma that you just cannot bear.”

Sharon said her continuing heartbreak at the loss of her children led her to make her well-publicized comments that suggested the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake was “karma” for the way China has treated Tibet. She explained to Prestige magazine:

“I was in some kind of crazyville. The horrific loss of those people’s children caused me tremendous grief. I was relating to this earthquake like some kind of crazy mother.

“In that moment, I was so grief-stricken, and I was really relating to their grief. I had lost children myself. All of that was really heavy upon me. I was really speaking as a heartbroken mother.”

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is There A Connection Between Race and Perinatal Mortality?

I never would have predicted that certain racial groups may be predisposed to a higher rate of pregnancy complications. However the article below found a greater risk of perinatal mortality in South Asian and black women. Read more:


Risk Of Birth Complications Varies Between Racial Groups (www.sciencedaily.com

From the article:

...evidence shows that the average length of gestation varies between racial groups. For example, it is shorter in South Asian and black women, suggesting that complications may occur before the 41 week induction point in these women.

Researchers from London and Bristol tested this theory by studying whether the risks of post-term birth complications increased earlier during pregnancy in South Asian and black women compared with white women.

Their study involved over 197,000 white, South Asian and black women who were expecting their first child and who delivered a single baby weighing at least 500 grams at 24 to 43 weeks.

They found that the perinatal mortality patterns differed significantly with racial group. At every stage of gestation, perinatal mortality was highest in South Asian women, and from term onwards, the upswing in risk occurred earliest and steepest in South Asian women, then black women, followed by white women.

The authors say their findings indicate that there are genetic variations in gestational length and argue that increased foetal surveillance and growth monitoring from 40, rather than 41, weeks' gestation is needed for South Asian and black women.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Life After Miscarriage

You are not alone if you are feeling the pain and sorrow after a miscarriage. I recall my first miscarriage after getting pregnant with twins (my first failed IVF)...I cried for months. I can't remember ever crying so long over anything. Here is another woman's story of miscarriage:

Life After Miscarriage (www.helium.com)

From the article:

A doctor came in and quite seriously and studiously became examining me with the wand. I cried, fearing the worst. And then, it came. He said "I'm sorry to tell you that your baby has no heartbeat". Those words still echo in my head six months later.

I ran crying from the room with the gel still all over my large tummy. I don't know where I was trying to get to or where I would have gone. I ran crying from the mall and out into the parking lot, past our car and kept going. My husband finally caught up with me as my body was racked with spasms from the sorrow...


...When we arrived at our doctor's office, we were immediately ushered into a room. It was unbearable to see all those happy, pregnant women in the waiting room. The doctor came in and said something stupid like "Well, this is a surprise. This hardly ever happens". What a schmuck. She went on to tell us that I needed to be hospitalized for a D&E surgery as soon as the hospital had a spot open for us. She told me that I was at an extremely high risk of miscarrying "naturally" and to go home and wait for the call or something to happen. She even asked me if I was okay. Okay? Of course not. I was a walking coffin. My life had been torn to shreds in a matter of moments. She showed no sympathy as she told us I may have to wait up to two weeks to be hospitalized.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Miscarriage on the Today Show


It seems I never have time to totally watch all the morning shows, but the today show did a series on miscarriage (and infertility) called "I Want A Baby". I have a link below where you can watch a segment of their program profiling a woman who eventually became pregnant after three miscarriages (it was discovered that she had a clotting disorder). Meredith Viera also admits that she had four miscarriages (she went on to have three children). Hopefully this article and video will give you hope. Many women do go on to have successful pregnancies after recurrent miscarriage. Read more (be sure to scroll down to the middle of the article to click on the video link):

allday.msnbc.msn.com

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pesticides and Miscarriage

We are continually hearing about how pesticides can create a number of health problems in men and women. The following article talks about how pesticides can cause miscarriage even if a women lives within a mile radius of where pesticides are being sprayed:

Pesticides Linked to Miscarriage

I know it's scary to think about all of the areas where our bodies can be exposed to toxic substances (especially since most of the time you don't even know it). Try to avoid areas where pesticides are sprayed to minimize your exposure as much as possible.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Partner's Smoking Could Lead To Miscarriage

Apparently second hand smoke can be quite dangerous to a pregnant woman or a woman trying to conceive. The statistics cited here were surprising. A third of women exposed to their partner's second hand smoke lost their babies in the first six weeks. Read more:

news.bbc.co.uk

From the article:

A study found that nearly a third of women whose partners smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day lost their babies within six weeks of conceiving.

Among those who partners did not smoke, the rate was a fifth.

The research, by researchers in the US and China, is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.


Everyone in a household where there is going to be a baby should stop smoking.
Professor Alison Murdoch
Previous research into the effect of passive smoking on pregnancy has produced inconclusive results.

This latest study focused on 526 Chinese textile workers who were newly-married.

It found that whether or not a woman's partner smoked had little difference on the likelihood of conception.

But it did seem to have a significant effect on whether the pregnancy continued past the early weeks if the partner smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Miscarriage - Possible Causes


Possible causes of miscarriage have been well publicized but this article discusses recent studies which have drawn a correlation between miscarriage and the following:

Alcohol
Pesticide Exposure
Thyroid Disorders
Eating Disorders
Folic Acid Deficiency

To learn more, click on this link:

Miscarriage: Research update

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

IUD's and Miscarriage


I'm sure IUD's are a good choice for birth control for some women who can't tolerate other forms of contraception. However, they do come with risks. I mention this article because I actually spoke with a women who had an IUD inserted many years ago and her doctor could no longer find it. Yikes! Here is a story of a woman who became pregnant after her IUD dislodged:
From the article:

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Portland’s U.S. District Court, Washington County resident April Rodriguez claims she had a Mirena brand IUD (pictured above) inserted on Oct. 14, 2005, by Dr. Mitchell Strauss, an obstetrician at PMG Columbia Women’s Clinic in Southwest Portland.

According to the lawsuit, Rodriguez saw her family physician on Jan. 9, 2006, and learned she was pregnant. The doctor could not find the IUD string, the lawsuit says. An ultrasound four days later revealed Rodriguez was five weeks pregnant and had no IUD in her uterus.

An abdominal x-ray showed that the IUD had perforated Rodriguez’s uterine wall and lodged itself below her diaphragm. After undergoing surgery to have it removed, Rodriguez miscarried on Jan. 24, 2006, the lawsuit says.


 from: blogs.week.com

Monday, April 19, 2010

What Is Immune Testing For Recurrent Miscarriage?

The Immune System Can Be Responsible For Miscarriage

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Immune testing was suggested to by my doctor, but I declined since we decided to discontinue our fertility treatments (and I got pregnant anyway), but some women do become pregnant with treatment. Here is an article that explains what immune testing includes:

www.asklenore.com

From the article:

The following blood tests are recommended for the female:



1.test for anticardiolipin antibody, if positive, usually treated with 1 baby aspirin a day

2.test for antinuclear antibody, a titre over 1:40 is cause for concern and is treated with Prednisone, usually 5 mg twice a day on day one of the menstrual cycle and increased to 10 mg twice a day at the time of a positive pregnancy test and continued for at least 12 weeks of pregnancy. Follow-up blood tests may be needed.

3.test for antiphospholipid antibodies, if positive, treated starting on day 6 of the menstrual cycle with either Heparin injections, 5,000 units once a day or Fragmin injections, 2500 units once a day and continued until at least 12 weeks of pregnancy. Fragmin is preferred because it causes less stress on the body. Follow-up blood tests may be needed.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sex After Miscarriage


It's hard to even think about having sex after a miscarriage. You feel worn out, disappointed and then there's the possibility of getting pregnant again and having another miscarriage. I'll admit, for me, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and started trying again as soon as it was medically safe to do so. Even though I miscarried, I still took comfort that I could still get pregnant. Here is an article about how many women/couples lose their desire for sex after a miscarriage:

Ask Dr. Greenfield
Loss of Sexual Desire after Miscarriage


From the article:

It is totally normal to lose your sexual desire in times of stress or distress. Many women report low sex drive after miscarriage, after the death of a loved one, after childbirth, and in other difficult times. Even for those who didn't want to be pregnant, a miscarriage can affect your identity, your feelings about your body, your relationship, and your general mood. For those who were hoping for a baby, this is added to grief over the loss itself.

Relationship stress is another common cause of what may feel like generally low sexual desire. Sometimes women want to feel close before they are comfortable having sex, where men may want sex partly in order to feel close. Pregnancy loss can stress your relationship. Did your husband grieve the loss in the same way that you did? Was there any resentment between you about any aspect of the events around the miscarriage? It's important to maintain good communication with your spouse, even if you may have responded differently to the miscarriage.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Break




I'll be taking a "Spring Break" from my blogs the week of 3/29--4/2. I'm still here and I'll still be checking my emails. Have a relaxing week.

Be back 4/5/10.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sharon Stone Speaks of Two Miscarriages

Picture: IMDb.com



I'm surprised I never had heard that the actress Sharon Stone had two miscarriages late in her 5th month of pregnancy. This article talks about here experience. It goes to show you that miscarriage can happen to anyone, even those who seem to have it all.

blog.taragana.com

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Miscarriage and Amniocentisis - Safer Than We Thought?


When I was pregnant, my husband and I decided early on that I was going to have an amniocentesis. I was absolutely petrified that something would go wrong. I don't think I could have lived with myself if I miscarried after the procedure. Here is an article that might put some of your fears to rest if you're considering an amniocentesis:

Amniocentesis doesn't raise miscarriage rate
Older studies overestimated risk, new report finds


According to the article:

"Pregnancy loss was rare in women who underwent amniocentesis and the rate was comparable to that seen in women who did not have the procedure, suggesting that amniocentesis itself really didn't raise the risk of pregnancy loss.

In fact, among women older than 35 years old, the loss rate after amniocentesis (1.06 percent) was actually lower than the loss rate for women who did not undergo amniocentesis (1.92 percent), the researchers note."

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Prevent Pregnancy Loss - Good Resource


I stumbled across a good site whose mission is to educate women about preventing pregnancy loss. For anyone interested, here is the link:

www.preventpregnancyloss.org

Hopefully you will find some information that may help.

From the site:

Why are medical guidelines so lax about miscarriage? It could be because they’re based on old studies that couldn’t reliably detect early pregnancy losses, so the results underreported these preclinical losses. It could also be the lack of research dollars.

The National Institutes of Health spends very little toward treatments to prevent miscarriage. For a condition that strikes over two million women every year, miscarriage is among the least funded conditions on a per capita basis. This means that rigorous studies that could result in new treatments aren’t completed. Obstetric care guidelines that require scant effort to find a cause of loss aren’t updated. And many couples who endure the devastation of loss repeat this horror. Unnecessarily.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Celine Dion Talks Publicly About Her Miscarriage

I wrote before about how it was reported that Celine Dion had miscarried. Here is an article that talks about her appearance on Oprah where she spoke openly about it:

www.popeater.com

From the article:

"It's life. You know? A lot of people go through this, but it's not being told because it's not in newspaper. But with us, as you know, it's like, sometimes news are like mercury," she told Winfrey.

Dion says she didn't come out right away with the miscarriage news because the initial reports of her pregnancy were still fresh, and she didn't want to make such an announcement so fast.

"They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage," she said.

Despite the miscarriage, Dion says that she and her husband are "still trying" for another baby. And while she would be thrilled to get pregnant again and have it be successful, Dion says she's happy and blessed no matter what.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bedrest in Pregnancy

Although I have read from numerous sources that bedrest won't stop a miscarriage, there are conditions for which bedrest may be recommended. Here is an article that explains more:

Bedrest (www.americanpregnancy.org)

From the article:

"Here is a list of complications that may lead to bed rest:

High blood pressure, such as preeclampsia, and eclampsia
Cervical changes, such as incompetent cervix, and cervical effacement
Vaginal bleeding
Premature labor
Multiples
History of pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or premature birth
Poor fetal development
Gestational diabetes
Placenta complications, such as placental abruption, placenta previa, and placenta accreta"

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What Is The Real Rate Of Miscarriage After Amniocentesis?


Good news if you're considering an amniocentesis:

Amniocentesis doesn't raise miscarriage rate
Older studies overestimated risk, new report finds


According to the above article:

"In fact, among women older than 35 years old, the loss rate after amniocentesis (1.06 percent) was actually lower than the loss rate for women who did not undergo amniocentesis (1.92 percent), the researchers note.

Eddleman told Reuters Health that "we need to move away from the concept of using age alone to determine who should be offered amniocentesis."

Overall, the researchers conclude that "this study provides the best possible contemporary information about procedure-related loss rates after amniocentesis and calls into question the relevance of commonly quoted higher loss-rates from older studies."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Miscarriage Terminology


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Terms


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The medical community has a number of terms they use to describe a miscarriage or impending miscarriage. Some of these terms include:


Threatened abortion

Inevitable abortion

Incomplete abortion

Empty sac

Missed abortion

Septic abortion

Habitual abortion

Here is a good resource that defines these scary sounding terms:

Miscarriage

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