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Monday, November 25, 2013

Pregnant After 18 Years and Multiple Miscarriages

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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. 
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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.
from:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Unlikely Source Of Comfort For Women Experiencing Miscarriage

Women May Find Comfort After Miscarriage In Life-like Doll

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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.

from: medindia.net


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

Friday, November 15, 2013

What Is A Chemical Pregnancy?

Chemical Pregnancy Explained

I remember thinking that the term chemical pregnancy sounded strange, almost as if it were something toxic. 
 When I was trying to concieve, I frequently came across the term "chemical pregnancy" in my research and one of my miscarriages was labeled a chemical pregnancy.
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 I had to actually look it up to figure out exactly what it was. Here is an article that explains more:


From the article:

"Miscarriage Before You Know It

A chemical pregnancy refers to pregnancy loss very early on. In a chemical pregnancy, it is thought that an egg is fertilized but fails to implant. As a result, your body does not begin to produce the obvious signs of pregnancy. Because a chemical pregnancy occurs so early in a pregnancy, most women never even realize they are pregnant. When they receive their period, they just assume they were a few days late.

Women who have been pregnant before, though, may notice that they "feel pregnant" prior to starting their period. Additionally, performing a pregnancy test, either at home or at your doctor’s office, will likely produce an initial positive result. However, this will quickly become a negative as your period approaches and you miscarry.

Just how common a chemical pregnancy is is difficult to say. Because they occur so early on, causing most women to not even be aware that they are pregnant, and don’t produce the same miscarriage symptoms as one would normally experience, a great number of chemical pregnancies go undetected. However, it is estimated that as much as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage before a woman is aware that she was pregnant."

from: 

Chemical Pregnancies

Vitamin C and E In Pregnancy May Help With Complications

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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.
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 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). 

from: 
www.wddty.com

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.

from:
sciencedaily.com

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.
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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."

from: cn.edu

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, (www.getpregnantover40.com) I had two ectopic pregnancies before having my daughter.
Read more:

"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? ehealthmd.com

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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.


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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 http://onceuponachildbook.com
Guest Post By Kennisha Hill
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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

minute)


• Thick meconium-stained fluid


Fetal distress

• Absent fetal movements and fetal heart sounds


• Symptoms of pregnancy cease

• Symphysis-fundal height decreases

• Uterine growth decreases

from:

hetv.org

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