Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Miscarriage and Sharing Your Pregnancy NewsFor women who have experienced one or more miscarriages, one strategy that is very common for their next pregnancy is waiting until they are at least 3 months pregnant or at the end of their first trimester before telling anyone about their pregnancy.
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There is some evidence that if a pregnancy makes it past this point, it has a high chance of going full term or at least ending with a live birth. Here is an article that addresses when to tell others. The site also has a number of good videos. Read more:
One of the most common questions in that circumstance is, when is it safe to tell my family and friends, and do I tell my co-workers?
My response to that is that only those people who know you well enough to act as your support system if you do experience another loss, should be told of the pregnancy in the first trimester.
Your mom, your sister, your friends, people that you are going to need to support you if you do have another loss should know when you get another positive pregnancy test.
As for our workers, as for our co-workers or as for our neighbors, maybe it’s better to not let them know right away.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Can Natural Progesterone Cream Help Prevent Miscarriage?I did use natural progesterone cream when I was trying to conceive (but not when I was pregnant), and I do believe that it helped me regulate my hormones (my progesterone was tested and was shown to be low in the last half of my cycle).
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However, there are quite a few products on the market and in my book I talk a little about what I looked for when buying progesterone cream. This article talks about some of the pros and cons:
or women considering progesterone because of miscarriages, the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Some so-called progesterone creams are indeed absolutely worthless and a waste of money. Creams derived from wild yams do not contain any progesterone; they merely contain a chemical that can be converted to progesterone in a laboratory but that is not converted to progesterone in the body. It is not a good idea to buy wild yam cream with the idea of boosting your progesterone and preventing a miscarriage. It will not work.
Other progesterone creams on the market actually do contain real progesterone that can be absorbed by the body. However, these creams are highly variable in the amount of progesterone they contain. Some doctors have reported patients using the creams ending up with extremely high progesterone levels, some even 10 to 100 times the normal level found in the body. Other creams contain much smaller amounts, but with a lot of variability in how well it is absorbed. No studies have looked at how a baby might be affected if a mother has an extremely high progesterone level in pregnancy while using an unregulated progesterone cream.
Using over-the-counter progesterone creams is clearly something of a gamble. It's either worthless or potentially dangerous, and progesterone supplementation really should only be attempted with a doctor's approval. If you are working with a doctor, the best solution is to get a prescription for pharmaceutical grade progesterone so that you know the dose you are taking and you can have reasonable expectation that the progesterone is actually being absorbed.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Miscarriage As A Result Of Chemotherapy Exposure In NursesNurses, beware! Some of the drugs used in chemotherapy, can affect the nurse administering them.
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If the nurse is pregnant, there is a higher rate of miscarriage. Additionally, exposure to x-rays can also cause problems. Even though healthcare workers take precautions, there can still be some incidental exposure. Read more:
Reuters Health reports that a recent study has shown that nurses are twice as likely to have a miscarriage with exposure to chemotherapy drugs or sterilizing agents. The survey included 7,500 nurses who had a pregnancy between 1993 and 2002. Chemo drugs focus on targeting and killing rapidly dividing cells such as those in a tumor. Results of the survey showed that 1 in 10 nurses had a miscarriage before the half way point of their pregnancy.
Nurses who handled chemo therapy drugs for more than an hour a day however, had rates that doubled (2 out of every 10 nurses). Nurses that were exposed to x-rays had a 30% increased risk of miscarriage1.
What are some of the more commonly used chemo drugs?
Doxorubicin (Taxotere) – Breast cancer, lung, and prostate
Fluorouracil (5-FU) – Colon, breast, stomach cancer
Vincristine (Oncovin, Vincasar PFS) – Luekemia and lymphoma
Vinblastine (Velban)- Lymphomas
The American Cancer Society’s website listed some of the side effects of chemo drugs, which include:
Nausea and vomiting
Changes in sex life
Nurses who handled sterilizing agents such as ethelyne oxide or formaldehyde more than an hour a day had double the risk of miscarriage1. Formaldehyde is widely used in the US, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently recently reclassified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen back in 20065. It has also been concluded that ‘‘strong but not sufficient evidence” for an association between leukemia and work exposure.
Monday, October 07, 2013
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