I will be away Friday and Monday, but have a happy and safe holiday weekend!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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
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
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 and Progesterone LevelsIf 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)
HcG Levels and Miscarriage
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