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Monday, March 31, 2014

Late Miscarriage

Miscarriage 12-24 Weeks

Most of what you read about miscarriage refers to pregnancy losses within the first trimester. However, I've heard from many women who experienced loss later in the pregnancy. Generally, late miscarriage goes up to 24 weeks. Here is an article that addresses late miscarriage specifically:

From the article:

Late miscarriages are more likely than early miscarriages to be linked to a health problem with the mum-to-be (NHS Choices 2009a). Of all miscarriages, about one in 100 happens later in pregnancy (Symonds 2009:314). Bear in mind that the health problems that can lead to a late pregnancy loss are rare. They include:
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* Problems with your uterus (womb). You may have a uterus that has an abnormal shape, fibroids (NHS Choices 2009b) or cervical weakness (Symonds 2009:314).

* A condition that affects your blood, such as sickle cell anaemia (CKS 2007).

* A condition that affects your hormones, such as diabetes or a thyroid disorder (RCOG 2003:3). These conditions may not cause a problem if they are properly managed while you're pregnant.

* A bacterial infection that can cross the placenta. Listeriosis is an infection you can get from food poisoning. Toxoplasmosis is an infection you can pick up from eating undercooked meat or from coming into contact with cat poo (Symonds 2009:314). Both of these very rarely happen and are easy to avoid.

* A viral infection, such as rubella or an infection that can cause a high fever (RCOG 2003:7). You'll be tested for rubella when you find out you're pregnant. Most women are already immune, because they've already had the illness, or have been vaccinated.

* A vaginal infection, such as bacterial vaginosis (Symonds 2009:314, RCOG 2003:7) or, very rarely, group B streptococcus (NHS Choices 2009c). It's possible, but unlikely, that these infections track up the vagina into your uterus.

* Any serious illness involving your heart and blood circulation, or your liver or kidneys could cause a late miscarriage (Symonds 2009:314). 


Sunday, March 30, 2014


Recurrent Miscarriage, Some Factors Involve the Immune System

When I was experiencing recurrent miscarriage, I was told to get a work-up to find out if I had immune system factors that were contributing to my pregnancy loss.  I opted to discontinue fertility treatments at that time since I was physically and emotionally drained.  But for anyone interested, this article explains something called "ETF" or embryo toxic factor:

The Embryo Toxic Factor in Recurrent Miscarriages

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One of the complex medical reasons for recurrent miscarriages may be traced to a condition known as embryo toxic factor (ETF). ETF is a cytokine secreted by the immune system\'s white blood cells in response to pregnancy tissue. If excess amounts of cytokine are produced by white blood cells during pregnancy, the immune system may consider the embryo as a foreign body and try and eliminate it, thus leading to miscarriage. Embryo toxic factors have also been reported in women experiencing unexplained infertility and infertility associated with endometriosis.
Diagnosing Embryo Toxic Factor
Testing for embryo toxic factor is a complex laboratory experiment and is opted for only if other tests for miscarriage do not lead to any conclusive results. ETF testing is still considered an experimental testing.
A blood sample is first taken and the lymphocytes are cultured for several days. They are then combined with cultured mouse embryos and left to sit for a few days.  Subsequently, a fertility specialist studies the embryo development in relation to how it has been affected by these lymphocytes. If the embryos have stopped developing or have died, it shows the presence of ETF. If the embryos are developing normally, the conclusion is that no ETF is secreted.
For more on preventing and support for recurrent miscarriage, 
The Treatment Regimen
Women suffering from ETF usually have to engage in a multiple treatment regimen to avoid future pregnancy complications. Since the cause of ETF is an over-active immune response, the treatment for ETF revolves around immune system repression. This includes
Intravenous immunoglobin  (IVIg) infusions which suppresses the production of cytokines
Vaginal applications of progesterone in suppositories or gel caps, taken until the sixteenth week of pregnancy
In case the woman is undergoing IVF treatment, progesterone oil injections may be given
Recurrent miscarriage is a condition that could be a sign of a more serious problem and a fertility specialist should be immediately consulted. East Bay Fertility Center California,offers a wide range of infertility treatments along with expert medical counseling to couples facing difficulty in conceiving. Under the guidance of Dr. Ellen U. Snowden, Medical Director and Reproductive Endocrinologist, medical staff at East Bay provides dedicated treatment for infertility and reproductive endocrine issues. East Bay Fertility Center specializes in providing infertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization, insemination, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, egg donation and gestational surrogacy.  With the right type of treatment and intervention, the Center assists couples who have been having problems conceiving to overcome those difficulties in the shortest possible time in order to realize their dreams of having a healthy baby.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014


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Miscarriage Over 40, Accurate Test To Predict Pregnancy Loss

Many women have danger signs in pregnancy, but go on to have healthy babies.
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 I had spotting with all my pregnancies - many ended in miscarriage, but my successful pregnancy had spotting the whole first trimester. This article talks about checking levels of something called "anandamide" which if high can have surprising accuracy predicting a woman's chance of miscarriage. Read more:

From the article:

The researchers gleaned that information partly from animal studies and decided to look at anandamide levels in 45 pregnant women who were at risk of miscarriage. These are women who presented with bleeding in early pregnancy but still had a viable baby. They tested the women's blood for anandamide and found that the women who miscarried had twice as much of the molecule than those who went on to have a healthy, full-term pregnancy — 3.47 nM versus 1.7 nM.

"The pilot data we've generated has a 100% negative predictive value for miscarriage, so any woman with a low level can be reassured that she will have a live birth," says Dr Konje. And that's even if she has some subsequent bleeding. Armed with this knowledge, the need for repeat scans and extra visits to the doctor can be minimized, which will cut the overall healthcare cost, he points out.


Friday, March 28, 2014


Recurrent Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

I found this insightful article about a woman who experienced the expectation then disappointment of recurrent miscarriage. She shares how she learned a few things about herself and her life through the process. Read more:

So now, nearly 43 years old and four miscarriages later, what have I learned from it all?

Some things, such as miscarriages, are often beyond our control. We may want certain things to happen very much in our lives, but there may be a different plan for us which we do not yet understand. There is really no choice but to ride the wave of change with hopeful- ness and as much clarity as possible in the given moment. It is important to stay present with our experience, to experience the emotions fully, and to do whatever seems right in the moment.

for more on recurrent miscarriage and prevention, visit:

Difficult experiences can be gifts to go deeper within. Though I never would have wished for four miscarriages, it has given me an opportunity to renew my faith, my marriage,

and my values in a very profound kind of way. I have re-evaluated what is most important to me.

There is a purpose to all that we experience, whether or not we can see it. I have learned to trust that there is another path for me besides motherhood. My miscarriages have helped me to work much more deeply with other women on all levels. Bob's and my marriage has been strengthened as has our relationship with God. We may never fully understand why I cannot stay pregnant, but, more and more, we are accepting and trusting the process. I have also learned that, though others, however well-meaning, may think they have figured out our lessons for us , we can generally do it best for ourselves.Fortunate- ly, there is a force in the Universe which has a much greater vision of what we need than we do

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Five Ways to Cope With Loneliness After Pregnancy Loss

Guest Post By Jody Nelson

Have you been feeling alone since your pregnancy loss? That's a sensation many women describe having had after a miscarriage or stillbirth. It's something you may feel your partner can't relate to, and you know what? You're probably right. Your partner probably can't relate to this feeling. Dealing with this loneliness can be one of the more difficult, isolating challenges of pregnancy loss. Before you were pregnant, it was just you and your partner. Then you got pregnant and it changed. The baby was suddenly sharing space with you. As a friend of mine puts it "there's no dividing line. The woman and the baby are one." And that is something I find men have a really hard time understanding.
No dividing line. How do you wrap your brain around that? When you got pregnant you were constantly aware of that new life budding within you. You found your hand resting gently on your tummy. You found yourself talking softly to the baby, whispering dreams of hope, humming happy tunes. You may have felt yourself simply sharing your very thoughts with the baby, unspoken, un-whispered. That level of intimacy just isn't possible in any other type of relationship. You and the baby were one.

See also: for more on dealing with miscarriage and getting pregnant after miscarriage 

And then the trauma came. And that intimacy just wasn't there anymore. That feeling of constantly sharing your body, your thoughts, your everything; it was just gone. Simply gone. How do you deal with that loss? How do you deal with the inevitable loneliness that follows? There isn't any simple surefire cure. I'm sorry. There just isn't. Anyone who promises you otherwise, is a fraud. It takes time. It's painful. And it can be lonely. But there are some things you can do to help ensure a swifter, healthier recovery.
1. Don't isolate too much. The first thing I'd suggest is to resist the urge to completely isolate yourself. It's a normal feeling to need time and privacy, and only you can really tell how much time you need to be alone. Solitude can be healing. But there comes a point where that solitude can prevent healing as well. Too much time alone tends to bring about brooding. You have friends and family who want to be there for you, but they probably want to give you your time and space. They have no way of really knowing when you're ready. You'll have to let them know.
2. Decide who you want to talk to. Before you start to emerge back into the world, figure out who you are going to want to talk to about your experience. Who do you trust with this? Your closest friends? Family? Co-workers? You may not feel like telling anybody, and that's your choice. We were not meant to suffer through life's sorrows alone, though. Keeping this entirely to yourself will most likely be more damaging to yourself in the long-run.
3. Realize that not everyone will be helpful. Once you've started moving out and about in the world again, you'll probably find that people feel a bit awkward, as if they don't know what to say. Well, quite frankly, unless they've been through what you've been through, they won't know what to say. They just can't. And sometimes even if they have been through it, they won't have the right words. What was helpful to them may not be helpful to you.
One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes people make seemingly well-intentioned statements such as "It was for the best," or "It was part of God's plan." These statements, meant to be comforting, can make a person want to go on a rampage. Realize in advance that you are going to hear this from someone. And it's going to hurt, but also know that they are trying to help. It might be wise to limit their opportunities to "help" in the future.
4. Know what kind of support you want. After you've figured out who you want to talk to about the pregnancy loss, think about what you want from them. You probably just want someone to listen to you, to hear you, and maybe to hold you. It may be helpful to let them know up front what would be helpful to you. Letting them know that just letting you vent to them, just having them listen, just having somebody to BE with is helpful to you is what you need. Let them know you don't need answers or solutions from them. You may want answers, but nobody can give them to you. There aren't any. We know this. So let them know that you know that. It takes the pressure off of everyone, and makes sharing, and listening, easier.
5. Get out of the house. If you just don't feel like talking with others, that's okay. But try not to hole up in your home. Get out of the house. Go for a walk. Take a break at a coffee shop. Go shopping. Just do something away from home. Sometimes you can feel better just being around other people, even if you aren't directly interacting with them. Sometimes, to be honest, it may not help much. But it will help stimulate your senses, and that can be helpful in breaking out of the rut of depressive thoughts which usually accompanies pregnancy loss.
Jody Nelson is a family therapist who blogs about recovery from miscarriage and pregnancy loss at  []

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


Miscarriage, Ovulation and Period After

I recall after having my miscarriages, I never knew what to expect as far as getting my period.
See also: for HcG levels After Miscarriage
 I also had a number of D & C's which threw my cycle off even further. Here is a Question and Answer article about what to expect after a miscarriage in terms of getting your period:

Menstruation after a Miscarriage
By Dr. Gerard M. DiLeo (

It takes anywhere from four to twelve weeks for the pregnancy hormones to go back down to zero, and your body will not ovulate well until then. Most go the shorter time (about a month after the miscarriage), but the first period may be weird--early or late, light or heavy. It won't be until you get your second one that you'll know you've "arrived" at normal cycling again. Some rare individuals get pregnant with the very first ovulation after a miscarriage, which causes great confusion as that awaited period never comes until someone gets the bright idea to do an ultrasound. In these cases, a urine pregnancy test won't help, because it can still show up positive with the pregnancy hCG of the miscarriage before it's dropped to zero.

Miscarriage: Any Connection To Clomid?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Junk Food/Transfats Contribute To Miscarriage

Ever since the FDA started requiring that food producers start labeling the amount of trans fats in their products, there's definitely been a reduction of these harmful fats. However, many foods still contain partially hydrogenated oils.
See also: for more on my series: foods for fertility 
The FDA actually allows companies to say "0" transfats when there is a small amount in the food. Read the labels because according to this article, transfats can contribute to miscarriage. Read more:
According to researchers, high levels of trans fats in many burgers, pies, cakes and biscuits could lift the danger by 52 per cent.

A study of 104 mums-to-be spotted the signals.

The analysis found that hydrogenated fats, as they are described on food labels, increase the body's resistance to the hormone insulin.

In turn, this boosts the levels of a substance which has been shown to increase the risk of a miscarriage, reports The Sun.

In the study, Dr Charles Glueck and his team in Ohio, US, found that a high intake of the fats - such as by eating junk food daily - proved a danger to the unborn child.

Experts say trans fats should form a maximum of one per cent of an adult's daily calories.



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pregnancy After 18 Miscarriages

Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

In the past, I wrote about a women who had 19 miscarriages and then gave birth. Here's another story of a woman who had a baby after 18 miscarriages. Read more:

A WOMAN has given birth to a baby girl after suffering 18 miscarriages in eight years, it was reported today.
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 Angela Haston, 27, from Polbeth, West Lothian, said she wanted a baby so much that she could not bring herself to stop trying, despite the heartbreaking miscarriages.

She gave birth to Mia-Rose on Tuesday, five weeks early.

Mrs Haston's first child, Keiron, was born in 2000, but medical tests failed to ascertain why she subsequently suffered repeated miscarriages.

Last October, doctors found she had a vitamin B12 deficiency and began giving her replacement injections. Within weeks, she was pregnant - for a 20th time. 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

What Is a Molar Pregnancy?

Miscarriage and Molar Pregnancy

After one of my miscarriages was confirmed on ultrasound, I was sent home and told that I would probably start bleeding as soon has my HcG levels dropped.
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This usually takes a matter of weeks. However, I continued having some fairly severe nausea and my lab work showed my HcG levels were going up. My doctor was worried I might have something called a "Molar Pregnancy".

We did a D & C and as it turned out, I didn't have a Molar pregnancy, but through the process, I learned what it was and how it could be a serious condition.

A molar pregnancy happens when there are certain problems with the genetic information (the chromosomes) in the fertilized egg at conception. The result is that the egg may develop into a growth with no embryo (this is called a complete mole) or an abnormal embryo (a partial mole).
In normal pregnancies, the fertilized egg contains 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 from the mother. This isn't the case with a molar pregnancy.
In most complete molar pregnancies, the fertilized egg contains two copies of the chromosomes from the father and none from the mother. In this case, there's no embryo, amniotic sac, or any normal placental tissue. Instead, the placenta forms a mass of cysts that looks like a cluster of grapes.

Molar pregnancy

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Top 10 To Prevent Miscarriage

Prevent Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss, Top Ten Things

Most of us have already heard over and over that you should avoid smoking and alcohol when pregnant.
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 But this article discusses not only the obvious ways to avoid miscarriage and pregnancy complications, but also some other perhaps less known risk factors and behaviors:

here are a few from the article:

Avoid Heavy lifting
When a woman is pregnant, she has high levels of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone relaxes and softens her muscles and ligaments (making her body more flexible, especially her pelvis for giving birth), these changes make her more prone to injury. Heavy lifting can contribute to back injury and straining other areas of the body. Therefore, using lifting aids, or avoiding heavy lifting altogether if possible, may be feasible alternatives. Depending on your occupation, you may need to be moved from a standing job to one that requires more sitting (or be provided with a stool if working behind a counter).

Avoid excessive, regular physical vibrations or shocks
during pregnancy if possible, as should exposure to continuous, excessively loud noise. Flying in un-pressurised planes and scuba diving can reduce oxygen levels and should be avoided because of an increased risk of miscarriage, and premature birth.

Avoid excessive temperature variation

Working in hot conditions can contribute to a pregnant woman fainting. Heat that raises the woman's body temperature above 38.5o Celsius (or 101.3o Fahrenheit) for several hours during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy has the potential to cause birth defects in the unborn baby. A prolonged, raised temperature from about 12 weeks of pregnancy until the birth may distress the baby or cause premature labour. Avoiding excessively hot conditions is advisable during pregnancy. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

How To Prevent Another Miscarriage

Miscarriage, Causes and Prevention

Guest Post By Lance Chambers

Progesterone is the hormone that supports a pregnancy. If you become pregnant but are unable to sustain the pregnancy past week ten, there is a high probability that you may be progesterone-deficient.
A woman prone to miscarry can try a low dose of natural progesterone cream from days 12 to 26 of her cycle until a pregnancy is confirmed. If spotting occurs at week 6 or 7 of pregnancy, a higher dose is applied two or three times daily. Use of natural bioidentical progesterone cream is often continued through a full term pregnancy.
If the problem is incompetent cervix, the treatment is to sew the cervix shut during Weeks 14 to 16 of the pregnancy. Your doctor must remove the stitches between Weeks 36 to 38 so you can give birth. This treatment is called Cerclage.
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Cerclage cannot avert an inevitable miscarriage, so it cannot be performed if your cervix has already dilated 4 centimeters, or if membranes have ruptured. You are also ineligible for cerclage if your cervix is irritated. Cerclage is generally well tolerated by mother and baby, but it is not a cure-all.
If the cause of your miscarriage is an immune problem, treatments vary:
o Rh incompatibility requires RhoGAM injections at particular times during the pregnancy and shortly after delivery
o Antiphospholipid antibodies requires daily low dose aspirin or heparin
o Lupus requires prednisone
o Faulty fetal-blocking antibodies require the mother to receive injections of the father's white blood cells
Many insurance companies don't cover immune testing until there have been at least three miscarriages. Plus, you may have to travel a long distance to get help for faulty fetal-blocking and HLA antibody problems. Within the immune system there are different types of white blood cells. Progesterone supplementation works to influence the way your white blood cells react to a pregnancy. The immune responses most likely to impair your pregnancy are:
o T and B cells that can cause placental rejection
o Natural killer cells that release tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that damages the placenta and endometrium
o Lymphocytes that stick in the placenta and damage it
Progesterone soothes inflammation which can scar and damage the placenta. Progesterone encourages increased placental HCG production, blocking NK cells' killing power. Progesterone can also prevent the uterus producing irritating prostaglandins, making it contract far too early. Progesterone encourages the cervix to make an antibody-rich plug protecting the baby and placenta from germs.
Women with autoimmune disorders usually require bioidentical progesterone supplementation until the end of Week 16 of pregnancy. Sometimes, newly pregnant autoimmune women are allergic to their own hormones, including progesterone. Your doctor can test for allergies with a skin or blood test.
See a gynecologist with CREI (Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) qualifications about repeated miscarriage. Your doctor must rule out other causes than just progesterone deficiency. For example, Turner's syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality affecting only girls, where one X chromosome is missing. Turner's syndrome is responsible for 20% of all miscarriages that occur in the first trimester, and 98% of pregnancies affected by Turner's syndrome end in miscarriage.
Women with reproductive difficulties may successfully deliver a baby through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). The cost of ART varies, depending on the complexity of the method the doctor uses. ART is usually successful in three cycles. Be sure ask your doctor to define 'success' before you make your down payment, because some clinics define success as any conception, and others define it as taking home a baby.
If you have had a molar pregnancy, wait a year before attempting another pregnancy. Your ßhCG level must return to 0 to ensure that no moles have migrated through your body (metastasized). In all other cases, wait at least one to three cycles before attempting another pregnancy. Allow yourself ample time to recover. Take a 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) folic acid supplement daily and eat a nutritious diet while you are waiting. Reduce caffeine intake. Avoid alcohol, smoking, contact sports, environmental hazards, and people with infectious diseases. Before you use an over-the-counter medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
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Avoid Frequent Ultrasounds In Pregnancy

Are Ultrasounds Safe In Pregnancy

I have heard on and off that ultrasounds may pose risks to the fetus. This article explains that the rise in temperature may have a negative affect on the pregnancy. 
See also: for more on environmental toxins, miscarriage and fertility (video) 
 It's a little scary because even though I had a normal pregnancy, because of my age, I did have frequent ultrasounds.  I may have thought twice after reading this:

Although ultrasounds are generally safe, they can affect developing tissues and may cause a rise in fetal temperature, the report said quoting FDA.

Besides, prenatal images being marketed for non-medical reasons are often done by less-experienced personnel and may expose a fetus to a longer period of imaging than one performed by a medical technician.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Obesity and Miscarriage - Lose Weight Before You Try To Conceive

Pregnancy Complications Doubled With Obesity

If you plan on getting pregnant, your weight may be factor not only in your ability to get pregnant, but also your ability to carry to term. 
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Additionally, there can be complications with the pregnancy itself like pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and even the liklihood of C-section.
The best time to think about losing weight is before you get pregnant since you don't want to be dieting while you are pregnant.
Here is an article that explains more:

"Obesity increases the risk of miscarriage and can at least double the woman's chances of gestational diabetes or a condition called pre-eclampsia, which can be life-threatening to mother and fetus. It also doubles the baby's risk of a neural tube birth defect such as spina bifida, the obstetricians group found.

The more overweight a woman is, the more likely she'll need a C-section, yet the riskier C-sections become. Obese women are more likely to suffer excessive blood loss and infections.

Excess weight even makes it difficult to estimate the fetus' weight, track its heart rate, or administer an epidural or other anesthesia during labor."


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Herbs For Pregnancy and Miscarriage

Herbal Medicine To Prevent Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage

I did not go "the herbal route" when I was TTC. I know very little about herbs and I didn't want add to the $25,000 we had already spent on fertility treatments for a consultation with trained herbalist. Although I can't vouch for all the herbal remedies mentioned in this article, you may find the information helpful to help prevent miscarriage:
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Endometriosis and Miscarriage - All You Need to Know and Exciting News

Guest Post By Gwen Simmons

Endometriosis and miscarriage are subjects of controversy and the truth seems elusive and hard to figure out. By the end of this concise article the reader will know all the basic facts that one needs to have in mind when considering pregnancy with endometriosis or getting a healthy child once pregnant.
Towards the end of the article we'll talk about a breakthrough protocol that stirred the water just recently with reported amazing results in the mystery of endometriosis.
Let us also mention that 1 in every 3 women is infertile because of endometriosis.

See also: Endometriosis, Fertility and Miscarriage ( 

Endometriosis and miscarriage - is the risk increased?
Whether endometriosis carries an increased risk cannot be established with scientific accuracy because no comprehensive long-term studies have been done. However, we will report on some of the available data that offer insight in the risks and the risk factors.
Endometriosis and miscarriage - the statistics
Approximately 50% of the women with endometriosis will have problems with lowered fertility. Many of these women will also miscarry when they become pregnant. Some evidence even suggests that half of the woman who get pregnant with endometriosis will miscarry. For comparison, percentage of miscarriage in general population is 10%.
Endometriosis and miscarriage - what makes it so difficult to conceive and carry to term
There a couple of risk factors involved with the increased risk of miscarriage:
Endometriosis and miscarriage - secretions and hormones
Because the endometriosis tissue is behaving in the same way as the endometrial tissue in the uterus, it also secretes the same hormones. But it secretes them into the abdominal cavity. These hormones may interfere with the pregnancy process.
Also, the implants may secret hormones later then the original tissue in the womb. This may cause some wires to get crossed and the body might end up in continued ovulation. When this happens, the womb sheds off the old tissue, this time including the egg.
Endometriosis and miscarriage - adhesions in the stomach
The scars and distorted tissue of endometriosis can become sticky and stick to the nearby organs. If the fallopian tubes get affected and distorted, it is very unlikely that the pregnancy will happen in the first place because the egg will never travel from the ovary through the fallopian tube. Other combinations of stuck organs can result in miscarriages and even pregnancies outside the uterus.
Endometriosis and miscarriage - role of the immune system
It is not clear at this time whether endometriosis is an autoimmune disease. But even if this is not the initial cause of the disease, it is proven that th immune system under performs in woman with endometriosis. This means that the immune system might even attack the embryo because the embryo is basically a foreign organism. In healthy women, the immune system can recognize easily that the embryo is not a threat but in women with endometriosis it is not so simple.
Endometriosis and miscarriage - news that offer vibrant hope
The issue with endometriosis is in the fact that the conventional medicine knows so little about the causes of the disease. But, lately, some exciting news have been reported on the discoveries of underlying chemical imbalances that seem to be responsible for the triggering of this terrible ailment that can rob you of your health and children.
Endometriosis and miscarriage might not be such a nightmare with the new development in the field and the new holistic protocol. The new protocol is called Violet Protocol and many women report to have reversed endometriosis even when they had scheduled surgery. The title of the book explaining everything in detail is "Endometriosis Bible & Violet Protocol" and you can learn more about it by visiting and assuming control of your life and health.
Gwen Simmons is a health and nutrition consultant and an alternative medical researcher. Born and lived in Ottawa all her life, she developed and interest in the health and wellness sphere at the age of 28 when her mother died of cancer. She is now a renowned health consultant and nutrition expert, specializing in alternative medicine research. She owns a small practice in Charleswood, Ottawa. Hobbies - yoga.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Miscarriage: Losing A Future

Miscarriage Over 40, Not Just A Pregnancy Loss, But Loss Of A Future

Here's a good article that puts into words why miscarriage is so devastating.  It's not just about losing a pregnancy, it's about losing a future.  Many people don't know what to say when a woman has miscarried and they frequently say the wrong thing.  Women who have experienced miscarriage frequently have to endure comments like:  "You can try again". or "It was probably a blessing"...Ugghh, that's so hard to hear.
 Read more:
 See also: for more on miscarriage over 40

From the article:

She has studied the psychological effects on a group of women who have miscarried, and it seems it is all about looking into the future.

"They are imagining how that child will grow up and what their future is going to be.

"And so when you experience loss, you don't just experience the loss of a foetus, you experience the loss of all that future which you have created for yourself as a mother.

"But I think also just not knowing why it's happened is very unsettling for people."

  (BBC News)

Repeated Miscarriages May Be A Result of Uterus Not Being Picky Enough

Recurrent Miscarriage And The Uterus

Is it possible that you may miscarry because your uterus isn't picky enough? That's an interesting theory because according to this article, perhaps women that miscarry repeatedly may have a pregnancy that "other uteruses" wouldn't have accepted to begin with. Read more:

From the article:

He had noted that many women who had repeated miscarriages claimed to have conceived incredibly quickly.

"Each one of their pregnancies was conceived within one or two months of trying," New Scientist quoted Brosens as saying.

See also: for more on overcoming and preventing recurrent miscarriage

Also, some studies have hinted that embryos implanting outside the normal window of uterine receptivity were more likely to miscarry.

For further investigation, Brosens and his colleagues took cells from the uteruses of women who had undergone miscarriages and ones who hadn't.

They measured the expression of a key regulator of uterine
receptivity called PROK1 and levels of prolactin, a marker of decidualisation - the monthly process by which the uterus prepares to receive an embryo.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Early Pregnancy Bleeding, Spotting, Does It Mean Miscarriage?

Bleeding, Spotting In Pregnancy

I had bleeding/spotting with all my pregnancies, even my successful one. When you find out you're pregnant, any bleeding, even spotting can be mortifying.

See also: for more on pregnancy, miscarriage and enhancing fertility over 40
Here is an article from the American Pregnancy Association that explains some of the causes of miscarriage and bleeding in pregnancy:

 From the site:

What are common reasons for bleeding in the first half of pregnancy?

Since bleeding that occurs in the first half of pregnancy is so common (20-30%), many wonder what the causes are besides some of the complications already mentioned. Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy due to the following factors, aside from the above mentioned complications:
  • Implantation bleeding can occur anywhere from 6-12 days after possible conception. Every woman will experience implantation bleeding differently—some will lightly spot for a few hours, while others may have some light spotting for a couple of days.
  • Some type of infection in the pelvic cavity or urinary tract may cause bleeding.
  • After intercourse some women may bleed because the cervix is very tender and sensitive. You should discontinue intercourse until you have been seen by your doctor. This is to prevent any further irritation—having normal sexual intercourse does not cause a miscarriage.

Can GMO's (genetically modified organisms) Cause Miscarriage?

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sleep Position and Stillbirth

Miscarriage:  Preventing Stillbirth By Your Sleep Position

I made a point to always try to lay on my left side with my feet elevated during my pregnancy.
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 I had heard that lying on your left allows more oxygen to get to the baby. This article seems to confirm at least one reason to sleep on your left seems to reduce the incidence of stillbirths.
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 From the article: Mothers who sleep on their back or right-hand side on the night before giving birth are twice as likely to have a stillborn child compared with those who slept on their left, according to a study. Researchers found that the risk of stillbirth for those sleeping on the left side was 1.96 per 1,000 births, and 3.93 per 1,000 births for any other position. Tomasina Stacey, a midwifery lecturer at University of Auckland, who led the study, cautioned pregnant women not to be over-concerned by the finding. "It was an observational study, not one that can show cause and effect – all it does is show an association. It would be premature to jump up and down and say that everyone has got to sleep on their left. It's a starting point for future research."

Miscarriage and Depression

Depression Following Miscarriage

If you've had a miscarriage, you don't need me to tell you that you feel alone, empty and basically awful afterwards.
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 All of your excitement, hopes and dreams for the future just vanished away. I recall when I lost a twin pregnancy back when I was going through fertility treatments. I cried and cried for months. Since one of the pregnancies was ectopic, I also had to undergo surgery and a D & C. I believe going through surgery only added to my depression because it caused a sharp decrease in my hormonal levels which wreaked havoc on my system.

Undergoing surgery after a miscarriage has it's own set of factors contributing to depression. If you've had a tubal pregnancy, most likely, one of your tubes will be removed decreasing your chances for future pregnancies - this certainly doesn't help matters when you're down to begin with.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Chromosome Abnormalities, Miscarriage, Age And Lifestyle

How Chromosomes Can Cause Miscarriage and What You Can Do

After one of my miscarriages, I had a D & C and I requested chromosomal testing.  Many miscarriages result from chromosomal problems and I was curious if my pregnancy ended for this reason.  When the results came back, my pregnancy was normal, so there must have been another reason for the pregnancy loss.  I was encouraged though that my body and my eggs could produce a normal pregnancy.  This article talks about what you can do about chromosomal abnormalities:

Guest Post By Judy Ford

All our cells have chromosomes which carry the blueprint for our structure - arms, legs etc - and for their function. Chromosomes are made up of DNA and protein. Chromosomes can be abnormal in three ways: there can be a gain in number, a loss in number or a change in structure. Almost all chromosome abnormalities cause serious problems. Most of these problems are lethal so that the cells carrying the abnormalities die. For this reason, most embryos carrying chromosome abnormalities die in the first few weeks. Chromosome abnormalities are the major direct cause of miscarriage.
Many couples who have a miscarriage are told that the laboratory tests have shown that there is a chromosome abnormality. This sounds very serious doesn't it? It is serious and these problems can lead to the birth of a handicapped child. Usually, however, the couple is completely normal and the chromosomal abnormality has only occurred in the gametes - either the woman's egg or the man's sperm. Occasionally the problem is present in all the man or woman's cells but blood tests can detect this.

See also: for more ways to prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy and prevent miscarriage 

Unfortunately there is still a great lack of understanding amongst doctors on how chromosome abnormalities arise. Doctors will usually reassure a couple who has normal blood chromosomes that the problem in the embryo will not reoccur. This is bad advice. I have spent many years studying the causes of chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriage and have proved that the problems occur because of problems in lifestyle. Until these are corrected the problems in the eggs and sperm can remain or reoccur.
Chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriages usually occur because either the man or woman has been exposed to chemicals or one or other of them has a dietary deficiency or a bad habit of some type. Bad habits include not drinking enough water, taking drugs, having too much alcohol, smoking heavily and in the case of the man, exposing his testes to too much heat. Infections, both of the common flu variety and of the STD - sexually transmitted variety - can also be involved. Viruses can break chromosomes in exactly the same way as chemicals, radiation and serious dietary deficiencies. Aging itself is associated with changes in body functions that cause a woman's eggs to misdivide.
Most people reading this article would know that the normal number of chromosomes is 46. So how can this change? The answer lies in the process of fertility and conception. Fertility in both the man and the woman involves a special form of cell division - called meiosis - in which the chromosome number is halved. Sometimes this very specialized division process makes errors and one or two chromosomes end up in the wrong place. The resultant egg or sperm then has one or two extra chromosomes. Fertilized eggs that result from eggs or sperm with extra chromosomes usually miscarry although those with an extra copy of one chromosome 21 might survive with Down's syndrome.
The other problem that can affect chromosome number is delayed ovulation. When the egg is over-ripe it can be fertilized by more than one sperm. In such cases the fertilized eggs has one or more extra sets of chromosomes. Fortunately, this problem can also be overcome by correcting poor diet and lifestyle.
If you have had a pregnancy in which a chromosomes abnormality was detected but you, yourselves are normal, make sure that you take the time and effort to correct your lifestyle. You will find a detailed lifestyle evaluation and specific advice on my websites. Once you adopt a healthy lifestyle, you will be rewarded by feeling much healthier and hopefully also by giving birth to a healthy baby.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites and

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Miscarriage - "It Was Probably A Blessing"

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

What To Tell Kids About Miscarriage

Explaining Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss To Kids

I only have one child and all my miscarriages happened before she was born. But I've often wondered how hard it would be to explain what happened to a young child. Some of my readers are suffering from secondary infertility and have other children. Here is an article about telling kids about miscarriage:

Here are some suggestions from the article:

" willing to address their questions about what went wrong honestly. If the placenta stopped working, or there was a problem with the baby's health, let them know that. If you do not know, tell them you are not sure.
See: for more on dealing with miscarriage, recurrent miscarriage and how to prevent pregnancy lossx
Explain that sometimes nature miscarries for reasons that are unknown. For example, you may plant tomatoes and not all of them come up. But mostly they do! If you have a spiritual philosophy or religious orientation to create a meaningful context for this experience do not hesitate to verbalize this, too.

Consider crying together, as a sign of health and honoring the life of 14 weeks that you shared together. Talk about the loss as much as your children want. They will likely work themselves through their sadness by speaking to you about it over the next month. Telling the story of what happened provides a means of recovery for adults as well as children."



"Stillborn" Baby Was Discovered Alive 12 Hours After Birth

Stillborn - Medical Mistakes, Misdiagnosis

Oh my gosh..I thought I've heard about every type of medical mistake, but this is a new one. A baby was discovered (after spending 12 hours in a freezing morgue) to be alive.
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A newborn in Argentina declared dead shortly after her birth was discovered 12 hours later alive and well in her coffin.

When six-months pregnant Analia Bouter gave birth at a hospital in Resistencia on April 3, staff told her the baby was stillborn and showed no signs of life, the BBC reported, citing local media.

Twelve hours later, Bouter and her husband took a trip to the morgue to see their daughter’s body.

“That night I went with my husband to where the coffin was and he opened it up,” she told reporters.

“Immediately I heard her cry.”

Fabian Veron, the baby's father, told reporters outside the hospital, “It was like she was waking up. Then the morgue lady picked her up.”

The baby girl was alive, breathing and reported to be in good health.

“She spent 12 hours in the freezing cold of that morgue. I saw for myself the ice on her body,” Bouter told Argentina’s Clarin newspaper.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the medical mishap.

The hospital’s director Jose Luis Meirino said every staff member who was present at the birth thought the baby was stillborn.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Detect Fetal Distress To Prevent Miscarriage

New Fetal Monitor

Most of us have heard of electrocardiography, but there's a new field of research called "fetal electrocardiography". This may help detect fetal problems earlier and help prevent miscarriage.

From the article:

"So with our system it's like going from a one-dimensional slice of an image to a hologram," Clifford said.

That better view could help catch problems that might have gone unnoticed before. "If you're looking in just one direction and an abnormality is occurring perpendicular to that direction, you won't see it," Clifford said.

The large amounts of 3-D data captured with the new system could also open up a new field of research: fetal electrocardiography. "The world of fetal ECG analysis is almost completely unexplored," Clifford said, because the current monitoring system can only be used during labor and "essentially gives only a monocular view."


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How Your Workplace May Contribute To Miscarriage

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Pregnancy Loss: Miscarriage Myths

 Miscarriage, Recurrent Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

I was such a loner when I experienced my miscarriages. Somehow I felt weak and like a failure. Experiencing recurrent miscarriage almost comes with a feeling of embarrassment. In my eyes, I didn't want everyone to feel obligated to console me...after six losses, how much consolation can you expect? The following article probably would have been helpful at the time I was going through my series of pregnancy losses. Read more:

from Mothers in Sympathy and Support

There may well be no greater pain to bear than that of losing a child. Even though this sentiment may be widely acknowledged, many people - even the bereaved themselves -- still have many misconceptions about grieving in the aftermath of loss. In this article, find validation for your feelings if you have lost a child. If you have never suffered such a loss, read on to gain better understanding of what a friend or loved one may be going through.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Miscarriage: Knowing Why Helps: What Causes Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy Loss:  Knowing Reasons For Miscarriage Reduce Self Blame

Most women who miscarry probably never know why since the pregnancy may expel on its own and the fetal tissue will never be examined. Either the miscarriage happens too early or a cause cannot be determined.  This can lead to self blame which certainly isn't warranted.  Women who miscarry are going through enough emotional upheaval and don't need to feel the guilt of blaming themselves for what happened.

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However, according to the study cited below, knowing the reason for their miscarriage does reduce the feeling of self-blame for women.  Read more:

From the article:

Results The scores for all outcome variables were significantly lower at the four-month compared with the four-week post-miscarriage assessment. A fetal chromosomal abnormality was the most commonly identified cause of miscarriage, and this group reported significantly less self-blame than women in whom no cause was identified. There were no significant differences between the groups on any other outcome variables.

Conclusions In women with a missed miscarriage, identification of the cause of fetal loss reduces the feelings of self-blame.

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Morning Sickness: Protection Against Miscarriage?

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Sunday, March 09, 2014


Can Surgical Removal Of A Miscarriage Affect Future Fertility?

I had quite a few miscarriages and I had a D & C with two of them.
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 I was a little worried about all of those instruments poking around up there and how this might affect my future fertility with my already fragile reproductive system. This article gives some natural methods I have researched on how to encourage a miscarriage without a d and c:


CRH Hormone Deficiency and Miscarriage

Women May Be At Risk For Miscarriage With Hormone Deficiency

Much has been written about how the immune system may sabotage a pregnancy.
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 This article talks about a deficiency in CRH which stands for corticotropin-releasing hormone can leave an embryo vulnerable.

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A deficiency in a protective hormone may be behind some early miscarriages, preliminary research suggests. The hormone, called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), is normally released by the mother and the embryo soon after it implants itself in the womb. Without it, the embryo may be left vulnerable to attack from the mother's immune system.
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CRH triggers the production of a protein called Fas ligand (FasL) that keeps maternal immune system cells from attacking the embryo. Without CRH, these cells would go after the embryo as if it were a virus or other foreign invader. Indeed, half of the genetic material of an embryo is foreign to the mother's body, as it came from the father. And the new findings from experiments with rat and human cells suggests that some women who cannot sustain a pregnancy may be unable to control these immune reactions.


Saturday, March 08, 2014

Intrauterine Infection and Preterm Delivery

Prematurity and Infection

The following article discusses how there may be a link between an intrauterine infection and pre-term delivery.
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 Most convincing is that women who deliver very early (i.e. 20-30 weeks) are at risk for future pregnancies as well. Read more:

The authors note that women who deliver prematurely between 20 and 30 weeks are at much higher risk for a repeat very preterm delivery than are women who also deliver prematurely but closer to term. In other words, something different seems to be at work in preterm deliveries prior to 30 weeks, and whatever that "something" is, it tends to recur. Also, babies born below 30 weeks gestation are much more likely to suffer neonatal sepsis than are preterm babies born after that period. It has usually been assumed that this is due to the immaturity of the immune systems of the very preterm babies, but the authors suggest an additional possibility: these babies may have been exposed to bacteria in utero

Friday, March 07, 2014

What To Expect With A Miscarriage - What Does It Feel Like?

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How Pregnancy Is Affected If You Have a Tilted Uterus

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How Pregnancy Is Affected If You Have a Tilted Uterus

Guest Post By Debra Verville

A common question among women who are trying to conceive is that of a tipped uterus. Does having a tipped uterus affect the couple who is trying to conceive? The answer to this is, not in most cases. A titled or retroverted uterus can cause a few other things in women. The following are reasons that cause a woman to have a tipped uterus.
� Natural reasons- Normally as a girl matures into a woman the uterus will move into a forward tilt. The actually tilting may not take place. This should not affect pregnancy.
� Fibroids can cause the uterus to tip back. Although they are not cancerous, if you suspect this may be the issue for your uterus being tipped you should consult with your physician.
� Previous pregnancies- because the ligaments that half the uterus in place is stretched with each pregnancy the uterus will tip back. In most cases the uterus will tip forward after the pregnancy, but sometimes it doesn't. This isn't usually a cause for concern. Women who have had multiple pregnancies are more susceptible to the uterus ligaments not pulling the uterus back to the forward position.

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One of the most common complaints in women who have a tipped or tilted uterus is painful intercourse. For those who experience pain the woman-on-top position will often be the most painful. It is also thought that having vigorous intercourse in this position can cause not only pain but the ligaments around the uterus to become injured or even tear.
For those with a tipped or tilted uterus that are pregnant there may be some added discomfort. In the majority of pregnancy females a tipped uterus will not cause any issues. For a very small percentage of women, the uterus will get caught or "snag" on the pelvic bones. When this happens it is called "incarcerated uterus". This will usually takes place between the twelve and fourteenth weeks of pregnancy. Symptoms will include pain and difficult urinating. In some pregnant women there may also be some vaginal spotting.
With close supervision by the attending physician the pregnancy will be monitored. As pregnancy progresses and your baby gets bigger it is important to realize that a woman with a tipped uterus can safely give birth.
It is important to remember that having a tipped uterus is quite common. It is said by those in the medical field that 1 in 5 perfectly healthy women have a tipped uterus. Having a tipped uterus does not affect becoming pregnant and in most cases will not affect pregnancy.
Debra Verville writes on a variety of topics such as Tubal ligation reversal and women's issues.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Chlamydia, Infections and Miscarriage

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Miscarriage, How Women Handle The Grief and Emotions

Miscarriage and How Women Handle It

Each woman handles miscarriage differently.  Since I had six miscarriages before I had my daughter, I felt the whole range of emotions:  everything from anger, depression, and "I don't care anymore". 
See also: for more on miscarriage and miscarriage resources
When you have a miscarriage, it's not just the loss of "a cluster of cells"'s the loss of your future and everything you envisioned for your child. 

Read more about one women's experience with miscarriage:

It didn't help me to know alone that 'it was Nature's way of taking care of things naturally'. I knew that. I was thankful to my body and grateful for it. But simply accepting this statement logically wasn't enough and was to deny the full range of emotions I needed to experience as the bereaved mother who had already bonded with the child. Grieving wasn't an overnight job. It took time to process – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually – and I needed external support while I moved through this. However, the expectation is that the mother just gets on with it with the same speed, efficiency and lack of individuality as a full-term birth. If I hadn't stopped bleeding within four days of the miscarriage, I was told I required a scan. If there was anything remaining, I would need a D&C. This was the last thing I felt like at this point in time; to have my body inspected, prodded and then scraped. No way!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Woman Pregnant After 19 Miscarriages, Treated For High Levels of NK Cells

Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

If you've had a high number of early miscarriages, you may want to talk with your doctor about an endometrial biopsy.
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 This case study talks of a woman who had 19 miscarriages and after an endometrial biopsy, it was found that she had high levels of "natural killer" cells which were affecting her ability to carry a pregnancy. This condition can be treated and eventually she did have a baby.

From the article:


No cause can be found in 50% of patients with recurrent miscarriage. Recent research has shown that high levels of natural killer (NK) cells within the endometrium may be associated with idiopathic recurrent miscarriage. This case report describes a patient in whom an excessive number of uterine NK cells were found. She received preconceptual prednisolone and delivered a live baby.


Intrauterine Growth Restriction Establishing Placenta Bloodflow

 Intrauterine Growth Restriction Treatment

Medical science never ceases to amaze me. Who would have ever thought deadly carbon monoxide could help in pregnancy and possibly prevent miscarriage? This article explains more:

Researchers from the Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany have shown that low doses of carbon monoxide can increase the growth of blood vessels in the placenta and establish blood flow in the umbilical cord.

These are both crucial factors in a baby’s health. Problems in placental function and blood flow can result in a 'small for gestational age' baby, miscarriage or perinatal death.

Carbon monoxide’s amazing ability is in mimicking the effects of the Heme oxygenase-1 enzyme, which promotes the growth of blood vessels in the placenta and umbilical cord blood flow.


Monday, March 03, 2014

Pregnancy Loss: Cervical Incompetence May Cause Miscarriage

Incompetent Cervix and Miscarriage

Cervical incompetence can be one reason for pregnancy loss, especially as the pregnancy progresses.  If the cervix is weak, pregnant women will probably put on bed rest or offered cervical cerclage which is when they stitch the cervix to keep it closed.

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Cervical weakness and incompetence can be something anatomical that you're born with, or it can be possibly be caused by previous surgery where the cervix was dilated or possibly part of it excised leaving it weak.  There are some ways that your doctor can check the strength of your cervix, however usually I prior pregnancy with complications may be one of the red flags they look for.

 Usually a cerclage is considered successful if the pregnancy can extend up to 37 weeks which is considered full term.

Here is an article that explains cervical incompetence, possible causes and treatments:

Cervical cerclage is the treatment that is offered. This involves placing a stitch high up around the cervix to try & keep it closed. The stitch can be placed either from down below (vaginally) or via an abdominal incision. The latter is usually used when vaginally placed stitches fail. They are called McDonald or Shirodkar stitches. The Shirodkar variant involves a bit more extensive surgery to ensure the stitch is high up on the cervix.

The stitch is usually removed around 37 weeks and labour ensues fairly rapidly if the diagnosis was correct. Abdominal cerclage requires an elective caesarean section and the stitch is usually left in-situ for future pregnancies.

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Recurrent Miscarriage and Herbal Medicine

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Miscarriage: Some Herbs Should Be Avoided

Herbs and Miscarriage

My OB's office gave handouts to their pregnant patients regarding what was safe and unsafe during pregnancy since they received so many questions.
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They recommended avoiding all herbal remedies during pregnancy since most have not been studied. Here is an article that explains more:

Many people have turned to holistic approaches to health care, which include the use of herbs, as an alternative to traditional medicine. There are some herbs, however, that shouldn't be used during pregnancy because of what they do to reproductive organs or because of naturally-occurring substances found in them.

Culinary herbs (basil, oregano, etc.) usually are safe in the small amounts used in cooking, but not in larger doses used for teas.

Anthraquinone laxatives stimulate muscle, including the uterus, possibly causing miscarriage.

Uterine stimulants should be avoided for the same reason.

Alkaloids, bitter principles or essential oils should be avoided because they affect functions in the mom-to-be's body as well as in the fetus. 


Miscarriage Diagnosis May Be Wrong On Scan

High Error Rate On Diagnosing Miscarriage

I dealt with quite a few health care professionals when I was trying to conceive and when I had my miscarriages.
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 I think I can read an ultrasound better than many of the physician assistants out there and some of the non-gyn physicians working in ER's. There can be quite a high error rate when interpreting ultrasounds as this article explains:

If the doctor is not 100% sure he/she should measure the gestational sac again with seven to ten days to either confirm a miscarriage or rule it out.

Tragically, according to this latest study that looked into 1,000 miscarriage diagnoses, the error rate is so high that a significant number of perfectly viable babies are being destroyed.

The authors believe up to 400 viable pregnancies are being diagnosed mistakenly as miscarriages annually - that is 100 more than the number of cot deaths in the country each year.

A follow-up scan should be carried out ten days after the first scan "in all cases", Professor Borne said.

Ruth Bender Atik, of the Miscarriage Association, a UK charity, said:

"Most women who have bleeding or pain in pregnancy are very anxious to find out if all is well or if they are miscarrying. They usually expect an ultrasound scan to provide a definite answer, but this research shows how crucial it is to repeat the scan if there is any possibility of error. It can be a very anxious wait but it will ensure that mistakes aren't made."

The Miscarriage Association says that although waiting for a repeat scan might mean a long period of uncertainty and worry for the mother, it will reduce to a minimum the chances of harming a viable pregnancy.


Saturday, March 01, 2014

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Could Sperm Be The Cause?

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How Men Handle Pregancy Loss and Miscarriage

Men definitely have different ways of dealing with loss and grief. Women seem to have "permission" to let it all out by crying, screaming, or expressing any other emotion that surfaces.
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 Men, on the other hand typically keep emotion more pent up and under the surface. If you as a couple have experience miscarriage, here is an article about how men handle grief:

"It took me some time to realize that the type of therapy I had been taught to do was designed for women. The vast majority of clients who visit therapists' offices are female, and due to this, therapy is shaped accordingly to fit and be effective with women. I slowly began to realize that there wasn't something wrong with the men--there was something wrong with the therapy. This series of booklets will take you on a journey that parallels my own struggle in finding out what does and doesn't help men in healing their grief.

Through my years of experience in working with men and grief I have found that men need grief defined in a different manner. In this article I will begin by defining grief in terms that men will understand. Terms like chaos and desire will supplant the usual definitions of grief in terms of feelings. Most grief is healed through ritual. The last part of this article provides a practical guide to the mechanics of ritual in order to allow each man to evaluate and understand his own way of healing."

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