You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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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:

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.
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 This article/video explains a new procedure which may help:


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.
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.
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


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.
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 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.

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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.
 I was contacted by 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:

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