Friday, December 28, 2012
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Reduce Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40 With Lifestyle ChangesMany women who experience miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage throw up their hands and think that it's just bad luck or some universal backlash.
Although there are times when couples experience some type of medical problem which can be treated, there are a number of natural ways to prevent miscarriage. Here is a good article published in its entirety about things you can do in your day to day life to reduce the risk. Read more:
5 Ways to Prevent MiscarriageBy Iva Keene
According to National Infertility Association and contrary to the common belief, as many as 70% of pregnancies may end in miscarriage! With more than 50% of losses going undetected and mistaken for a period. Formerly it was believed that only 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Those figures seems small to the alarmingly high numbers reported today.
The two most common reasons a miscarriage occurs are:
1. The product of pregnancy - the embryo was damaged and could not develop into a healthy baby.
2. The environment - the embryo's environment did not support its healthy development.
Either way the culprit can be found on the cellular level.
Chromosomal abnormalities, immune abnormalities and progesterone deficiency are some of the reasons of miscarriages. However they don't exist without a cause.
The delicate internal balance between hormones, nutrients and toxins in both partners determines what you will be passing onto the embryo and how your body will react to it.
Be that as may the bottom line is - Healthy Couples are Fertile Couples!
Here are 5 ways you can minimize the risk of miscarriage and maximize your chances of taking home a healthy baby:
1. Could you be zinc deficient?
Zinc is the most important mineral for the reproductive system. Zinc deficiency among many other things impairs body's ability to properly maintain pregnancy in women and produce healthy sperm in men.
Unfortunately zinc competes for absorption with the most of the nutrients from food and is often called the "lonely mineral". This means it is one of the minerals which is most likely to be deficient. On top of that artificial hormones in the form of oral contraceptives and ovulation drugs significantly reduce its levels further.
Some symptoms of zinc deficiency:
o Frequent colds and infections
o White spots on fingernails
o Mental exhaustion
o Poor appetite
o Dry skin and hair
o Poor sense of taste and smell
How to boost your zinc levels:
o Good sources of zinc are: lean meat, whole grains, egg yolk and oysters.
o Take a zinc supplement last thing at night to ensure its absorption.
2. Boost your progesterone levels
Progesterone aka pregnancy hormone needs to be at the optimal level for pregnancy to be maintained.
SEE ALSO: TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
Progesterone deficiency is characterized by PMS and short cycles and is often referred to as a luteal phase defect.
What to do?
Ensure adequate intake of magnesium and vitamin B6 for production of progesterone.
Foods like seeds, nuts and egg yolk are rich in B vitamins and dark green leafy vegetables, legumes and nuts are a good source of magnesium. However you may need to supplement to get optimal therapeutic doses of each. If you eat non organically grown food, the likelihood of nutrient depletion of those foods is high.
3. Increase your vitamin C intake
The strength of the lining of your uterus (womb) is crucial when you are trying to conceive and stay pregnant. More commonly than not, when the connective tissue is weak the embryo will not be able to attach or stay attached. The quality of the connective tissue and blood vessels depends on how much vitamin C and bioflavonoids are present in the body. Bioflavonoids help the body absorb more vitamin C and also contribute to the strength of the connective tissue.
Where do you find vitamin C?
Citrus fruits: preferably lemons, limes and grapefruits as well as berries which are loaded with bioflavonoids.
4. Butt it out for good
Miscarriages more commonly occur when the male partner has low sperm counts and visually abnormal sperm. Smoking severely impacts the quality and quantity of sperm. Scientists discovered that quitting smoking has increased sperm count in men who quit smoking for 5-15 months by 50-800% respectively.
Here is how to give it up for good:
1. Set a date to quit
2. Tell all those close to you that you are quitting
3. If both partners smoke, quit together
4. When the date arrives throw out all the smoking paraphernalia (cigarettes, ashtrays...) from your home, car etc..
5. When you get the urge to light up get up, walk, take a few breaths of fresh air and have some water instead
6. Change your routines to reduce the association with smoking (coffee, drinks and parties)...
1. Body's addiction to nicotine only lasts for 3 days
2. It takes 21 days to get rid of the old habit and to acquire a new habit
3. Nature abhors vacuum! So if you give up something make sure you replace it with something else that's good for you.
4. Put that drink down and Give up coffee
When trying to conceive it's best to stay clear from all the alcohol. Alcohol is very harmful to woman's eggs and men sperm before conception. As little as ONE glass can reduce fertility by 50%! This can further lead to damage of developing embryo and result in a miscarriage.
Are you aware of the scientific fact that drinking coffee before and during pregnancy doubles the risk of miscarriage? Studies have found that drinking as little as one cup of coffee per day increase the risk of non conceiving by 55%. Every additional cup keeps raising the risk even further.
There are great coffee substitutes available in health food shops and you might want to give them a try.
5. Optimal preconception care
Optimal preconception care started well before you try to conceive has been found to reduce most of the common causes of miscarriages.
And remember if you want a complete guide with step-by-step instructions on how to boost your fertility naturally with exact therapeutic dosages of nutrients and food sources as well as dozens or more natural fertility strategies, see my "Essential Nutrients for Preconception and Pregnancy Chart" that's part of my "Natural Fertility Cures Program" available at http://www.natural-fertility-cures.com.
© 2008 Iva Keene ND. All Rights Reserved.
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Miscarriage May Be Caused By ListeriaI was very careful about what I ate while I was pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I rarely ate lunch meats not only because of certain bacteria that may be found in them, but also because they are frequently preserved with nitrates (which have been associated with fetal abnormalities). Here is an article that discusses some dangers lurking in our food:
Miscarriage, Birth Defects “Too High a Price to Pay” for Tainted Food Charge Victims and Health Group
From the article:
“If I had known about the risks of consuming deli meat while I was pregnant, I might have been able to prevent my miscarriage,“ said Lisa Lee of Columbus, Ohio, who was a victim in the 1999 Listeria outbreak caused by cold cuts distributed by the Sara Lee Corporation. “I’m speaking out because I want to prevent other women from going through what I went through.”
Mary Lenkersdorf, of West Palm Beach, Florida, also suffered a miscarriage because of Listeria. “When I was pregnant for the first time, no one told me not to eat hot dogs, deli meats, or Brie or feta cheese. One afternoon, when I was four months pregnant, I started feeling sick. By the next night I had miscarried.”
You may be better off having a peanut butter sandwich (as long as it's made without trans-fats!)
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Miscarriage Over 40, PCOS May Be Helped With Glucophage, Diabetes DrugI did not have PCOS, however two of the women in the infertility support group I previously ran did.
Here is an article that explains how a diabetes drug called Glucophage can help women with this condition succeed in becoming pregnant and carrying to term:
"Researchers say the drug, also known as Glucophage, is also highly effective in preventing gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that is common in pregnant women with PCOS, and may be a better treatment than insulin for all women with pregnancy-related diabetes.
SEE ALSO: THE TOP TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
"This therapy is rapidly revolutionizing the treatment of infertility, and with good reason," says Charles Glueck, MD, who conducted some of the first metformin infertility studies and has treated almost 1,500 women with the syndrome. "In women with PCOS the risk of miscarriage is very high, around 50%. By giving metformin, the risk is reduced to that of a woman without PCOS."
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Miscarriage Over 40, Poetry To Help Through The LossI remember writing poetry when I was in school. I wish I had the time to do more of that.
On my site, Click here: www.getpregnantover40.com, I have a miscarriage page (see left sidebar on my site) where I share a poem I wrote:
It is now that we reluctantly part
But I'll always keep you in my heart
Good bye to what could have been
Good bye until we meet again
Here is an excerpt from one poem:
by Chris Dixon
Silent losses I have suffered.
Ones that most can't see.
From the moment I knew she was there,
she was a part of me.
They said she was a fetus,
but I know thats not true.
They did not feel the things I felt,
or know the things I knew...
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Endometriosis and MiscarriageEndometriosis can cause pain and infertility, but it may also contribute to miscarriage.
I have often thought of endometriosis as being similar to cobwebs. The endometrial implants which are outside the uterus sort of hook things together and can cause pain when a women gets her menstrual cycle. I had endometriosis which was a stage II. I did have it removed with a simple procedure (laparoscopy).
This article explains how endometrial implants can send the wrong signal to the reproductive system. Read more:
ENDOMETRIOSIS AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Couples Talk of Losing A BabyI found this article in the BBC news where women and men write in about their stories of miscarriage. I found these stories to be very touching and true to life because they're written from personal experience..
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Many of the women in these stories talk not only about losing one pregnancy, but also suffering from recurrent miscarriage and even stillbirth.
Couples talk about how they leaned on each other and their faith. Many couples eventually succeeded in having a baby.
Losing a baby: Your experiences
Many readers told us their experiences of miscarriage in response to the article published on the BBC Website.
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Most of my miscarriages expelled without medical intervention, however I did have a D&C after two of them.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I always opted for a natural miscarriage unless a D&C was medically necessaryI was always nervous about undergoing surgery, especially when I was trying to get pregnant. The thought of more surgical instruments poking around my delicate reproductive system was disturbing. If you've ever seen the instrument they use, it looks kind of sharp and scary. I always opted to have a natural miscarriage unless this procedure was medically advised (i.e. if the pregnancy did not expel on its own.
Here is an article that talks about having (or not having) a D &C:
D & C Procedure After Miscarriage
The possible risks include (from the above article):
"Risks associated with anesthesia such as adverse reaction to medication and breathing problems
Hemorrhage or heavy bleeding
Infection in the uterus or other pelvic organs
Perforation or puncture to the uterus
Laceration or weakening of the cervix
Scarring of the uterus or cervix, which may require further treatment
Incomplete procedure which requires another procedure to be performed"
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Some higher risk women get HcG levels monitored every 48 hoursWhenever I found out I was pregnant (even though most miscarried), I would have my HcG levels drawn immediately and every 48 hours thereafter to see what the numbers were doing.
Many times, the levels looked great and other times, they were sluggish and not doubling like they should. Unfortunately, I miscarried all of those pregnancies. Interestingly, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I decided not to have any bloodwork nor did I see a doctor until I was over 7 weeks. I didn't want a blow by blow accounting of my numbers. If I was going to miscarry, then so be it (and of course, that was the one pregnancy that made it). It makes me wonder why I put myself through all blood draws and the subsequent waiting and wondering for the results.
Some wome with low HcG levels go on to have healthy pregnanciesI know a number of women who had HcG's drawn and they were told the results were low but they went on to have healthy pregnancies. Sometimes I think we just get too much information. If you are wondering what the normal HcG levels are in pregnancy, this chart should give you some guidelines which are followed by the medical community:
|Days from LMP||Weeksfrom LMP||Events||Avg hCG
|38||5 3/7||yolk sac
|39||5 4/7||yolk sac
|40||5 5/7||yolk sac
|41||5 6/7||yolk sac
Monday, October 22, 2012
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This is one woman's story of her "silent death" and how it happened over and over again.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
She was able to put into words many of the thoughts and feelings I had while going through the frustration, anger and embarrassment of recurrent miscarriage.
Recurrent Miscarriage May May You Feel Like a FailureI think many women keep recurrent miscarriage a secret. This most basic desire of having a baby seems to elude you. "Why won't my body function like it's supposed to?" you may ask. You may also feel like a failure as a woman.
If you read the footnote at the bottom of the article, it appears the author did eventually have one baby and adopted another. Read more:
Miscarriage - a Silent Death
By Linda Beattie Inlow
From the article:
"Eight days ago I learned I miscarried for the fifth time. Miscarriage too often and for too many is a secret loss; this time I’m talking about it.
Since speaking about our tragedy more than ten women, including some in my immediate family, have whispered they, too, had miscarried. Women seem to treat miscarriage as something to be embarrassed about and shamed for, rather than an unfortunate fact of life.
Miscarriage is a tragic loss. In order to heal and overcome grief, we need to grieve openly. As with any loss we need to offer support and understanding in the telling of our stories, not condemnation, ridicule or godly solutions. I, personally, am weary of grieving alone.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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I could certainly related to this article about british TV personality, Julia Bradbury. She was told that she suffered from endometriosis and would probably never have a baby. But, low and behold, she got pregnant despite the odds. Read more:
Pregnant Over 40 by Surprise, Julia Bradbury Talks Of Her Fear of MiscarriageI Was Terrified Of Having A Miscarriage (telegraph.co.uk)
From the article:
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Pregnancy Loss and Chromosome Testing for Miscarriages
By Melissa Maisenbacher
Although most couples are blissfully unaware of the statistics surrounding miscarriage, pregnancy loss is actually quite common, with 10-25% of recognized pregnancies ending in miscarriage. If you have suffered a pregnancy loss or are currently in the process of having a miscarriage, you may be wondering what caused the loss and worry about whether it will happen again. This article aims to answer the following questions:
- What causes miscarriage?
- How common is pregnancy loss?
- What type of genetic testing is available for miscarriage tissue?
- How can chromosome testing help?
Causes of Miscarriage
There are many different reasons why miscarriage occurs, but the most common cause for first trimester miscarriage is a chromosome abnormality. Chromosome abnormalities - extra or missing whole chromosomes, also called "aneuploidy" - occur because of a mis-division of the chromosomes in the egg or sperm involved in a conception. Typically, humans have 46 chromosomes that come in 23 pairs (22 pairs numbered from 1 to 22 and then the sex chromosomes, X and Y). For a baby to develop normally it is essential that it have exactly the right amount of chromosome material; missing or extra material at the time of conception or in an embryo or fetus can cause a woman to either not become pregnant, miscarry, or have a baby with a chromosome syndrome such as Down syndrome.
Over 50% of all first trimester miscarriages are caused by chromosome abnormalities. This number may be closer to 75% or higher for women aged 35 years and over who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss. Overall, the rate of chromosome abnormalities and the rate of miscarriage both increase with maternal age, with a steep increase in women older than 35.
Pregnancy Loss - How Common is it?
Miscarriage is far more common than most people think. Up to one in every four recognized pregnancies is lost in first trimester miscarriage. The chance of having a miscarriage also increases as a mother gets older.
Most women who experience a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy and never miscarry again. However, some women seem to be more prone to miscarriage than others. About five percent of fertile couples will experience two or more miscarriages.
Of note, the rate of miscarriage seems to be increasing. One reason for this may be awareness - more women know they are having a miscarriage because home pregnancy tests have improved early pregnancy detection rates over the past decade, whereas in the past the miscarriage would have appeared to be just an unusual period. Another reason may be that more women are conceiving at older ages.
Types of Genetic Testing Helpful for Miscarriages
Genetic testing actually refers to many different types of testing that can be done on the DNA in a cell. For miscarriage tissue, also called products of conception (POC), the most useful type of test to perform is a chromosome analysis. A chromosome analysis (also called chromosome testing) can examine all 23 pairs of chromosomes for the presence of extra or missing chromosome material (aneuploidy). Because so many miscarriages are caused by aneuploidy, chromosome analysis on the miscarriage tissue can often identify the reason for the pregnancy loss.
The most common method of chromosome analysis is called karyotyping. Newer methods include advanced technologies such as microarrays.
Karyotyping analyzes all 23 pairs of chromosome but requires cells from the miscarriage tissue to first be grown in the laboratory, a process called "cell culture". Because of this requirement, tissue that is passed at home is often unable to be tested with this method. About 20% or more of miscarriage samples fail to grow and thus no results are available. Additionally, karyotyping is unable to tell the difference between cells from the mother (maternal cells) and cells from the fetus. If a normal female result is found, it may be the correct result for the fetus or it may be maternal cell contamination (MCC) in which the result actually comes from testing the mother's cells present in the pregnancy tissue instead of the fetal cells. MCC appears to occur in about 30% or more of the samples tested by traditional karyotype. Results from karyotyping usually take a few weeks to months to come back from the laboratory.
Microarray testing is a new type of genetic testing done on miscarriage samples; the two most common types of microarray testing are array CGH (comparative genomic hybridization) and chromosome SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) microarray. Microarray testing is also able to test all 23 pairs of chromosomes for aneuploidy, but does not require cell culture. Therefore, you are more likely to receive results and the results are typically returned faster when microarray testing is used. Additionally, some laboratories are collecting a sample of the mother's blood at the same time the miscarriage tissue is sent to enable immediate detection of maternal cell contamination (MCC).
Chromosome Testing - How can it help?
If a chromosome abnormality is identified, the type of abnormality found can be assessed to help answer the question: "Will this happen to me again?". Most of the time, chromosome abnormalities in an embryo or fetus are not inherited and have a low chance to occur in future pregnancies. Sometimes, a specific chromosome finding in a miscarriage alerts your doctor to do further studies to investigate the possibility of an underlying genetic or chromosome problem in your family that predisposes you to have miscarriages.
Furthermore, if a chromosome abnormality is identified it can prevent the need for other, sometimes quite costly, studies your doctor might consider to investigate the cause of the miscarriage.
Lastly, knowing the reason for a pregnancy loss can help a couple start the emotional healing process, moving past the question of "Why did this happen to me?".
Chromosome testing can be especially important for patients with repeated miscarriages, as it can either give clues to an underlying chromosomal cause for the miscarriages or rule out chromosome errors as the reason for the miscarriages and allow their doctor to pursue other types of testing. For couples with multiple miscarriages determined to have a chromosomal cause, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing may be able to help increase their chances of having a successful healthy pregnancy.
For more information about microarray genetic testing for miscarriage tissue or IVF with PGD visit www.genesecurity.net
About Gene Security Network
Gene Security Network's miscarriage testing is specifically designed for products of conception (POC) analysis to provide as much or more information than a standard karyotype. In order to obtain the most comprehensive results possible, Gene Security Network requests a sample of mother's blood at the same time the POC sample is sent. This allows the results of the miscarriage tissue to be compared with the mother's DNA data to rule out maternal cell contamination.
Ms. Maisenbacher is a board-certified genetic counselor who has worked in pediatric genetics for the past nine years at both the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Florida.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Melissa_Maisenbacher
Friday, September 28, 2012
Preventing Miscarriage Over 40 With Soy TreatmentI found out about an interesting treatment which uses a soy based product to help women prevent miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This particular treatment is infused into patients and has been shown to decrease the miscarriage rate in women going through IVF. I certainly don't know if eating soy products could do the same thing, but it does make you wonder. There is quite a bit of information out there both for and against soy for fertility but it's interesting that this soy based treatment can help prevent miscarriage. Read more:
From the article:
An experimental fertility treatment increases the odds of an IVF pregnancy up to six times while also inhibiting chemicals which cause miscarriages, a study has found.
When women who had gone through IVF time and time again without success were given a soya-based substance, half became pregnant.
In contrast, fewer than one in ten of those who had conventional fertility treatment alone conceived.
Thousands of women could be spared the heartache of miscarriage by a new fertility treatment that boosts the odds of pregnancy up to six-fold
The doctors behind the remarkable study believe that the Intralipid liquid, a fat and calorie-rich potion normally used when tube-feeding very sick patients, could help many more women achieve their dream of motherhood.
Improving success rates would spare women the emotional and financial pain of going through repeated IVF treatments, only for them to fail. The liquid also stems the production by the body of harmful chemicals which can lead to miscarriage.
George Ndukwe, of the Care fertility clinic in Nottingham, said: ‘Every day in my clinic I see women who have had numerous IVF cycles all with the same negative outcome and no baby.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I thought this article on miscarriage myths would be interesting to my readers. Some of the things people still believe are pretty far fetched. However, the article does admit that the relationship between stress and miscarriage is still being studied. Read more:
MISCARRIAGE MYTHS PERSIST DESPITE PREVALENCE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION (researchnews.osu.edu)
From the article:
COLUMBUS , Ohio – More than a third of women surveyed about their beliefs surrounding miscarriage and birth defects said they thought that a pregnant woman's foul mood could negatively affect her baby.
One in four of these women thought a pregnant woman's exposure to upsetting situations could hurt her unborn child, and one in five believed excessive exercise could cause a woman to miscarry.
Despite those beliefs, relatively few of the women surveyed blamed mothers for a poor pregnancy outcome. Ten percent suggested pregnant women are responsible for their miscarriages, and 3 percent said mothers should be blamed for their babies' birth defects. Women with less formal education were more likely to hold mothers responsible for bad pregnancy outcomes.
The recent Ohio State University study points to the persistence of folklore surrounding pregnancy despite advances in medical interventions and evidence that most miscarriages and defects result from circumstances beyond a woman's control, said study author Jonathan Schaffir, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State.
“The survey shows that a sizable proportion of the population believes maternal thoughts and actions contribute to adverse fetal outcomes – but despite these feelings, few assign responsibility to the mother,” Schaffir said. “I think it's kind of amazing that people out there still believe that a pregnant woman seeing something frightening could cause her baby to have a birthmark. That was an 18th-century belief and it's still circulating, even today.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Miscarriage ThesisI found this thesis on miscarriage written by Tina Rose.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I thought I would link to it here for anyone interested. Read more:
Loss Before Life Begins (aut.researchgateway.ac.nz)
From the thesis:
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If you've never had a miscarriage before, you may not know what to expect in terms of bleeding. At some point, the contents of your uterus must expel. But, I found, after having multiple miscarriages, that every one is a little different. Here is an article that explains the normal course of bleeding after a miscarriage:
From the article:
The duration of the bleeding after miscarriage differs from woman to woman but it will stop within two weeks in most cases. If the bleeding after miscarriage continues for more than two weeks, it indicates that you had an incomplete miscarriage or the presence of a tissue in your uterus. In such a scenario, it is best to seek the help of a medical professional. If you overlook this situation, there is a possibility of contracting an infection. Your doctor may suggest a dilation and curettage procedure to get rid of any remains in your uterus to ensure that there is no threat of infection and the bleeding stops.
After miscarriage, bleeding shouldn’t be very heavy. At the most it should be like the heaviest day of your period. If your bleeding is heavy or if you soak more than a pad in an hour’s time, then you need to seek medical attention as heavy bleeding may lead to loss of blood from your body and you may end up feeling weak and fatigued.
After a miscarriage, bleeding may be accompanied with minor vaginal cramping. It may seem like your normal menstrual cycle. You may also notice some blood clots and tissues along with the bleeding. Just like your normal menstrual cycle, you may witness breast tenderness, abdominal cramps, and slight nausea. However, these symptoms will slowly subside and you will soon start feeling better.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
It's hard not to blame yourself when these things happen, but it seems to be a normal reaction. Read more:
From the article:
You’re 41. You had bleeding. There’s nothing you could have done,”’ she said her doctor told her.
“And I hadn’t done anything,” she told the mag. “Since I’d found that, I’d been lying down for an hour or two every day and letting others take up the slack. But I blamed myself – of course I did.”
Ten days later, Frankel received more heartbreaking news from her doctor, who told her she would have had a baby girl.
“He told me that the tests came back as ‘female fetus, normal.’ He was reading off a chart, reassuring me that there wasn’t some chromosomal abnormality. But all I heard was ‘female,’ and I fell to pieces,” the new talk show host said.
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Guest Post By Judy Ford
All our cells have chromosomes which carry the blueprint for our structure - arms, legs etc - and for their function. Chromosomes are made up of DNA and protein. Chromosomes can be abnormal in three ways: there can be a gain in number, a loss in number or a change in structure. Almost all chromosome abnormalities cause serious problems. Most of these problems are lethal so that the cells carrying the abnormalities die. For this reason, most embryos carrying chromosome abnormalities die in the first few weeks. Chromosome abnormalities are the major direct cause of miscarriage.
Many couples who have a miscarriage are told that the laboratory tests have shown that there is a chromosome abnormality. This sounds very serious doesn't it? It is serious and these problems can lead to the birth of a handicapped child. Usually, however, the couple is completely normal and the chromosomal abnormality has only occurred in the gametes - either the woman's egg or the man's sperm. Occasionally the problem is present in all the man or woman's cells but blood tests can detect this.
Unfortunately there is still a great lack of understanding amongst doctors on how chromosome abnormalities arise. Doctors will usually reassure a couple who has normal blood chromosomes that the problem in the embryo will not reoccur. This is bad advice. I have spent many years studying the causes of chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriage and have proved that the problems occur because of problems in lifestyle. Until these are corrected the problems in the eggs and sperm can remain or reoccur.
Chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriages usually occur because either the man or woman has been exposed to chemicals or one or other of them has a dietary deficiency or a bad habit of some type. Bad habits include not drinking enough water, taking drugs, having too much alcohol, smoking heavily and in the case of the man, exposing his testes to too much heat. Infections, both of the common flu variety and of the STD - sexually transmitted variety - can also be involved. Viruses can break chromosomes in exactly the same way as chemicals, radiation and serious dietary deficiencies. Aging itself is associated with changes in body functions that cause a woman's eggs to misdivide.
Most people reading this article would know that the normal number of chromosomes is 46. So how can this change? The answer lies in the process of fertility and conception. Fertility in both the man and the woman involves a special form of cell division - called meiosis - in which the chromosome number is halved. Sometimes this very specialized division process makes errors and one or two chromosomes end up in the wrong place. The resultant egg or sperm then has one or two extra chromosomes. Fertilized eggs that result from eggs or sperm with extra chromosomes usually miscarry although those with an extra copy of one chromosome 21 might survive with Down's syndrome.
The other problem that can affect chromosome number is delayed ovulation. When the egg is over-ripe it can be fertilized by more than one sperm. In such cases the fertilized eggs has one or more extra sets of chromosomes. Fortunately, this problem can also be overcome by correcting poor diet and lifestyle.
If you have had a pregnancy in which a chromosomes abnormality was detected but you, yourselves are normal, make sure that you take the time and effort to correct your lifestyle. You will find a detailed lifestyle evaluation and specific advice on my websites. Once you adopt a healthy lifestyle, you will be rewarded by feeling much healthier and hopefully also by giving birth to a healthy baby.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites http://www.ez-fertility.co.uk and http://www.itsnatural.com.au.