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Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's History




For some interesting history on New Year's celebrations, click here:

www.wilstar.com


Wishing you a safe holiday.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Duggar's Miscarriage Memorial

The Duggar's recent miscarriage memorial has stirred up some controversy because they posted some photos of the fetus (it appears it's just the hands and feet). I personally think that it's their decision to memorialize their baby any way they wish and in a way that helps their grieving. They've taken some criticism for posting these photos publicly, but I can understand their decision since they've become public figures. As always, people who suffer miscarriages get a lot of unwanted advice when all they really need is compassion. Here is their video:

Jubilee Shalom Duggar from WMtek Inc on Vimeo.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Duggar Suffers Miscarriage On Her 20th Pregnancy

On my fertility over 40 blog, I had reported not too long ago, that Michelle Duggar was pregnant with her 20th child. Sadly, it was report on 12/8 that she miscarried. Even after 19 successful pregnancies, miscarriage is still traumatic. Read more:

ontheredcarpet.com

From the article:

"Michelle is resting comfortably at home with the support of the entire family. We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, but ask for privacy during this difficult time."

The couple had expected to find out their baby's gender during the check-up, People magazine reported.

"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," Michelle Duggar told the magazine. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him."

People also quoted her as saying that her family will choose a name for the child after they find out its gender and then make funeral arrangements. The reality star, who had suffered complications with her last pregnancy, was in her second trimester and was due to give birth in April.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recurrent Miscarriage May Spontaneously Resolve



From msn health

However, there’s hope. Sixty percent to 70 percent of women with unexplained recurrent miscarriages will go on to have a successful pregnancy. And, if the cause is recognized and treatable, the success rate increases by up to 90 percent.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Video On Treating Antibodies To Prevent Miscarriage




Most women who have experienced recurrent miscarriage have probably been told about the possibility that they may be producing antibodies which can harm their pregnancy. This video talks about the condition and the treatment which is helping some women carry to term.

www.webmd.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mariah Carey Talks About Miscarriage Before Successful Pregnancy

I frequently write about how celebrities talk about their struggles to get pregnant and their miscarriages. Yes, it even happens to the rich and famous. This is a video of an interview with Barbara Walters where 41 year old Mariah Carey talks about her struggles to get pregnant, her miscarriage and her successful twin pregnancy after fertility treatments. It also talks about how she changed her lifestyle before pregnancy:

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pregnancy Loss Study Participants Needed

I am posting this request on behalf of Drexel University:

If you have experienced a pregnancy loss (stillbirth or miscarriage) in the past 6 months to 4 years, we want to hear YOUR story.

Drexel University is conducting a research study to learn how women healed and moved on from the grief of their loss. You are eligible if you:

1. Are between the ages of 19 and 50
2. Live in the United States
3. Identify as either White/Caucasian or Black/African American
4. Experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth any time between October, 2007, and April, 2011.

The study is confidential and secure- your identity and medical information will be not be shared with anyone outside the research team at Drexel University. Your answers will not be linked to your name or identity.

The study takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete, and can be done online or over the phone (you can choose how you want to participate). As a "thank you," we are offering a choice of a small "care package" (of lotion, chocolate, and tea), or a Dunkin Donuts gift card (both are worth approximately $5) to women who participate.

Please email us at drexel.pregnancy.loss@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for the study. Thank you- we are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Preventing Miscarriage and Pre-term Birth with Good Dental Hygiene



The first time I heard about the connection between good dental hygiene and pregnancy complications I almost didn't believe it. I thought maybe it was a ploy by the dental industry to drum up business! But after I reading about it, everything seemed to make sense. Even though your mouth is a long way away from your reproductive system, what goes on in it can affect your entire body. Here is an article that tells more:


Reduce Risk for Preemies and Miscarriage with Good Dental Hygiene


From the article:

"It has been suggested that a labor-inducing chemical found in oral bacteria called prostaglandin, may trigger early delivery. High levels of the chemical are found in women with advanced periodontal disease. A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology suggested that some bacteria associated with periodontal disease actually increased the risk of premature deliveries. In the same study the presence of certain oral bacteria had a protective effect against early delivery or low birth weight babies."

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Michele Bachmann Talks About How Miscarriage changed Her Priorities

(Credit: AP Photo/CBS news)
I think we all know that miscarriage can change your life. Miscarriage can happen to anyone and this article talks about how Michele Bachman had a miscarriage which changed her priorities:

www.masslive.com

From the article:

"After our second was born, we became pregnant with a third baby," she said. "It was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. The child was coming along, and we ended up losing our child. And it was devastating to both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child."

She said the experience led her and husband Marcus to re-evaluate their priorities.

"At that moment, we didn't think of ourselves as overly career-minded or overly materialistic, but when we lost that child it changed us, and it changed us forever," she said. "We made a commitment that, no matter how many children were brought into our life, we would receive them because we are committed to life."

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

H1N1 Vaccine and Miscarriage


Of course you should talk with your doctor before taking any kind of drug or getting any type of vaccine when pregnant. However, this article talks about the increase in miscarriages in women who took the H1N1 vaccine. Read more:

H1N1 vaccine linked to 700 percent increase in miscarriages

From the article:

the numbers clearly show that along with the rise in vaccinations due to the H1N1 scare came the sharp increase in miscarriages, including a slew of actual reported adverse events.

But the CDC does not seem to care about the facts, as numerous reports indicate the agency has failed to report any of this vital information to vaccine suppliers. In fact, when presented with the data for the third time, Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Vaccine Risk and Assessment Working Group, actually had the audacity to claim that there were no vaccine-related adverse events in pregnant women caused by the vaccine.

"This baseless and fallacious assessment by the CDC assessment group has given the green light to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to continue their recommendation to give the 2010/11 flu shot to all people, including pregnant women," explained Eileen Dannemann, director of the National Coalition of Organized Women, presenter of the information.

"This upcoming 2010/11 flu vaccine contains the same elements that are implicated in the killing of these fetuses, the H1N1 viral component and the neurotoxin mercury (Thimerosal). Additionally, it contains two other viral strains -- a three-in-one shot for all people."

Overall, the number of vaccine-related "fetal demise" reports increased by 2,440 percent in 2009 compared to previous years, which is even more shocking than the miscarriage statistic. Meanwhile, the CDC continues to lie to the public about the vaccine, urging everyone, including pregnant women, to get it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

BODY TEMPERATURE BBT AND MISCARRIAGE: CAN YOU DETERMINE IF YOU HAD A MISCARRIAGE?

Body Temperature drop could indicate miscarriage

Sometimes it's hard to know what is going on in your body when you're pregnant. 
Many women monitor their fertile days by tracking their basal body temperature. If you have been monitoring your temperature this way, you are probably pretty good at knowing when to take it and how to take it. If you do happen to become pregnant, you may wonder if you should continue to track your BBT.

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on determining whether or not you've had a miscarriage and preventing pregnancy loss

Continuing to track your BBT can help you determine whether or not your pregnancy is progressing, at least in the early stages.  There are some outward signs that a pregnancy might be in trouble, but this article talks about how you may be able to determine a miscarriage by tracking your body temperature.

Click Here To Read The Full Article

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

CAN FISH OILS HELP WITH MISCARRIAGE?

Fish Oil For Pregnant Women - Discover the Positive Health Benefits

Opinions vary about the value of omega-3 fish oil for pregnant women. Yet, a growing amount of research provides evidence that the benefits are all positive. Here you will learn what the researchers are reporting, but first a little background.
Omega-3s are a specific group of fats that are "essential" to the human diet, meaning that they are necessary for bodily functions, but the body cannot produce them. So, they must be present in the foods that we eat.
Click Here To Read The Full Article "Fish Oils To Prevent Miscarriage"(www.getpregnantover40.com)


 

Monday, August 22, 2011

NY Times Article: Mourning My Miscarriage

Pregnancy Loss Women Need To Mourn

 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This interesting article from the NY Times talks about pregnancy loss and how different cultures deal with the subject of miscarriage. Read more:

pacificlib/New York Times

From the article:

Without form, there is no content. So even in this era of compulsive confession, women don't speak publicly of their loss. It is only if your pregnancy is among the unlucky ones that fail that you begin to hear the stories, spoken in confidence, almost whispered. Your aunt. Your grandmother. Your friends. Your colleagues. Women you have known for years -- sometimes your whole life -- who have had this happen, sometimes over and over and over again. They tell only if you become one of them.

Women today may feel the disappointment of early miscarriage especially acutely. In my mother's generation, for instance, a woman waited until she had skipped two periods before visiting the doctor to see if she was pregnant. If she didn't make it that long, she was simply ''late.'' It was less tempting, then, to inflate early suspicions into full-blown fantasies -- women often didn't even tell their husbands until the proverbial rabbit died.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Possible Miscarriage Prevention Pill

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40 - Prevention

I'm all for natural treatments, but this article caught my eye.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 There is a medication called Prednisolone which may help to prevent miscarriage. Read more:

health.infoniac.com

From the article:

The findings of the study of 120 pregnant women with an increased risk of miscarriage suggested that in almost half of the cases, women had high levels of these immune cells. This resulted in high oxygen level in the uterus during the early stage of the pregnancy, which is an unfavorable condition for implantation of the embryo.

Researchers have developed a medication that was aimed at regulating the immune response in pregnant women to lower the risk of miscarriage. The pill should be taken once a month for a three months period. Prednisolone drug contains a steroid that is often used in treatment of asthma and allergies. The only side effects revealed so far are the increased appetite and mood fluctuations.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MISCARRIAGE: YOGA TO HELP WITH PREGNANCY LOSS

Miscarriage, Yoga May Help

As this article explains, if a miscarriage is already in motion, there's probably nothing you can do to stop it. But there may be things you can do to help with the discomfort and anxiety.

I have a DVD on "Fertility Bodywork" which demonstrates a number of poses for fertility which can be found here.

Here is a site that shows some yoga poses which may help with miscarriage as well:

www.wikihealth.com

From the site:

Legs up the wall

  • Instead of using a large bolster to prop the hips, use a soft pillow or folded blankets under the buttocks and pelvis, (this is especially true if you are newer to yoga). You do not need to have the pillow/bolster moved away from the the wall as much as shown in the photo here. The goal is to have the hips very moderately lifted to help relax the pelvis and slow the contractions in the uterus.
  • If your shoulders and neck are tight, you may find that you need an small additional blanket to pillow under the head to support the head. You do not want your chin to be lifiting above the rest of your face; if it does this support the head with minimal lift.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

POETRY FOR MISCARRIAGE: POEMS FOR PREGNANCY LOSS

Reading or Writing Poetry May Help Women Grieve Their Miscarriage

Sometimes a simple thing like reading poetry can help with the pain and sorrow of losing a pregnancy to miscarriage.
See more miscarriage resources at: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I found a site which has a number of miscarriage poems written by their readers:


A life inside me, a love so strong.
She died inside me, but the love lives on.
It broke my heart for her to go.
I love her, I need her like she’ll never know.
I never held her, or heard her cry,
And I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
I never dressed her in tiny clothes,
Or saw her smile as I tickled her toes.
I cry for her in the night.
It hurts so much, and no one can make it right.

(c) 1999 Amy Douglas All Rights Reserved


Now your an angel, even before you were born.
I know your in heaven, but my heart is torn.
I had only four months, to celebrate your life.
The wonder of what you may have been, How I never got to hold you tight.
When they told me your heart had stopped, I wanted to go with you.
But I knew I had to be strong, and hold on.
For god has taken my angel to a place far beyond.


(c) Johanna M. Bailey All Rights Reserve

from: 
(www.thelaboroflove.com)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

GREEN TEA: DOES IT INCREASE THE RISK OF MISCARRIAGE?

Green tea has shown to help fertility but possibly may contribute to miscarriage due to catachins

I'll say right up front, I did drink decaffeinated green tea with mint when I was pregnant with my daughter. The warm tea and the mint helped with the nausea.
Also visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility teas, fertility foods and preventing miscarriage
Shortly after I had my daughter I had read that it's possible that green tea could increase the risk of miscarriage. That was shocking since I had only heard how green tea could help fertility. Well, here is a little about both sides of the story. You be the judge:


 Click Here To Read The Full Article On Green Tea, Miscarriage and Fertility

Thursday, May 26, 2011

ENDOMETRIOSIS, MISCARRIAGE AND PROSTAGLANDINS

Miscarriage and The Endometriosis Connection

Many women have endometriosis and don't even know it.
It can be quite painful, but it can also be fairly asymptomatic.   I had stage II endometriosis and didn't even suspect it.  I had it removed with a simple laparoscopy.  This article talks about the chain reaction which can occur with a set of hormones called prostaglandins which can set off a miscarriage. Read more:
ENDOMETRIOSIS, FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

MISCARRIAGE AFTER HEARTBEAT: LIKELIHOOD OF MISCARRIAGE

Chance Of Miscarriage Reduced After Heartbeat

I have often heard about pregnancy milestones.
 One is hearing the heartbeat, the another is getting past the first trimester. Here is an article that gives some statistics about miscarriage after seeing a heartbeat - older women do face a higher risk, but its still small. Read more:

It's hard to say any exact numbers from the available research, but here are some statistics that certain studies have come up with.

For women with no vaginal bleeding, most estimates suggest that the odds or having a miscarriage after seeing a heartbeat are about 4%.

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SEE ALSO: TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
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 For women with vaginal bleeding but also a detected heartbeat on ultrasound, risk of miscarriage is about 13% according to one study.

One study found that about 17% of women with a history of recurrent miscarriages will miscarry after seeing a heartbeat on the ultrasound.

Mothers over 35 also face significant miscarriage risk after ultrasound detects a heartbeat, even though the risk does drop after detecting the heartbeat. A 1996 study found that women over 36 have a 16% risk of miscarriage at this point, and women over 40 have a 20% risk. 


excerpted from:

miscarriage.about.com


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Small Gestational Sac and Miscarriage

Gestational Sac And Projected Due Date

There are a number of possible indicators that a pregnancy may not be progressing as it should.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This article talks about having a small gestational sac - which could be a miscalculation in dates.

Unfortunately, it could also mean that the pregnancy is not progressing as expected.

Read more:

miscarriage.about.com

From the article:

If the explanation for a small gestational sac is that a pregnancy is earlier than expected, a followup ultrasound should show a gestational sac with appropriate growth. The doctor may then revise the estimated due date based on the ultrasound results.

In other cases, a small gestational sac can be a cause for concern, and it may sometimes (but not always) be a warning sign for pregnancy loss when followup ultrasounds continue to show a small sac size in comparison to other ultrasound measurements. In these cases, the doctor will probably recommend continued monitoring until there is enough information to determine whether or not the pregnancy is viable.


Here is another resource on the growth of the gestational sac:

americanpregnancy.org

Monday, May 16, 2011

More On The H1N1 Vaccine And Miscarriage


I've written before about whether or not the H1N1 vaccine is safe in pregnancy. Here is a real look at the number of miscarriages related to the vaccine:

Possibly over Three Thousand Miscarriages: CDC Still Lying about H1N1 Vaccine Safety


From the article:


NCOW used data from their own survey of pregnant women aged 17-45 years and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), including updates through July 11, to estimate the true number of miscarriages and stillbirths following an H1N1 flu vaccination in the U.S. NCOW estimated the number of miscarriages and stillbirths due to the H1N1 vaccine during the 2009/10-flu season to be 1,588, but they also noted that the figure was an average and that the number of miscarriages and stillbirths could have been as high as 3,587...


The NCOW report states: "It must be argued that the CDC was grossly negligent to fail to inform their vaccine providers of the incoming VAERS data, while providers blindly followed the CDC "standard of care" guidelines to vaccinate every pregnant woman in 2009/10. Furthermore, in the face of these findings and the purposeful withholding of these findings by CDC's Dr. Marie McCormick and her vaccine risk assessment group, for the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend another iteration of the same vaccine to pregnant women in 2010/11 may be argued as more than gross negligence -but rather- an act of willful misconduct."

Friday, May 06, 2011

Even After Miscarriage, You Are A Mother


Am I a Mother - Tips for Handling Mother's Day After Miscarriage

By Lisa Church



Are you spending this Mother's Day wondering if you are, in fact, a mother? 900,000-1 million women in the U.S. alone face this question every year after suffering pregnancy loss. "For women who experience a miscarriage during their first pregnancy, the question of motherhood is an even greater one," says Lisa Church of HopeXchange, a company dedicated to the support of women and their families facing pregnancy loss.

Mother's Day is the most difficult holiday a woman must face after pregnancy loss. A time that was supposed to be a celebration of a new life and a new motherhood becomes a time of sadness and grief. Church's book, Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death, encourages women to use the holiday to remember their babies, rather than making it a dreaded event to endure each year. "Nothing will lesson the pain of Mother's Day, but with some planning you can make sure the day has meaning for you," says Church. Here are some tips from the book that can help:

- You Are a Mother.

The best gift you can give yourself on Mother's Day is the acknowledgement that you are a mother. You may not have a baby to hold in your arms, but you do have one in your heart.

- Let Your Family Know What You Need.

If you feel uncomfortable being recognized as a mother at a banquet or other function, substitute an activity you would feel good about. If you would rather not receive or wear a flower, then wear an item that helps you to connect with your baby, such as a piece of jewelry that includes the baby's birthstone.

- Remember Your Baby.

Mother's Day can be a great time for a husband and wife to talk about their baby and what the baby meant to them. Take a walk, have a quiet dinner, or just set aside some time to remember your baby together.

- Decide Ahead of Time.

The way you chose to spend Mother's Day should be your decision- and one you make ahead of time. Setting time aside to remember and talk about your baby will make you "feel" more like a mom on the very day designed to do that. Church also reminds women that their spouses may experience similar feelings on Father's Day, "so be sure to ask how he would like to spend the day."

Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death is available online at http://www.HopeXchange.com, Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com or by calling HopeXchange Publishing at 757-826-2162.

Lisa Church is author of "Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death and founder of HopeXchange, a company dedicated to helping women and their families facing miscarriage.

To find miscarriage support and sign up for her FREE, monthly newsletter visit http://www.HopeXchange.com
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lisa_Church


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Miscarriage - Test Your Knowledge

Miscarriage Question and Answer

I found this question/answer self assessment on miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
It's very informative and a detailed explanation of each question and answer is on the second page. Read more:

Evaluation and Treatment Of First Trimester Miscarriage Jamil Fayez, MD (www.turner-white.com)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

INCREASE PROGESTERONE NATURALLY TO AVOID MISCARRIAGE

Increase Progesterone and Reduce Miscarriage

I've always known that progesterone was a key hormone in preventing miscarriage.  If you've ever heard of luteal phase defect, this could be related to your progesterone production.  Luteal phase defect is when your progesterone falls too fast in the last half of your cycle.
See also www.getpregnantover40.com for more on balancing hormones naturally and preventing miscarriage

Progesterone Can Help Increase Your Luteal Phase which Can Decrease The Chance Of Miscarriage

Progesterone is a hormone which signals to the body to keep the uterine lining in tact to maintain a pregnancy.
The reason it's called “progesterone” is because it is “pro-gestation” or it supports a pregnancy. Women with low progesterone may experience miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage because their body cannot sustain their uterine lining long enough to nuture their baby. During the menstrual cycle, progesterone typically is highest during ovulation. If the egg that ovulates is not fertilized, progesterone falls and estrogen rises causing the women to get her period...Click here to read the full article

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Miscarriage Resource/Support


I found a good site which has information on miscarriage, a support forum and general support. For anyone interested, here is the link:

www.ourmiscarriage.com

Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy President's Weekend

I will be away Friday and Monday, but have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Mystery Of Recurrent Miscarriage


This article which was published in the New York Times talks about how, when it comes to miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage, there seems to be quite a bit of disagreement within the medical community about what causes it and how to treat it. The article also talks about a women, who like me, had no treatment and carried to term. Read more:

Specialists Trying to Unravel the Mystery of Miscarriage
By EMMA DALY (www.nytimes.com)


Here is an excerpt from the article:

Carol Turner, a nurse practitioner in Westport, Conn., had many tests after two ectopic pregnancies and several miscarriages. No underlying cause was found.

Yet, all three of her daughters were born without help and after unsuccessful fertility treatments. The third was conceived after in vitro fertilization resulted in yet another failed pregnancy.

"We had an exit interview," Ms. Turner said, "and the doctor said: 'You're not a candidate, I'm never doing that again to you. You have a zero percent chance. You will never be pregnant again.' And a month later, I got pregnant on my own with my last baby, who is very healthy."

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Ghost Baby From The New York Times


nystimes.com

From the article:

For a while I kept my miscarriage secret, which felt as if I were holding my breath. Then I went through a period when I told everyone I met. I could see some people blush, not sure how to react to this confession of pain. Some days still I feel like a murderer. Other days I blame everything but myself -- the water in my building, the woman who bumped me on the subway, the weather.

I had been thinking that I was singled out for tragedy, the winner of some cruel anti-lottery, but I soon found out miscarriage is common. Between 15 and 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is a statistic no one tells you when you find out you are pregnant. Nobody volunteers the information; nobody says, ''Don't get too excited, you have a good chance of never seeing this through.'' No one can tell you what it feels like to hear silence where the fetal heart is supposed to be.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Miscarriage: The Truth Is...The Truth Isn't



Here is a a good webpage on some of the common misconceptions about those who have experienced miscarriage from Georgia Reproductive Specialists. At the bottom of the page it also has a mother's prayer/affirmation after miscarriage. Read more:

For Those Who Have Had Miscarriages
A primary guide for parents who have recently experienced the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or other perinatal loss.
C. Elizabeth Carney


From the article:

The truth isn't that eventually you will accept the loss of your baby and forget all about this awful time.

The truth is that acceptance is a word reserved for the understanding you come to when you've successfully grieved the loss of a parent, or a grandparent, or a beloved older relative. When you lose a child, your whole future has been affected, not your past. No one can really accept that. But there is resolution in the form of healing and learning how to cope. You will survive. Many of us who have gone through this type of grief are afraid we might forget about our babies once we begin to heal. This won't happen. You will always remember your precious baby because successful grieving carves a place in your heart where he or she will live forever.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

hCG, Progesterone, and Pregnancy

HcG and Progesterone Levels

If you've had a miscarriage, and your hCG levels were monitored, you may have been told your lab values were too low. On some of my miscarriages, we recognized early on that my hCG levels were too low or not doubling the way they should.

Here are some articles on increasing progesterone naturally.
Natural Ways To Increase Progesterone (www.getpregnantover40.com)
and
HcG Levels and Miscarriage

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Umbilical Cord Accidents

The term "umbilicord accident" refers to a problem with the umblical cord which could harm the baby. Sometimes the cord wraps around the baby's neck. This article talks about a study which looked at some risk factors. Read more:

thelaboroflove.com

From the article:

Study results
While the majority of medical doctors continue to believe that it is impossible to predict or manage cord problems prenatally, the results of a ten-year long study by a Louisiana-based researcher and obstetrician challenge the conventional wisdom.

Dr Jason Collins of the Pregnancy Institute studied over 1000 pregnancies in an attempt to gather as much information as possible about umbilical cord accidents. By using ultrasounds and external fetal monitors, he was able to determine that cords around the neck that are formed when the fetus slips its head through a loop in the cord are more likely to result in injury or death than ones that are formed when the cord crosses over itself. He also discovered that pregnancies in which the placenta is situated to the posterior are more susceptible to cord accidents than ones in which the placenta is located elsewhere; and that more than three episodes of fetal hiccupping per day in late pregnancy may be indicative of a disruption in cord flow to the baby.

Careful monitoring
His most dramatic finding, however, concerned the timing of umbilical cord accidents. After interviewing more than fifty women who had experienced such accidents, Collins concluded that pregnant women are at greatest risk of experiencing a cord accident when they are sleeping and their blood pressure is at its lowest.

Collins believes that the careful monitoring of pregnant women in an effort to avoid cord accidents is "a missing piece that should be a part of prenatal care" and that the strategic use of ultrasound technology and fetal monitoring equipment could enable doctors to dramatically reduce the incidence of cord accidents.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

NSAIDS and Miscarriage

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Could Cause Problems In Pregnancy and Increase Miscarriage Risk

My favorite pain medication has always been ibuprofen (especially for menstrual cramps).
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, since early pregnancy symptoms may include mild cramping, I never took any pain medication until I knew I had actually started my period and was not pregnant. This article discusses the danger in taking anti-inflammatory drugs:

scienceblog.com

From the article:

Women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin during pregnancy increase their risk of miscarriage by 80 per cent, finds a study in this week’s BMJ. Researchers in California interviewed 1,055 pregnant women immediately after their pregnancy was confirmed. They asked the women about their drug use since they became pregnant, their reproductive history, known or potential risk factors for miscarriage, and sociodemographic characteristics. They found that use of NSAIDs during pregnancy increased the risk of miscarriage by 80%. From British Medical Journal:

Taking painkillers during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage


Exposure to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy and risk of miscarriage: population based cohort study BMJ Volume 327, pp 368-71

Women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin during pregnancy increase their risk of miscarriage by 80 per cent, finds a study in this week’s BMJ.

Researchers in California interviewed 1,055 pregnant women immediately after their pregnancy was confirmed. They asked the women about their drug use since they became pregnant, their reproductive history, known or potential risk factors for miscarriage, and sociodemographic characteristics.

They found that use of NSAIDs during pregnancy increased the risk of miscarriage by 80%. The risk was much higher when NSAIDs were taken around conception or were used for longer than a week. Taking account of other factors, including drinking alcohol or coffee, did not change the results.

Aspirin was similarly associated with an increased risk of miscarriage but paracetamol was not, regardless of timing and duration of use.

All three drugs work by suppressing the production of prostaglandins (fatty acids needed for successful implantation of an embryo in the womb). Because NSAIDs and aspirin act on the whole body, they could lead to abnormal implantation that predisposes an embryo to miscarriage. In contrast, paracetamol acts only in the central nervous system, which may explain why it has no effect on risk of miscarriage, explain the authors.

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