You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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Friday, January 31, 2014

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss Information

Miscarriage:  What Can You Do To Prevent It Or Detect The Cause?

When a woman has a miscarriage, the first thing that comes to mind, "Is it something I did?"
Most of the time miscarriage is a matter of bad luck...the wrong egg, the wrong sperm, the wrong timing and the list goes on.  If you think about all the things that have to come together for a viable pregnancy, it's mind boggling to think anyone can get pregnant....and yet it happens every day.
See: for more on miscarriage over 40 
There are some things you can do, however to increase your chances of conception and pregnancy. 
I found a good article that may gives some good common sense advice on lowering your miscarriage risk:

From the article:

We've all heard that being stressed isn't a good thing if you're trying to get pregnant. That's also true of trying to stay pregnant. British researchers recently found that feeling happy, relaxed, or in control is linked to a 60 percent reduction in a woman's miscarriage risk. What helps when you can't kick back with a glass of wine? Gentle workouts, dining with friends, or watching your favorite TV show might work (stick with The Office instead of nerve-janglers like 24 or ER). The Pill is dangerous, and other myths

And what about sex? If you've had a miscarriage in the past, says Jonathan Scher, M.D., assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, it's probably best to skip nookie during your first trimester, when a hormone in semen may stimulate contractions. It's OK later, after the embryo is fully implanted


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tracking Ovulation After Miscarriage

When Do I Ovulate After Miscarriage

I had quite a few miscarriages (6) before I had my successful pregnancy which led to the birth of my daughter. Each miscarriage was a little different and my cycle took a while to get back on track - especially if the pregnancy had progressed longer.
If I had a very early miscarriage, my period would almost be back to normal within a month, however if the pregnancy had gone 6-8 weeks, I had a D&C and that really threw my system out of whack. My doctor had recommended that I wait a full three cycles before trying to conceive again because my body was healing from the surgery.
Another situation I ran into was having an ectopic pregnancy (I had two). One of my ectopic pregnancies had to be removed surgically (and I had to wait three months before trying to conceive again. Another of my ectopic pregnancies was treated with a drug called methotrexate which helps a non-viable pregnancy to stop growing so it can expel and not cause a rupture of your fallopian tube. Methotrexate can cause birth defects if you conceive while it is in your system, so needless to say, you cannot try to conceive for quite a few months after an injection of that drug.

One important factor to keep in mind after a miscarriage is that your HcG levels may stay somewhat elevated.  They don't just drop to "0" right away.  It can take a full month or even longer depending on how far your pregnancy progressed for your HcG levels to drop and for your body to start ovulating.  Once your periods get back to normal, you may want to use ovulation predictors just to see if you are ovulating.  If you did not have a D&C or an ectopic pregnancy, recent research shows that there is no need to wait before trying to conceive again.

See Also: Are you more fertile After A Miscarriage  (www,
Determining A Miscarriage By BBT  (
HcG Levels and Miscarriage (

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Smoking, Miscarriage, & Pregnancy Complications

Smoking Can Cause Early Menopause

Of course you already know that smoking is not only bad for fertility and pregnancy (and your unborn child), but also for your overall health.
See also: for more on fertility, pregnancy, and miscarriage prevention
 I'm still amazed at the number of women who smoke during pregnancy. A woman I previously worked with went through IVF, got pregnant with twins and continued to smoke! I couldn't believe it. 
Since I teach college, I see quite a few young women (and young men) who smoke.  Even with everything we know about smoking, kids still start quite young.  Many young women who smoke get pregnant unexpectedly.  As a matter of fact, adoption agencies warn prospective parents that the statistically speaking, many babies given up for adoption will be born to mothers who have smoked both cigarettes and marijuana.
Smoking, according to this article can hurt egg quality and also cause early menopause:

British fertility expert Mr Richard Kennedy, secretary of the British Fertility Society and a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, says the findings support recent British studies. 'We already know that nicotine can decrease ovarian function, and that smokers who undergo IVF have reduced rates of fertilisation, so this research is very interesting. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Miscarriage and Our Cruel Healthcare System

After Miscarriage:  Dealing With The Healthcare Maze

I dealt with six miscarriages while I was trying to conceive.  I had to deal with ER physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant's and the list goes on.  After my visits, I had to navigate the medical billing maze and the list goes on.  All of this is going on while you are mourning the loss of your baby.
See more on miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage at:

Additionally, it seems that people working in healthcare don't always know the right thing to say to a woman who has just lost her baby and her future.  I heard everything from, "You can always adopt" to "It may have been a blessing".
Our healthcare system is rather seems like when you can least handle the financial burden, you all of a sudden are flooded with medical bills. Here is one woman's experience trying to navigate through the hassles of dealing with healthcare providers and her insurance company after a miscarriage:

© St. Petersburg Times

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Live Birth Rate After Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy After Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

I've known a number of women (and I'm always hearing about more) who experience recurrent miscarriage and then go on to have a normal pregnancy and birth.
More on miscarriage, recurrent miscarriage and fertility at: 
This led me to do some research on what the live birth rate actually is after recurrent miscarriage (cited in the literature as "habitual abortion" - 3 or more miscarriages). What I found is the following:

-The chance of having a live born after recurrent miscarriage is somewhere around 55-60%

-The chance of having a live born can rise to 70% if the recurrent miscarriages occur after at least one other live born

Source: - from Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

The bottom line is that the majority of women with recurrent miscarriage go on to have a successful pregnancy. The odds are in your favor.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Have Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage Been Proven?

Treatments and Prevention for Miscarriage

Right before we decided to discontinue fertility treatments, my fertility doctor wanted me to undergo a series of tests and possibly treatments to find out if my immune system was behind my recurrent miscarriages.
See: for more on miscarriage prevention
 At that point, I couldn't even imagine going through more testing, poking and prodding not to mention the expense of these tests and procedures (in the end - I got pregnant and carried to term without them!). Here is an article that talks about how some tests really haven't been proven to work:

From the article:

"Fertility clinics are increasingly offering women tests to measure the number and activity of natural killer (NK) cells circulating in their blood. These cells are found in the womb (uterus) and accumulate in large numbers during early pregnancy, but their function is completely unknown.

The tests are based on the speculation that women with recurrent miscarriage and infertility have raised levels of NK cells. As a result, many women are offered powerful treatments, such as steroids or immune suppressant drugs, to reduce the levels of NK cells.

But the authors argue that, not only do these tests give no useful information about what is happening in the uterus, these treatments are not appropriate for use in reproductive medicine without shown benefit as they are associated with known risks to mother and fetus."


Sunday, January 19, 2014

No Need To Wait Before Trying Again After Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Trying Again

I can't tell you how many articles I have read about whether or not it's best to wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage. This very recent article now says it's perfectly okay and maybe even better to try again right away. Read more:

LONDON—Women who suffer a miscarriage may have the best chance of having a baby if they get pregnant again within six months, new research says.

Doctors in Scotland followed nearly 31,000 women who went to the hospital for a miscarriage in their first pregnancy and subsequently became pregnant between 1981 and 2000.
see also, "miscarriage over 40" from
Among women who got pregnant within six months, 85 percent had a healthy baby. Among women who waited more than two years to get pregnant again, the rate was 73 percent. The study was published Friday in the medical journal BMJ and was partly funded by the Chief Scientist's Office in Scotland, an agency of the Scottish government.

"It's unnecessary for women to wait to conceive again after a miscarriage," said Sophinee Bhattacharya, a lecturer in obstetric epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, one of the paper's authors. 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Miscarriage and Electromagnetic Fields

Miscarriage and EMF's

There seems to be a debate going on about whether or not electromagnetic fields or EMF's can cause miscariage. Some studies have found a link and other studies have not. Here is an article (below) about some of the differing opinions.
 See also: for information on environmental toxins and miscarriage/fertility
When I was pregnant, I didn't take any chances. I tried to avoid sitting to close to appliances, I limited my computer use, and I never got into my waterbed (which I had at the time) while it was plugged in. Even though there are conflicting studies on whether or not EMF's pose a risk to pregnant women, the fact is some sources have found they do. That's enough for me.
 read more:

Dr De-Kun Li, a reproductive epidemiologist who led the study asked 1,063 women in San Francisco who were in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy to wear a meter on their waists for a day.
The meter measured magnetic field levels in microteslas every 10 seconds.
It was found women exposed to EMFs of 1.6 microteslas or more were nearly twice as likely to miscarry as women not exposed to such strong fields.
The 622 women who said the study had covered a typical day, those who were exposed to high peak fields were three times as likely to suffer a miscarriage.
Dr Li said: "That's another confirmation that the effect is due to EMF."
He suggested the EMF peaks could cause miscarriages by subtly disrupting cell-to-cell communication.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Miscarriage-Caffeine Connection In The News

Caffeine and Miscarriage

Here it is again, more information about how caffeine should be avoided in pregnancy. The newest study quoted in the medical literature has its critics because of the study size and the difficulty in really pinpointing the cause of most miscarriages.
See also: for more on miscarriage and environmental factors
 However, it's always been my philosopy that if there's even a small chance that something may not be good for you or your baby, you should avoid it.

When I was pregnant, coffee was repulsive to me - even though I had been a huge coffee drinker.  I did, however get myself off of caffeine while I was trying to conceive, so that certainly helped with the caffeine cravings. 

Recent studies have shown that women who drink more than 200mg of caffeine per day whether it's from coffee or soda or any other source had twice the miscarriage rate of women who drank less. The reason that caffeine is problematic is because it can constrict fetal growth and lead to miscarriage or low birth weight.

I've heard that decaffeinated coffee has it's own health issues - some related to the process by which caffeine is removed and some decaffeinated coffee has been found to still have quite a bit of caffeine. My best suggestion is to cut these beverages out of your diet. If you want something warm in the morning, drink naturally decaffeinated herbal tea (some actually taste like coffee) or drink carbonated seltzer water.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Heather Mills Overcame Multiple Miscarriages and Ectopic Pregnancies Before Having Her Baby

Miscarriage Affects Celebrities Like Heather Mills

She hasn't been in the media lately, but Heather Mills recently made headlines again.  She's a controversial figure and she tends to be a media magnet (she's in the media now for supposedly verbally abusing a Paralympic committee official).  Some years ago, when Larry King was still on the air,  I was watching when Heather Mills was the guest.
See also my site: for more on overcoming recurrent miscarriage
Back then, she talked about how she was on the TV show, "Dancing With The Stars" and how it was the "buzz" all around the nation because she only has one leg and was able to compete.
  What I didn't know is that Heather suffered multiple miscarriages (I read that she had six) and a couple of ectopic pregnancies before having her daughter Beatrice. Aside from the age difference between Heather and I, her story is strikingly similar to mine.

It just goes to show you that even cases which may be perceived as "hopeless" in terms of getting pregnant can have happy endings.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Miscarriage Knows No Boundaries

Nicole Kidman Talks Of Miscarriage

The following article proves that miscarriage knows no boundaries.
See: for more celebrities who had babies over 40
 The more I read and hear from women and couples, the more I realize how so many people's lives are touched by miscarriage. Celebrities are no exception. Nicole Kidman has always been one of my favorite actresses. She's not only beautiful, but she's about as good as it gets in her profession. The following article talks about how she suffered a miscarriage in her twenties and how tramatic the experience was for her. She went on to adopt two children, then she had a baby naturally and another by a surrogate. Read more:

Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman has revealed she lost a baby in the early years of her marriage to Tom Cruise.
She told Vanity Fair magazine she suffered the miscarriage when she was 23-years-old.

"From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies. And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic," she said.

The 40-year-old star and Cruise, who were married for over 11 years, went on to adopt two children. 

from: bbc

Friday, January 10, 2014

Risk Factors vs. Causes Of Miscarriage

What is The Difference Between A Miscarriage Risk Factor and A Cause?

When I was trying to conceive in my 40's, I probably was labeled as having multiple "risk factors" for miscarriage, however, nobody ever found an actual "cause".   Even when I had a D & C after one of my miscarriages, no cause was found.  The fetal tissue was normal.
See my site: for more on miscarriage prevention
Most people don't always distinguish between risk factors and causes when it comes to miscarriage. This article explains the two and gives examples of each:

The answer often lies in a confusion between miscarriage causes and miscarriage risk factors. The two are not identical, and understanding the distinction is important when you try to interpret information on the Internet. If you have ever heard the old saying that "correlation is not causation," you are familiar with this phenomenon. Simply because two factors are associated statistically does not mean that one caused the other.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

One Woman's Perspective On Recurrent Miscarriage

Christian Perspective On Miscarriage

Here is an article from a Christian women's website written by a woman who had quite a few children but also suffered over 20 miscarriages.
Visit: for more on infertility in the bible 
 I'm always surprised to learn how many women have experienced at least one miscarriage and a number of women also experience recurrent miscarriage.  She gives some good advice on grieving and some things she researched which may have contributed to her miscarriages. Read more:

When the doctor asks me how many times I have been pregnant, and they ask me to count EVERY time, I say "About 30". And then they say, "Were all those confirmed by a doctor?" Well, no, but let's face it. I have given birth eight times, lost one at 20 weeks, had a miscarriage in the ER before the first full term pregnancy, I KNOW what pregnancy is and what it feels like! I get sick from the second day, and stay that way until I give birth. Pregnancy is radically different for me than normality. After confirming most of them with a pregnancy test, I eventually decided I did not want to waste the money unless I was at least 2-3 weeks late. And really, considering how many LIVE children I have, 30 pregnancies is not all that much, since I miscarried before having my first, then between almost all except the first two (with only 11 months between them there wasn't time!), sometimes twice, and then I miscarried every cycle but one during a period of almost two years. I know what it is like to have a heavy period, and what it is like to have a very early miscarriage and they are very different. I know the appearance of tissue as opposed to blood. I know what an umbilical cord looks like at 7 weeks. Those are things that are not mistakable.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Home remedies for Miscarriage

Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies For Miscarriage

I'm always finding new and interested remedies for miscarriage. I'll admit, I didn't try these when I was pregnant mainly because I didn't know about them - and most physicians discourage the use of herbal remedies when pregnant.
 Visit: for more alternative medicine and home remedies for miscarriage
However, some of these dietary do's and don'ts may be of interest. Read more:

Home remedies for miscarriage

* Take a 1 tbs. of fresh juice of vitamin C with honey every morning.
* Take a cup of false unicorn and drink it every 1/2 hour.
* Make a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon of ground bay leaf with a 1/2 cup of milk and boil this mixture, after it cools off and take this mixture 2 times in a day.
* Take ascorbic acid in quantity of 6-10 grams for 5-10 days.
* Make a mixture of 1 tbs. of fresh amla juice with honey and take this mixture every morning during pregnancy.
* During the first trimester of pregnancy apply a cold compress to the internal portion of the thighs, the perineum, the vagina and the lumbar region.
* Make a mixture of 1/4 tbs. of ground bay leaf with a 1/2 cup of milk and boil this mixture, after it cool off and drink it 2 times in a day.


Friday, January 03, 2014

Nine Miscarriages, Then Healthy Baby

Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

I always love to share stories similar to mine where women experience recurrent miscarriage, but then go on to have a healthy baby.
See: for more on overcoming miscarriage
I had my daughter after six miscarriages. Here is another story about a women who was miscarrying due to "killer" cells in her uterus. Read more:

According to the Daily Mail, Findlow, who began trying to conceive in her early 20s, suffered nine miscarriages before doctors finally discovered the cause of her heartache -- "killer" cells in her uterus.

Also called "natural killer" or NK cells, the cells protect the body from cancer and infection, but can also cause problems in early pregnancy -- too many NK cells in the womb create too much oxygen, making it impossible for a fetus to survive. The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool Women's Hospital is the only place in England that treats this rare condition with steroids.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Practice Bulletin states that high numbers of NK cells have been found in women who experience multiple miscarriages.


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