You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How My Life Has Been Defined and Changed By Miscarriage

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Guilt and Self Blame for Miscarriage

Blaming Yourself For Miscarriage

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

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mariah Carey Speaks Of Miscarriage Before Pregnancy

Celebrities and Miscarriage

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

From the article:

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

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

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


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, December 16, 2013

Secondary Infertility and Repeat Miscarriage

Miscarriage Common, Even When You Have Other Successful Pregnancies

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

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

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


Monday, December 09, 2013

Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies An Ayurvedic Treatments For Miscarriage

Ayurvedic Treatments, Herbs, Diet and Home Remedies

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


Miscarriage Prevention, Help Your Body Produce Progesterone Naturally

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

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1. Could you be zinc deficient?

Zinc is the most important mineral for the reproductive system. Zinc deficiency among many other things impairs body’s ability to properly maintain pregnancy in women and produce healthy sperm in men.Unfortunately zinc competes for absorption with the most of the nutrients from food and is often called the “lonely mineral”. This means it is one of the minerals which is most likely to be deficient. On top of that artificial hormones in the form of oral contraceptives and ovulation drugs significantly reduce its levels further.

Some symptoms of zinc deficiency:

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

How to boost your zinc levels:

• Good sources of zinc are: lean meat, whole grains, egg yolk and oysters.
• Take a zinc supplement last thing at night to ensure its absorption.

2. Boost your progesterone levels

Progesterone aka pregnancy hormone needs to be at the optimal level for pregnancy to be maintained. Progesterone deficiency is characterized by PMS and short cycles and is often referred to as a luteal phase defect.

What to do?

Ensure adequate intake of magnesium and vitamin B6 for production of progesterone. Foods like seeds, nuts and egg yolk are rich in B vitamins and dark green leafy vegetables, legumes and nuts are a good source of magnesium. However you may need to supplement to get optimal therapeutic doses of each. If you eat non organically grown food, the likelihood of nutrient depletion of those foods is high.

See also inositol (B Vitamin) For Fertility

3. Increase your vitamin C intake

The strength of the lining of your uterus(womb) is crucial when you are trying to conceive and stay pregnant. More commonly than not, when the connective tissue is weak the embryo will not be able to attach or stay attached. The quality of the connective tissue and blood vessels depends on how much vitamin C and bioflavonoids are present in the body. Bioflavonoids help the body absorb more vitamin C and also contribute to the strength of the connective tissue.

Where do you find vitamin C?

Citrus fruits: preferably lemons, limes and grapefruits as well as berries which are loaded with bioflavonoids.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Charting BBT After A Miscarriage

Miscarriage and BBT Charting

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

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

Monday, December 02, 2013

Tap Water and Miscarriage?

Chemicals In Water May Lead To Pregnancy Loss

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

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

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