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Monday, June 30, 2014


Poor fetal growth and miscarriage

Most women have an ultrasound early in pregnancy where they look at the growth of the fetus.  This may be where they are able to detect a problem if there is one.  On a number of my miscarriages, the growth was not where it should have been or the heartbeat was too slow.  There could be a number of reasons why a fetus does not grow the way it should including poor blood flow to the uterus.  Read more:


From the article:

For each embryo, the distance from top of the embryo's head to the bottom of its buttocks (the crown-rump length), was measured once during the first trimester using an ultrasound scan.

The pregnancy was then monitored until birth.
Poor growth

Using the measurements, the researchers discovered that poor growth in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy was a good predictor of miscarriage.

They calculated that 77.8% of single embryo pregnancies that miscarried were growth restricted, while 98.1% of single embryo pregnancies that did not miscarry were not growth restricted.


Friday, June 27, 2014


Low HcG Levels In Early Pregnancy May Lead To Miscarriage

With some of my pregnancies that miscarried, my HcG levels were quite high and moved in a normal pattern until my pregnancy ran into problems.  On the other hand, usually the first sign of trouble is when the HcG levels don't climb quickly enough or stop doubling the way they should. 
By the time I got pregnant with my daughter, I absolutely did not want a blow by blow accounting of my HcG numbers simply because I finally surrendered to the fact that if this pregnancy was going to make it, then I would let nature take its course.
However, usually we looked at how the numbers were increasing rather than just the levels.  It is also important to note that after a miscarriage (especially before the pregnancy has expelled), HcG levels don't go back to 0 right away, they can actually continue to go up for a short time.  One of my pregnancies that miscarried had HcG levels that kept going up and it was recommended that I have a D&C for fear that it was a molar pregnancy.  Luckily it wasn't, but it's a good idea to have the levels checked if you continue to feel pregnant or if the miscarriage has not expelled after a period of time.
This article gives more information on HcG levels along with a chart of typical levels:

See HcG Levels and Miscarriage(

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Signs of Infection after miscarriage

If you've had a miscarriage, you may be susceptible to infection afterwards.  Do you know what signs and symptoms to look for?  Here are some ways to identify an infection after miscarriage:
  • Fever is usually associated with an infection.  If you have chills and fever, this could be an indication of an infection, especially if you have not been exposed to other sources of illness (like flu for example)
  • An unusual vaginal discharge which has a foul odor could be a sign of infection especially if you are also having pain.  The vaginal discharge may be white or yellow in color.
  • Although cramping does occur with miscarriage, if the pain continues longer than usual or if the pain is severe, this could be an indicator of infection.
  • If you have had a D&C, your doctor will probably give you a list of things to look for that may indicate an infection after the surgery as well as other complications.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Are you blaming yourself for your miscarriage?

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? Am I being punished for something I did? 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.

Although there are some things you can do to give your pregnancy the best possible chance (some of my previous posts talk about avoiding intense exercise, especially in early pregnancy and of course avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and toxic substances), the vast majority of miscarriages are beyond our control.

My best advice if you are experiencing miscarriage is to start preparing your body before you conceive.  Your egg quality is determined months before you even ovulate, so now is the time to eat the right things and detoxify your body (my website has articles on both these topics).


Monday, June 23, 2014


Insulin Resistance - How Does Metformin Help Those With PCOS?

Guest Post By Pamela Pelletier
A good number of women with PCOS have weight issues (are overweight, have gained a large amount of weight in a short amount of time). For some reason, despite their diet and exercise program, they STILL gain weight and find it incredibly difficult to lose weight at all. This is caused by something called Insulin resistance. This is a condition where large amounts of insulin are required to get blood glucose moved into the cells. Insulin resistance can lead to weight problems, irregular cycles/Infertility, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, and is more often a woman's health concern rather than men's. The most commonly used medication to treat insulin resistance is Metformin (also known as Glucophage, or Glucophage XR)
Metformin helps regulate your insulin levels. Studies have also shown that Metformin can help reduce excess facial hair, induce ovulation and regulate menstrual cycles.
Some pros of Metformin include: (note, not all women who take Metformin will experience these benefits, everyone reacts differently to the medication):

  • Improved chance of ovulation
  • Reduction of excess facial/body hair
  • Regulation of cycle
  • Delays the onset of Adult Diabetes
  • Reduce your chances of Gestational Diabetes (Diabetes during pregnancy)
  • Reduces your chance of miscarriage (PCOS'ers have an increased rate of miscarriage)
  • Weight loss (with a healthy diet and exercise)

The Cons of Metformin use:

  • Most patients complain of strong gastrointestinal side affects (stomach cramping, diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea and vomiting)
  • It has also been that Metformin may increase homocysteine levels (these are amino acids found in the blood), which puts one at risk for atherosclerosis (or fatty deposits in blood vessels).
  • The long term use of Metformin can cause B12 malabsorbtion, which can lead to anemia
  • Lactic Acidosis: Lactic acid is a metabolic byproduct that can become toxic if it builds up faster than it is removed. It is extremely serious and can be fatal. The symptoms are rapid breathing, irregular pulse, feeling weak, drowsiness, and muscle pain. (If you are taking Metformin and have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately, or go to the nearest emergency room.

Those with pre-existing conditions should speak to their doctor before starting Metformin. If you have liver, or kidney conditions, or you drink alcohol you should not take Metformin as this can increase the chances of Lactic Acidosis.
Again, it is up to you and your doctor to review the benefits and side affects of all medications (don't be afraid to ask A LOT of questions!). Then you and your health provider (whether it be a Primary, OB/GYN or RE) can determine the best treatment method for your situation.
Do your own research!! It is in your best interest to research the drug (any drug!) before putting it into your body, ESPECIALLY if you have pre-existing conditions.

For more information on this, and other information related to PCOS, visit:
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Saturday, June 21, 2014


19 Miscarriages Due To Endometriosis

I thought I had quite a few miscarriages, but this article from the UK talks about a woman who had 19 miscarriages.  Apparently she was diagnosed with endometriosis but everyone kept telling her that it shouldn't affect her ability to get pregnant. She was able to get pregnant, but she kept on having miscarriages until she had a new type of surgery that cuts out the bad tissue a bit deeper which helped this woman conceive and carry to term.  One encouraging point the article makes is that women who are able to conceive naturally (even if they miscarry) are more likely to have a baby than women who can't get pregnant in the first place.  Read more:



Friday, June 20, 2014


Can Black Cohosh Result In A Miscarriage?

Guest Post By Kum Martin

Remedies for many ailments are available from extracts of plants and their roots. Many people like to take herbal remedies for quick relief and also because most of them do not have any side effects. However, if a woman is pregnant, she should be careful about using herbal remedies. There are some herbs that can result in miscarriage. Before a pregnant woman begins kind of herbal remedy, she should first consult her doctor.
One herbal remedy that a pregnant woman should be careful about is black cohosh. The root of the plant actaea racemosa, also called black cohosh, has been used for many years as a cure for the cramps during menstrual cycles and relief from symptoms during menopause. Administering this root extract during pregnancy can cause miscarriage or premature labor.

This plant is a member of the family of buttercup. Symptoms during menopause, such as mood swing, dryness of vagina or hot flashes and pain during normal menstruation, are alleviated with the help of black cohosh. It encourages contractions of the uterine walls. Hence, it is unsuitable during pregnancy.
Consumption of herbal products like tea containing black cohosh, should be done after checking the ingredient label. Other names of this herb are bugwort, squawort, snakeroot or bugbane. One should watch out for these names as well. If symptoms of miscarriage, such as vaginal bleeding, pain in the lower back or abdomen, passage of clots or tissue through vagina occur, the woman should immediately consult her doctor.
Abortion of unwanted pregnancy is sometimes attempted using black and blue cohosh along with dong quai. These have the ability to cause contractions of the uterus and dilate the cervix. But complete expulsion of the conceived fetus will not be guaranteed. These remains can cause an infection called sepsis. Symptoms of incomplete miscarriages are vaginal bleeding, discharge with foul smell, fever and cramps. This can result in death if not treated in time.

If natural labor does not occur on completion of full-term, some mid-wives use this herb to induce labor. This is dangerous since the lives of the mother and the infant will be at risk. Usage of black cohosh can cause neurological problems in the developing fetus.
Many supplements have an effect on the cervix and uterus, thus increasing the risks of miscarriages in pregnant women. Pregnant women should be extra cautious while taking herbal supplements. Some herbal medicines also contain traces of metals that are toxic which are harmful during pregnancy.
Kum Martin is an online leading expert in pregnancy and parenting. He also offers top quality articles like:
Work After Miscarriage, Miscarriage First Aid.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014


I think the connection between stress and infertility is often overlooked.  People hear that they need to "reduce their stress" so often that they don't even know what it means.  Furthermore, people who are stressed, often don't perceive their life as hectic or stressful.  When I was working in the corporate pressure cooker, if you would have asked me, I would have said that I'm handling my stress quite well....WRONG!
Now that I'm away from it, I literally have no idea how I handled that schedule.
In terms of miscarriage, the stress hormone, cortisol has actually been found in miscarried fetuses.  That should tell you that stress can affect pregnancy outcomes.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Miscarriage, My Experience

When I published my book, I had experienced 6 miscarriages before finally conceiving my daughter.
 As you may recall, I got pregnant "accidentally' again at the age of 49 and miscarried.  Here is how I would describe the physical experience of miscarriage:

1.  If it was a very early miscarriage, it was just like having a regular period.  Sometimes the bleeding was a little heavier, but overall, nothing unusual.  For early miscarriages, the bleeding would usually start a week or two after the day my period would usually start.

2.  If it was a later miscarriage (approx 8-10 weeks), the bleeding started slowly, and about a day later, I would pass some tissue (usually a large clot).  There was some fairly severe cramping at the time when the tissue passed.  Usually a couple of ibuprofen would take care of the pain.  I'm sure everyone experiences different levels of pain and cramping, so it's possible the pain could be worse or better depending on the person.

3.  In almost all my miscarriages, the bleeding would start as spotting and get heavier as a day or two went by.  I was surprised that I still felt pregnant even though I knew I had miscarried.  The pregnancy hormone stays in your system a while even after you have miscarried.

4.  Sometimes, if the miscarriage doesn't expel on it's own (called a "missed miscarriage"), a D & C may be recommended.  I had two D & C's.  This procedure is usually done as an outpatient with general anesthesia (or equivalent).  The recovery is quite quick and the pregnancy symptoms usually go away within a day or two.

5.  I can't comment on later term miscarriages since all of mine were under 12 weeks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Supplements To Help Prevent Miscarriage - Magnesium

I have taken a calcium/magnesium supplement for years.
 According to this article, a magnesium deficiency may be associated with miscarriage. Although this needs more study, it may be wise to include foods high in magnesium or take a supplement.
Foods high in magnesium include:

From University of Maryland Medical Center:

Infertility and miscarriage

A small clinical study of infertile women as well as women with a history of miscarriage found that low levels of magnesium may impair reproductive function and increase the risk for miscarriage. The authors of the study suggest that one aspect of the treatment of infertility (particularly in women with a history of miscarriage) should include magnesium along with selenium. More research in this area is needed.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Fathers Have To Deal With Miscarriage Too

Most people think about miscarriage from the women's point of view.  When couples are going through infertility, many times, the woman is the one who shows the emotions and the man is comforting and supporting his wife through the experience.  I know my husband was the one who comforted me and had to continually calm me down every time we experienced a miscarriage or other setback on our journey to get pregnant.  But men need support too.


Here is an article from a man's perspective:

"A lost dream
I was not aware I was looking so forward to playing with my two sons. I think he would have been a boy, although every one I told -- men and women both -- about our pregnancy, said he would have been a girl. Harrison would have been his name, and he would have looked up to his big brother. He could have been tailback to Will's ground-pounding fullback when we played the 'Patriots are losing at half-time' game, each of us grimacing and rolling in laughter after the balloon that served as our ball as we blocked and tackled our way across the living room rug.

I wasn't aware that I was looking forward to that quite so much, and now that I realize I was, I'm a little surprised. I don't know what to say to people. Men aren't expected to be very involved in pregnancies, anyway"


Friday, June 13, 2014


Chinese Acupuncture For Frequent Miscarriages

Guest Post By Lynn Jaffee
Vanessa was an athletic woman in her early 30's who came to my clinic with a history of frequent miscarriages. She was able to get pregnant, and had done so three or four times, but each pregnancy ended with a miscarriage sometime during the first trimester.
Vanessa was soft spoken and committed to doing whatever it took to have a baby. She had a history of an eating disorder, mild depression, and low energy. Vanessa assured me, however, that she was eating well, and was trying unsuccessfully to gain weight. Vanessa had a Chinese medical diagnosis of sinking Spleen Qi (energy).
In Western medicine, your internal organs are considered solid entities that have physiologic functions and live in a specific place in your body. However, in Chinese medicine, your organs are considered symbolic systems of functioning, and are related to many physical, emotional, and energetic processes in your body.
The job of the Chinese Spleen is to convert the food you eat into energy, blood, and nutrients. However, one of the Spleen's secondary functions is to hold things in and hold things up. Symptoms that the holding function of the Spleen is not up to par may include easy bruising, chronic diarrhea, prolapsed (sinking) organs, and a history of frequent miscarriages. Frequently, these symptoms are accompanied by fatigue, mental depression, and a sense of heaviness or bearing downward.
There are a number of tools an acupuncturist could use in treating sinking Qi. First, they would perform acupuncture, choosing specific acupuncture points that strengthen your Spleen and move energy upward. Second, they might prescribe a variety of herbs that also have the action of moving things upward. The formula, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is frequently used for that purpose, as it strengthens your Spleen to improve your body's overall ability to hold things up. Finally, through dietary therapy it is possible to strengthen your digestion, and ultimately your Spleen. Your practitioner can help you choose foods that are best for that purpose and which foods to avoid.
In Vanessa's case, her Spleen and digestion had been damaged by her past eating disorder. Along with acupuncture, we worked on choosing foods that she could easily digest and concentrated on gaining some weight. In addition, Vanessa took an herbal formula to strengthen the holding power of her Spleen. In short order, Vanessa became pregnant. At that time, we concentrated solely on strengthening her ability to hold the fetus to avoid another miscarriage.
Vanessa made it through the first trimester of her pregnancy without miscarrying. At that point, we began to decrease the frequency of her treatments. Vanessa ultimately had a healthy pregnancy and gave birth to an equally healthy baby boy.

Lynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist in practice at Acupuncture in the Park in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She is also the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health. For more information, check out her blog at or her clinic website at
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Thursday, June 12, 2014


Each Time I Got Pregnant, I Was One Step Closer To Having A Baby

I once heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. me insane, but eventually I got different result and she's the best thing that ever happened to me.  I kept thinking, every time I got pregnant, I was one step closer to having a baby.  Even after I miscarried each pregnancy, I would constantly say to myself that one is going to stick eventually.  As I got my body stronger and more in balance, I knew I could carry a pregnancy to term.  No drugs, no doctors, just my internal guidance system leading me to do the right things to succeed.

Each Miscarriage Was A Sign Of Hope For Me

 When I had a miscarriage, even though I was devastated, I saw it as a sign of hope.  After all, I did get  pregnant.  It was a sign that my body was functioning well enough to ovulate, to get an egg fertilized, for the egg to move down to my uterus and start growing.  Well, that's not so bad!  I knew that one embryo would stick eventually.  Even though I was over 40, I kept telling myself..."there's one good egg in there somewhere!"  I'm going to be good and ready when it shows up!"

So the next time you feel insane for picking yourself up by the bootstraps and marching on, just remember, past performance doesn't always predict future results.  You can have a successful pregnancy after miscarriage.  Most women who have a miscarriages, or even recurrent miscarriages go on to have a baby.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Get Rhogam After Miscarriage For Rh Negative Blood

Since I have Rh negative blood, and I had multiple miscarriages, I am very familiar with the Rhogam shot (or as my husband calls it the Rogaine shot HA!)
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 As a matter of fact, even though the healthcare professionals out there should have been telling me to get it, I usually had to remind them that I needed it.  It's usually necessary when you start to bleed since this is the time the there could be a mix of your blood and the baby's blood which can cause the problem.

If you are Rh negative, you should be getting a Rhogam shot whether you have a baby or whether you miscarry.   If you miscarry, you should ask your healthcare provider about whether or not you need a Rhogam shot.   The problem is that many times, doctors, nurses and midwives forget about getting a blood type and/or giving the shot.  Here is an article that explains why:

So how is being Rh negative a problem?

When Rh negative blood is exposed to Rh positive blood the Rh negative person begins producing antibodies to fight the invading blood. Antigens trigger your body to produce antibodies. Antibodies are usually a good thing and serve to protect a person from foreign invaders.
Now the problem lies when a pregnant woman is carrying a baby that is Rh positive. If the mother has antibodies to the Rh antigen, those antibodies can attack the baby's red blood cells. This can lead to complications to the baby including anemia, jaundice, and other blood related problems.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Healthy Balance Of Vaginal Organisms Is Important

There has been some association between vaginal infections, infertility adn miscarriage. Some women will go to great lengths to clear up vaginal infections.  However, they may be doing more harm than good since the medical community is still somewhat unclear about infections and how to treat them.
 Finally, a study is underway to find out which organisms help and which hurt. Read more:


Dr. Deborah Money, a gynecologist/obstetrician and UBC professor, is leading the Vaginal Microbiome Project, a five year, $2.3-million effort including the genetic sequencing of the hundreds of thousands of bacterial organisms (microbes) that reside in the vagina. With research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Genome B.C., the investigators hope to define which organisms are helpful in keeping pathogens at bay and which are harmful, not to mention how organisms interact with each other.

They will also attempt to find out which ones may make women more susceptible to problems such as sexually transmitted infections, bacterial infections, yeast infections, miscarriage, premature labour, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

"Some women take probiotic supplements (live micro-organisms) and some even put yogurt (with live cultures) inside their vaginas. You have no idea what kinds of things some women do," said Money.

"So many women are frustrated by unsuccessful treatment of their vaginal symptoms, so they turn to probiotic supplements, douches with tea tree or even yogurt," said Money. "But we have to understand the impact of any of these treatments before giving any advice on this. And that involves sequencing the DNA in each type of bacteria, sort of like creating a fingerprint for each."

Having a healthy balance of bacterial organisms is important to female health, especially reproductive organs. But Money said there are so many things doctors don't know about what leads to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Vaginal douching, having multiple sexual partners, menopause, and chronic disease are all associated with disruptions in the balance of natural flora. But doctors have had terribly unsophisticated tools at their disposal to diagnose and deal with infections such as vaginosis, which up to half of all women experience at some point in their lives.


Monday, June 09, 2014


How Can Acupuncture help with pregnancy loss and miscarriage?

When I was trying to conceive, I did use a few treatments of acupuncture before I conceived on my own. Articles like this one support the use of these treatments. There are also a number of treatments which you can perform on yourself
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Acupuncture rebuilds the body. When I talk about acupuncture, I also speak of Chinese medicine with everything that is involved with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes.

If we incorporate all of those things in someone who has a history of miscarriages, we can strengthen the body, rebuild the blood loss and prepare them for an upcoming conception.

Chinese medicine works to strengthen the organ systems in the body by increasing blood circulation to those areas, which increases strength and stability when it comes to fertility. 

(my DVD on "Fertility Bodywork" demonstrated a number of ways to enhance fertility with pelvic massage, reflexology and acupressure - click here for more information 

The kidneys are the foundation for reproductive health. If we can’t get those to be optimal in strength, we will have a difficult time conceiving children.

From a Chinese medicine perspective with anyone who has a history of a miscarriage, my main focus is to strengthen the kidneys and rebuild the blood. That is where acupuncture, Chinese medicine with herbs and nutrition can really be effective. 


Saturday, June 07, 2014


What Is Biochemical Pregnancy and How to Cope Up With It?

Guest Post By Eliana Ulerio

The term biochemical pregnancy refers to an early miscarriage. It is basically a pregnancy, the existence of which the couples may not be aware of, in most of the cases. However, a biochemical pregnancy is diagnosed when the couple has gone for assisted reproduction techniques like IVF and ICSI because the pregnancy test is taken up very early in such cases.
But a few symptoms do make it clear that biochemical pregnancy occurred even when you were planning a baby naturally and these symptoms include a heavier period with abdominal pain, severe cramping and a little more discomfort than usual. However, some females who might have experienced an early pregnancy loss may not even come to know since there were no symptoms at all.
What exactly happens in a biochemical pregnancy?In the case of a chemical pregnancy or biochemical pregnancy, there is embryo implantation in the uterus wall but the development of the embryo is not apt. Thus even though you get a positive pregnancy test later on such a pregnancy gets perished soon. Initially the HCG count will seem to rise but then suddenly there will be a fall in the count. That's the reason why doctors suggest that one should get excited and make the pregnancy announcement only after the ultrasound test as it is the final one to confirm a pregnancy.
Reasons for biochemical pregnancy
As per the available studies, biochemical pregnancies may be due to any of the following reasons:
1. Thin lining of uterine wall

2. Fibroids in the uterus

3. Genetic defect in sperm or egg or both

4. Abnormality of embryo

5. Immune system problems during conception such as Herpes, Thyroid and syphilis.

6. It may even be due to unknown reasons
Some research suggests that if you are planning a baby then it is better to avoid dyeing hair or using hair color if you want to play safe game.
When the couple has gone through certain fertility procedures like IUI, IVF and ICSI then they have to be extra careful. It is better to follow all the instructions as given by the clinic to save the pregnancy from any probable loss or an early miscarriage.
However, the good news is, it is reported that females who have faced biochemical pregnancies can perfectly plan healthy babies in future. The only thing they should do is, consult the doctor and follow his advice so that the pregnancy can be carried on for the full term.
Coping up with an Early Miscarriage
It is true that when the couple is aware or at least suspects an early miscarriage, this can be devastating and heart breaking. But with mutual understanding, the couple should try to cope up with the loss. Blaming either of the partners for the loss will not bring out the solution. It is better to talk to the doctor about the problem and let him decide what should be the solution for this. Normally, doctors suggest waiting for one menstrual cycle before the couple plans the pregnancy again.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Miscarriage, Recurrent Miscarriage and Infection

The only thing worse than having a miscarriage is getting sick afterwards.

 I never got an infection after my miscarriages, however, I was told I needed a D&C after my HcG levels kept going up.

After Miscarriage, tissue may be be left behind in the uterus which could cause infection

Women may be susceptible to infection after miscarriage especially if some tissue was retained in the uterus.  It may be wise to avoid intercourse or tampons immediately following a miscarriage.  If you have a fever or a foul smelling odor from vaginal discharge or excessive bleeding, this is something to get checked out.

 Here is an article that addresses the signs of having an infection after miscarriage including fever, chills, discharge, and pain. 


The sensation of constantly feeling cold and shivering can be a sign that the body has an infection. This commonly occurs if not all of the fetus was expelled or removed from the body.


A fever over 100.4 degrees can indicate that the body has an infection from the miscarriage and is attempting to fight it off.

Vaginal Discharge

A vagina that smells foul or is discharging a white or yellowish material called "lochia alba" may be a sign of an infection. Infectious discharge can also be associated with itching and soreness.

Uterine Pain

The uterus contracts back to its normal size after a miscarriage, generally over two weeks where the stomach muscles feel tight and cramping occurs. Physically debilitating pain as indicated by prolonged cramping is a sign that something is not going back to normal in the body and can indicate an infection.



Dealing with Recurrent Miscarriage

It sounds so wrong to even discuss this, but I've often been asked if miscarriage gets any easier after the 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. Well...I don't know if "easier" is the right word. For me, it seemed that my outer shell got a lot harder. By the time I had my 6th miscarriage, I cynically said, "there goes another one". I look back on that and I now know that the outer tough shell I developed was just a coping mechanism. All I can say is that it did help. Otherwise I would have been incapacitated for six years (I had a series of six miscarriage over a period of six years). I think somewhere in our brains there is a switch that flips on (or off)when we get emotionally overloaded.

Some of my miscarriages were quite early in the pregnancy. I would tell myself that many women probably wouldn't have even known they were pregnant if they didn't have a bathroom cabinet full of pregnancy tests that they started using on day 25 of their cycle like I did. Modern technology just gives us more information which may not always be a good thing.

In some ways, each pregnancy gave me a little encouragement even though I eventually lost them. "At least I can still get pregnant" I would tell myself. There's no easy way to deal with repeatedly miscarrying. But for me, knowing that I got pregnant, even if for a short time, was a positive life experience. I did have a baby inside of me...and that's something.

Sunday, June 01, 2014


Miscarriage and Lead Poisoning

I think most of us have heard about the dangers of coming in contact with lead.  I know when I was a child, leaded gasoline was the norm and I'm sure many of us were affected by the the car exhaust.  Heaven knows what type of health problems could have stemmed from that (including infertility).
If you live in an older home, you should read this article about lead based paint and its widespead use before 1978.  I've frequently read about how lead based paint could be a problem if children ate it, but this article explains how you could even come in contact with it just by living in the house.
Here is a pdf which explains how lead can cause fertility problems and miscarriage:


Lead Toxicity and Reproductive Health
Historical literature extensively documents that chronic, excessive exposure to lead
was associated with increased rates of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and poor
infant outcomes. These harmful effects were associated with blood lead levels BLLs
of 80 g/dL or more. BLLs in this range are most always associated with workplace
exposure. It is unlikely that lead-based paint exposure in a home would result in BLLs
in adults this high unless extensive remodeling or abatement was being done while
the pregnant woman was living there.
In adult males, chronic lead exposure can result in decreased sex drive, impotence,
and sterility. Abnormalities in sperm, including count and motility, have also been
found. There is no consistent evidence that male lead exposure gives rise to
negative effects on a fetus of a subsequent pregnancy.
The toxicity of lead on adult female reproduction is decreased fertility, the ability to
sustain pregnancy, and pregnancy outcomes. High levels of lead exposure, usually
associated with acute exposure, can result in stillbirth or miscarriage.


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