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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
Miscarriage and Saying Good Bye To Your BabyThis article puts into words what many women feel after a miscarriage.
The trauma, the loss, and the fear that you may never succeed in having a baby. Although the woman in this article has two children, she still feels like a mother of seven. Read more:
Zoe regards herself as a mother of seven, not as a mother of two. "I don't want to forget the babies who were never born. They will always be a part of me," says Zoe.
Coping after a miscarriage can be extremely difficult for both parents. "People often underestimate the level of trauma," Zoe says. "Each time I've lost a baby, I've felt I might die with the pain. The grief was suffocating. It's overwhelming having to decide on the spot whether you want an autopsy or the body released to you. Not being able to face going to bed at night, knowing you're going to have to go through the anguish of the following day. And there's this terrible fear that you might never be a mother at all," she says.
She and Andy felt keenly that unlike the death of a person who has lived some kind of life – even if only for a few days after birth – there is no ritual public acknowledgment of the loss of a life. "When you miscarry, there's no funeral and no way of saying goodbye," says Zoe.from: guardian uk
Friday, December 27, 2013
Blaming Yourself For MiscarriageHere 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.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on miscarriage and fertility over 40
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.''
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Celebrities and MiscarriageI'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: www.getpregnantover40.com 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."
Monday, December 23, 2013
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Miscarriage and Defective SpermFertility and miscarriage really is a two way street. Even though everything takes place inside a woman, the man's contribution is just as important.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on the cause and prevention of miscarriage
If you're suffering from recurrent miscarriage, it could be due to defective sperm. Sperm are very susceptible to environmental toxins and changes in body temperature This article explains why miscarriage can be affected by sperm quality:
From the article:
Although the medical literature has supported mixed opinions on this subject over the years, a recent review by Puscheck and Jeyendran (Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 2007;19:222-28) suggests that “the male contributes to recurrent pregnancy loss due to genetic factors, semen factors, or due to other factors such as age” and sperm morphology may reflect these underlying deleterious conditions. In 1991, Kobayashi and colleagues (Hum Reprod 1991;6:983-6) demonstrated in in vitro fertilization cycles that low percentages of normal sperm morphology were associated not only with lower successful fertilization rates and pregnancy rates per cycle, but also with a greater risk for miscarriages even if embryo transfer was successful.
Egozcue and colleagues (Hum Reprod Update 2000;6:93-105) reported that among infertile couples in which the males were chromosomally normal and there was no identifiable source of infertility in the females, there were greater frequencies of chromosomally abnormal sperm produced by the males as the result of ‘meiotic disorders’ – meiosis being the final stage of sperm production in which the normal chromosomal complement of 46 (23 pairs) is supposed to be halved to just 23 different chromosomes. Among these males they found a greater percentage of sperm with two copies (or none) of single chromosomes, such as chromosome 21 or other autosomes (non-sex chromosomes), two copies (or none) of sex chromosomes (rather than just one X or Y), and sperm that were still diploid, containing 46 chromosomes rather than 23. Obviously, under any of these circumstances, if these abnormal sperm got together with an egg that had a normal number of 23 chromosomes, the resulting baby would end up with too many or too few and the likelihood of miscarriage in early pregnancy would be high.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Fibroids, Miscarriage And Recurrent Miscarriage - Removal May Help Pregnancy Over 40I 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.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on preventing miscarriage
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.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Miscarriage Common, Even When You Have Other Successful PregnanciesHere 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: www.getpregnantover40.com 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:
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.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Miscarriage and Stress HormonesI have read some pretty convincing articles that link stress and miscarriage such as the one below. Women who are trying to concieve probably underestimate the importance of reducing their stress. Evaluate your life, if you are trying to conceive, try to create a more tranquil environment.Read more:
That's according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study shows that miscarriages during the first three weeks of pregnancy were nearly three times as common among women with high cortisol levels, compared with women with normal cortisol levels.Among the findings:
Miscarriages were 2.7 times more likely among women with increased cortisol levels.
Miscarriages happened after an average of about two weeks of pregnancy.
90% of women with high cortisol levels miscarried in the first three weeks of pregnancy.
33% of women with normal cortisol levels miscarried in the first three weeks of pregnancy"
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013
Ayurvedic Treatments, Herbs, Diet and Home RemediesMany 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:
Click Here To Read Full Article "Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies For Miscarriage" (www,getpregnantover40.com)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
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See Also: Trying To Conceive With An Arcuate Uterus and Other Uterine Abnormalities (www.getpregnantover40.com)
See Also: Trying To Conceive With An Arcuate Uterus and Other Uterine Abnormalities (www.getpregnantover40.com)
Friday, December 06, 2013
Miscarriage Prevention, Help Your Body Produce Progesterone NaturallyI 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.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Miscarriage and BBT ChartingMany 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: www.getpregnantover40.com 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 fertilityfriend.com 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.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
Chemicals In Water May Lead To Pregnancy LossI'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.
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