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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How My Life Has Been Defined and Changed By Miscarriage

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Guilt and Self Blame for Miscarriage

Blaming Yourself For Miscarriage

Here is a very honest and insightful article about some of the things that go through a woman's mind during pregnancy and after a miscarriage.
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 I would be lying if I said that at least some small part of me blamed myself for each of my miscarriages.  Did I eat the wrong thing?  Did I move around too much?  Didn't I want this pregnancy badly enough?  The list goes on and one.  The author of this article talks about how much of the information you read may cause self doubt and guilt, but sometimes bad things just happen.  Read more:

This strikes me as the trope of middle-class motherhood for the 1990's. Mothers are much less likely to slow down for their pregnancies, much more likely to continue their careers as their children develop pre- and postnatally.
Many of us are quite willing to make the in-vogue motherhood trade-off: a lot less perceived power in terms of our nurturing abilities in exchange for a lot less guilt. We are happy to be able to accept the possibility that our children will be fine if we get them into a good day-care facility. Working mothers I talk with like Ms. Harris's theory.
But giving up the idea of motherly power takes away some of motherhood's wonder. After my miscarriage, an older woman said to me, ''You're so lucky to be living in an age when people won't blame you for your miscarriage.'' I agreed, but I also thought, ''You were so lucky to think you could control what happened to your baby.'' 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mariah Carey Speaks Of Miscarriage Before Pregnancy

Celebrities and Miscarriage

I've been listening to Mariah Carey since the 90's.  She has now had a successful pregnancy, but before her twins were born, she had a miscarriage. 
See also: for more on celebrities, fertility and miscarriage 
She also had a difficult pregnancy with gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.  Although their lives seem glamorous, celebrities face the same challenges that the rest of us do. 

From the article:

"Unfortunately, that was the time where he said, 'I'm sorry, but the pregnancy is not successful,' " Cannon recalled. "It was emotional for both of us and that's when I saw the strength. She handled it so well and then to get on the plane and have to spend Christmas with friends and family, it definitely brought us closer together. It strengthened our relationship so much ... she handled it so well."

Carey went on to say the experience, though challenging, has made them more ready for parenthood.

"The way it happened, so quickly at first, I didn't know what to expect. That was not easy," she admitted. "I've never really been a very forthcoming person about my personal stuff. It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened ... I wasn't able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy." 


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Fibroids, Miscarriage And Recurrent Miscarriage - Removal May Help Pregnancy Over 40

I did have some fibroids removed when I was in my early 30's (long before I wanted a baby.  It may have been a wise move according to the article below.
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I've always known that fibroids can hurt fertility, but until I read this article, I didn't know that fibroid removal can be key in preventing recurrent miscarriage. Read more:

British researchers found that removing benign tumours called fibroids from the womb can slash the risk of recurrent miscarriages to zero.

Women with fibroids that distort the womb cavity are almost three times more likely to suffer miscarriage in the second trimester – weeks 13 to 28 – of pregnancy than those without.

The study, following 20 years of research, is the first firm evidence that fibroids could be the cause of recurrent miscarriages.

The study of women who had suffered three or more miscarriages found that removing fibroids could lead to a future successful pregnancy – doubling the live birth rate.

One in four pregnancies in the UK ends in miscarriage – around a quarter of a million each year – with the majority occurring in the first 12 weeks.

Fibroids are composed of muscle and fibrous tissue and are estimated to occur in three to 10 per cent of women. Recurrent miscarriage is rare, affecting only one per cent of couples. The study found the rate of fibroids in women experiencing recurrent miscarriage was 8.2 per cent, although not all fibroids cause problems.

Removing submucosal fibroids – those growing in the middle of the womb – appeared to improve the birth rate. In the study 25 women with submucosal fibroids had them removed while 54 women with other fibroids had no surgery. A group of 285 women whose recurrent miscarriages were still unexplained acted as a control group in the research at the recurrent miscarriage clinic at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

In the 25 who had surgery, miscarriage rates during the second trimester fell from more than one in five – 21.7 per cent – to zero per cent according to the study, published in the journal Human Reproduction.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Secondary Infertility and Repeat Miscarriage

Miscarriage Common, Even When You Have Other Successful Pregnancies

Here is a Christian women's site which deals with secondary infertility and repeat miscarriage.  It is equally frustrating for women who have one child to not be able to get pregnant again.  I know many women with primary infertility and miscarriage think those who have had a child should be happy with what they've got, but when I ran an infertility support group, the women with secondary infertility felt even more isolated because of this.
My site: for more on diet, fertility and miscarriage
As the author of the article suggests, your doctor should be in the loop when investigating the cause of recurrent miscarriage. Read more:

I have learned about some things that can contribute to early miscarriage. Please take these suggestions under advisement with your doctor, and do not suppose that I know the magical answer.

Blood sugar imbalances - Even minor ones can cause faulty implantation with someone whose system is prone to early loss anyway. High blood sugar reduces blood flow to the uterus.
High number of pregnancies - A woman's uterus just becomes a less favorable environment after many pregnancies.
Certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies - Be careful here, because too much can have the same effect! Make sure that a deficiency actually IS at fault before taking a supplement.
Anemia - Can interfere with implantation or nutritional support of the baby.
Circulatory problems - Same as with anemia, interferes with good blood supply to the uterus.
Chemical exposure by the mother or the father - Either one can introduce genetic abnormalities which prevent survival of an embryo.
Hormonal Imbalances - Many kinds of these, and they require diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional.
Immune System Malfunction - Again, there are multiple ways in which this can result in miscarriage, which require diagnosis and treatment from a professional.


Monday, December 09, 2013

Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies An Ayurvedic Treatments For Miscarriage

Ayurvedic Treatments, Herbs, Diet and Home Remedies

Many of my readers are interested in alternative medicine and home remedies for miscarriage and to prevent miscarriage.
I should note that aside from some herbal teas, I didn't go the "herbal route when I was trying to conceive.  As always, It is important to note that you should check with your doctor before trying the herbs or treatments recommended - especially if you're pregnant.  But for those of you interested, here is an article about herbs, ayurvedic treatments, and dietary recommendations from an alternative medicine standpoint:
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Friday, December 06, 2013


Miscarriage Prevention, Help Your Body Produce Progesterone Naturally

I frequently post articles about how what you eat can not only help you conceive but also help prevent pregnancy loss.
Progesterone, by definition means "pro-gestation".  So whatever you can do to help your body manufacture it may help maintain your pregnancy.
 Here is an article that stresses the importance of eating foods high in zinc, vitamin C and foods which encourage progesterone production.

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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:

• Frequent colds and infections
• White spots on fingernails
• Mental exhaustion
• Poor appetite
• Dry skin and hair
• Poor sense of taste and smell

How to boost your zinc levels:

• Good sources of zinc are: lean meat, whole grains, egg yolk and oysters.
• 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.

See also inositol (B Vitamin) For Fertility

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.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Charting BBT After A Miscarriage

Miscarriage and BBT Charting

Many women who've had a miscarriage, although devastated, want to start trying again as soon as is safely possible.  Recent research has shown that there is no need to wait a long period of time to start trying to conceive.
 See: for more on regulating your menstrual cycle
 If you're trying to get pregnant naturally, charting might be part of your protocol. Here is an article from about how to chart after a miscarriage:

For charting purposes, the first day of your new cycle can be the first day of your miscarriage (full bleeding) if no D&C is required. If a D&C is required, you can start a new chart for the day of the procedure. Enter "menses" to start a new cycle and make a note of the circumstances in the notes section of your chart. If you were charting the cycle of your miscarriage, you should enter "miscarriage" on that chart. You may also decide to exclude that cycle from your cycle statistics as it will show an unusually long luteal phase length.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Tap Water and Miscarriage?

Chemicals In Water May Lead To Pregnancy Loss

I'm constantly wondering whether or not to drink bottled water vs. tap water.
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 I've read and heard so many conflicting stories about which one is really better. I don't really have the answer.
I had heard about the correlation between tap water and miscarriage so I only drank bottled water while I was trying to conceive and during my pregnancy. I've switched back to tap water now that I'm not trying to conceive anymore. But I'm always wondering what I should be giving my daughter. Bottled water usually does not contain fluoride, but, again, I've read that although fluoride may be good for your teeth, it may not be so good for your overall health (some areas of the country have been shown to have too much fluoride which can actually damage teeth!) There are some areas that also have nitrates in the water which can be very problematic.

The quality of your tap water probably depends on where you live and possibly the condition of the pipes in your home. It may be a good idea to get it tested. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Interesting Soy Based Treatment for Miscarriage

Miscarriage Treatment

Although this treatment must be administered through an IV, it is considered somewhat natural since it is essentially a soy based product. 
See for more on natural ways to avoid miscarriage 
A British study found that women who were given a calorie and fat rich substance had higher pregnancy rates after recurrent miscarriage.  Read more:

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...
 ...Dr Ndukwe, the clinic’s medical director, believes that up to one in four women who struggle conceiving have faulty immune systems.
It is thought that extra high levels of white blood cells called natural killer cells ‘fight’ the pregnancy by triggering the production of chemicals that attack the placenta or the embryo...

...And the latest research, to be
presented at a British Fertility
Society conference on Thursday, shows it is also more effective at stemming production of the harmful chemicals.
Dr Ndukwe said: ‘This infusion is inexpensive, well tolerated and easy to administer.’
The fertility expert ran his trial on a group of women who had failed to become pregnant despite enduring an average of six IVF attempts each. One woman had tried and failed at IVF 12 times.
Half of those treated became pregnant, compared with just 9 per cent of those not given the fatty substance.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Unlikely Source Of Comfort For Women Experiencing Miscarriage

Women May Find Comfort After Miscarriage In Life-like Doll

My Website: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally for more on pregnancy, fertility and miscarriage over 40

I never would have thought that a lifelike doll would be a source of comfort for women who have had a miscarriage or lost a baby. But, I guess if you think about it, it's something to hold on to during the rough times. Here's an article about these dolls which may temporarily fill a void. Read more:

 Rachel Tams, 22, of Rachel's Reborns in Stoke on Trent, has made more than 500 dolls since she first discovered them four years ago.

She once had a customer whose baby girl had died aged three months. She kept her 'reborn', modelled on a photo of her child, in her baby's cot.

"It really helped the mother. She sends me thank-you letters and gifts," the Daily Express quoted Rachel as saying.


picture: msnbc: Deborah King

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chance Of Pregnancy After Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Encouraging

Recurrent Miscarriage and Pregnancy

 If you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, you may find the following article encouraging.  Although the following article was found on a fertility treatment site, they quote a couple of studies that were done in Europe on women who are experiencing recurrent miscarriage.
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 Both studies found that the majority of these women go on to have a successful pregnancy.  Read more:

Two new studies, presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting in Stockholm, followed the outcomes of women with unexplained recurrent miscarriage.
The first - a Danish study that involved nearly 1,000 women - found two-thirds went on to have at least one child, mostly within five years of being diagnosed and referred to a recurrent miscarriage clinic, but often within a year of being seen.
The second study, carried out in the Netherlands with 213 women, found more than 70% became pregnant after a year of trying for a baby, rising to over 80% or eight out of 10 after two years of trying.
And over half of all the women in the study gave birth to a healthy baby, within an average wait of 41 weeks to conceive.
Dr Stefan Kaandorp, who led this Dutch research, said: "Our results mean that women with recurrent miscarriage can be reassured that their time to a subsequent conception is not significantly longer than that for fertile women without a history of miscarriage.

from  bbc news

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Hidden Causes Of Miscarriage

Miscarriage - How Selenium Can Help

This article gives a wealth of information about some of the overlooked causes of miscarriage.
See: for more on preventing miscarriage
 Here is an excerpt from the article that discusses how women with low selenium levels may experience miscarriage and how this may be related to Down Syndrome.  I recall when I was going through fertility treatments, my doctor made a point of recommending selenium as a supplement. 

From the article:

This may explain why older women have always been thought to have a higher risk of having a Down's syndrome baby, since older women's eggs are more likely to be abnormal. But the Down's Syndrome Association claims that eight out of ten babies with Down's syndrome are born to mothers under the age of 35. The extra chromosome can also come from the man's sperm. So, at the moment, scientists cannot say with any certainty precisely what causes Down's syndrome.

However, there are links between Down's syndrome and mineral deficiencies. For example, people with Down's children have lower levels of zinc and selenium compared with others of the same age (Biol Trace Element Res, 1996; 54: 201-6). It has also been found that, in Down's syndrome, blood levels of the 'antioxidant defence system' enzymes (superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase) are overproduced. Both these enzymes are produced by the body to disarm free radicals. The building blocks for these enzymes include the minerals zinc and selenium.

Selenium is known to protect against chromosomal (DNA) damage by protecting the body against toxins and pollutants, and future research may demonstrate the importance of prospective parents having good levels of this mineral in the months before conception, when both sperm and eggs are maturing. In fact, researchers have already found that women who miscarry have lower levels of selenium in their blood compared with women whose pregnancies go to term (Br J Obstet Gynaecol, 1996; 103: 130-2).

The idea that toxin damage could be implicated in Down's syndrome has been borne out by a study in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Babies born nine months later showed a sixfold increase in cases of Down's syndrome (BMJ, 1994; 30: 158-62). Studies on animals have also shown that it is possible to damage the chromosomes by introducing a toxin (Jennings I, Vitamins in Endocrine Metabolism, William Heinemann Medical Press, 1972).

So the opposite may also be true: that you can protect your chromosomes from damage by minimising your intake of environmental toxins and making sure that you have enough antioxidants to fight unavoidable pollution (like traffic fumes). 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Factors Identified Which May Restrict Fetal Growth

Pregnancy and Fetal Growth

Granted, age may be a factor for some women in terms of fetal growth, there are also lifestyle factors which can be controlled which will help with pregnancy outcomes.
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 Controlling blood pressure and taking folic acid are a few.  Read more:

Dennis O. Mook-Kanamori, M.D., M.Sc., of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues examined the association of several maternal physical characteristics and lifestyle habits in 1,631 mothers with first-trimester fetal growth and the associations of first-trimester fetal growth restriction with the risks of adverse birth outcomes and accelerated postnatal growth until the age of 2 years. Mothers were enrolled in the study between 2001 and 2005. First-trimester fetal growth was measured as fetal crown to rump length by ultrasound between the gestational age of 10 weeks 0 days and 13 weeks 6 days.
The researchers found that maternal age was positively associated with first-trimester fetal crown to rump length and that higher diastolic blood pressure and higher hematocrit levels were associated with shorter crown to rump length. Compared with mothers who were nonsmokers and optimal users of folic acid supplements, those who both smoked and did not use folic acid supplements had shorter fetal crown to rump lengths.
"Compared with normal first-trimester fetal growth, first-trimester growth restriction was associated with increased risks of preterm birth (4.0 percent vs. 7.2 percent), low birth weight (3.5 percent vs. 7.5 percent), and small size for gestational age at birth (4.0 percent vs. 10.6 percent)," the researchers write. They also found that shorter first-trimester crown to rump length was associated with accelerated growth rates in early childhood.


Friday, November 08, 2013

Is Decaf Safe? You May be Surprised That It Could Contribute To Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage Over 40, Decaf Coffee May Still Be A Problem

I can't tell you how many times I've heard or read that you should cut out the caffeine if you're trying to conceive or if you're pregnant.
See for articles on miscarriage, infertility and pregnancy over 40
When I went through fertility treatments, I was told by my fertility clinic nurse to stop drinking caffeinated beverages (I sorely missed my morning coffee). Well...if you look hard enough, you can always find a completely opposite point of view or a study that contradicts what you think you know to be true. This article talks about how decaf coffee might actually be worse:

According to the article:

"... a new study of 5,144 pregnant women by scientists at the State Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and UCSF has turned up some surprising results. The study found no significant increased risk for spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, associated with caffeine consumption. Even among women considered heavy caffeine consumers (300 milligrams or three cups of coffee a day) miscarriage risk increased only slightly -- about 1.3 times the risk as noncaffeine users, according to the study in the September issue of the journal Epidemiology.

The study, however, found that women who drank three or more cups of decaffeinated coffee a day in the first trimester had 2.4 times the risk of miscarriage as those who did not drink decaf."


Ok, I give up! Hot Water Anyone??!!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

What Are The Chances of Getting Pregnant After An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy

Many women are devastated after having an ectopic pregnancy. Not only was this a loss of a baby, but they may lose one of their fallopian tubes if the pregnancy lodged there. So, what are the chances of getting pregnant again? As I have mentioned on my website, ( I had two ectopic pregnancies before having my daughter.
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"If an ectopic pregnancy is caught and treated at an early stage, the results are encouraging.

If the fallopian tube has not ruptured and is saved, the chance for a future normal pregnancy is 50 percent, with a 15-percent chance of a repeat tubal pregnancy.

After a second ectopic pregnancy, the risk for a third ectopic pregnancy goes up to 40 percent.

For these reasons, any woman who conceives after a tubal pregnancy should go to her gynecologist immediately to exclude the possibility of another tubal pregnancy.

If an ectopic pregnancy ruptured or the entire fallopian tube was removed, results are slightly less encouraging. If a second ectopic pregnancy occurs, the second tube may need to be removed, resulting in infertility (inability to conceive)." 

 excerpted from:    from: What Is The Outlook After Ectopic Pregnancy?

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Miscarriage Common Concerns

Pregnancy After Miscarriage: Common Concerns Addressed

Pregnancy After Miscarriage: Common Concerns Addressed

To some women, the thought of pregnancy after a miscarriage is horrifying. I know it was for me. After multiple pregnancy losses, I'd tremble with an excited-nervousness after each positive pregnancy test. I was like a confused bobble-head doll struggling to adjust to my inconsistent feelings. Not only was trying to conceive (TTC) a drag. But once the results came in, it stirred a pool of wild emotions within me. Now, I was happy but then I'd remember previous losses and begin to wonder if the same fate would happen to this baby. It became so exhausting that I couldn't fully enjoy my pregnancies. I was walking on egg shells each time.

See Also: for more on miscarriage and fertility over 40

I realized this was a problem for me when people would ask me how I was feeling. I'd reply with the normal physical pregnancy symptoms I felt like: nausea, fatigue, sleepiness and hormonal. But emotionally, I was a real wreck. My brain was tired from constantly wondering if everything in my body was okay. I was constantly thinking about how cautious I should be. And everything freaked me out. I wondered, "When I use the restroom, will I see blood?" "Is that gassy/cramping feeling the start of another miscarriage?" "Am I feeling enough "pregnancy symptoms?"' I was a mess.
I'm sure many women can agree that pregnancy after miscarriage is emotionally and physiologically draining. But, I'd like to ease your mind a little by sharing a few things you should remember if you've experienced pregnancy loss and are pregnant.
1. Not all spotting is bad. A friend of mine experienced bleeding during her first trimester and delivered a healthy baby girl. According to E-medicine Health, it's common to have light spotting in the first trimester. Not all bloody shows indicate a miscarriage. Don't stress every time you have to wee-wee. Just go and release yourself. However, if you do have any spotting or bleeding, contact your physician.
2. Not all cramping is related to miscarriage. It is common to experience flatulence or gassiness during the first trimester. I remember eating some seafood that made the side of my stomach hurt terribly. I needed everyone to back away! My husband laughed, but inwardly I couldn't. Immediately, I began to think the worst. It is common to experience gas. But if you're experiencing menstrual type cramping and see spotting, contact your physician.
3. Not all pregnancies are created equal. It doesn't matter how many pregnancies you have, they will not be the same. You may or may not experience the same symptoms. With my son, I experienced great fatigue. With my daughter, I was more tired. It was different each time. Instead of considering the symptoms, relax and enjoy the beauty of pregnancy. If you feel fewer symptoms, you're one blessed lady. And if you're concerned, call your doctor to discuss your concerns.
4. Talking through your feelings may help. Whether it's with your spouse or with a friend, talking about how nervous you are can be greatly beneficial to you. I openly shared my concerns with my husband when we were expecting our son. I shared how I was a nervous wreck. He was able to help me sort my feelings and emotions and support me through our pregnancy. I also joined an online support group of moms who experienced miscarriage and they helped me get through tough moments. Talking helps eases the heart and sooth any doubts.
If you're not careful, you can miss the beauty of pregnancy by being overly concerned. Instead, take time to appreciate your pregnancy and trust that everything will work out just fine. And remember if you have major concerns, don't be afraid to contact your physician!
Kennisha Hill is the author of five inspirational books, including her latest memoir, Once Upon a Child, that chronicles her journey after multiple pregnancy losses. Learn more about her heart-gripping memoir at
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Friday, November 01, 2013

Loss Of Fetal Movements

Miscarriage and Decreased Fetal Movements

The following guide is written for doctors and midwives about diagnosing conditions associated with loss of fetal movements.
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 The information, although technical in nature, may be good to know. Read more:

Diagnosis of loss of fetal movements

• Decreased/absent fetal movements

• Intermittent or constant abdominal pain

• Bleeding after 22 weeks gestation (may be retained in the uterus)

• Shock

• Tense/tender uterus

• Fetal distress or absent fetal heart sounds

Abruptio placentae

• Absent fetal movements and fetal heart sounds

• Bleeding (intra-abdominal and/or vaginal)

• Severe abdominal pain (may decrease after rupture)

• Shock

• Abdominal distension/ free fluid

• Abnormal uterine contour

• Tender abdomen

• Easily palpable fetal parts

• Rapid maternal pulse

Ruptured uterus

• Decreased/absent fetal movements

• Abnormal fetal heart rate (less than 100 or more than 180 beats per


• Thick meconium-stained fluid

Fetal distress

• Absent fetal movements and fetal heart sounds

• Symptoms of pregnancy cease

• Symphysis-fundal height decreases

• Uterine growth decreases


Saturday, October 19, 2013

When Is It Safe To Tell Others? Pregnancy After Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Sharing Your Pregnancy News

For women who have experienced one or more miscarriages, one strategy that is very common for their next pregnancy is waiting until they are at least 3 months pregnant or at the end of their first trimester before telling anyone about their pregnancy.

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There is some evidence that if a pregnancy makes it past this point, it has a high chance of going full term or at least ending with a live birth. Here is an article that addresses when to tell others. The site also has a number of good videos. Read more:

One of the most common questions in that circumstance is, when is it safe to tell my family and friends, and do I tell my co-workers?

My response to that is that only those people who know you well enough to act as your support system if you do experience another loss, should be told of the pregnancy in the first trimester.

Your mom, your sister, your friends, people that you are going to need to support you if you do have another loss should know when you get another positive pregnancy test.

As for our workers, as for our co-workers or as for our neighbors, maybe it’s better to not let them know right away. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Natural Progesterone Cream To Prevent Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage

 Can Natural Progesterone Cream Help Prevent Miscarriage?

I did use natural progesterone cream when I was trying to conceive (but not when I was pregnant), and I do believe that it helped me regulate my hormones (my progesterone was tested and was shown to be low in the last half of my cycle).
Visit for natural ways to increase progesterone
 However, there are quite a few products on the market and in my book I talk a little about what I looked for when buying progesterone cream. This article talks about some of the pros and cons:

or women considering progesterone because of miscarriages, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Some so-called progesterone creams are indeed absolutely worthless and a waste of money. Creams derived from wild yams do not contain any progesterone; they merely contain a chemical that can be converted to progesterone in a laboratory but that is not converted to progesterone in the body. It is not a good idea to buy wild yam cream with the idea of boosting your progesterone and preventing a miscarriage. It will not work.

Other progesterone creams on the market actually do contain real progesterone that can be absorbed by the body. However, these creams are highly variable in the amount of progesterone they contain. Some doctors have reported patients using the creams ending up with extremely high progesterone levels, some even 10 to 100 times the normal level found in the body. Other creams contain much smaller amounts, but with a lot of variability in how well it is absorbed. No studies have looked at how a baby might be affected if a mother has an extremely high progesterone level in pregnancy while using an unregulated progesterone cream.

Using over-the-counter progesterone creams is clearly something of a gamble. It's either worthless or potentially dangerous, and progesterone supplementation really should only be attempted with a doctor's approval. If you are working with a doctor, the best solution is to get a prescription for pharmaceutical grade progesterone so that you know the dose you are taking and you can have reasonable expectation that the progesterone is actually being absorbed. 


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Exposure to Chemicals Doubles Risk of Miscarriage in Nurses

Miscarriage As A Result Of Chemotherapy Exposure In Nurses

Nurses, beware! Some of the drugs used in chemotherapy, can affect the nurse administering them.
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If the nurse is pregnant, there is a higher rate of miscarriage. Additionally, exposure to x-rays can also cause problems. Even though healthcare workers take precautions, there can still be some incidental exposure. Read more:

Reuters Health reports that a recent study has shown that nurses are twice as likely to have a miscarriage with exposure to chemotherapy drugs or sterilizing agents. The survey included 7,500 nurses who had a pregnancy between 1993 and 2002. Chemo drugs focus on targeting and killing rapidly dividing cells such as those in a tumor. Results of the survey showed that 1 in 10 nurses had a miscarriage before the half way point of their pregnancy.

Nurses who handled chemo therapy drugs for more than an hour a day however, had rates that doubled (2 out of every 10 nurses). Nurses that were exposed to x-rays had a 30% increased risk of miscarriage1.

What are some of the more commonly used chemo drugs?

Doxorubicin (Taxotere) – Breast cancer, lung, and prostate
Fluorouracil (5-FU) – Colon, breast, stomach cancer
Vincristine (Oncovin, Vincasar PFS) – Luekemia and lymphoma
Vinblastine (Velban)- Lymphomas

The American Cancer Society’s website listed some of the side effects of chemo drugs, which include:

Fertility problems
Nausea and vomiting
Emotional changes
Mood changes
Changes in sex life
Hair loss

Nurses who handled sterilizing agents such as ethelyne oxide or formaldehyde more than an hour a day had double the risk of miscarriage1. Formaldehyde is widely used in the US, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently recently reclassified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen back in 20065. It has also been concluded that ‘‘strong but not sufficient evidence” for an association between leukemia and work exposure.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Herbal Hormone Balancing After Miscarriage - Herbs For Fertility and Miscarriage

Miscarriage Over 40, How Herbs Can Help

After a miscarriage, your body may need help getting back into balance.
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 This article talks about how herbs can help your endocrine system and regulate your cycle again. Read more:
After a miscarriage you may experience infertility, or irregular or delayed menstruation due to an imbalance between the reproductive hormones progesterone and estrogen. Herbs may help you correct the imbalance between these hormones naturally. Consult your health care provider before starting herbal treatment to balance your hormones after a miscarriage.
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See Also: Herbs For Fertility and Pregnancy Herbs that balance hormones work in various ways. Herbal hormone normalizers, also called amphoterics, may affect your endocrine system and set off a chain of hormonal events that lowers high hormonal levels and raises levels that are too low. Some herbs may also contain chemicals that act on receptors to mimic hormones and regulate hormone levels. Check with a qualified practitioner for advice about safe dosage and preparation of these herbs.

Black cohosh, or Cimicifuga racemosa, is a perennial herbs with a long history as a remedy for menstrual and menopausal disorders. Black cohosh is a hormone normalizer that can mimic estrogen and alleviate estrogen deficits. The roots and rhizomes are rich in isoflavonoids and triterpenoids. In their 2009 book, "Medicinal Plants of the World," botanist Ben-Erik van Wyk and biologist Michael Wink state that these plant chemicals act as estrogen receptor modulators. Naturopathic doctors Asa Hershoff and Andrea Rotelli explain in their 2001 book, "Herbal Remedies," that black cohosh normalizes your menstrual cycle after a miscarriage. Do not use this herb if you are pregnant or nursing.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Car Accidents and Pregnancy Dangers

Pregnancy, Miscarriage and Car Accidents

I knew a woman who had a hard time getting pregnant but when she finally became pregnant, she tragically lost the baby in a car accident.
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 I almost got into a collision when I was pregnant but by some miracle I was able to swerve and avoid a car that was trying to make a left turn without paying attention to oncoming traffic. Here is an article about car accidents which may occur when you are pregnant and what danger signals to look for:

Any pregnancy can become high risk at any time, there are no guarantees. And although the occurrence of any of the following symptoms may not necessarily indicate that the expectant mother is having a problem, you should call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these conditions after an automobile accident:

vaginal bleeding or spotting
swelling in your face or fingers
a leakage of fluid or increased vaginal discharge
severe or unrelenting and constant headaches
pain in your abdomen or shoulder areas
persistent vomiting that is not connected to morning sickness
chills or a fever
a noticeable change in the frequency or strength of your baby's movements
painful or urgent urination
faintness or dizziness 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Miscarriage Associated With Food Packaging

Miscarriage and BPA phthalates

I have recently posted a number of articles on how some of the chemicals used for packaging food and other items can negatively affect fertility and your unborn child. Here is another article which associates those same chemicals with miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage. Read more:

Scientists in Japan have found evidence of a link between recurrent miscarriages and a chemical widely used in food packaging.

Women with a history of miscarriages were found to have higher levels of the compound in their bodies. The scientists admit that their findings are based on a small preliminary study, but say further research into the chemical's effect on human reproduction is "definitely warranted".
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The compound is called bisphenol-A or BPA. It is used in plastic food containers, cans and dental sealants. Research suggests it leaches from products and is absorbed in low concentrations by the human body. A separate study last month suggested it might be a contributing factor to women developing breast cancer.

In the research, published in the journal Human Reproduction, a team led by Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara of the obstetrics and gynaecology department at Nagoya City University Medical School examined 45 patients who had suffered miscarriages three or more times and 32 women with a history of successful pregnancies. They found average BPA levels were more than three times higher in those women who had miscarried


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Obesity Significantly Increases Risk Of Recurrent Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40 and Obesity

Most of us know obesity can be a risk factor for infertility and even miscarriage.  If you are trying to conceive, it is suggested that you reach a normal weight before actually trying because the body doesn't like to get pregnant while body weight is declining.
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This article quotes a study which explains that obesity may also be a risk factor for recurrent miscarriage. Read more:

For the study, clinical nurse specialist at the hospital, Winnie Lo, and colleagues, examined 398 women who had been attending the hospital with their partners for unexplained miscarriages between 1996 and 2006. They then followed them on their next pregnancy and also put them into four groups depending on their Body Mass Index (BMI). When they analysed the data they adjusted the results for potential confounders like age, a well know risk factor for miscarriage.

The results showed that:
1 per cent of the women were underweight (BMI under 18.50).

49 per cent were of normal weight (BMI 18.50 to 24.99).

34 per cent were overweight (BMI 25.00 to 29.99).

16 per cent were obese (BMI of 30.00 and over).

0.5 per cent of the women who miscarried in their next pregnancy were underweight.

44.9 per cent of the women who miscarried in their next pregnancy were of normal weight.

33.3 per cent of the women who miscarried in their next pregnancy were obese.

Compared to women of normal weight, obese women had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage (odds ratio 2.3).

The figures for overweight and underweight women did not show a signficantly increased risk of miscarriage.
The authors concluded that:

"This study demonstrated that women with unexplained RM [recurrent miscarriage] who are obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2) have a significantly increased risk of miscarriage in future pregnancies compared to those with a normal BMI."

"These women should be counselled regarding the significant beneficial effect on pregnancy outcome to be gained by weight loss," they added.

An obesity specialist told the BBC that it could be dangerous to lose weight while pregnant, suggesting the advice of this study should be treated with caution. Dr Nick Finer, an endocrinologist with an interest in obesity who is based at Addenbrooke's Hospital near Cambridge, called the findings "unsurprising".

Fisher said scientists already knew that increasing BMI is linked to reduced fertility, increased risk of fetal malformation and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. While it was not clear why obesity should cause these problems, he suggested perhaps it had something to do with increased inflammation.

Fisher said while there may be good reasons for obese women to lose weight before getting pregnant, doing so once pregnancy is established could cause problems.

"Effect of body mass index on pregnancy outcome in women with unexplained recurrent miscarriage."
Lo, W; Rai, R; Hameed, A; Marikinti, K; Al-Ghamdi, A; Regan, L.
Abstract number FC6.06
BJOGVolume 115 Issue s1, p 32-66 (September 2008)
Presented to the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology's 7th international scientific meeting in Montreal, 17 - 20 September, 2008


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Miscarriage From The Jewish Perspective

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Stories of Unassisted Miscarriage

Natural Miscarriage

Most of my miscarriages were at home since many were early. However, I did have a few D&C's when they didn't expel on their own. I was very concerned about this since I was worried about scarring and damage to my uterus, but I went ahead and had the procedure.
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 This site talks about unassisted miscarriage:

From the site:

When an unborn baby, for whatever reason, chooses not to continue its earthly life, nothing is more heartrending for the mother. The process of allowing that baby to pass from your body is just as special, sacred and private as that of a full-term delivery. When you know for certain that your baby is going to leave, you do not want to be in a cold, clinical environment surrounded by strangers. You want the privacy of your own home, your own room, your own bed, and the loving hands of a partner or friend. In some cases, you may wish to be totally alone. This need for a quiet, sacred space to allow the event to occur is totally understandable and should be honored by those around you. 


Monday, September 16, 2013

Overweight Women More Likely To Miscarry Normal Babies

Miscarriage and Obesity

Most people know that being overweight is a risk factor for infertility, but it is also a risk factor for miscarriage - even when the baby is normal.  
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I always encourage women to get to a normal weight before they try to conceive.  If you are dieting and trying to conceive.  Being a normal weight reduces so many risk factors and pregnancy complications like diabetes and hypertension.   Here is an article that talks discusses the higher miscarriage rate:

The California researchers tested DNA from 204 fetuses miscarried in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. They compared the rate of chromosomal abnormalities in the fetuses from women with a normal body mass index (BMI) with the rate of abnormalities in fetuses from women with a BMI that classified them as overweight or obese. They found that 53 per cent of babies lost by overweight women had no chromosomal abnormalities compared to just 37 per cent of babies lost by women of a more healthy BMI.

Dr Inna Landres, who led the research team, said that these findings indicate that 'obesity predisposes women to miscarry normal babies.' The reason for this is not yet understood, but Dr Landres suggested that one explanation could be altered levels of hormones such as oestrogen and androgens seen in overweight women. She emphasised: 'It's important to identify elevated BMI as a risk factor for miscarriage and counsel those women who are affected on the importance of lifestyle modification.'


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Incompetent Cervix and Cerclage

One reason some women miscarry is a condition called "incompetent cervix".
 This is where the cervix opens too soon under the pressure of the baby.

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 If you have an incompetent cervix, you may be put on bedrest to minimize the chance the the cervix will open and put you into premature labor.   Here is an article that describes the treatment:

From the article:

The standard treatment for incompetent cervix involves placing a cerclage, or a band made of synthetic material, around the cervix. The cerclage strengthens the cervix as well as stops the amniotic sac from coming out early. There are different types of cerclages available. In a transvaginal cerclage (TVC), doctors sew the cervix closed, usually during the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy. At 36 weeks, the stitches are taken out so the woman can deliver her child naturally. A few downfalls exist with this method: It requires bed rest for the remainder of pregnancy, many babies are still delivered prematurely, and it needs to be redone with each pregnancy thereafter. TVC has around an 85 percent success rate.

A LIFESAVING OPTION: Another type of cerclage is transabdominal cerclage (TAC), which involves placing a synthetic band higher on the cervix. In this procedure, doctors make an incision in the lower abdomen, or it is done laparoscopically. This type of cerclage supports the cervix and prevents it from opening. Unlike TVC, it does not require the mother to be on bed rest; however, women who opt for this procedure can only deliver their baby through Caesarean section, performed through the same incision used to place the cerclage. Once the band is placed, it can remain safely in the body and be used for later pregnancies. According to Arthur F. Haney, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., TACS can be placed up to 16 weeks of gestation, but it is best to place abdominal cerclages in the 10th week when the patient and baby have the lowest risk. 


Monday, September 09, 2013

NSAIDS Significantly Raise Miscarriage Risk

Miscarriage and Pain Releivers

If you're anything like me, NSAIDS like ibuprofen really help with menstrual cramps. But there's one problem, early pregnancy can cause cramping and you may not know the difference between a period cramp and a pregnancy cramp.
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 The study cited below showed double the risk of miscarriage in women who took NSAIDS. I never took ibuprofen unless I had actually started bleeding when I was trying to conceive. Read more:

Women who take any amount of ibuprofen in early pregnancy could have more than double the risk of miscarriage, new research has suggested.

A class of painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the risk of miscarriage in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, experts said.

Previous studies have shown inconsistent results when examining the effect of NSAIDs on pregnancy.

The new study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined a number of commonly-used NSAIDs including ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac. It found that women who took any type, and any dose, of NSAID had a 2.4 times higher risk of miscarriage than women who did not miscarry.

Overall, 4,705 cases of miscarriage were analysed, of which 352 (7.5%) involved women taking NSAIDs. Women in the entire sample were aged 15 to 45, and they were compared with women of a similar age who did not suffer a miscarriage (of which 2.6% had been exposed to NSAIDs).

The highest risk was for diclofenac when used alone, while the lowest was for a drug called rofecoxib, which was withdrawn in 2004 over safety concerns.


Saturday, September 07, 2013

Gums and Miscarriage: Dental Health May Prevent Pregnancy Loss

Gum Disease and Miscarriage

I've written before about how poor dental hygiene can affect your entire body.
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 Inflamed gums can lead to the production of the bad prostaglandins which could affect your pregnancy.  Although I opted out of dental care while I was pregnant (afraid of the x-rays), I did floss twice a day and had good dental care before I became pregnant.  This article explains more:

Mums and Gums: Cause of Miscarriage and Premature Births

Guest Post By Judy Ford

After I had my first child, my dentist complained that I hadn't been looking after my teeth and gums. I was sure that I hadn't been doing anything different from usual. He then went on to complain that all pregnant women and new mothers neglected their teeth and gums. I believe that he was wrong when he suggested that pregnant women suddenly change their oral hygiene habits. But he was correct that the dramatic hormonal changes during pregnancy can greatly affect the gums. If the gums aren't healthy to start with then this seemingly irrelevant problem can seriously baby's growth and health in the womb.
It is now shown beyond any doubt that maternal gum disease causes premature labour. One study performed prospectively in North Carolina looked at the effect of dental health in 812 women. Each woman's dental health was assessed at 26 weeks and then within 48 hours after delivery. The researchers examined both the rate of premature births (less than 28 weeks) and low birth weight (less than 1,000 gms). Their data was adjusted for race, parity and gender. 1.1% of the group with healthy gums (201 women) had premature births. This rate greatly increased in the 566 rated as having mild gum disease to 3.5% and was 11.1% in the 45 women with moderate to severe gum disease. The rates were slightly more dramatic for birth weight. No women with healthy gums had a baby that weighed less than 1,000 gm. Six per cent of the women with mild disease had a baby with low birth weight and 11.4% of those with moderate to severe disease had a low birth weight baby. Studies from Poland, France and Brazil showed similar results.
This research applies equally to second trimester and later miscarriages as well as prematurity at term.
Gum disease might cause low birth weight and prematurity in more than one way. Gum disease allows oral bacteria to move from the mouth into the blood stream. These oral bacteria can cause clotting and are known to be a major factor in strokes. They are also cause endocarditis, a potentially lethal infection of heart valves and inner lining of the heart. Periodontitis, serious gum disease in pregnancy might act through clotting or infection itself.
The great news is that early attention to periodontal (gum) health can reduce these risks.
A study from Chile examined the oral health of 400 pregnant women, aged between 18 and 35, before 28 weeks gestation. Dentists immediately treated periodontal disease in 200 of the women. They treated the other 200 (the controls) only after delivery. The rate of pre-term, low birth weight delivery was 1.8% (3/163) in the treated group and 10.1% (19/188) in the untreated group. Low birth weight and prematurity was 5.5 times more likely in the untreated group.
Prematurity and low birth weight together greatly increase the risk of a baby's death. There are also a large number of other important problems that occur as a result of prematurity. It is sad that it has taken so long to recognise this easily preventable cause of problems.
Let us hope that doctors and dentists will soon work together to prevent the problems in the future. In the meantime, inform every pregnant woman that you know.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the cause of miscarriage, cause of infertility and cause of birth defects. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website
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Friday, September 06, 2013


Home Remedies To Prevent Pregnancy Loss

I found a site of a reflexologist who gives a number of "old home remedies" for a number of physical ailments including miscarriage.
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 Of course, I always recommend (as does this site) checking with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. Read more:

Here are a few from the site:

Combine a teaspoon of fresh amla juice and honey. Take this every morning during pregnancy to avoid miscarriage. This is one of the efficient home remedies for preventing miscarriage.

Prepare a brew from safflower foliage. This is also useful in the prevention of early miscarriage. It is a good home remedy for preventing miscarriage.

Take Ascorbic acid of about 6-10 grams for 5-10 days. It also helps in reducing the chance of miscarriage.

Apply a cold compress to the perineum, internal portion of the thighs and the lumbar region during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is also one of the beneficial home remedies for preventing miscarriage.

In 1/2 cup of milk boil 1/4 teaspoon of ground bay leaf. Let it get cool. Drink this 2 times a day to protect the foetus. This is one of the successful home remedies for preventing miscarriage.

Apply a hot compress to the feet. 


Miscarriage Options - Study on Women's Preferences

Miscarriage Management

I found this interesting study published in a British medical journal about women's preferences on how to handle a miscarriage (i.e. natural vs. d & c). This study actually interviewed women and documented their experiences. Read through and scroll down for actual quotes from women in the study:

From the article:

Women in all three management groups expressed views in two areas related to intervention. First, there were many comments about the issue of whether intervention was appropriate or not. The majority of women who mentioned this queried whether there was any need for intervention at all:
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‘I didn't want a D & C [dilation and curettage], I didn't … I know it sounds silly, ‘cos the baby was already dead, but I don't agree with abortion, and things like that, and to me it felt the same; I wanted to do it on my own, and I got the D & C.’ (Surgical management [S].)
‘… and however uncomfortable, or however emotionally, you know, painful it was, I didn't want to speed the process up, I didn't want this unnatural or chemical way, so I, I knew I definitely didn't want a D & C.’ (Expectant management [E].)

A minority, however, were strongly in favour of the need for something to be done to help them — to bring the miscarriage to completion as quickly as possible. Some in the medical group also felt positive because they had been assisted to miscarry naturally:

‘I remember thinking about the three options, and coming to the conclusion that, at least a D & C was quick … because at the time I'd been off work for 3 weeks already … and I just thought: I don't want to wait anymore, particularly as I don't know what's going to happen.’ (S.)
‘… it happened the next morning [when] I came home … and it was a sense of relief really, … it's ended … the medical treatment, it's just speeding it up … it's not actually anyone else going in my body … it's just a little magic tablet … it's mid-point … it's a kind treatment … it's not your baby whipped out of you, which is what a D & C feels like to me.’ (Medical management [M].)


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Late Implantation May Miscarry

Pregnancy and Fertilization Timing Critical to Success

I always suspected that many of my miscarriages were due to poor timing in addition to hormonal imbalance
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Perhaps the egg fertilized too late, or it took too long for it to travel to the uterus for implantation. According to the article below, I was probably right. Read more:

Today, the researchers reported they have found that the lost fetuses tend to be those that implant late. (NEJM, June 10.) The implantation of the fertilized egg in the wall of the uterus is necessary for the nourishment and growth of the fetus. Surviving pregnancies implanted only about one day earlier, on average, than the non-survivors: 10.5 days v. 9.1 days from fertilization to implantation. But the day-by-day trend was clear. If a fertilized egg implanted by the ninth day, it had only a 13 percent chance of loss. The risk rose to 26 percent if the implantation was on the tenth day, 52 percent on the eleventh day, and 82 percent thereafter. All three implantations after day 12 ended in early loss. There was no association in the NIEHS study between late implantation and the clinical miscarriages that occurred later in pregnancy.
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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

TCM View of Miscarriage

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Miscarriage Terminology - Some Find Offensive

Miscarriage:  Spontaneous Abortion

I'll admit, I was somewhat hypersensitive after each of my miscarriages. Probably nothing could ever be the "right thing to say". However, I did notice that most healthcare people did seem rather uneducated on how to help women going through this traumatic experience. I heard everything from "have you considered adoption?" to monotonous rambling on when I would start bleeding with no acknowledgement of my loss at all.

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What was a especially hurtful was when my diagnosis was bluntly stated as "spontaneous abortion" or "habitual aborter". I previously worked in healthcare, so I do know that this terminology is used for spontaneous & involuntary miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage, however, when you're in that intial state of shock and loss, those terms sound like accusations - like you terminated your pregnancy on purpose.

Here is an article about how women are offended by this terminology:


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Defective Sperm Can Cause Miscarriage Or Learning Disabilities

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Fibroid Surgery Helps Reduce Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40, Fibroids May Have To Be Removed

I did have some fibroids removed when I was in my early 30's because they were growing pretty fast, so I don't think they were associated with my recurrent miscarriages.

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However, if you do have fibroids, they can be a cause of miscarriage. Fibroid surgery can help restore fertility.

 Read more: From the article: Are fibroids associated with recurrent miscarriage? If so, does removal of a fibroid reduce the chances of a repeat miscarriage? A study was carried out to answer these questions and the results were recently published in the Human Reproduction Journal. Women suffering repeated miscarriages were included in the study. They underwent two investigations to diagnose the presence of uterine abnormalities– transvaginal ultrasonography (a procedure in which the ultrasound probe is introduced into the vagina) and hysterosalpingography, (a procedure in which a dye is introduced into the uterus and the structure of the uterus studied using imaging techniques). In the study, 8.2% women with repeated miscarriages had fibroids. Earlier studies indicate that fibroids are present in 1–2.4% women with infertility. Thus, fibroids were more common in women with recurrent miscarriages than with infertility. 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Electric Blankets and Miscarriage

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Miscarriage

Long ago, I had heard that pregnant women should not use electric blankets because of the increased risk of miscarriage.  With Colder weather on the way, more people will be using electric devices and blankets to stay warm.
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I had also heard that waterbeds may also pose a risk. I had a waterbed when I was pregnant, but I always unplugged it when I went to bed. Read more about electric blankets and EMF's:

Electric Blankets and Waterbeds

Electric blankets create a magnetic field that penetrates about 6-7 inches into the body. Thus it is not surprising that an epidemiological study has linked electric blankets with miscarriages and childhood leukemia.
This pioneering work was performed by Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper, who originally discovered that magnetic fields were linked to childhood leukemia. Similar health effects have been noted with users of many electric blankets and waterbed heaters will emit EMFs even when turned off.
The devices must be unplugged to delete the EMF exposure Additionally, there is the issue regarding the vibrations that are generated by sleeping on standing water. There is less hard data in this area but some experts are concerned about the consequences.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent Miscarriage, Research and Causes

Here is a comprehensive paper explaining some of the possible causes of recurrent miscarriage from an educational standpoint. You may have heard of some of these before, but it is a good resource since it explains everything from environmental factors, to hormonal imbalance, to structural abnormalities and so on.

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 I should mention that I was able to overcome recurrent miscarriage naturally when I became pregnant with my daughter.  I was never diagnosed with any particular condition but my persistence in finding natural ways to improve my overall health certainly paid off. 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Miscarriage Caused By Sensitivity To Female Hormones?

Miscarriage and Hormone Sensitivity

Who would have thought that a woman could be hypersensitive to her own female hormones? According to this article, it's possible that hormone sensitivity might be behind some miscarriages.
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This could be especially problematic for women who receive hormone injections when undergoing fertility treatments.  I think I was sensitive to the progesterone injections because they caused severe cramping.  I don't know that I had "immune hypersensitivity" as the article talks about, but I was miserable after pumping myself with all of the fertility drugs and hormones. 
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Miscarriages are often the result of a genetic disorder. Sometimes, they are triggered by uterus abnormalities, unbalanced hormonal levels, clotting impairments or lupus in the mother. "But in at least half of the cases, we can't find the reason. It's frustrating," says Mark Walker at the University of Ottawa in Canada, who was not involved in the study.

A new research carried on at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, might have shed some light on the origins of these unexplained miscarriages. The scientists found - in the case of women with recurrent miscarriages - an immune hypersensitivity to female sex hormones (that regulate pregnancy), estrogen and progesterone, in skin tests. 

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This is a warning signal, as some controversial current therapies against miscarriages include progesterone injections. "Previous studies had shown a connection between miscarriage and unusual immune system responses, but none had looked at the role of these sex hormones," the researchers say.

The team injected the hormones into the skin of 29 women who had suffered at least three unexplained miscarriages, and 10 women who had successfully gave birth to a healthy, normal baby and never experienced a miscarriage. 26 women in the first group showed immune hypersensitivity to one of the two hormones, and 17 of them were hypersensible to both, while the women that had not experienced miscarriage were totally immune. "This is really novel," says Walker. "It's a small sample size but if the results are that profound, it definitely warrants more research."

"It opens prospects as far as diagnostics and treatment," says Alek Itsekson, who led the study. "Hypersensitivity to these hormones might be increasing the numbers of immune system cells called natural killer cells."

These immune cells normally gather around the embryo as it develops, but a rise in their number has been connected to early miscarriage. Steroids were checked as a possible treatment for this condition, but they can trigger harmful side effects. "Knowing the mechanism behind the negative immune reaction to progesterone and estrogen might lead to better options," the researchers say.

Further investigations made on rats will explain more details about this phenomenon. The finding is a warning signal towards therapies involving progesterone injections to women possessing low progesterone levels. "The usefulness of these injections is already controversial, the researchers say, and if the women are hypersensitive to progesterone the treatment may have unknown side effects," the researchers said. 

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