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Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Miscarriage, Words Don't Help

Ever heard that one? "Having an early miscarriage is just like getting your period". Well, after many miscarriages, I had to try to convince myself of this just to survive the repeated emotional trauma.
 But in reality, for most women, it's much more than a period. It's the loss of what could have been. Here is an article of one woman's experience:

But until you belong to the imaginary club of Mothers Without Children, it is a secret planet of pain, all but invisible to the outside world.

I recently had my third miscarriage in a year. It happened early in the pregnancy, and it was dismissed as no big deal — “chemical pregnancy” seems to be the term of art. Let’s not overreact, no need for hysterics, keep moving. “We’ll treat it as though you’re just getting your period,” as my doctor put it.

See also: Miscarriage over 40 (
But honestly, it is not just like getting your period. Psychologically, of course, it is nothing like it, but physically it is different, too. I had cramps for hours that left my ribs feeling bruised, and then four days later I was back at work and exhausted because I was still bleeding a lot — not an alarming amount, but enough to make me schedule meetings in rooms near bathrooms, and to send me home in the afternoon for a two-hour nap. I wonder how men would cope. All of the pain, mess, furtive tidying-up, shame and soldiering-on seem so fundamentally female to me.

excerpted from:A Planet of Pain, Where No Words Are Quite Right

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage Over 40 Grief Lives On - Even into Next Pregnancy

If you have had a miscarriage, take the time to grieve and get help if you need it.  I recall being quite depressed after each miscarriage.  I needed to take time to acknowledge my loss and I actually had my own little private memorial service for each loss.

This very insightful article talks about how women can fail to bond with their subsequent pregnancies or put unrealistic expectations on a child who was born after losing a pregnancy.   I can certainly relate to this because I experienced something similar.  Even now, I'm an overprotective mother because I spent so many years losing my pregnancies and being somewhat obsessed with death and tragedy.


I actually have seen situations where wonderful, wonderful mothers with great personalities don't see how they are expecting their one child to be more than the child ever could be," said Cole.

In his work, Cole said he has found that women mourn what the baby meant to them as much as the life itself, which can complicate the next pregnancy if the mourning wasn't addressed.

"Every pregnancy represents hope, and every mom when she's told that she's pregnant has a set of ideals that have to do with her upbringing, hope for herself and her future," said Cole. "All of that hope [can] go away when a miscarriage occurs."

Indeed, Goodwin said her subsequent successful pregnancies were fraught with worry rather than elation.

"Until that baby comes out of your body and is breathing, nobody can convince you that it's OK," she said.

Beyer said after her first miscarriage, she stopped trying to bond with her baby in the second pregnancy. While she kept a journal in her first pregnancy, in the second pregnancy she didn't keep one


Friday, December 26, 2014


Types of Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

Guest Post By Annie Scott

Can you believe that there are 5 different types of miscarriage. Below you will learn how to identify some of the possible signs of the different types. Remember, if you think that you are having a miscarriage please seek medical help because complications, like hemorrhage, can occur.
Threatened miscarriage
Bleeding without dilation or change in the cervix. Mild cramping or no cramps at all. When there are more severe cramps an inevitable abortion may be the result.
It is very common to experience a threatened abortion in the first trimester of your pregnancy. Actually, 25-30% of all pregnancies have some bleeding occur during the pregnancy. It is comforting to know that less than one half of these women end up having a miscarriage. When bleeding occurs it is very important to speak to your prenatal care provider. They will examine you to make sure that your cervix is not tender, that the cervix has not dilated and will try to find out whether any fetal tissue or membranes have passed. They will then insist on an ultrasound to make sure that you are, in fact, still pregnant, that the fetus is still viable, and that an ectopic pregnancy is not occurring. If the doctor finds that your uterine cavity is empty, further tests will be conducted to determine whether an ectopic pregnancy is occurring. (that is for another article...)


Inevitable miscarriage
This occurs in very early pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding with cervical dilation. Usually the bleeding is heavy and cramping is present. No tissue is passed but on an ultrasound, all of the uterine contents are located in the lower portion of your uterus or cervical canal.
Incomplete miscarriage
Heavy Vaginal bleeding with cervical dilation. Tissue is passed. Usually with intense cramping. An ultrasound will show that some of the uterine contents are still present requiring further medical attention.
Complete miscarriage
A whole miscarriage. Vaginal bleeding with cervical dilation. Tissue is passed. Usually with intense cramping. After the tissue passes the pain subsides and vaginal bleeding reduces significantly. When you go to the doctor there is blood (similar to a period), your cervix is not dilated and it is not tender. The ultrasound should show an empty uterus.
Missed miscarriage
No vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, passage of tissue, or cervical changes are present. A missed abortion is a nonviable pregnancy that has not spontaneously aborted. Typically, no symptoms exist and you do not find out that anything is wrong until no heartbeat can be found on either a external or internal ultrasound. They will then test the levels of hormones in your blood and can determine if the fetus has in fact passed away.
All miscarriages are very difficult but being informed, as with everything in life, is a way of making the situation more manageable by removing fear of the unknown.
(C) Annie Scott, 2010.
This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of medical advice given to you by a doctor. Please seek medical attention if you think that you are experiencing an miscarriage.
Annie Scott is a Doula and Childbirth Educator.
She is also the founder of Tummy 2 Mummy, an online magazine devoted to Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Parenting.
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Monday, December 22, 2014


CVS Versus Amniocentesis

Guest Post By Stacy Wiegman

Being a parent means you never stop worrying, and that worry starts as soon as you know you're expecting. Some worries are not really worries but curiosity, like what sex will the baby be and what will he or she look like. Others are worries that keep you up at night like will the baby be healthy?
In the past, you had to wait for birth to find out. Then along came amniocentesis, and now there is CVS or chorionic villus sampling.
One difference is that amniocentesis samples the amniotic fluid around the baby. CVS takes a sample from the tissue that becomes the baby and the placenta. Another difference is that amniocentesis involves a needle inserted through the mother's abdomen and into the uterus, while CVS is done with a tube inserted through the vagina and past the cervix.
The benefit of CVS is that it's done earlier than amniocentesis. CVS is done between 10-12 weeks of pregnancy while amniocentesis is done between 15-20 weeks.


For many women, the thought of knowing earlier if there is a problem makes CVS more attractive.
I considered CVS and amniocentesis when I was pregnant because I was over 35. I decided against CVS because the risk of miscarriage is double that of amniocentesis, but also because CVS cannot detect neural tube defects like spina bifida, which is caused by folic acid deficiency. It seemed to me that if I were going to do any testing, I ought to get the full story.
I also wasn't comfortable with the risk with CVS of a baby's limb being damaged, like a missing toe or finger or shortened arm or leg. To me, the risks with CVS were higher than my comfort level even though it could be done earlier. Plus, since I was having twins, sampling two placentas is harder with CVS than sampling two separate amniotic sacs with amnio.
So here is the breakdown of what you should consider:
  • How early do you need to know? CVS is earlier.
  • Do you need to know about neural tube defects? Amnio is the only one that can tell you.
  • Are you worried at all about missing limbs? CVS does have that risk.
There is a newer, earlier amniocentesis that is done between 11-14 weeks, but it's still too soon to know if this is as good or less risky than regular amniocentesis. The risk of miscarriage is so low with amniocentesis as it is, but being able to get results earlier in your pregnancy could be helpful.
If you do decide to have either CVS or amniocentesis, go to someone who does it a lot. Some obstetricians will do amniocentesis, but I would still go to a perinatologist for it.
Deciding to do any prenatal testing is a personal decision. It's the beginning of many decisions you'll have to make for you and your baby. If you decide to do nothing, that's fine, too. No matter what, get good prenatal care, eat healthy, and enjoy your pregnancy.
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Pesticides May Lead To Pregnancy Complications and Miscarriage

I've written before about how environmental toxins can lead to miscarriage and other complications.
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, you should try to avoid all exposure to the toxic chemicals in pest killers.  If you must use pesticides or even herbicides (weed killer), have someone do it for you. It may even be recommended to move if you are pregnant and live in an area where pesticides are sprayed.


A study in Environmental Health Perspectives found significant pesticide exposure may be associated with an increased risk of childhood blood cancers, like certain types of leukemia. The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program found that if pregnant women are exposed to household gardening pesticides, this may slightly increase the chance that their child will suffer from oral clefts, neural tube defects, heart defects, and limb defects. In addition, The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that pregnant women exposed to pesticides used to control ants and roaches had a 70% increase in the chance of stillbirths as a consequence of congenital defects.

Friday, December 12, 2014


I'd be lying if I didn't admit that, on some level, I felt responsible for my miscarriages. I kept asking myself... Did I exercise too much? Did I eat the wrong thing? Did I not want the baby enough? And on and on....


It's hard not to blame yourself because all of this is going on in your body.   Somehow, your failure to perform this basic female function of creating and carrying a baby eludes you.  Your self esteem takes a beating and you cannot get past the fact that you let this baby die inside of you.  Oh how I remember the frustration and anger every time I lost a pregnancy!

Of course, most miscarriages don't have anything to do with something that you did, they are due to chromosomal abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, immune reactions and so on.  Miscarriages are very common...I'm always surprised at the number of women I meet or talk to who have suffered one or more miscarriages. 

There are ways to lessen the chances of a future pregnancy ending in miscarriage.  I always say that preventing miscarriage starts before you get pregnant.  Your egg quality is determined up to three months before conception so the steps you take now can help your future pregnancy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


 Pregnancy: defining when it begins affects miscarriage statistics

I often say, "statistics are for statiticians". If you've ever worked in the statistical world (I used to calculate health statistics for a healthcare organization), you know how data can be manipulated, skewed or miscreported. Data definitions are critical.  Statistics regarding miscarriage can be even more confusion because of differing definitions of "pregnancy" or when a fertilized egg actually becomes a pregnancy.

 Some miscarriage statistics may vary on whether a pregnancy is considered to start when the egg is fertilized or when it implants.  You can imagine how this would affect the numbers.  Many pregnancies aren't even recognized by women because they haven't done a pregnancy test before they get their period.  Here is an article that talks about miscarriage statistics and the differing ways they may be calculated. Read more:


If you search on miscarriage statistics at all, you can find claims that anywhere between 10 and 70% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. These estimates are based on different criteria and different definitions of pregnancy. If you consider pregnancy to begin at implantation rather than fertilization of the egg, the odds of miscarriage will always be lower than 70%.

Some of the higher estimates of the rates of chromosomal abnormalities in fertilized eggs and the rates of very early miscarriage come from studies of embryos created by couples seeking IVF for infertility. Those studies tend to find very high rates of chromosomal abnormalities in fertilized eggs, but couples with trouble conceiving may well have different health factors that couples who conceive without difficulty. In addition, it is hard to say whether eggs fertilized in a lab can be compared to eggs fertilized naturally inside a woman's body.

Still, it does appear true that the majority of conceptions do not make it to term. In one oft-cited study from 1988, researchers used extremely sensitive hCG tests throughout the menstrual cycles of women who were trying to conceive and who had no evidence of infertility. In that study, researchers found evidence that about 22% of all conceptions did not implant; the women had very tiny increases in hCG at the time implantation would have been expected, but not enough to be picked up by a typical pregnancy test. Of the conceptions that did implant and result in a clinically recognizable pregnancy, 31% ended in miscarriage.

If you are pregnant and trying to figure out your odds of miscarriage, keep in mind that a standard home pregnancy test is not going to detect a fertilized egg that does not implant in your uterus. Thus, by the time a pregnancy test confirms that you are pregnant, the odds of miscarriage will be more along the lines of 30%. That might sound high to you too, but keep in mind that the odds of a good outcome improve as your pregnancy progresses further along. 

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Monday, December 08, 2014


Many women who experience recurrent miscarriage never know why.  However there are some causes that can be successfully treated.  These include:  thyroid problems, coagulation problems, and problems with weight.  Read more:


Some of these causes can be detected and treated. For women with thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), successful treatment reduces the risk of miscarriage and other adverse outcomes.

Recent studies have also shown that in selected women who have anti-thyroid antibodies (a condition affecting about 11 percent of reproductive-age women), treatment with the thyroid hormone levothyroxine can effectively decrease miscarriage rates.

Women who have hypercoagulability can be treated with therapies that interfere with blood clot formation, most commonly aspirin or heparin or both.

Weight is another contributing factor, said Sun Kim, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford.

Research finds that being obese or underweight significantly increases pregnancy complications and the risk of miscarriage, said a Stanford release.

Given that one-third of Americans are obese, the impact of obesity on pregnancy outcomes is a growing public-health concern, Kim said. 

excerpted from

Sunday, November 30, 2014


If you're tired of hearing all of the discouraging information about miscarriage and infertility over the age of 40, this video should help! Watch here:

Friday, November 28, 2014


Help Fertility Over 40 and Prevent Miscarriage With Antioxidants

Here's more support that a diet high in fruits and vegetables (and their antioxidants) could help prevent miscarriage.  See also my series on fertility foods (

From the article:

Burton and his colleague Eric Jauniaux, of University College London, placed a tiny monitor in the placentas of 30 women and studied the oxygen levels during their first three months of pregnancy. Most embryologists have traditionally thought that oxygen levels gradually increase during pregnancy.

But Burton and Jauniaux's research found that oxygen levels in the blood flowing through the umbilical cord tripled between the eighth and 15th week of pregnancy. 'There is in fact very little blood flow to the placenta before about 10 weeks of pregnancy, and in cases which are about to miscarry then there is an excessive and early onset of maternal blood flow,' Burton said.

'We know that these tissues are very susceptible to oxygen and the high levels of oxygen associated with that blood flow cause the tissues to degenerate and hence to miscarry. 'There's a wide spectrum of conditions associated with miscarriage, and I wouldn't say necessarily this causes all, but I think it may be associated with a significant number.' 

The research suggested that cells called cytotrophoblasts, which anchor the placenta in the womb and invade the blood vessels to limit oxygen intake, dissipate at about eight to 10 weeks, allowing more of the gas in.
A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins C and E could help protect the foetus from this sudden change in their environment, Burton said.
from reuters
See my series on foods for fertility

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


As much as most of us want to dismiss the importance of stress in our lives, it does affect every aspect of our health, mental and physical.  If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, this should be of utmost importance.  Recent research presented by the British Neuroscience Association showed that, "The stress hormone cortisol may be a key factor in programming the fetus, baby or child to be at risk of disease in later life. Cortisol causes reduced growth and modifies the timing of tissue development as well as having long lasting effects on gene expression,"
Additionally, as reported by The National Institutes of Health, pregnancies exposed to high levels of cortisol were 2.7 times more likely to miscarry than pregnancies with normal cortisol levels.


A researcher at Tufts University School of Medicine also reported that stress related  protein "urocortin" was found in the tissue of miscarried fetuses".

Much of the literature out there minimizes the relationship between stress and miscarriage, but there does seem to be a connection.  Reducing your stress will benefit you in many ways, so now is the time to evaluate your lifestyle to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I have lived in some older homes throughout my life and it wasn't until I was trying to conceive that I really paid attention to the dangers of lead paint.  Excessive lead exposure and lead poisoning can lead to pregnancy loss, stillbirth and problems with the baby for pregnant women.  In men, lead exposure at high levels can cause abnormal sperm and even sterility.  Read more about how lead may not only be in paint, but it may be in your pipes:

Danger in Lead Pipes and Paint

By Steve Rodriguez
In most cases, lead has been eliminated from residential paint and lead water pipes haven't be used in years, but new scientific evidence shows that people are susceptible to lead poisoning at much lower levels than previously thought harmful.
The dangers of lead, especially to children and pregnant women, have sparked a new round of concern and action that may soon rival efforts to rid buildings of asbestos.
In the U.S., federal legislation requires real estate agents and sellers of any building built before 1978 to declare their knowledge of lead hazards, provide a lead warning pamphlet to prospective buyers, and give them a chance to test for lead before the contract can be finalized.
In Canada, lead was used in most paint up to about the time of World War II. Some paint contained as much as 50 percent lead by weight until 1976 when the federal government restricted lead to 0.5 percent.


Called the "silent disease" because it affect humans slowly and without symptoms, lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, interfere with growth, cause hearing loss or visual impairment, damage the nervous system, interrupt fetal development, cause miscarriages, or lead to brain damage, convulsions and death.
As many as 90 percent of North American houses built before the fifties contain lead-based paint. This flaking paint is a threat to children inside the house and while playing on the ground near the house. Adults and children together are at risk from the dust that results from normal wear and friction around door jambs and window frames.
Everyone needs to take great care to avoid the dust that is created when surfaces are scraped or sanded for repainting, which is a job for specially-trained lead abatement contractors. You can't eliminate the dust with a regular vacuum cleaner without making the situation worse.
Paint isn't the only threat. An older home's plumbing may contain lead pipes, which were widely used and last a long time. Lead leaches into the water as it stands in the pipes. (Interestingly, the word plumbing comes from the Latin word plumbum, which means lead.)
Lead pipes were commonly used for toilet and sink drains because lead is so soft the pipes could be bent by hand. Lead solder was used to join older lead pipes to modern copper pipes. And molten lead was used to seal joints in the big cast iron pipes that carry waste to the sewers.
Even people who live in a modern house without lead pipes can't assume their drinking water is lead-free, because in many cities there's lead in the water long before it reaches the house. Residents in cities with high lead levels in the water supply should purchase water-treatment devices that filter out lead before it reaches the tap.
Most home inspectors point out the existence of lead pipes whenever they are found and most will send water samples to the local health department if requested. Municipalities normally charges about $50 for testing. Home inspectors can test for lead paint for about $50 or test all the vinyl blinds in the house for a similar price.
Now that we know how dangerous lead can be in and around older homes, we need to make sure we act on it and protect ourselves and our families from this unseen danger.
Committed to your peace-of-mind,
Steve Rodriguez
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Friday, November 21, 2014


If you've experienced a miscarriage, you may wonder if telling others about it is a good idea.  First, if it is your first pregnancy and you've never experienced a miscarriage, you may have told others that you were pregnant.  In cases like this, it's inevitable that, at some point, you will have to let others know that your pregnancy didn't make it.

But if you are anything like me, having experienced recurrent miscarriage, I quickly realized that until I was very sure that the pregnancy was going to make it, I told no one except my husband.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  When I got pregnant for the first time (we went through IVF but didn't tell anyone) I wound up with a twin pregnancy.  One died in my uterus and the other was ectopic.  Talk about a big mess!  I wound up in surgery and we felt that we at least had to tell our immediate families (all we told them was that I had an ectopic pregnancy - we said nothing about the IVF or the twin pregnancy).  I made the mistake of not asking my immediate family members to keep things quiet, and pretty soon I was receiving flowers, cards of condolences and so on.  While I thought it was a nice gesture, and it was comforting, I really didn't want everyone on earth to know.  After that, all of my pregnancies and miscarriages were kept quiet, until I was three months into the pregnancy with my daughter. 

Telling others about your miscarriage is a personal decision, but if you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, it may be difficult to continually go through the pain and even embarrassment in front of others....


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Memorialize Your Baby After Miscarriage

When I was experiencing recurrent miscarriage and I was trying to conceive again, I realized that one thing that was holding me back was that I never really said "goodbye" and dealt with the loss of all of these babies who died through miscarriage.  I decided that I would have a small private memorial service for each of my babies that died.  I did this by myself (some of my miscarriages were kept private between me and my husband since I didn't really want to tell everyone).


I went out and got some very small baby figurines, one to represent each miscarriage.  I lit some candles, played "In The Arms Of The Angels" and had a good cry for each of them.  I really do believe that this helped me move on from all of the grief and pain of continually losing my pregnancies when I wanted a child so much.

If you have experienced a miscarriage, you may find that there seems to be little sympathy since many people may not have known you were pregnant or you may not have shared your pregnancy.  This is one way you can memorialize your baby on your own terms and in your own way.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I recall after the first miscarriage I experienced I was a little sorry I told some of my family members.  I am a very private person, and I actually didn't want others to know I was trying to get pregnant.  The only reason I told my family was because I wound up having to have surgery after an ectopic pregnancy.  Then, of course, one person told another and soon the whole world knew.  I appreciate the words of sympathy, however, when you experience recurrent miscarriage, how many times are people supposed to send flowers?  After that first experience, I kept things pretty quiet.  The only pregnancy I announced was when I was expecting my daughter....and that was only after an amniocentesis and multiple ultrasounds.
I found a beautifully written article about one woman's experience with miscarriage and the stages she went through. 


Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Then came the anger. I knew that there were specific stages to grieving and, at the time, I wondered vaguely if I were on track. When Rick started to put the large plastic jug of prenatal vitamins into the back of the cupboard, I surprised both of us when I shouted, "Don't touch those yet!" A friend from back East sent me a big box of maternity clothes that arrived the day after the miscarriage. It sat in the living room spilling its musty contents out onto the floor and aggravating me for days before I could figure out where to put it.

The kitchen calendar had prenatal appointments and our due date marked in ink. It was the end of the year and I'd have to find a new calendar, which I found overwhelmingly irritating. I counted the months and realized, after waiting for the recommended four menstrual cycles, it would be at least a year until a new baby came, if a new baby came. I was furious. A year was forever when, just a few days ago, I'd been thinking about baby names and buying Onesies. I thought about the nausea and fatigue of the first trimester, all the good glasses of Cabernet I'd passed on, all the plans I'd made. What an incredible waste. I'd been cheated, and there was no one to blame.

One day I opened a pomegranate. Its rubies exploded with garnet juice all over my white shirt and countertops . It reminded me, as so many things did. I'd probably never get the stain out. The jewels burst into tart sweetness in my mouth. I swallowed with difficulty.

I longed for some kind of telepathic voice mail to go out to everyone on the planet who knew about my pregnancy so that I didn't have to respond when they cheerfully looked at my stomach and inquired about the baby. I asked friends to tell everyone they knew, to spare me the task; but for months afterward I still had to deal with the loathsome experience of comforting others through their embarrassment." 


Saturday, November 15, 2014


In Pregnancy, Use Herbs With Caution

Just because herbs are "natural", that doesn't mean they're safe in pregnancy.
 According to this article, some herbs can cause or contribute to miscarriage. Even though this site lists herbs that are "safe", I would check with your doctor before taking anything when pregnant. The clinic in which I received my prenatal care recommended that their patients refrain from taking any and all herbal preparations. Read more:



The herbs listed below should not be taken without the recommendation of your herbalist, midwife, or doctor and then not in combin- ations. The herbs listed below are laxative in nature and should be used sparingly.

Aloe Vera



Cascara Sagrada




Strong laxatives should be used with discretion as it causes cramping and stomach griping. Cautions: The following herbs should NOT be taken during pregnancy:

Angelica: can cause uterine contractions

Cinchona: cinchona and it's alkaloids should be avoided in pregnancy because of their oxytocic effects.

Soda and Coffee: avoid caffeine, as it irritates the uterus; excessive amounts in some sensitive individuals can cause premature birthing or miscarriage.

Eucalyptus oil: difficult to eliminate through the kidneys.

Juniper: too strong vaso-dialating, diurectic effect

Lovage: causes uterine contractions

Ma Huang (ephedra): too strong of an antihistamine effect.

Male fern: too strong a vermifuge.

Mistletoe: can cause contractions.

Mugwort: stimulates contractions and can be toxic in large doses.

Pennyroyal: can cause miscarriage.

Poke root: a powerful emetic. (causes vomiting)

Rue: can cause miscarriage.

Sheperds Purse: too astringent; may be used for afterbirth bleeding.

Tansy: can cause uterine contractions.

Wild Ginger: an ammenogogue that causes uterine contractions.

Wormwood: stimulates uterine contractions and be toxic in large doses.

Yarrow: too strong astringent and mild abortifacient.

Compiled by Alison Haasch
Executive Director --
Taken with permission from the newsletter Healthy Tips & Topics, by Katherine Ferrente, ND. Source: Little Herb Encyclopedia

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Monitoring HcG Levels To Determine Pregnancy Viability

If you've undergone any type of fertility treatment, you're probably more than familiar with HcG (human chorionic gonadotropin).  Many women live and die by their HcG numbers if they're trying to conceive.
If you do become pregnant and there may be a risk for miscarriage, you will probably have your levels monitored every 48 hours.  Typically, the doctors would like to see them double on every test.  However, there have been successful pregnancies where HcG levels didn't rise at the rate that would be considered normal....

Click Here To Read The Full Article (Including HcG Chart) On HcG Levels And Miscarriage

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Loss of pregnancy symptoms could mean there is a problem with the pregnancy, but it doesn't always mean miscarriage

I don't want to worry anyone who has had their morning sickness suddenly stop, but this did happen to me on a number of my miscarriages.  I typically had fairly severe morning sickness which lasted all day.  I've read that morning sickness in many women is worse than the nausea associated with chemotherapy.
 However, even when I was pregnant with my daughter (my successful pregnancy), I had a few days when my morning sickness let up a bit (but it returned the next day)
When my loss of symptoms was related to a miscarriage, I would usually have other indicators that the pregnancy was in trouble.  For instance, with one of my miscarriages, I had some bright red bleeding (not a lot, just a sudden gush) and with other miscarriage, I had some dark brown spotting.  Usually the dark brown type of spotting indicated that the blood was old and could have been there for a while.


The other thing to keep in mind about pregnancy symptoms is that they tend to lessen around the end of the first trimester.  If your pregnancy is at this point and your symptoms subside, this may be a normal progression of your pregnancy.  My nausea almost completely went away at the end of the first trimester...almost exactly to the date.

 So, if your symptoms lessen for a day or two, it doesn't mean that you miscarried...especially without other physical symptoms to indicate a miscarriage.

Friday, November 07, 2014


Cortisol Is The Stress Hormone Which May Trigger Miscarriage

Stress isn't the only reason the body produces cortisol, but our ability to control stress is one of the ways we can reduce cortisol which has been termed the "stress hormone".

I've written before about the stress/cortisol/miscarriage connection. Here is an article, although technical in nature, which seems to support that there does seem to be some connection between high cortisol levels and miscarriage.  The article talks about how other essential hormones for pregnancy can be affected when cortisol is too high.  Read more:


We calculated the comparative risk of spontaneous abortion according to cortisol exposure. Pregnancies in which the average standardized cortisol during the first 3 weeks after conception, or between ovulation and pregnancy loss (if gestation was 3 weeks), was equal to or less than the woman’s overall cortisol baseline (OCB) were classified as exposed to “normal cortisol” (n = 10). When the 3 weeks postconception average cortisol level was above the woman’s OCB (n = 12), the pregnancy was classified as exposed to “increased cortisol.” Pregnancies exposed to increased cortisol were 2.7 times (95% confidence interval = 1.2–6.2) more likely to be unsuccessful (lost) than those exposed to normal cortisol levels (Rao–Thomas adjusted F 1,16 = 3.42, P = 0.03). Whereas 90% of the increased cortisol pregnancies resulted in spontaneous abortions, only 33% of the normal cortisol pregnancies were lost (Table 1). 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014



I have heard on an off that it may be easier to get pregnant after a miscarriage or that women are more fertile when some of the pregnancy hormone  or the hormones associated with pregnancy are in their system.  Is any of this true or is it an old wives tale?  There may be some truth to this although it is still a topic of some controversy.

Monday, November 03, 2014


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40, Replacement Pregnancy?

If you've had one miscarriage or loss of a baby, you may wonder if getting pregnant again might feel like a "replacement" pregnancy.
 I can only give you my opinion on this, but it never felt that way to me. First of all, I would have taken any pregnancy with open arms. The desire to get pregnant again after a miscarriage had nothing to do with replacing my lost was just that I had an overwhelming desire to have a child. I would have taken any pregnancy/child I was so fortunate to attract into my life.

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I also never felt that the current pregnancy was somehow a "reincarnation" of the previously lost pregnancy/baby. Somehow, each one felt different. When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, even though I was extremely fearful and paranoid that I would lose her, I felt her unique spirit inside me. I started talking to her (out loud) very early in the pregnancy as if we had been life long acquaintances.

I've read other articles about how some women feel their current pregnancy is the spirit of a lost baby--especially women who have two miscarriages, then get pregnant with twins. I guess none of us will ever know for sure, but I think most women would agree that getting pregnant after a miscarriage does not replace a previous loss. That baby will always have a special place not only inside of you but somewhere in the universe.

Read more from this miscarriage support site:

...Others don’t always understand it is this lost baby that was wanted, not a future one. They have already moved on and just assume another baby will replace this lost one, which is often not so, and women can still be stuck in their sorrow and cannot think past it. A healthy grief does not require that this baby be forgotten but it is necessary for the grief process to take place (see our ‘Grief’ section). For those women whose overwhelming desire is to be pregnant again quickly, from their basic driving need to be fulfilled now, as well as also thinking another baby will fix how they are feeling – it is best to give yourself time to grieve first, allow your body to process your emotions and seek professional advice/help if necessary. Our experience is that another baby does not fix unprocessed grief.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Are Fibroids Associated With Miscarriage?

I had three fibroids removed in my early thirties long before I ever wanted children. My doctor at that time told me that these fibroids were growing rather fast and I should have them removed to preserve my future fertility. I decided to go ahead and do it even though it was major abdominal surgery
although I now know there are many ways to control this problem naturally.

So how do fibroids affect fertility and pregnancy - and do they lead to miscarriage?


Fibroids aren't always a cause of infertility, but they can be.  Some of it depends on the location of the fibroid, the number of them and their size.  I know with my fibroids, my doctor was worried that they might actually block my tubes because they were on the outside of the uterus and they might press up against my fallopian tubes.  During pregnancy, fibroids may grow larger because the increase in hormones can "feed" them and this can cause more complications.  However, even small fibroids are associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.  Fibroids can distort the size and shape of the uterine cavity and contribute to pregnancy complications.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Women Share Their Miscarriage Poetry and Quotes

I found a site with comforting quotes and poems which may offer comfort after a miscarriage.

Writing down your feelings in a journal can help you release your bottled up emotions so you can try to move on from your grief. I recall my first miscarriage when I lost twins...I was very depressed for months. I wish I had written everything down to get it out of my system. That is when I wrote the short poem on my site:

"It is now that we reluctantly part,

But I will always keep you in my heart,

Goodbye to what could have been,

Goodbye until we meet again."

Read more below:


See also: for more on preventing miscarriage and finding causes and natural treaments


"An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth.
Then whispered as she closed the book "too beautiful for earth".
~author unknown

As Long As I Live You Will Live
As Long As I Live You Will Be Remembered
As Long As I Live You Will Be Loved...Author unknown

"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."

How very softly
you tiptoed into my world.
Almost silently;
Only a moment you stayed.
But what an imprint
Your footprints have left
On our hearts.
--Author Unknown

"To Remember Is Painful
To Forget Is Impossible."
~Maureen Connelly

"Now I lay you down to sleep,
I pray the Lord your soul to keep;
Within his arms he'll hold you tight,
My Heavenly Angel, My Guiding Light."

"There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world"


See also:

Miscarriage Poetry

Miscarriage Poems

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Critical Information About Placenta Complications

Guest Post By Louise O Conor
Since the placenta supports your growing baby by providing food and oxygen, any abnormalities of the placenta may compromise the development of your baby.
A number of problems associated with the placenta can arise during pregnancy, and it's therefore important to get in touch with your healthcare professional at once if you suffer from any pain and/or bleeding in late pregnancy.
Placental insufficiency
The condition placental insufficiency occurs when the placenta is unable to support the fetus adequately for various reasons. Such reasons include abnormal development, restriction of blood supply through the placenta, placental tissue loss, placental separation and a small or inadequately developed placenta. Insufficiency of the placenta may also arise in women with diabetes, in multiple pregnancy and if the pregnancy has gone more than a week or two past the due date.
Indications of placental insufficiency may include slow growth of the uterus and less-than-average weight gain, but the principle indicator is slow fetal growth, detected on ultrasound scanning. Some babies can be quite small inside the womb without having placental insufficiency, while others that are only slightly small may show signs of placental insufficiency. Placental insufficiency is confirmed on ultrasound when the scan shows a baby that's growing slowly, has a reduced volume of amniotic fluid (because it urinates less) or reduced blood flow in the umbilical cord on a Doppler scan. If your baby's growth is insufficient, your baby will need to be monitored more frequently, and induction of labour or a caesarean section will be undertaken when necessary as your baby may be better off outside the womb.


Placenta praevia
Placenta praevia means that the placenta is positioned abnormally near to the birth canal. This essentially means that the placenta implants in the lower part of the uterus, completely or partly over the cervix. This can cause severe bleeding either in the last trimester or when the cervix begins to open up at the start of labour.
Placenta praevia is potentially a very dangerous condition and is a major cause of bleeding in late pregnancy. It occurs in some 0.5% of pregnant women. Placenta praevia is more common in women who have had operations (including a previous caesarean section) on their womb, or who have a multiple pregnancy.
The condition, which often has no symptoms, is frequently picked up before delivery during a routine ultrasound scan. It varies in severity, depending on the amount of the placenta that lies close to the cervix. The more placental tissue that blocks the cervix, the higher the chances of bleeding before or during delivery. Although minor degrees of placenta praevia will not adversely affect pregnancy, severe cases in late pregnancy may give rise to sudden, unexpected, painless vaginal bleeding, and lead to serious vaginal bleeding unless delivered by caesarean section.
If bleeding is only slight and the pregnancy has several weeks to go before the baby is due, then bed rest is usually all that's necessary. This may need to be in hospital. In cases of profuse bleeding, however, a blood transfusion may be carried out. Where bleeding is heavy and the pregnancy is near term, immediate delivery by caesarean section is usually undertaken.
Placental abruption/separation
Placental separation, also known as placental abruption or abruptio placentae, arises when the placenta partially or completely detaches from the wall of the uterus. This, in turn, causes blood to build up in the void space and often, but not always, leak into the vagina.
The condition occurs in about 0.5 to 1% of pregnancies, although the cause remains unclear. It does, however, appear to occur more frequently in women who've had more than two children, and in women who have high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia.
Placental separation is described as mild, moderate or severe, depending on how much blood is lost and the extent of separation that has occurred. In cases where bleeding is internal, pain and signs of shock may be the only symptoms. Most cases involve only a small amount of blood loss and a small amount of placental separation, which need not affect the baby. However, severe cases where more than about a third of the placental surface comes off usually compromise the baby's oxygenation and result in fetal death.
A mild case of placental separation is usually managed with bed rest, but if it occurs in late pregnancy, then labour may be induced. In moderate cases, a blood transfusion may be carried out, and if the pregnancy is fairly advanced then a caesarean section may be undertaken. Severe cases of placenta separation, where severe shock, blood problems or kidney failure has resulted, are managed with a rapid blood transfusion and delivery, which is likely to be by caesarean section.
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Friday, October 24, 2014


 Early Miscarriage: Blighted Ovum and Chemical Pregnancy

I remember hearing the terms blighted ovum and chemical pregnancy when I was suffering from recurrent miscarriage.
 I never really knew quite what they meant and some of them sounded kind of scary...(i.e. why do they call it a "chemical" pregnancy?  So I thought I would post this article for anyone interested:

How It Happens
A blighted ovum can be the result of chromosomal problems, Dr. Martinez says. In some cases, the egg or the sperm may be of poor quality. Although repeated miscarriages are emotionally traumatic, most fertility experts don't consider a woman to have a problem with miscarriage until she has had three or more consecutive losses. If this happens, a health care provider may order blood tests and genetic tests to find out what is causing the problem...


What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?
Many women also are plagued by another conception loss termed "chemical pregnancy."

A chemical pregnancy is the clinical term for a pregnancy that is confirmed by a pregnancy test, but not by clinical signs, and is lost before clinical signs can be observed through means such as an ultrasound. The pregnancy test is often "faintly" positive or blood hCg levels are low. It is believed that fertilization occurs, but that the egg never implants.

Using beta-hCg blood testing, a woman can test positive for pregnancy before even one day of a menstrual period is missed, usually 11 or 12 days after conception. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Many OB doctors tell their patients to avoid taking herbs in pregnancy, therefore, you should always get approval from your healthcare provider before taking anything when you are pregnant.  However, you may wonder if there are herbal remedies that may help with some pregnancy problems.  Here is a guest post from an herbalist about herbs that may help with some common problems in pregnancy and some that should be avoided:

Herbal Allies For Pregnancy Problems

Guest Post By Susun Weed

Wise women believe that most of the problems of pregnancy can be prevented by attention to nutrition. Morning sickness and mood swings are connected to low blood sugar; backaches and severe labor pains often result from insufficient calcium; varicose veins, hemorrhoids, constipation, skin discoloration and anemia are evidence of lack of specific nutrients; pre-eclampsia, the most severe problem of pregnancy, is a form of acute malnutrition. Excellent nutrition includes pure water, controlled breath, abundant light, loving and respectful relationships, beauty and harmony in daily life, joyous thoughts and vital foodstuffs.
During pregnancy nutrients are required to create the cells needed to form two extra pounds of uterine muscle, the nerves, bones, organs, muscles, glands and skin of the fetus, several pounds of amniotic fluid, a placenta and a 50 percent increase in blood volume. In addition, extra kidney and liver cells are needed to process the waste of two beings instead of one.
Wild foods and organically grown produce, grains and herbs are the best source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed during pregnancy. All the better if the expectant mother can get out and gather her own herbs: stretching, bending, breathing, moving, touching the earth, taking time to talk with the plants and to open herself to their spiritual world.


Wise women have recommended herbal tonics for childbearing for thousands of years. These herbs are empirically safe and notably effective. Tonic herbs improve general health by balancing and sustaining energy flow and focus in the body.
Tonics allay annoyances and prevent major problems. They can boost the supply of vital minerals and vitamins, increase energy and improve uterine tone. Some uterine tonics are contraindicated during pregnancy or are restricted to the last few weeks of pregnancy.
The tonics indicated for pregnancy need to be used regularly; a tonic is to the cells much as exercise is to the muscles: not much use when done erratically. Of course even occasional use of tonics during pregnancy will be of benefit, since they do contain nourishing factors. Better benefit will come from using them 5 times a week or more.
Some simple suggestions to get into the habit of using tonics: pregnant women could replace the morning cup of coffee with a rich Nettle infusion. Or she could brew up some raspberry leaf tea and put it in the refrigerator to drink instead of soda, wine, or beer. Wild greens can be added to the diet. Women in many cultures have used the following herbs for centuries to have a healthier pregnancy.
Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry is the best known, most widely used, and safest of all uterine and pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid that gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself.
Most of the benefits ascribed to regular use of Raspberry tea through pregnancy are traced to the nourishing source of vitamins and minerals found in this plant and to the strengthening power of fragrine - an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. Of special note are the rich concentration of vitamin C, the presence of vitamin E and the easily assimilated calcium and iron. Raspberry leaves also contain vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorous and potassium.
The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include the following:
  •     Increasing fertility in both men and women: Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.
  •     Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage: Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.
  •     Easing of morning sickness: Many attest to raspberry leaves' gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.
  •     Reducing pain during labor and after birth: By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.
  •     Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk: The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf assists in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.
  •     Providing a safe and speedy parturition: Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.

NETTLE LEAVES (Urtica Diotca)
Less well known as a pregnancy tonic but deserving a kinder reputation and use, Urtica is one of the finest nourishing tonics known. It is reputed to have more chlorophyll than any other herb. The list of vitamins and minerals in this herb includes nearly every one known to be necessary for human health and growth.
Vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur are particularly abundant in nettles. The infusion is a dark green color approaching black. The taste is deep and rich. If you are blessed with a nettle patch near you, use the fresh plant as a pot herb in the spring.
Some pregnant women alternate weeks of nettle and raspberry brews; others drink raspberry until the last month and then switch to nettles to ensure large amounts of vitamin K in the blood before birth.
The benefits of drinking nettle infusion before and throughout pregnancy include the following:
  •     Aiding the kidneys: Nettle infusions were instrumental in rebuilding the kidneys of a woman who was told she would have to be put on a dialysis machine. Since the kidneys must cleanse 150 percent of the normal blood supply for most of the pregnancy, nettle's ability to nourish and strengthen them is of major importance. Any accumulation of minerals in the kidneys, such as gravel or stones, is gently loosened, dissolved and eliminated by the consistent use of nettle infusions.
  •     Increasing fertility in women and men.
  •     Nourishing mother and fetus.
  •     Easing leg cramps and other spasms.
  •     Diminishing pain during and after birth: The high calcium content, which is readily assimilated, helps diminish muscle pains in the uterus, in the legs and elsewhere.
  •     Preventing hemorrhage after birth: Nettle is a superb source of vitamin K, and increases available hemoglobin, both of which decrease the likelihood of postpartum hemorrhage. Fresh Nettle Juice, in teaspoon doses, slows postpartum bleeding.
  •     Reducing hemorrhoids: Nettle's mild astringency and general nourishing action tightens and strengthens blood vessels, helps maintain arterial elasticity and improves venous resilience.
  •     Increasing the richness and amount of breast milk.

Of course calcium is a mineral, not an herbal tonic, but it is so important during pregnancy and throughout our woman lives that I consider it a tonic. Lack of adequate calcium during pregnancy is associated with muscle cramps, backache, high blood pressure, intense labor and afterbirth pains, osteoporosis, tooth problems, and pre-eclampsia.
Calcium assimilation is governed by exercise, stress, acidity during digestion, availability of Vitamin C, A and especially D, and availability of magnesium and phosphorous in the body and the diet. Getting 1000 to 2000 mg of calcium every day is not hard with the help of Wise Woman herbs:
  •     The best food sources of calcium are fish, dairy products, but there is controversy about the assimilability of calcium from pasteurized, homogenized milk. My preferred food sources include goat milk and goat cheese, salmon, sardines, mackerel, seaweed (especially kelp), sesame salt (gomasio), tahini and dark leafy greens such as turnip tops, beet greens and kale.
  •     There are roughly 200mg of calcium in two ounces of nuts (excluding peanuts), one ounce of dried seaweed, two ounces of carob powder, one ounce of cheese, half a cup of cooked greens, (kale, collards and especially dandelion), half a cup of milk, three eggs, four ounces of fish, or one tablespoon of molasses.
  •     Most wild greens are exceptionally rich in calcium and the factors needed for calcium absorption and use. Lamb's quarters, mallow, galinsoga, shepherd's purse, knotweed, bidens, amaranth and dandelion leaves all supply more calcium per 100 grams than milk.
  •     Bones soaked in apple cider vinegar release their calcium into the acidic vinegar. A tablespoon of this vinegar in a glass of water supplies needed calcium and relieves morning sickness too.
  •     Many fruits are rich in calcium (though not as rich as the above foods). Dried dates, figs raisins, prunes, papaya and elderberries are the best source.
  •     Raspberry leaf infusion contains calcium in its most assimilable form. Assimilation is further enhanced by the presence of phosphorous and vitamins A and C in the raspberry leaves.
  •     Fresh parsley and watercress are available in most grocery stores year round. They are both good sources of many minerals and vitamins, including calcium, phosphorous, vitamin A and vitamin C.
  •     Nettle Infusion supplies calcium and phosphorous, vitamin A and the vital vitamin D, in a readily assimilable form.
  •     Foods that are thought to interfere with absorption of calcium should be avoided: spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and brewer's yeast.
  •     Do not use bone meal or oyster shell tablets as sources of supplemental calcium. They have been found to be high in lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals.

Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens), Blue Cohosh (Caulophyflum thalicotroides), and Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) all should be avoided until the last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. Even then, they should be used only when indicated, and under the supervision of someone experienced in their use. Some midwives report that the Cohoshes must be used together (not interchangeably). Others have reported premature labor when Blue Cohosh was taken in combination with Pennyroyal. False Unicorn Root (Helonias dioica), Dong Quai (Angelica spp.) and PN6 capsules are considered too strong for use during pregnancy.
I harvest the flowering stalks when they are fully formed; and I am careful to use the cultivated garden comfrey, which grows very tall and has purplish, pinkish, bluish flowers. I avoid wild comfrey, which stays rather small, even when flowering, and has cream-colored, white, or yellowish flowers.
Some people feel that comfrey is not safe to use during pregnancy. Some people feel comfrey is not safe to use internally at all. I disagree. The roots of comfrey do contain compounds that are best avoided during pregnancy (as do all parts of the wild plant). In fact, I rarely use comfrey root because of the possibility of liver congestion, and I strongly caution those who have had hepatitis, chemotherapy, or alcohol problems to strictly avoid comfrey root. Yet even these people can benefit from use of comfrey leaf infusions.
Another important herbal ally for women over forty who desire a child is chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castii). It has been used in Africa and parts of Europe for several thousand years to discourage the male libido. In women, the effects seem to be the opposite! It may also be a fertility enhancer. Most importantly, chaste tree is a strengthening tonic for the pituitary gland, the master control gland for the endocrine system. Daily use of the tincture of the berries (1 dropperful/1 ml 2-3 times daily) had been shown to increase progesterone - the hormone of pregnancy - and luteinizing hormone - which promotes conception. Because it can lower prolactin levels, chaste tree is best discontinued during the last trimester of pregnancy.
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is not recommended for women over forty. In general, this herb promotes blood flow to the uterus and surrounding tissues. This can promote the growth of fibroids and increase the risk of post-partum hemorrhage. Ginger is a better warming tonic; motherwort is better at relieving pain; and raspberry is better at preparing the uterus for birth.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.
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Monday, October 20, 2014


Baby Aspirin And Pregnancy/Miscarriage Outcomes Can Vary 

I did take baby aspirin when I was trying to conceive, but I stopped when I found out I was pregnant.  I had been told that aspirin can help with a number of things.  First, it may help with the uterine lining.  Second, it may help prevent miscarriage by avoiding clots.

 I do hear and read conflicting information about whether or not this is helpful to prevent recurrent miscarriage. This article seems to support the use of low dose aspirin for some women. But, of course, this is something to discuss with your doctor:

Read more:


We did a recent show on Miscarriage/Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and one of the questions we received was whether to take aspirin to prevent miscarriage. The attitude of the questioner was that basically nothing else was working, so what do I have to lose. Some recent research addressed this question. One well designed study in The Netherlands followed 364 women with unexplained recurrent miscarriage. This was a randomized, placebo-controlled trail, which is the gold standard for research. The study lasted four years. Some women were given low dose aspirin, some women were given low dose aspirin combined with low molecular weight heparin, and some women were given a placebo. The doctors, patients, and nurses did not know which medications the women received. The researchers found that neither aspirin, nor aspirin combined with low molecular weight heparin, improved live birth rate more than the placebo.

However, another study found that for certain women with recurrent miscarriages, low dose aspirin with low molecular weight heparin did improve pregnancy outcomes. This study followed 156 women in India, 75 with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and 81 without PCOS. All the woman in the study received intravaginal micronized progesterone twice daily. The women with insulin resistant PCOS took metformin throughout their pregnancies. The researchers found that the only group that benefited from the low dose aspirin and low molecular weight heparin were women with very high levels of homocysteine in their blood (classified as hyperhomocysteinemia). Hyperhomocysteinemia was more prevalent in woman with PCOS.



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Saturday, October 18, 2014


Hysteroscopy To Diagnose Reason For Miscarriage

Having a hysteroscopy prior to evacuation of a miscarriage can help explain why the miscarriage occurred. I'm sure this is rarely done, because usually women go in for a D & C if they know they've miscarried, but the uterus isn't examined through a scope before the procedure is done. This article explains more:


Preevacuation hysteroscopy is useful for identifying localized and systemic defects during morphogenesis in patients with unexplained recurring pregnancy loss, said Dr. Artin Ternamian.

"We're convinced that preevacuation hysteroscopy can help us understand and maybe explain a lot of the miscarriages that we take for granted," he said at the annual meeting of the AAGL (formerly the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists).

Sonography, tissue analysis, and biochemical studies are generally used to evaluate recurrent pregnancy loss, which occurs in 1% of reproductive-age women. But once the evacuation or D & C has been performed, couple counseling becomes more difficult, if not impossible, and the willingness to investigate further wanes, he said.

Preevacuation hysteroscopy allows physicians to examine the fetoplacental environment and provides excellent visualization of the surface anatomy before the tissue is eviscerated or contaminated, said Dr. Ternamian, director of gynecologic endoscopy, St. Joseph's Health Centre, University of Toronto.


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Glymes, Toxic Chemicals Cause Miscarriage

If you have never heard of "Glymes", you are not alone.  It sounds like some type of Halloween concoction.  Glymes are chemicals which are used in everything from printer ink, to carpet cleaners and they are even found in prescription drugs!  These chemicals have been linked with miscarriage and gene mutuation:


 Department of Public Health Sciences, led a study that found that glymes were linked to miscarriages in semiconductor workers. The study examined 6,000 women exposed to glymes through their manufacturing work, and researchers found a pattern of increased miscarriages among them. But factory workers aren't the only ones who have to worry about glymes. The chemicals can also be found in lithium batteries, brake fluid, paints, prescription drugs, circuit boards, microchips, and many other products we come into contact with every day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Determining a Miscarriage By Body Temperature

Many women monitor their fertility and pregnancy through their BBT or body temperature.  If you are doing this type of charting, you probably know that a sustained elevation in body temperature in the last half of your cycle could mean that you are pregnant.  If you continue to monitor your temperature in your first trimester, and you see a change where the temperature delines, this could be an indicator of a problem...

Click here to read the full article on determining a miscarriage by BBT

Sunday, October 12, 2014



I've often made the connection between stress, infertility and miscarriage.  I think most people, especially within the medical community are  too quick to dismiss the connection.Here's more evidence that stress can affect a pregnancy - even to the point of triggering a miscarriage. According to this article, male fetuses may be especially at risk. Read more:


Lead researcher Tim Bruckner of University of California said: "The theory of 'communal bereavement' holds that societies may react adversely to unsettling national events, despite having no direct connection to persons involved in these events.

"Our results appear to demonstrate this, as the shocks of 9/11 may have threatened the lives of male foetuses across the US."

For the study, the researchers compared foetal death rates between 1996 to December 2002 to calculate the rate of male fatalities, using data from 50 US States. In September the numbers peaked, they found.

"Across many species stressful times reportedly reduce the male birth rate. This is commonly thought to reflect some mechanism conserved by natural selection to improve the mother's overall reproductive success," Bruckner said.


Friday, October 10, 2014


The Importance of Vitamin B to prevent pregnancy complications and miscarriage

I have always been one who believed in taking some kind of vitamin supplement. I like the idea of taking a high quality multivitamin since it is already measured out and it sort of "covers all the bases". Here is an article about miscarriage and a number of things that may help - including B vitamins:


Vitamin B Complex, Including Folic Acid:

Many naturopathic and other doctors suggest using vitamin B complex (50 mg a day) with additional vitamin B6 and folic acid (800 to 1000 mcg a day) for women planning to become pregnant and for those who are pregnant. These preventive measures are supported by studies that suggest a connection between recurring miscarriages and problems metabolizing methionine and homocysteine in the body. Methionine is an amino acid, a building block of protein. Homocysteine is a by-product of the breakdown of methionine. Abnormal use of homocysteine by the body leads to a rise in levels of this compound which, in turn, may play a role in spontaneous abortion and the development of defects in the neural tube (the structure in the fetus that later becomes the central nervous system). Folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, and betaine all play a role in the proper use of methionine and homocysteine. 


In addition, a fetus, a newborn, and a pregnant woman all need more folic acid and B12 than other people; therefore, taking the supplements mentioned both before and during pregnancy is valuable, and may prevent miscarriage in the case of elevated homocysteine levels. Moderate to high caffeine intake may also be related to elevated homocysteine levels.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Men and Miscarriage

Let's face it, woman are usually the focus after miscarriage. Everything happens inside their body and they go through all the hormonal, physical and emotional changes. But men go through many of these emotions too. Even though the baby isn't inside of them, that's still their child. Men may feel like they have to be the strong one and not let their emotions show. Here's an article about men and miscarriage:


From the site:

"My emotions were shot, drifting in and out of elation, worry, fear, hope and anger. It took me four years to accept that I was sad and that was ok; that there was nothing I could have done about losing our child and that I did not fail anybody by not coping brilliantly".
from miscarriage association

Monday, October 06, 2014


Miscarriage With Lupus

If you've been diagnosed with lupus, you're probably already under the supervision of a doctor. If you're pregnant with the condition, you should start receiving prenatal care as early as possible due to a higher miscarriage rate. Read more:

The researchers studied all Lupus patients in their first trimester of pregnancy from 1987 to 2002 at the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center. Of the 166 pregnancies, 27 ended in loss. Researchers compiled the same data from each patient at each visit: protein level in urine, heart rate, blood platelet count and antiphospholipid syndrome.


Research showed that pregnancy loss occurred in women with a protein level of 500 mg or more within a 24-hour period, blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg, blood platelets fewer than 150,000 and antiphospholipid syndrome diagnosed using the Sapporo criteria.

It is recommended that Lupus patients be checked frequently during the first trimester of a pregnancy. Researchers coined the acronym PATH to help physicians remember to test for these four risk factors


Saturday, October 04, 2014


What Is An Incompetent Cervix?

Guest Post By Eric Daiter MD

An incompetent cervix is when the cervix is too weak to support a pregnancy. The weight and pressure of the uterus on the weakened cervix can cause it to prematurely open. This can cause an early delivery or a miscarriage.
Having an incompetent cervix is a fairly rare condition. It can be caused by previous damage to the cervix, either through miscarriage, birth, abortion or surgery. It could also be a deformity present since birth. No matter what the cause, if you have been diagnosed with an incompetent cervix, then there are some precautions that you and your doctor can take to help increase your chances of carrying a baby full-term.


If you have been diagnosed, then you have probably had a miscarriage before. If you have not, then your doctor may still want to check for incompetent cervix early in your pregnancy. This could be the case if you have had any kind of surgery or even a difficult delivery before.
They can check your cervix through a pelvic exam, but may want to examine your cervix more thoroughly. This is usually done by ultrasound. This will help your doctor determine if your cervix is open more than it should be. They will also be able to tell if the cervix is too thin.
Your doctor may recommend a cervical cerclage to hold the cervix shut. This is basically stitching the cervix closed during the pregnancy. It is usually done during the third month of pregnancy and helps the cervix withstand the pressure of the growing baby and uterus.
If the cervix shortens and starts to open later in the pregnancy, then an emergent cerclage may be placed later than the third month. Bed rest may be recommended instead if you are far along or if the cervix has already opened too much for the procedure to be performed.
You will most likely be under general anesthesia during the procedure. Spinal blocks and epidurals are also commonly used. A special thread will be stitched around your cervix and then cinched shut. You may experience cramping, light bleeding and pain after the procedure. You may be required to stay overnight after the procedure.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help stop preterm labor. Other medications may be used to control pain and prevent infection. Your symptoms should cease after a few days. If they do not, then you need to contact your doctor. Fever, contractions, painful cramping, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, water leakage or foul smelling discharge should be immediately brought to your doctor's attention.
Cervical cerclage is an infertility treatment that can help many women carry their babies to term. Talk to your doctor about all of the risks and what you can do to prepare and take care of yourself afterward.
Dr. Eric Daiter MD is the medical director of The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC.
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Friday, September 26, 2014


Antidepressants, SSRI's and birth defects

As always, you should  be careful with all types of medications or supplements if you are trying to conceive or already pregnancy.  This is especially true if you're taking antidepressants. Talk with your doctor about alternatives if you are trying to conceive. Read more:


The problems relate to a class of drug known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which includes Prozac and, in particular, the British-made Seroxat.

Several studies have shown a link to birth defects, particularly malformed hearts, in a small proportion of the babies born to women who were taking the drug in the early weeks of pregnancy.

Most GPs in the UK believe that these drugs are safer than older antidepressants. Seroxat has been marketed to women as a drug to relieve anxiety and depression.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration, which licences medicines, issued a warning in 2005 and changed the status of Seroxat, which is sold there under the brand name Paxil. The FDA warns doctors "not to prescribe Paxil in women who are in the first three months of pregnancy or are planning pregnancy, unless other treatment options are not appropriate".


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