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Friday, May 31, 2013

Explanation of How Chromosomal Abnormalities Result In Miscarriage

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Miscarriage After Fertility Treatments

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Getting Pregnant After A Miscarriage, Are You More Fertile?

Miscarriage and Getting Pregnant Again

Getting pregnant is scary to begin with. You worry about every little thing.
See Also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on miscarriage, recurrent miscarriage and pregnancy after miscarriage
 But if you've had a miscarriage, you worry even more about your subsequent pregnancies. Those of us who have recurrent miscarriages think of pregnancy in a totally different way than people who get pregnant and have their baby nine months later. When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I didn't really believe that I was going to actually have a baby until I was in the delivery room. Here is an article about getting pregnant after miscarriage:


From the article:

"It's typical for women to be extra cautious as they enter a pregnancy after a miscarriage, highly aware of its tentative and precarious nature. "The second pregnancy may at times not be filled with hope, but rather pessimism, as the women have determined that this too shall end in miscarriage," says Dr. Wahler. "They may over interpret any physical signs as pathological and rely heavily on the medical profession."
From:  Pregnancy After Miscarriage
The Ups and Downs of Trying Again(preconception.com)\


See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? (www.getpregnantover40.com) 


Thursday, May 30, 2013

All About Umbilical Cords

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How Organic Foods May Help with Miscarriage and Fertility

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First Period After A Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Getting Your Period Again

After you have a miscarriage, you may wonder when your cycles will return or return to normal.
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Miscarriages involve some kind of bleeding, however, returning to a normal menstrual cycle can take some time. Here is a Q & A on getting your first period after a miscarriage:

The first period after a miscarriage is rarely "normal". It can be heavier than normal, lighter than normal, have some clots, be very crampy or not crampy at all. One thing that is certain is that your first period will usually not be like anything you've had before. To make sure it is really your first period, make sure it has been at least four weeks since your miscarriage AND you have had about 20 days of no bleeding or spotting. For the estrogen threshold to be met, you should not be bleeding anymore. Otherwise the lining is not being rebuilt, and you are still experiencing progesterone withdrawal.
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See Also: Short Menstrual Cycles and Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Technically, when things go perfectly, your first period will not arrive until 4 weeks after your hCG levels reach zero. Since most women will not be tested all the way to zero (which is typically reported as "less than 5"), you will not know exactly when this will happen. In a normal recovery, it takes three weeks for the hormone chain to fire up again, and it will not be marked by bleeding or any physical symptom. You will only know that the new cycle worked by having a period at the end of it, between five and seven weeks after your miscarriage.


From:  allexperts.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Appliances and Miscarriage

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Weight Gain Between Pregnancies Risky

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Placenta Abruptio

Miscarriage And Problems With Your Placenta

Placenta what? Placenta abuptio is when the placenta separates from the uterus. This can lead to a number of complications - even fetal death.
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 It can be caused by a number of things including smoking, uterine fibroids, high blood pressure among others. Read more

Symptoms
Not every woman with placenta abruptio has telltale symptoms.

If you have placenta abruptio, you may notice one or more symptoms, including:

Vaginal bleeding. Depending on the location and amount of separation, vaginal bleeding varies in amount (scant to heavy) and color (bright to dark red). Light vaginal bleeding does not necessarily indicate a minor problem; in some cases, a large amount of blood can be pooled between the placenta and the uterine wall, resulting in little or no vaginal bleeding.
Uterine tenderness or pain. The uterus may feel hard or rigid.
Signs of preterm labor. In some women with placenta abruptio, labor symptoms are the first sign of trouble.

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 Labor symptoms can include:
Regular contractions.
Pain in the abdomen or back. This pain can be sharp or aching.
In rare cases, when heavy blood loss is retained in the uterus behind the placenta, the only signs of placenta abruptio are symptoms of shock. Early signs of shock (most of which are present at once) include:

Lightheadedness or a feeling that you are about to pass out.
Restlessness, confusion, or feelings of fear or anxiety.
Shallow, rapid breathing.
Moist, cool skin or possibly profuse sweating.
Weakness.
Thirst, nausea, or vomiting


From: Placenta Abruptio (www.providence.org)

 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Chromosome Rearrangement In Miscarriage

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Miscarriage Is More Than Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

I found this good article that puts into words how miscarriage is more than just a loss of a pregnancy.
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 It is the loss of the hopes and dreams you may have had since childhood. Read more:



From the article:

Pascal says about three-quarters of women who miscarry consider it as the loss of a child. They need to feel that others view their loss as important.

“Some of these women started a relationship with their baby when they were a child themselves, with their hopes and dreams of having children. And then getting married and talking about kids.

“It’s something that starts a lot sooner than conception for some women. That’s why these women need society to acknowledge their loss to help with their grieving process.”

Pascal says one thing that may help families deal with the loss of a miscarriage is a memorial service.

Twice a year, the Pregnancy and Infant Loss program holds a memorial service for the lost babies. Pascal says it helps the healing process if the families even name the babies.

Psychologist Sophia Lang agrees.

“A miscarriage is a loss of life, it’s a death. For a woman, she just doesn’t feel it in her heart but her body too since she was carrying the baby,” says the Calgary woman.

Lang adds it’s very important women who have suffered a miscarriage be “held, comforted and listened to.” 


 Excerpted from:
Dealing with loss of a dream
Miscarriage misery
Krista Sylvester
Calgary Sun 

Have A Safe Memorial Weekend

Miscarriage and Memorial For Your Lost Baby

If you've miscarried over the age of 40, you may feel not only the sense of urgency to get pregnant again, but you also feel the loss of your baby.  But before you get pregnant again, you should grieve your loss so you can dare to dream again.  This page on my site tells about my miscarriage experience, how I grieved and how I prepared myself to get pregnant again:
Miscarriage Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)


Sunday, May 26, 2013

What is a Blighted Ovum?

Some very early pregnancies which miscarry may be called "blighted ovums".
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 This strange sounding term was one I had heard quite a bit when I was trying to conceive.   With all of the early pregnancy tests now, women who previously may have never even knew they were pregnant can now detect very small amounts of the pregnancy hormone in their system.  However, many early pregnancies miscarry.  Read more:

"How do I know if I am having or have had a blighted ovum?
A blighted ovum can occur very early in pregnancy, before most women even know that they are pregnant. 

See Also: HcG Levels and Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com) 

You may experience a missed or late menstrual period, minor abdominal cramps, minor vaginal spotting or bleeding, and a possible positive pregnancy test. As with a normal period, your body may flush the uterine lining, but your period may be a little heavier than usual.

Many women assume their pregnancies are on track because their hCG levels are increasing. The placenta can continue to grow and support itself without a baby for a short time, and pregnancy hormones can continue to rise, which would lead a woman to believe she is still pregnant. A diagnosis is usually not made until an ultrasound test shows either an empty womb or an empty birth sac."


from 

American Pregnancy Association - Blighted Ovum



Miscarriage: How Molds Can Interfere With Fetal Development



Birth Defects and Miscarriages and Infertility



Birth Defects and Miscarriages and Infertility

By George Graham


Messing around with a mother’s DNA or the DNA of her baby

is one of the things that can lead to a miscarriage and

birth defects.
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DNA tells the baby AND the mother “when to

do what”. Need a leg? Then you need some specific event

at some specific time. If the part of the DNA that controls

legs is either damaged or altered by some environmental

chemical, the leg won’t be there. And you can’t add it

later. It can only develop at one very specific time.
Fusarenon – This is a toxin that will interfere with DNA.
It is produced by several molds including:
* Aspergillus sp
* Fusarium sp
* Penicillium sp
[http://www.mold-survivor.com/hidden_mold.htm]
http://www.mold-help.org/fusarium.htm


See Also: Detoxify Your Environment If You Are Trying To Conceive (www.getpregnantover40.com)


Some mold toxins interfere with the hormones that regulate

the various steps of pregnancy. Hormones tell the baby when

to add what body parts. They tell mom when to pass on

timely materials to the placenta, for example.
Ask any OB/GYN how many different stages mom and baby have

to go through and he/she will tell you that they don’t

know. From conception to delivery probably a billion things

have to happen on schedule for a good birthing process.

Interfere with just one step and you run the risk of

miscarriage or birth defect.
http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1982/7/82.07.07.x.html
One example of a chemical stopping the development of a

leg or arm is the famous thalidomide problem. In the 1950’s

Thalidomide (Thalomid) was a heavily prescribed anti-anxiety

medication. Pregnancy contributes a lot of anxiety to women

so it only made sense to prescribe Thalomid. The effects

were horrible. Legs and arms were missing or underdeveloped.

I saw a man on TV who played the guitar for the Pope. But

he played the guitar with his toes because he had no hands

or even arms.
Even if your baby doesn’t have a major problem like these,

there can be deformities that aren’t visible but still

dangerous.
http://www.otispregnancy.org/pdf/thalidomide.pdf

http://www.modimes.org/professionals/681_1172.asp
Mold toxins are noted for interfering with biological

processes.
Zearalenone – This is a mold toxin created by several

types of mold. This toxin mimics estrogen. By mimic we

mean it acts like estrogen. If enough of these toxins

are floating around inside the bloodstream, the body

will be very, very confused. As you well know the estrogen

is very important in the processes of getting pregnant and

carrying a baby to term. If the amounts are off before

pregnancy the woman can be infertile. If the amounts are

off after conception the baby can miscarry.
http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxicagents

/zearalenone.html
http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/

Mycotoxins/mycopagezearalenone.htm
Mold can be a major factor in fertility. It can

cause babies to be lost. And it can

lead to babies with a wide variety of health

problems.
by Dr GW Graham
For 30 years, Dr Graham has been helping people treat and prevent disease by showing them how to live in a clean environment. No cost Ebook on miscarriage can be found at
http://themoldlab.com/ebooks.shtml DrGraham@themoldlab.com

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Does Being Single Raise The Risk Of Miscarriage?

Miscarriage and Single Women

I never would have guessed being single would raise the risk of miscarriage.  But if you think about everything a pregnant woman must go through in terms of physical discomfort and continuing to work to support herself, there could be quite a bit of stress.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
The following article talks about how there actually is an increased risk of miscarriage in single women. Read more:


From the article:

"The new study featured nearly 7000 women, 600 of whom miscarried during the first trimester. Women living separately from their partner, or who had no partner, were 73% more likely to miscarry. And women pregnant by a man different from the father of their previous children had a 66% higher risk of miscarriage than those carrying a second baby from their same partner.

See Also: Stress, Miscarriage and Infertility (www.getpregnantover40.com

Women who switch partners might have a higher rate of miscarriage because they have had unstable relationships and, as a result, experienced stress, suggests Pablo Nepomnaschy of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, US, who was not involved in the study.'


excerpted from:
 
Single women may face higher risk of miscarriage
NewScientist.com news service
Roxanne Khamsi

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ways To Start Healing Your Miscarriage Loss

Loss Through Miscarriage

There's no easy answers when trying to recover from the emotional trauma of miscarriage.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

Here is one of the better articles I've seen on the subject written by a clinical social worker. They acknowledge what makes things worse and what may help the healing process:
From the article:
Do something physical to work through your emotions. Research suggests that physical activity and exercise helps people deal with feelings of depression and anxiety. It also provides the opportunity to work through your emotions while strengthening your body. 
Consider training to run in a race or walk for a charity event in your baby's memory. Plant a tree that will bloom when your baby was to be born or cultivate a vegetable plot where you can work the soil, tend the garden, and see the fruits of your labor. Any physical activity that is goal oriented, with a beginning, middle, and end, such as running a marathon or climbing a mountain, is especially helpful.
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Keep in mind that "A feeling shared, is a feeling acknowledged." Talking about your loss and grief are a fundamental part of the healing process. Having shared in this experience with you, your spouse is often the one you turn to for support and understanding. However, when both of your are grieving (sometimes doing it in very different ways), it can be challenging to be there in the way each of you needs. Acknowledging and accepting this issue is important in the health of your relationship. It is also important to find other understanding people to whom you can express your feelings. You need to be able to talk about your grief with those who truly understand…”
It is most important to find understanding people to whom you can express your feelings. You need to be able to talk about your grief with others who truly understand, which helps validate your feelings. At times, family and friends are not able to understand the magnitude of this loss and you need to find other empathetic people. Pregnancy loss support groups, Internet chat rooms dedicated to the subject, and counseling with a mental health professional with special training in pregnancy loss grief are excellent resources.

Find a way to connect meaning to your baby's short life. While the loss of your precious baby is filled with enormous sadness, it is important to find purpose and meaning from this experience. Very likely, you will not discover this immediately and it may appear to you over time. It is what I call "the gifts" your baby gives you. For some people, the gift is engaging in therapy and working through problems of the past, related or unrelated to their lost baby, which allows them to find happiness in everyday life, despite their loss. 


excerpted from:
helpstartshere.org

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ectopic Pregnancy - Possible Causes

Ectopic Pregnancy, Causes, Treatments and Conceiving Again

I had two ectopic pregnancies after my IVF procedures. I later found out that IVF itself is a risk factor for tubal pregnancies since there seems to be a higher incidence with the procedure. But even if you don't go through IVF, some fertility drugs have been shown to increase the liklihood of having an ectopic pregnancy. This article discusses possible causes for ectopic pregnancies and your chances of conceiving in the future:

Ectopic Pregnancy (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Women may reduce their chances of having an ectopic pregnancy by not smoking and identifying and treating pelvic infections early. If you take fertility drugs, be sure to ask about the risks associated with ectopic pregnancy.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Home Remedies For Miscarriage

Alternative Medicine And Herbal Remedies For Miscarriage

I found this site that talks about home remedies for miscarriage which focus more on prevention. Of course you need to be careful with herbs if you think you might be pregnant and be sure to consult a qualified practitioner before taking anything in pregnancy.
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See Also:  Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies For Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com)

 I stayed away from taking herbs while I was pregnant, since some really do have medicinal qualities which haven't necessarily been studied in pregnancy. But for anyone interested, here is the site:

www.ayushveda.com

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Accuracy Of Ultrasound To Diagnose Miscarriage Questioned

Miscarriage On Ultrasound

Since I have had so many ultrasounds between my past fertility treatments and all of my miscarriages, I've often wondered about the competency of those performing them.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I actually think I can read them better than some of the healthcare professionals. This article talks about how there can be plenty of room for error when diagnosing a miscarriage. Read more:

Miscarriage is very common, affecting one in five pregnancies.

If a women experiences pain or bleeding early in the pregnancy, around five to six weeks, they will have an ultrasound scan.

Two results would suggest a miscarriage, which could then lead to a decision to terminate the pregnancy:

an embryo greater than 6mm in length, but without a heartbeat
a pregnancy sac greater than 20mm, but with no visible embryo

A series of papers published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology questioned the thresholds.

One paper reviewed the evidence for the guidelines and said they were based on poor evidence.

Another reported significant variation in the measurements made by different clinicians, which could in theory change the diagnosis.

Tests on 1,060 women whose pregnancy was in question showed the 20mm rule would diagnose about 0.5% of cases as miscarriages when they were in fact healthy.


from:
bbc.co.uk

Low HcG Levels and Miscarriage: HcG Levels After Miscarriage


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Unresolved Miscarriage Grief May Affect Next Pregnancy

The  Long Lasting Affects Of Miscarriage

This article from ABC News rang very true to me.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 It goes through the long lasting effects of miscarriage and how women may bring some of the long-lasting effects into their next pregnancy. Read more:

Lisa Goodwin, of Houston, remembers December as the first time she had to go in for a dilation and curettage, a D&C, to remove the remains of her first miscarriage. Her third pregnancy also ended in miscarriage.

"I told all of the downtown medical center," said Goodwin, who was excited that she got pregnant relatively quickly after battling endometriosis -- a condition that often leaves women infertile.


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See also Miscarriage Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)
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"I had to tell people [about the miscarriage] for a solid year," she said. "If it came up at work I would have to just go and bawl and I'd have to wear waterproof mascara."

Goodwin has two sons now, ages 7 and 3, and each Christmanremembers the two pregnancies that ended in miscarriage. 


excerpted from:
Unresolved Miscarriage Grief Can Lead to Parental Anxiety - ABC News
 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Recurrent Miscarriage and the Immune System Connection

Miscarriage and The Immune System

I frequently come across articles and theories about how the immune system may be involved with recurrent miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
  As a matter of fact, when I was undergoing fertility treatments and I had miscarried a number of times, my RE wanted to do a work-up to see if I had problems with my immune system sabotaging my pregnancies.  I declined the work-up because we felt it was time to move on, but here is an article that gives more information about the immune system and miscarriage:

A mother's immune system may attack a fetus from multiple fronts, by sending in killer T-cells, by producing antibodies that target fetal cells or by coating cells with a destructive, soluble blood factor called complement, according to researchers at the Medical College of Georgia.

The grim attack described by researchers may surprise immunologists who would expect the T-cell attack, but not complement, the lethal component of an immune response that more typically would attack invaders such as viruses and bacteria coated by antibodies made by B cells. 


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"We now know that the nature of the attack is somewhat different than we had assumed," said Dr. Andrew L. Mellor, immunologist and chief of the MCG Program in Molecular Immunology. "We assumed that the maternal T-cells would get activated by fetal antigens, expand in number, then start to kill fetal cells and we cannot exclude that at this point." 




excerpted from:

Immune System Research Holds Hope For Understanding Recurrent Miscarriages, Helping Transplant And Cancer Patients (www.sciencedaily.com)

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Still Feeling Pregnant After Miscarriage

HcG Levels After Miscarriage

It wasn't unusual for me to still feel pregnant for quite some time after a miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
My healthcare clinic would monitor my HcG levels until they fell to "O".  When HcG is in your system, you can still feel pregnancy symptoms.  It may be worth having your HcG levels checked if the symptoms persist because there is something called a molar pregnancy, although rare, it requires removal.

Here is an article and a chart of HcG levels which explains more:

HcG Levels After Misarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Woman Didn't Know She Was Pregnant After Miscarriage

Pregnant After Miscarriage

I have frequently watched the show: "I didn't know I was pregnant".
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This video talks about an episode where a woman lost a twin pregnancy, but later found out that only one baby was lost, and the other survived:

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