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Thursday, February 28, 2013

How To Tell If You're Having A Miscarriage

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Does Endometriosis Contribute To Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss/Complications?

Endometriosis, Infertility and Miscarriage

Endometriosis can cause quite a few problems for women whether they are trying to conceive or not.
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 Although many women have this condition and don't even know it, for many it can be a great source of pain, especially when they are on their menstrual cycle.  I recall a woman I  used to work with who would miss at least two days of work every month because of the severe pain her endometriosis caused.  I also had an aunt who had this condition and not only experienced pain every month, but as a result of her endometriosis was never able to have children. 

Endometriosis can cause infertility in a number of ways, some of which include fallopian tube blockage as well as an overproduction of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins which can throw your hormones and menstrual cycle out of whack.  This is why it can also lead to early miscarriage.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Miscarriage May Be Predicted In First Two Weeks

Early Fetal Growth May Be Clue To Pregnancy Loss

I knew some of my miscarriages were going to happen because either the heartbeat was too slow or the heart had stopped.
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 But this article talks about how many miscarriages can be predicted based on the growth of the fetus very early in pregnancy. Read more:

Miscarriage linked to first weeks of life in foetuses (

From the article:

The research, on 292 women, revealed that the so-called crown-rump length (CRL) of the foetus was "significantly smaller" in pregnancies that subsequently ended in miscarriage.

Dr Faizah Mukri, from the early pregnancy unit at St George's Hospital in London, led the study.

She said some 70 per cent of babies that were delivered normally at the end of pregnancy also had a smaller-than-expected CRL in the first few weeks.

But all the babies involved in miscarriage had a smaller CRL, and 61 per cent of those had a far smaller CRL than expected, she added.

Other research has suggested the slow growth of the foetus could be the result of chromosomal abnormalities, which can be indicated by a slow foetal heart rate during ultrasound scans.

It could also relate to the possibility of the placenta not working properly, which restricts the normal growth of the foetus, thereby leading to the miscarriage.

Monday, February 25, 2013

IVIg Therapy For Miscarriage

Miscarriage IV Therapy

I frequently run across a term called IVIg therapy for miscarriage.
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 Since this is an abbreviation and not necessarily a term that the average lay person would understand (Intravenous immunoglobulin G), I thought I would do a post to explain it. Read more:

From the article:

Intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIg) is an intravenous drug given to women prior to conception through to the sixth month of pregnancy. Although it won�t help all women, those who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss due to autoimmune factors may find that IVIg is just what they need to maintain their pregnancy.

What is IVIg?
Using donor blood that has been washed and processed, IVIg is made up of human-derived antibodies. These antibodies help to keep your immune system from recognizing an embryo or fetus as foreign and attacking it. More specifically, IVIg aids in minimizing the actions of natural killer (NK) cells. Amplified levels of NK cells can prevent an embryo from implanting as well as interfere with the proper development of the placenta, which in turn prevents the embryo from developing normally. All of these factors can result in a miscarriage.

Precisely how IVIg works is not entirely clear. It is thought that the drug may block those antibodies that cause your body to reject a pregnancy. However, it is also speculated that IVIg may work by soaking up and defusing the harmful antibodies that can interfere with a pregnancy.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Miscarriage and Hormones

Miscarriage May Be Predicted Not Just By HcG, but Other Hormones As Well

I've always wondered if my miscarriages were mainly due to hormonal imbalances.
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Most of us who have had pregnancies which were monitored early had our HcG levels checked every 48 hours.  Here is an article that talks about how there are other hormones as well that could signify that the pregnancy may be in danger.  Read more:

Hormones predict miscarriage risk

Here is an excerpt from the BBC News Article (link above):

"At as early as six weeks' gestation, levels of three placental hormones - inhibin A, hCG and oestradiol - were up to four times lower in the women who went on to miscarry compared with the women who subsequently had a live birth.

These hormones are known to be critical for the embryo's nourishment and development.

Professor Jauniaux said: "If we are able to identify these clear hormone variations early enough, we believe there is a real window of hope for the development of preventative therapies for these patients."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Long Term Anxiety After Miscarriage

Anxiety Persists Long After Miscarriage

I could certainly relate to this article. Women who experience miscarriage are at risk for long-term anxiety.
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 Even though I have had my daughter and I am no longer trying to conceive, I feel that because I had six miscarriages, I am somewhat overprotective and worried that something bad might happen.  Miscarriage is death and when it's thrown at you through pregnancy loss, it can be devastating. Then you have difficulty conceiving and recurrent miscarriage in the mix and you can only imagine what this does to an unsuspecting woman or couple. Read more:

Anxiety may persist after miscarriage

From the article:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After a miscarriage, depression appears to decline during the following year, but many women and their partners continue to feel anxiety more than a year later, study findings suggest.

"In people who experience miscarriage, anxiety, rather than depression is more likely to be the clinical burden, [and] this can be persisting [and] enduring," Dr. Grant P. Cumming, of Dr. Gray's Hospital, Elgin, United Kingdom told Reuters Health.

Few studies have attempted to assess the long-term emotional impact of miscarriage on couples. This led Cumming and colleagues to examine depression and anxiety in women and their partners within one month after the women experienced a miscarriage, and again 6 and 13 months later. They report the study in BJOG, a journal of obstetrics and gynaecology...

...The main psychological burden in women, and in some men, was anxiety, Cumming added. Within the first month after miscarriage, over 24 percent of the women and over 5 percent of the men showed anxiety.

At the final assessment, anxiety was still evident in nearly 16 percent of the women and over 4 percent of the men.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Did My Lost Babies Reject Me?

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Feels Like Rejection

I don't know if it's irrational thinking or not, but I've often wondered if my six miscarried babies somehow were rejecting me when I lost them.
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 I've always been a firm believer that babies choose you, not the other way around.

When I was a year or two into my trying to conceive journey, my self esteem took a beating. In my weak moments, especially in the months immediately following a miscarriage, I would often feel rejected and think:

"Why didn't you want me as your mother? I would have been a good one. Is it something I did? Something I said? And my mind would go on and on....

Honestly, I don't have an answer even to this day - could it be that getting pregnant is based on random luck and survival is completely hit or miss?

Maybe those souls did decide that the time wasn't right or that I wasn't the right mother for them. But even if that's the case, that's okay. Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I can see that the baby that did come into my life was the perfect one. I hope the others found a happy home or will find a happy home when the time is right.

I actually had one more miscarriage after I had my daughter (at the age of 49!) The pregnancy was totally accidental because we weren't trying and it was right after the flu had swept through our house. That one did feel rather random, I didn't even know I was pregnant until I started having some weird bleeding. But even looking at that one in retrospect, it's possible that particular baby decided to go with another family who perhaps didn't have a child already. I guess none of us know how the universe works. Parents and children teach each other equally. When it's right, it's right and I think everyone knows it. That belief got me through some tough times. I waited six years for it to be totally right and it was worth the wait. So if you're in the depths of despair, just remember, the time will be right for you too - it just may not be exactly when you think. I believe there is a master plan and where we stand, we can't know the wisdom of all there is.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Loss Through Miscarriage Is Different

Women May Grieve Differently Over Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss 

Here is an insightful article that explains how loss through miscarriage or stillbirth is different from other losses.
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 At the time of my miscarriages, I had dealt with other losses, but I was not prepared for the devastation of losing a baby.  Since I had kept most of my pregnancies private, I didn't have anyone to share my loss with except my husband.  Read more:

What Makes Pregnancy Losses Unique (

From the article:

People who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths grieve over a baby they do not know. Understanding how these losses are different from other losses helps to appreciate the distinct way they are mourned. Here are several ways that pregnancy loss is unique.

1. It can feel less real.

When you grieve, you typically recall the beloved with longing memories — his/her voice, face, treasured interactions. With pregnancy loss, there are no such memories to grieve. There is silence and blankness instead. This is why it is usually helpful after a stillbirth to see the baby you grew to love during your pregnancy, to get to know her or him as a real person, as a daughter or son). Even if you are unable to (or choose not to) see, hold, and touch your baby, having pictures or mementoes can be another way of concretizing and identifying who was lost.

2. Sometimes it’s losing a baby; sometimes it’s not. For many women and their partners miscarriage is a confusing, anxiety-provoking event. Unlike a stillbirth, there usually is no body to see, and the pregnancy may not have gotten far enough along to be felt as a baby. What was lost? For some, it was a baby, especially if viewed earlier in ultrasound. For others, it is felt as a blow to a woman’s maternal creativity. Or perhaps it is a profound disappointment. Sorting out what was lost can help determine the personal meanings of a miscarriage.

3. It injures the self and self-esteem. More so for women than for men, pregnancy loss is an assault upon the self. It feels as if your body has failed. Reproducing has intimations of immortality. It is becoming a co-creator with God. For many women, depressed feelings following these losses may be as much a result of feeling terrible about oneself as missing one’s baby. Finding other avenues of feeling proud of yourself may help to alleviate diminished self-worth.

4. It revives other losses and hurts. Not uncommonly, we name our children after someone who has died, in his or her memory. Conversely, when a baby dies, it may revive the intensity of a prior loss — a parent or some other important figure in one’s life. When grieving a pregnancy loss persists without relief for longer than a year, an earlier loss or trauma is often involved as well.

5. It interferes with normal development. For many people, the goal of having children is not only to love the child but to gain the adult status of parenthood as well. Pregnancy loss often causes feelings of being left out and stagnating as one’s friends, siblings, co-workers are having children. This often makes it intolerable to be around other pregnant women or families with babies.

6. Others don’t understand. Many people don’t realize how profound a loss this can be. Others may be uncomfortable with loss in general. Even well-intentioned people say hurtful things–”You’ve been in the dumps for two weeks. Get over it already!” “You can always have another baby.” “It was meant to be.” Sometimes it may be useful to tell the offending person he may be well-meaning, but it doesn’t help to hear that. If he or she is capable of listening, it may be possible to explain what the loss does mean to you.

7. It is more difficult to end. Most losses entail grieving relationships rooted in the past. Pregnancy loss almost entirely grieves what will be lost in the future. So grief is intensified on particular anniversaries, especially the due date, or special holidays or experiences you hoped to share with your baby. Even after the intense grief over pregnancy loss has subsided, there may always be events that trigger the everlasting loss of this baby.

Irv Leon is a psychologist who has worked for more than 20 years with reproductive loss, adoption, and bereavement. He is author of When a Baby Dies: Psychotherapy for Pregnancy and Newborn Loss (Yale University Press, 1990.) Reach him at

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Miscarriage And Workplace Hazzards

Work Conditions, Exposure To Chemicals and Gasses Could Cause Miscarriage

The following article is technical in nature, but gives some little known information about workplace pregnancy hazzards.
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 They address everything from chemicals, postures and even noise.  Not only can some of these things cause infertility, but they could also cause miscarriage.  Read more:

From the article:

An increased risk of spontaneous abortion among the women exposed to glycol ethers was found in several studies in the semiconductor industry [13], although the role of other solvents present in this industry could not be excluded [14]. A Chinese study [15] confirmed that exposure to glycol ethers is associated with both decreased fertility and increased risk of spontaneous abortion.

Other solvents suspected of toxicity to female reproductive function with possible negative effects on the menstrual cycle and on pregnancy outcome include carbon disulfide (through interference with hormonal equilibrium), styrene and 2-bromopropane [16].

Working with petrochemicals is known to increase the risk of cytogenetic alterations and mutagenic effects, in both somatic cells and in embryonic tissues [17]. In a Chinese petrochemical plant employing 3000 women, a study found increased risk of spontaneous abortion among those exposed to benzene (OR = 2.5; 95% CI 1.7–3.7), gasoline (OR = 1.8; 95% CI 1.1–2.9) and hydrogen sulphide (OR = 2.3; 95% CI 1.2–4.4) [18]. In the same setting, maternal exposure to organic solvents was associated with reduced birth weight [19].

Exposure to solvents continues to be an important risk for women of reproductive age, because new technologies introduce new chemical risks. It was recently found that laboratory technicians using recombinant DNA techniques (where different solvents are used) had an increased risk for pre-term births [20].

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Statins and Reduced Miscarriage Risk

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage, Statin Drugs May Help With APS

Antiphospholipid syndrome or (APS) has been long associated with miscarriage.
Although most of us think about "statins" as drugs used to help lower cholesterol, they may also be helpful in treating women with APS and increasing their chance of a successful pregnancy.    Read more:

Statins Cut Miscarriage Risk (

From the article;

Statins may help in preventing miscarriages in women suffering from pregnancy complications caused by antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), according to researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery.
APS is characterised by the production of antibodies directed at phospholipids, the main components of cell membranes.

While in low risk pregnancies, APS is linked with a nine-fold increase in miscarriage; there is a 90 percent risk of miscarriage associated with APS in case of high-risk pregnancies (women who have had at least three prior losses).
“Statins may work as a treatment for women with APS-induced pregnancy complications. They are drugs that have been shown to be very safe. There are a lot of women who continue to take statins through pregnancy and the drugs have not been shown to produce birth defects,” said Guillermina Girardi, Ph.D., associate scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, who is lead author of the study.
Statins do not increase the risk of bleeding like anticoagulants, which is the current treatment for patients with APS.
The researchers examined the white blood cells from mice that had APS and discovered that these cells expressed certain receptors called PAR2 (protease-activated receptor 2). The receptor, when stimulated, led to the activation of white blood cells that attacked the placenta and hurt the foetus. The researchers inhibited white blood cell activation by using an antibody that blocks tissue factor interaction with PAR-2.
It was found that statins not only downregulate tissue factor, but they also downregulate PAR-2 on white blood cells, making the cells less sensitive.
Thus, the researchers injected statins into mice with APS and found that these drugs could prevent white blood cell activation and protect pregnancies.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Do Computer Terminals Add To Miscarriage Risk?

Pregnancy Over 40, Can Computers Increase Miscarriage Risk?

I've been reading for at least the last 10 years that you should limit your computer use if you are pregnant or trying to conceive because of low level radiation.
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According to the article below, newer terminals emit less radiation but I believe it's still prudent to limit your exposure as much as possible to electromagnetic fields. Read more:

From the article:

The short answer is probably not. The concept that radiation from video display terminals could cause miscarriages dates back to one study conducted in the 1980s, which found that women who worked on the terminals had a higher rate of miscarriage. However, subsequent research has found no evidence of a link, and some researchers have suggested that there might have been other factors that explained the link in the first study.

In addition, most modern computer monitors emit less radiation than older terminals in use in the 1980s. So even if there was a risk with the older models, it would not necessarily apply in the modern setting. For example, LCD monitors are fast becoming the standard, and they give off very little radiation at all.

That being said, some people remain concerned about video display terminals and other magnetic fields emitted by various types of everyday items, such as vacuum cleaners. A few studies have found evidence that constant exposure to magnetic fields from electronic appliances could theoretically cause disruptions to developing embryos, and one 2002 study found that women who had the highest exposure to magnetic fields had a higher risk of miscarriage than did women with lower levels of
exposure. But the exact meaning of those findings is still up for debate. At this time, there is no scientific consensus that normal levels of radiation encountered in everyday life have any bearing on pregnancy risks, although researchers have acknowledged that women in professions with a high amount of exposure to x-rays may have increased risk.

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