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Friday, December 28, 2012

Acupuncture May Actually Reduce The Chance Of Miscarriage

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Thursday, December 27, 2012


 Reduce Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40 With Lifestyle Changes

Many 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 Miscarriage

By 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.

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)...
And remember:
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
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pregnant? Danger May Be Lurking In Common Foods

Miscarriage May Be Caused By Listeria

 I was very careful about what I ate while I was pregnant.
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 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 Drug

I 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.
"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." 

from: webMD

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Miscarriage Poetry, Poems and Quotes

Miscarriage Over 40, Poetry To Help Through The Loss

I remember writing poetry when I was in school. I wish I had the time to do more of that.
On my site,  Click here:, 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

 It really can be very cathartic to put into words how you feel after a traumatic experience like miscarriage. Here is a site with 48 miscarriage poems:

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...


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


 Endometriosis and Miscarriage

Endometriosis 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:


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Miscarriage Stories

Couples Talk of Losing A Baby

I 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..

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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.

Read more:

Losing a baby: Your experiences
Many readers told us their experiences of miscarriage in response to the article published on the BBC Website.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

D & C - Do You Need One After Miscarriage?

Most of my miscarriages expelled without medical intervention, however I did have a D&C after two of them.

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 I always opted for a natural miscarriage unless a D&C was medically necessary

  I 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

HcG levels and Miscarriage

Some higher risk women get HcG levels monitored every 48 hours 

Whenever 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 pregnancies 

 I 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:

hCG Levels
Days from LMP Weeksfrom LMP Events Avg hCG
Range hCG
26 3w+5d 25 0-50
27 3w+6d 50 25-100
28 4w+0d Missed
75 50-100
29 4w+1d 150 100-200
30 4w+2d 300 200-400
31 4w+3d 700 400-1,000
32 4w+4d 1,710 1,050-2,800
33 4w+5d 2,320 1,440-3,760
34 4w+6d 3,100 1,940-4,980
35 5w+0d 4,090 2,580-6,530
36 5 1/7 5,340 3,400-8,450
37 5 2/7 6,880 4,420-10,810
38 5 3/7 yolk sac
8,770 5,680-13,660
39 5 4/7 yolk sac
11,040 7,220-17,050
40 5 5/7 yolk sac
13,730 9,050-21,040
41 5 6/7 yolk sac
15,300 10,140-23,340
42 6 heartbeat
16,870 11,230-25,640
43 6 1/7 heartbeat
20,480 13,750-30,880
44 6 2/7 heartbeat
24,560 16,650-36,750
45 6 3/7 embryo
29,110 19,910-43,220
46 6 4/7 embryo
34,100 25,530-50,210
47 6 5/7 embryo
39,460 27,470-57,640
48 6 6/7 embryo
45,120 31,700-65,380
49 7 50,970 36,130-73,280
50 7 1/7 56,900 40,700-81,150
51 7 2/7 62,760 45,300-88,790
52 7 3/7 68,390 49,810-95,990
53 7 4/7 73,640 54,120-102,540
54 7 5/7 78,350 58,200-108,230
55 7 6/7 82,370 61,640-112,870
56 8 85,560 64,600-116,310
 Chart from:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Recurrent Miscarriage, One Woman's Story

Many women experience miscarriage and a surprising number experience recurrent miscarriage.  I myself had six miscarriages before I had my daughter.  Even though many women experience either miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage, most go on to have a baby.

This is one woman's story of her "silent death" and how it happened over and over again.

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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 Failure

 I 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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

British Celebrity Talks Of Her Pregnancy Over 40 and The Fear Of Miscarriage
My Website: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally ( 

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 Miscarriage
I Was Terrified Of Having A Miscarriage (

From the article:

Bradbury disclosed that her pregnancy took her by surprise, having suffered from endometriosis and being told it would be almost impossible for her to have a baby.
She told Radio Times that she had been “terrified” of having a late miscarriage.
“It really was a miracle. It was a 33-hour labour, which wasn’t great, but luckily Zeph was long and slim with a small head,” she added.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Chromosome Testing For Miscarriages Explained

Pregnancy Loss and Chromosome Testing for Miscarriages

Pregnancy Loss and Chromosome Testing for Miscarriages
Guest Post
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
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.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Soy Based Treatment Could Prevent Miscarriage

Preventing Miscarriage Over 40 With Soy Treatment

I found out about an interesting treatment which uses a soy based product to help women prevent miscarriage.
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 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

Miscarriage Myths

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:


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.
Jonathon Schaffir

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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Loss Before Life Begins

Miscarriage Thesis

I found this thesis on miscarriage written by Tina Rose.
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 I thought I would link to it here for anyone interested. Read more:
Loss Before Life Begins (

From the thesis:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bleeding After A Miscarriage

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

Bethany Frankel Talks of Miscarriage 
 41 year old Bethany Frankel who is a reality TV star has a two year old daughter and she and her husband were pregnant again.  Even though they had an ultrasound with a heartbeat, she miscarried a month later.  She talks very openly about what many women who experience miscarriage feel:  guilt...especially since the fetal testing came back normal.

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.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Chromosome Abnormalities, Miscarriage, Age and Lifestyle

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 and

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ann Romney Speaks Of Losing Her Pregnancy Over the Age of 40

I've always said that it doesn't matter who you are, miscarriage knows no boundaries. Ann Romney talks about her miscarriages and some other health challenges. Watch the video here:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chromosomes and Miscarriage

Here is a short narrative with pictures on how chromosomes may be abnormal and may result in miscarriage:

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Friday, August 03, 2012

Prevent Umbilical Cord Accidents

Here is an informative video about preventing stillbirth by preventing umbilical cord accidents. I'll warn you it is heart wrenching but definitely worth watching.

Monday, July 02, 2012


Many Women Want To Have A Natural Miscarriage Rather Than Surgical Removal

On of the hardest things about having a miscarriage (at least physically) is knowing that your baby has died but it has not expelled from your body.  I recall continuing to feel nauseated and having a number of other pregnancy symptoms even though my doctor had confirmed that the pregnancy was no longer viable.  I really wanted to be through with the pregnancy and needless to say, at my age, I wanted to try again.
I encourage you to decide with a qualified healthcare professional because there may be times that medical intervention is necessary:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Loss of Pregnancy Symptoms, Does This Mean Miscarriage?

Miscarriage and Loss Of Pregnancy Symptoms

Losing your pregnancy symptoms can be very scary in pregnancy.
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 Even though the relief from nausea can help you physically, it is over-shadowed by the fear that you may be losing your pregnancy. I did suddenly lose my pregnancy symptoms on a few of my miscarriages which and I also had some spotting (and later bleeding). However, even on my successful pregnancy, I had spotting and a few days which the nausea subsided. So there is no universal answer to this question. Pregnancy symptoms are unpredictable as this article explains:

From the article:

It is true that loss of pregnancy symptoms can happen with a miscarriage, especially a missed miscarriage, but it is also true that symptoms can fluctuate in a normal pregnancy. Women have a great deal of individual variation in how they respond to pregnancy, and fluctuation in pregnancy symptoms does not necessarily mean anything. You can feel morning sickness and then have it vanish suddenly, and everything can still be fine in your pregnancy.

In most normal pregnancies, the common early symptoms (sore breasts and morning sickness, in particular) do tend to fade at the end of the first trimester -- and the disappearance can indeed be sudden. If your symptoms disappear entirely in early pregnancy, before the end of the first trimester, mention it to your doctor to be on the safe side -- but it isn't necessarily a sign of miscarriage.

If loss of pregnancy symptoms happens alongside other possible symptoms of miscarriage, especially spotting or vaginal bleeding, the combination might present a greater cause of concern. Your doctor should be able to determine if you are really having a miscarriage, so be sure to call if you are concerned.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Progesterone To Prevent Miscarriage - The Debate

The Controversy of Progesterone Supplementation To Prevent Miscarriage

I've read so much contradictory information about whether or not progesterone supplementation can help women carry their pregnancies to term.
See also: on how to increase progesterone naturally
 There also seems to be a debate between synthetic vs. natural progesterone.
Although I did use natural progesterone cream while I was trying to concieve, I did not use progesterone while I was pregnant.
 Progesterone supplementation in pregnancy is controversial as the following article explains:

Friday, June 22, 2012


Pregnancy Risk Factors Predict Pregnancy Outcomes and Possibly Miscarriage

The pregnancy viability index is a way to somewhat accurately predict which pregnancies will survive when certain "red flags" are present.

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 I should mention that even my successful pregnancy did have some "warning signs" so it's important to know that there are a combination of six factors which are looked at: history of subfertility, levels of progesterone, levels of hCG, fetal length, amount of bleeding, and gestational age. Read more:

Individually, these factors were unable to predict accurately the risk of miscarriage, but when the researchers combined two of these factors – the amount of bleeding and levels of hCG – to create a “Pregnancy Viability Index” (PVI), they found that this provided a consistently reliable means of predicting which pregnancies would miscarry.

“By the end of the study period, the PVI was able to accurately predict the pregnancy outcome in 94% of women who had ongoing pregnancies (its positive predictive value), and also predicted the outcome in 77% of women whose pregnancy ended in miscarriage (its negative predictive value),” said Dr Adam**.
“This research has, for the first time, offered us a robust tool to begin to attempt to rescue pregnancies threatening to miscarry, when, currently, all we can do is fold our hands and hope for the best.”

Friday, June 08, 2012

After Miscarriage - Book Review

I was browsing a Catholic site called "Faith & Family" and found a book review on "After Miscarriage". Although I have not read the book, I thought the review was positive and the book and/or review may benefit my readers. The woman reviewing the book had multiple miscarriages (and also had quite a few living children) but she recommends the book for any woman who is suffering through miscarriage. The book is written from a Catholic perspective, but should be helpful for everyone. Read more:

From the review:

Her reflections on her own five losses (smart woman, she kept a journal) are puncutated by contributions from many other women. Together these form a kind of conversation, where every thought and feeling related to miscarriage is given a voice. The reader feels drawn in, and understood. Without being lectured on God’s Will and the value of suffering, she is given, by the example of the contributors, suggestions for a spiritual framework that can help her make sense out of her devastation. No one tells her what to think or feel or do. They just tell what they thought and felt and did. And what helped.

If After Miscarriage: a Catholic Woman’s Companion for Healing and Hope was a blessing to me after so many years, it will surely be a help to the young mother who does not know what to do with a pain that no one around her even recognizes—beyond a few polite gestures. A mother who doesn’t yet have the perspective that comes with many years, many prayers, and a few healthy children.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day After Miscarriage

As we move into the weekend and with mother's day on Sunday, many women who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy may feel conflicted. Even though they don't have a baby, they were pregnant, they did have a baby inside of them - even if only for a short time. This article gives some suggestions on how to handle your own feelings as well as how you might deal with others:

From the article:

A woman struggles with a very basic question when early loss occurs such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or stillbirth. Women who have given their child up for adoption struggle with this same question. Am I a mother?

Am I a mother? When there is no child to hold, no child visible to others, this question is one that pains the innermost depths of the heart. Mother’s Day is especially difficult because there are such things as new baby dedications done in churches, mother-daughter banquets planned, and flowers designed just for mothers. A woman who does not have her physical child with her often agonizes over what to do and what to say to others.

Even if your baby lived one day inside of you, you are still a mother! Your body was “with child”; therefore, in a very real sense you are a genuine mother. That is special, and worthy of recognition. It is extremely important to give validity to the fact that you wear the cherished name “mother”. Am I a mother? Yes!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Karen Santorum Talks About Miscarriage and How She Dealt With It

Karen Santorum is the wife of Rick Santorum. She talks about her miscarriage and the difficulty of going through this in the public eye taking criticism about how she decided to deal with it. Watch the video here:

Friday, April 27, 2012

Vitamin C and E do not cause pre-term birth or miscarriage

Some of the studies out there may have worried women who take vitamins before and during pregnancy. According to this article, the amounts that would typically be taken and absorbed do not cause a problem:

From the article:

They pointed out that animal studies in which vitamin C has shown potentially disease-preventing antioxidant activity have used very high doses of the vitamin -- what in humans would amount to as much as 20 grams per day. The human body cannot absorb such levels of vitamin C taken orally.

Moreover, the current findings are in line with a number of clinical trials that have failed to show a benefit of vitamins C and E in lowering the risk of preeclampsia.

"There are now eight major international studies that have been completed and published over the past ten years," Manyonda and Talaulikar noted, "and none have shown a benefit for vitamins C and E in the prevention or amelioration of preeclampsia."

Along with the lack of effect on preterm births, Hauth's team also found no benefits as far as a number of other pregnancy or newborn complications -- including miscarriage, stillbirth and low birthweight.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Worried About Miscarriage? - Learn More Of The Facts

Here is an article that addresses some common problems that occur in pregnancy like bleeding, cramping, etc. Although some of these things could mean that you're at risk for miscarriage, most of the time you're OK. Read more:

Facts About Miscarriage
When You're OK

From the article:

When cramping is a problem: If it continues or gets worse or if you start bleeding too, call your doctor immediately. If you begin to have labor-like breathing or a gush of fluid or blood, follow the instructions on "definite signs of miscarriage."

Inability to eat or keep food down. This is normal! Remember that the baby is the size of a grain of rice and not exactly demanding steak dinners. When the baby starts to need the extra 300 calories a day, you will be eating fine. Just do the best you can with your saltines and soda, and remember that the more severe your morning sickness, the better your hormones are functioning.

Few or no pregnancy symptoms. Not everyone spends each day throwing up or sleeping all the time. Many people have symptoms that are light or nonexistent. This does not mean you will miscarry. Each pregnancy is different, and usually pregnancies after the first will be easier on your body.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Gone Skiing

I'm taking a short vacation (first one in a long time!)

Be back Thursday, 3/29

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Diabetes and Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40 - Check For Diabetes

If you're pregnant with undiagnosed diabetes, you may be at high risk for miscarriage.
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 This article tells a story of a woman who experienced repeated miscarriages until she was diagnosed and treated for diabetes. Read more


Ciara’s first pregnancy – with daughter Ellie, now six – had been straightforward, but the new, fluctuating sugar levels proved fatal for the next three babies she carried. “I was absolutely shocked when I went for a scan and was told there was no heartbeat,” she says. “I thought I’d been doing everything right. I remember I went home and I really wanted a Mars Bar and I thought, ‘I may as well now, there’s no point being careful anymore’. After that, I just got on with it. I made sure I didn’t loiter on the miscarriage because it seemed out of my control.” Four months later, she fell pregnant again, and continued to eat carefully. But at the eight-week scan, there was no heartbeat. Ciara and her partner, Matt, 36, were desperate for a child – so decided to try one last time.

Monday, March 19, 2012


You Can Start Trying To Get Pregnant Right Away After A Miscarriage

Recent research has shown that there is no need to wait to get pregnant after experiencing a miscarriage.  Unless you've undergone surgery or a D & C, you can start trying right away.   Every woman is different but most women will start ovulating about 2-4 weeks after a miscarriage.  .
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After my miscarriages, it seems like my cycle returned much quicker than I would have thought.  I am one of those people who have pain in the side when I ovulate so I knew that my cycle was back within a couple of weeks.   I did, however, have a few miscarriage where my Hcg levels took quite a while to return to 0.  There was even one pregnancy when my Hcg level kept going up and they thought I had a molar pregnancy.  In that case I had to have a D & C.  

This article talks about whether or not you really could be more fertile after a miscarriage:
Click here to read full article on fertility after a miscarriage

Friday, March 16, 2012

Preventing Umbilicord Accidents

This video gives some advice on monitoring fetal kick counts to avoid an umbilicord accident. It also has other resources you can visit for more information. I'll warn you, this video is heart wrenching, but it may help prevent other women from experiencing the pain and tragedy of a stillbirth.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Reasons For Miscarriage Explained

 Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40

Some miscarriages are unexplained, however there are certain conditions that can cause recurrent miscarriage if they are left untreated.
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 The diagrams below explain some of the conditions which are related to the immune system and the site (link below) explains how they can be treated. Read more:

pictures and treatment options from Reproductive Immune Associates

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Herbs and Clotting Disorders Contributing To Miscarriage

Recurrent Miscarriage and Herbal Medicine
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Recurrent Miscarriage and Herbal Medicine
Guest Post
By Mike Berkley

Herbs and Blood Clotting Disorders Contributing to Recurrent Miscarriage
Both anticoagulants and antiplatelet mitigators are medicines that reduce blood clotting in an artery, a vein or the heart.
Heparin and Lovenox are anticoagulants and aspiripotentiating and possibly dangerous effect.
Acupuncture can increase metabolic function and stimulate the flow of blood throughout the body. Increasing hemodynamics is not, however the same as actually reducing platelet aggregation or reducing hypercoagulation. The benefit of using acupuncture with herbs is that the acupuncture will help ensure the distribution of the herbs throughout the body.
Typically when getting treated for infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss the most effective approach in the absence of success with Western medicine alone is to combine acupuncture, herbs and Western medicine.
When you are prescribed herbs be certain that a board certified herbalist is doing so.
Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM is the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to devote a complementary medicine center to the care and treatment of those facing a challenge to conception.
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness has a team of NYS licensed and board certified acupuncturists and board certified herbalists to assist you on your journey.
We work with patients from RMA, NYU, NY Cornell, St. Lukes-Roosevelt, Batzofin Fertility Services, The Sher Institute, New Hope Fertility and many others.
We are available to treat pre and post embryo transfer patients 24/7/365.

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