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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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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Miscarriage - Dealing With "Reminders"

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Miscarriage With Normal Chromosomes - Should I Still Worry?

 Why do Normal Pregnancies Miscarry?

I had chromosomal testing on one of my pregnancies that miscarried and I was told that the baby was chromosomally normal. 
 I just could not understand why I lost the baby when it was supposedly fine. This guest post may help explain some of the reasons:
Guest Post
By Judy Ford

If you have had the very distressing experience of losing a pregnancy you want to know why? Sometimes your doctor will suggest that your miscarriage, often referred to as the 'products of conception', is tested in a laboratory to discover whether the chromosomes are normal. This is done because it is known that at least 50% of miscarriages are caused by abnormalities in the baby that are associated with chromosomal abnormalities.
Without going into details here about the many different types of chromosome abnormalities, I will first say that almost any chromosome abnormality will cause your baby to have both developmental abnormalities (often called congenital abnormalities) and severe mental retardation. There are a few exceptions but most chromosomal abnormalities are not compatible with life outside the womb and so the pregnancy will miscarry.
The laboratory test usually involves growing cells from the miscarriage. So if the laboratory tests of your miscarriage show that the chromosome results are normal, there are two possible explanations. The first is that the test is wrong! If the test shows a normal male, the result is correct but if the test shows a normal female then the laboratory could have grown some of your cells rather than the baby's cells and if this is the case then you don't know what the real result is. How could this happen? Well, it is easy for this error to occur. When you miscarry, your cells from the lining of the uterus are all mixed up with the baby's cells. Since the baby's cells may have either died or be less healthy than your cells at the time of the miscarriage, then when the laboratory grows the mixture of cells, your cells are likely to grow much more vigorously in the laboratory's culture. So a normal female result could mean that the baby was a normal girl but it could and often does mean that the laboratory grew your cells by mistake.

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Suppose that the result is correct. Your baby's cells were those of a chromosomally normal male or female. Does this mean that your baby was physically normal? Sadly the answer is still 'no'. All research that has carefully investigated the physical development of miscarriages has shown that the embryonic developmental abnormalities in the baby are the same, regardless of whether the chromosomes are normal or abnormal. This is because chromosome abnormalities are only one expression of abnormal embryonic development. It is in fact extremely rare that a miscarriage has normal development unless the loss occurs either late in gestation either due to maternal illness or to abnormalities of the placenta or placental function.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist and human biologist who has undertaken considerable research into the lifestyle and its effects on fertility and pregnancy. She has written several popular e-books and her website offers a unique personal evaluation that generates personal advice on how to resolve fertility problems at Extensive information on natural fertility is free.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Recurrent Miscarriage May Be Caused By Chromosome Problems In Male or Female Partner

Miscarriage and Chromosomes

After a number of miscarriage, I had the fetal tissue examined to see if there was a chromosomal reason for my pregnancy loss.  In that particular pregnancy, I had a D & C and the fetal tissue was found to be normal. 

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Here is an article that discusses how miscarriage may not only be caused by a chromosome problem in the fetus, but it may also be caused by a chromosomal problem in either the male or female partner.  

From the article:

Background: An abnormal karyotype in either partner, especially featuring a translocation and/or inversion is considered to be a cause of recurrent miscarriages. It is generally assumed that recurrent miscarriage might be due to recurrent chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus due to a balanced aberration in one of the parents being inherited by the offspring in an unbalanced form. Aim: Evaluation of chromosomal rearrangements in couples with recurrent miscarriages. Materials and Methods: Peripheral blood was collected and lymphocyte cultures were set up. Slides prepared from the cell suspension were stained and screened for metaphases followed by karyotyping. Result: Balanced translocation was observed in the male partner in one case and in the female partners in the three other cases. Conclusion: Couples with recurrent miscarriage should be investigated for chromosomal rearrangements, thus helping in genetic counseling and providing the options for future pregnancies.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Environment and Miscarriage

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Unlikely Causes Of Miscarriage

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Here is an article in its entirety about some things women worry about which may cause miscarriage. Some of these things are stated as "inconclusive" as to whether or not they may cause miscarriage, so always err of the side of caution. Read more:

* Sex. Women commonly fear that sexual intercourse while pregnant could cause a miscarriage, but no one has ever found evidence that intercourse or orgasm has any bearing on whether a woman will miscarry.
* Having a few drinks before finding out you are pregnant. A few studies have found links between miscarriage and consumption of small amounts of alcohol among women around the time of conception and even in male partners just before conception. Causation isn’t certain, however. These studies may be confounded by unknown variables such as other lifestyle factors that coincide with alcohol consumption.
* Moderate drinking (one to two drinks per day) and heavy drinking in the first trimester does increase miscarriage risk, but it’s hard to draw any conclusions about the effects during the time before a woman knows she is pregnant. Usually, the embryo has been implanted in the uterus for only about a week when a woman discovers she is pregnant. For the first week following fertilization, the tiny developing ball of cells is merely floating in fluids and not sharing the mother’s blood supply at all, and it seems unlikely that drinking alcohol would have any effect on the pregnancy during this period.

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* Using aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug before finding out that you are pregnant. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are another gray area. It seems unlikely that using them in the immediate weeks after conception, when the embryo is floating in the fallopian tube or only very recently implanted, should pose a risk. Low-dose aspirin, in fact, is commonly used as part of the treatment protocol for miscarriages caused by blood-clotting disorders. Still, some studies have shown an association between the use of NSAIDs and miscarriage, although causation hasn’t been established.
* Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) is generally considered a safe pain reliever for use in pregnancy, but check with your practitioner before taking it.
* Lifting and other physical exertion. A few studies have correlated physical stress such as heavy lifting with increased miscarriage rates. Although the evidence is far from conclusive, it’s probably best to avoid strenuous work when you are or may be pregnant. Mild to moderate exercise appears to pose no miscarriage risk.
* Falling down in the first trimester. I have been unable to find any good studies about falling and miscarriages, but women who have fallen and then miscarried often worry that the fall caused the loss. The general consensus among doctors, however, is that a baby is well protected by amniotic fluid in the early stages of pregnancy and should be unaffected by falling or many other kinds of physical trauma.

Excerpted from After Miscarriage, by Krissi Danielsson. (c) 2008, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press.“Unlikely Causes of Miscarriage.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

After Miscarriage: When To Expect Your Period

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Dealing With Baby Showers After Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage And Pregnancy In Others

I think all of us who have experienced infertility and miscarriage have experience that awful feeling like salt is being rubbed into our wounds when we receive pregnancy announcements and/or invitations to baby showers. These feelings are normal and there's no sense in feeling guilty on top of it. Here is a good article which may educate others about "baby shower etiquette" especially when inviting others who have experienced miscarriage:

from the article:
  • Never make assumptions about inviting someone. Don't send an invitation before checking with your friend. Just receiving an invitation in the mail can be devastating - always ask first to see if your friend feels up to it. Likewise, don't assume that you should not send an invitation. Your friend might feel up to attending, especially if she's close to you, or she might want to send a gift even if she won't attend. Always ask first.  
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  • Accept what ever level of participation she feels comfortable with, and realize that she may need to bow out of attending an event that she's already promised to attend. If her latest infertility treatment has just failed (again), or if she's having a difficult time grieving her lost baby, putting on a brave face at your baby shower may be more than she can handle.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Post-partum Depression After Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Post-Partum Depression

Post-partum depression doesn't just occur after the birth of a child, it can also occur after miscarriage.

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Just think of all the hormonal changes your body goes through after a miscarriage--this can trigger PPD. I know for me, the emotional roller coaster ride was extremely difficult. Here is an article about post-partum depression after miscarriage:

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious medical condition that can develop some time in the first few months after childbirth. Without treatment, PPD can be prolonged and disabling. Postpartum depression is very common, affecting 1 in 8 women during the first months after childbirth.1 It can also strike after miscarriage, stillbirth, and adoption...
... Postpartum depression seems to be triggered by the changes in hormone levels that occur after pregnancy. These hormonal changes are especially likely to lead to postpartum depression if you've had depression before. You are also more likely to have PPD if you have poor support from your partner, friends, or family, have a sick or colicky baby, or are under significant additional stress.1

Every woman has a risk of postpartum depression during the first several months after childbirth, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Women with a history of depression or postpartum depression have an even greater risk.

A personal or family history of bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, increases the risk of postpartum psychosis.


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Herbs To Calm The Fetus and Reduce Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Herbs

Of course, herbs should be taken only under the supervsion of a qualified practitioner especially if you're pregnant.
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 Your doctor should be consulted too (although my doctor's office had a blanket policy against herbal treatments in pregnancy). So, use this information with care. Read more about herbs which may help with miscarriage:

Some of the more common herbs used to treat a threatened miscarriage in Traditional Chinese Medicine are:

Ai Ye (Artemisiae Argyi, Folium) (“warms the womb and pacifies the fetus”)

E Jiao (Asinim, Gelatinum Corii) (“nourishes blood, stops bleeding, and helps prevent miscarriage”)

Huang Qin (Scutellariae Baicalensis, Radix) (“clears heat and calms the fetus”)

Tu Si Zi (Cuscutae Chinensis, Semen) (“tonifies Kidney Yang, calms the fetus”)

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Xu Duan (Dipsaci Asperi, Radix) (“stops uterine bleeding and calms the fetus”)

Du Zhong (Eucommiae Ulmoidis, Cortex) (“tonifies the Kidney Yang, calms the fetus”)

Sang Ji Sheng (Sangjisjeng, Ramulus) (“nourishes the blood and calms the womb”)

Bai Zhu (Atractylodis Macrocephalae, Rhizoma) (“strengthens the spleen and calms the fetus”)

Dang Shen (Codonopsitis Pilosulae, Radix) (“augments the Qi, for prolapse of uterus”)

Huang Qi (Astragali Membranacei, Radix) (“raises the Yang Qi, for prolapse of uterus”)

Zi Su Ye (Perillae Frutescentis, Folium) (“calms a restless fetus and used for morning sickness”)

Sha Ren (Amomi, Fructus) (“calms the fetus”)

These herbs are also often used when using Chinese Herbal Medicine to help maximize fertility, especially in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.


Some Surprising Sources Of EMF's That May Affect Hormones

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Explanation Of Molar Pregnancy

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Miscarriage Manners

Miscarriage and The Right Thing To Say

I just did a post on my fertility over 40 blog where I published a chart on what not to say to an infertile couple see here: Words that hurt the infertile.
 Here is another article about how people can be very insensitive to a woman who has had a miscarriage. Sometimes you really learn a lot about people and their ability to
put themselves in your shoes when you've experienced something traumatic like a miscarriage (My site:
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Her advice to those around a person who has experienced a miscarriage is to avoid clich├ęs (apart from "I'm so sorry" and "Is there anything I can do?" which are heartfelt). And yes, to send flowers. "I would have liked them," she acknowledges. "When does a woman not like flowers?"

An especially bad thing to do, another girlfriend confided, is to make prescriptive comments.

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"It rankles when people insist that I have to try again," she said. "I don't think people really understand how truly awful a thing it is. And I mean beyond the upset and the physical pain of it -- it's a horror. So why would I be in a rush to risk that again?"

It makes perfect sense once you hear someone who has gone through it explain it. When it comes to miscarriages, I've learned, talk is cheap (and e-mail is definitely not a suitable forum for discussion). As in many cases in life, people are eager to inform and offer advice, but not to listen.

"There's the obvious thing, where you have to put yourself in the other person's position," my lawyer girlfriend says. "And if you can't manage that, you should probably just shut up."


Friday, August 16, 2013

Nitrates And Miscarriage

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What Causes Late Miscarriage?

Miscarriage Late in Pregnancy

All of my miscarriages were before 12 weeks, however I have talked to a number of women who had miscarriages later in the pregnancy.
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This can be all the more devastating since the pregnancy has progessed so far and the couples usually feels they are "out of the woods" in terms of losing their pregnancy. Here is an article that addresses possible reasons for late miscarriage:

There are a number of possible reasons for a late miscarriage, including:

• problems with the placenta, such as bleeding, placental insufficiency (where the baby does not receive the optimum amount of oxygen and nutrients) or placental abruption (premature separation of the placenta)

• problems with the uterus (womb), such as a weak cervix, fibroids or an abnormally shaped uterus 

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• an infection in the mother caused by organisms that can cross the placenta, such as listeriosis or toxoplasmosis, or that can cause premature labour, such as Group B Streptococcus

• other problems affecting the mother's health such as auto-immune disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, kidney disease or sickle cell disease

• problems with the baby's development (including chromosomal abnormalities, Edwards' syndrome, neural tube defects, hydrocephalus, rhesus incompatibility, congenital heart problems) or a multiple pregnancy. 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Miscarriage and APS

Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome And Miscarriage

APS stands for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.
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 APS can lead to recurrent miscarriage. Here is an article that explains the condition.
Possible treatments include heparin and aspirin. I did not have APS - it's still a mystery why I miscarried so many times:

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From the article:

So what is this little-known culprit with a fancy name? In simplest terms, APS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body doesn't recognize parts of its own cells and creates antibodies to attack them. According to Dr. Victoria A. Seligman, a rheumatology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, APS is diagnosed when a patient has one or more of the following criteria:

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Positive antibodies test (includes lupus anticoagulant antibody, anticardiolipin antibody, and false positive syphilis screen) on two separate occasions, at least 8 weeks apart;

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Can Birth Control Pills Cause A Miscarriage?

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Could Cervical Conization Lead To Future Pregnancy Loss or Incompetent Cervix?

Cervical Conization Could Lead To Some Complications

I know quite a few women who have had abnormal pap smears and have subsequently undergone cervical conization.
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 Here is an article that discusses some possible complications of the procedure as it relates to pregnancy. If you should need this procedure, it may be something to discuss with your doctor:

From the study:

Sixty five cases were found. The mean gestational age at delivery was 37 weeks (SD, 3.5). Eighteen patients (27.7%) had preterm delivery. The type of conization, the volume of the specimen, and second trimester cervical length were related to preterm birth (p≤0.001, p=0.019, p≤0.001, respectively). In multivariate analysis, only mid-trimester cervical length was statistically significant for preterm birth (p=0.012; odds ratio, 0.194; confidence interval, 0.055 to 0.693). Six out of 65 patients had undergone prophylactic cerclage, and three (50%) of them had preterm births, while 15 (25%) patients without cerclage had preterm births.

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The type of conization, the volume of specimen, and second trimester cervical length may be the risk factors for preterm birth in patients who have a prior history of cervical conization. Prophylactic cerclage may not be helpful in preventing preterm birth, therefore more careful consideration should be paid in deciding cerclage after conization during prenatal counseling.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Early Miscarriage Prediction With Doppler

Miscarriage and Doppler Studies

I know for me, when I was pregnant, I wanted to know as much about the pregnancy as possible.
Frequently, ultrasounds are performed around 6-8 weeks to see if there is a heartbeat. This article talks about a Doppler machine which may actually be more useful to assess the health of a pregnancy. Read more:

The highly-sensitive Doppler machine can predict embryonic heart failure and miscarriage with 99 per cent certainty just six weeks into pregnancy.

It is hoped the technique may one day help prevent many miscarriages.

The scan, which uses a vaginal probe, has for the first time allowed experts to identify congestive heart failure in babies by measuring the speed of red blood cells moving through their blood vessels.

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Dr Jason Birnholz, who led tests on more than 1,500 mothers-to-be, said: 'I suspect that, if the blood vessels that feed the placenta do not properly form or are slightly delayed in development, the heart does not get the support required.'


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Flame Retardants Affect Thyroid

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The Case For Steroids To Avoid Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy Loss:  Do Steroids Prevent Miscarriage?

I've read conflicting views on whether or not steroids can help women carry a pregnancy to term.
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This article gives the case for steroids in some women:

The study involved 120 patients who had suffered more than four miscarriages or failed IVF attempts. The women received ultrasound scans to determine blood flow in the uterus plus a smear test to ascertain the level of NK cells. Those with higher levels of NK cells also had higher blood flow and more developed blood vessels in the womb lining.

Most of the time this is a positive effect, but in the first few weeks of pregnancy the embryo needs low oxygen conditions to attach to the inner surface of the uterus and form a placenta. Quenby's hypothesis is that if there are too many blood vessels the area is too well oxygenated and the developing embryo does not implant properly, leading to a miscarriage.

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The steroid drug works by binding to the NK cells and preventing them from increasing blood vessel growth. To test formally whether the drug is effective, Quenby has begun a pilot double blind clinical trial that will compare the effectiveness of the drugs against a placebo in women who have suffered repeated miscarriages. 


Pollution May Affect Miscarriage and Baby Boys

Miscarriage and A Polluted Environment

I certainly hope that our country (and the world for that matter) can find some clean burning alternative fuels.
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Pollution just seems to be getting worse and, as this article explains, it may be affecting the miscarriage rate and the survivability of baby boys:

"It is known that female foetuses tend to be more robust, and able to survive in harsh conditions.

Boy foetuses are more likely to perish in the womb or suffer obstetric complications.

The Sao Paulo team examined birth registries for numbers of babies born between January 2001 and December 2003.

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In the least polluted areas 51.7% of the babies born were male - but in the most polluted areas the percentage of males born decreased to 50.7%."

from  BBC

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Successful Pregnancy After Seven Miscarriages

Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

Here's another article about how even in the most hopeless of situations, good things can still happen.
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This article is about a woman who experienced seven miscarriages but then carried her pregnancy to term. Although the article doesn't talk about what treatment she received, it still supports my belief that there is always a chance you will succeed. Read more:

From the article:

"Only those who have experienced the heartache of multiple miscarriages will know the grief our family has gone through," she said.

"I endured a mixture of short and mid term miscarriages and we had resigned ourselves to the possibility of adopting.

"I was trying everything, including herbal remedies.

The clinic at Singleton is the only one of its kind in Wales

"I became pregnant again in February. No-one can understand the mixed emotions this caused."

She was looked after by consultant Peter Bowen- Simpkins, Dr Jo Bibby and gynaecologist registrar Dr Fran Rushworth.

They offer women who have suffered three or more miscarriages investigative treatment and then specialist care when they become pregnant again


Thursday, August 08, 2013

Woman Overcomes Recurrent Miscarriage With Reflexology

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage, How Reflexology Can Help

I am a believer in reflexology and acupressure and in my video, Fertility Bodywork (, I demonstrate how you can perform these techniques on yourself. This article talks about a woman who overcame miscarriage with the use of reflexology. Read more:

From the article:

Then Mrs Lamplugh received an email from an old work colleague who had managed to have a baby with the help of reflexology.

She said: ‘As it had helped her, I thought, why not at least try it? She changed my life.’

The reflexologist checked her medical history and her ovulation cycle and worked out a tailor-made programme for her.

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Mrs Lamplugh said: ‘It was a long, intense course but every day I thought that I was going to lose the baby and James supported me through everything massively.’ Baby Alfie, now two, was followed by Georgia who is now eight months old.

During Georgia’s birth, Mrs Lamplugh also employed her new skills to help her endure the mammoth 36-hour labour. She has since set up classes in local libraries to share her passion for the therapy.


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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Another Heartwarming Spontaneous Resolution To Recurrent Miscarriage

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Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss, Medications

If you are on antidepressants and you are trying to conceive, you should talk to your doctor and pharmacist about safe alternatives during pregnant.
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 According to this article, there is an increased risk of miscarriage in women who took antidepressants. Read more:

Antidepressants are widely used in pregnancy and up to 3.7% of women will use them at some point during the first trimester. Discontinuing treatment can result in a depressive relapse which can put mother and baby at risk.

Most previous studies on the use of antidepressants in pregnancy did not look at miscarriages as a main outcome, had small samples and several showed contradictory results. This large study sought to determine the association between antidepressant use in pregnancy, including classes, types and doses, and the risk of miscarriage.

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Researchers from the University of Montreal and the CHU Ste-Justine looked at data on 5124 women in Quebec from a large population-based cohort of pregnant women who had clinically verified miscarriages up to 20 weeks of gestation and a large sample of women from the same Registry who did not have a miscarriage. Of those who miscarried, 284 (5.5%) had taken antidepressants during pregnancy.


Sunday, August 04, 2013

Miscarriage and Fathers





The Cortisol and Miscarriage Connection

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The Stages You May Go Through After A Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Emotional Trauma

If you've suffered one or more miscarriages, you surely have experienced the emotional trauma associated with the loss of life.
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 It hits you deep down to the core of your being. Here is an article about the stages you may go through after this type of loss:

Jane Ogden has defined three stages in which women experience a miscarriage: first comes turmoil, including the physical trauma of miscarriage; even those whose pregnancies are unwanted are shocked by this.

Then there is a period of adjustment, where people wonder why it has happened to them.

At this stage many search for meaning, for a reason for the miscarriage and they find it very difficult if they can't find a medical explanation. In the third stage there is a decline in sadness.

She said: "Some people actually manage to turn the miscarriage into a learning experience something which is positive for them.

"Out of a miscarriage you have learnt something about who you are, how you manage a difficult negative event in your life and being able to see that you have come though the other end as somebody who is in control of their life."

But for Roxanna and many women the pain will never go away.

"Every time when you go outside and see people with their prams and babies and baby clothes, I think how easy it is for them and how hard it is for me," she said. 


Friday, August 02, 2013

Ectopic Pregnancy - Explanation

Miscarriage:  Ectopic Pregnancy

I found this excellent article on about how and why ectopic pregnancies occur.
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Even though I had two ectopic pregnancies myself, I had never seen a picture like this one before.

From the article:

Picture from
(Courtesy of Ed Uthman, MD)
Pregnancies are ectopic when the fertilized egg implants outside the lining of the womb, usually in the fallopian tube. The surface of the tube is normally velvety, lined by fronds that sweep the egg toward the uterus and ascending sperm. Other cells nourish the egg and provide compounds that help it mature. 

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But endometriosis or infections like chlamydia or gonorrhea can cause some of the fronds to scar together, forming pouches that trap the egg. If fertilized, the egg grows in place, supporting itself via placental tissues that eat into the wall of the tube and by releasing chemicals that stimulate the formation of new blood vessels. Unlike the uterus, the tubal wall is inelastic. As the embryo grows, the wall stretches until it ruptures, usually after 6 to 10 weeks. Dilated blood vessels break, pouring blood into the abdomen. Without treatment, women often die.

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