You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

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Friday, August 29, 2014


Miscarriage, Recurrent Miscarriage and Chromosome Abnormalities

One common reason for miscarriage is some type of chromosomal abnormality which is usually inconsistent with life.
According to this article embryos may self destruct when they have the wrong number of chromosomes. Read more:


Researchers in Belgium have found that it’s normal for human embryos to contain cells with the wrong number of chromosomes, which can actually cause them to self-destruct. As women age, their eggs are more likely to have the wrong number of chromosomes, which can lead to miscarriages. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Recurrent Miscarriage, Finding The Cause

Here is a story about a younger woman who continually miscarried and had trouble finding out the answer why.
 She had to weave her way through the medical system to try to find the underlying cause. She finally carried to term after finding out she had a genetic problem that was corrected with baby aspirin. Read moreL

From the article:

Finally, her phone calls worked: She found a doctor who would do the testing in Houston, not far from her home in Spring, Texas.

"The nurse told me to come in, and I said, 'You mean, you're going to accept me as a patient?' and she said, 'Yes, sweetheart. Something's wrong. It's not normal to have four miscarriages, especially at your age,' " Arnold remembers. "I cried out of relief and happiness and hope for this baby I was carrying."


 That doctor found that Arnold carried a genetic mutation that some researchers say is linked to miscarriages. She was prescribed baby aspirin to prevent clotting.

On Monday, Anthony Arnold was born full term, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

"I was very grateful that Darci encouraged me to fight," Arnold says.


Monday, August 25, 2014


The Risk Of Miscarriage With CVS Is Small, But It Can Happen

Most fetal screening procedures are relatively safe, however, there is a risk of miscarriage but it is usually minimized when the procedure is explained to you.

 Here is a tragic story of a woman who underwent chorionic villus sampling and miscarried as a result:

all seemed to be going well with the pregnancy up until 12 weeks, when my doctor recommended I do the CVS test, (Chorionic Villus Sampling), whereby a tissue sample of the placenta is taken to test for chromosomal abnormalities. I decided to take her advice even though I knew there was a risk in having the test, but at the time, also thought it best to do what the doctor recommended.

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So my husband and I went together to a highly regarded specialist. When I booked my appointment the receptionist did not tell me on the phone to drink lots of water before the appointment, so that my bladder would be full, which would make it easier to get to my placenta through my abdomen. (The test can be done in two different ways, through the cervix and through the abdomen.) I was not told to do anything, except that we were to have a counseling session first. When the time came to have the test done the doctor decided to go in through the cervix.

The test should really only take a few minutes, but the doctor seemed to have trouble getting to the placenta and tried to go in about three times, for about 10 minutes or so. The room was freezing cold, my teeth were chattering, my legs were shaking and tears were streaming down my face. I remember at the time being in so much pain and it was pretty obvious how distressed I was. My husband also had a feeling at this point that something was going wrong but didn't say anything as the doctor seemed adamant about getting the job done. And, many of you might be able to relate to this, but in a doctor's surgery it is really easy to go against instinct and not question a doctor while he is working.

I left the surgery, started to bleed immediately and that night called the doctor. He said it would be fine in a day or two. The CVS test came back and the baby was healthy. But then the bleeding didn't stop for days, in fact weeks. Two months to be exact. I went in to have ultrasounds every week because of the bleeding and they said the baby looked fine and maybe it was placenta previa. In fact, they gave every excuse apart from the obvious, that maybe, just maybe, the placenta might have been damaged during the procedure. One day I rushed in to the doctor with blood pouring out at such a rapid rate, I looked like Lady Macbeth, when she has blood on her hands. Still, they said the baby was fine. I lay in bed for days on end and it just got worse. In fact, I tried everything to make it stop but it went on for two months solid.

Then week 18, I had a blood test and was told to go in to the CVS specialist to have an ultrasound, as the result was not quite right. The nurse looked at the baby on the ultrasound, patted my leg and walked out the door with photos. The doctor came in, sat down and said "Sophie, there is no easy way to say this, but your baby is dying. The amniotic fluid has come out."


Saturday, August 23, 2014


The Importance Of Iron For Pregnancy and Preventing Prematurity

Be sure to get enough iron when you're trying to conceive or when you're pregnant. Most prenatal vitamins include iron since the need for it increases in pregnancy.
As the article explains, anemia can lead to low birthweight and/or pre-term births:

What You Need to Know

If a woman has anemia, the number or size of her red blood cells are below normal. Anemia is common in pregnancy. Red blood cells carry oxygen around your body and to your baby. It's important to prevent anemia before, during and after your pregnancy.
Usually, a woman becomes anemic because her body has too little iron. Iron is a mineral that helps to create red blood cells. Iron deficiency affects half of all pregnant women. The recommended amount of iron you need each day increases during pregnancy from about 18 milligrams (mg) per day to 27 mg per day. Most pregnant women get this amount from eating foods that contain iron and taking prenatal vitamins that contain iron. Some women need to take iron supplements to prevent iron deficiency.

SEE ALSO: for more on foods for fertility and conceiving over 40

Unless your anemia is severe, it is unlikely to harm your baby. But iron deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of preterm birth and low birthweight. Anemia can also make you feel more tired than usual during your pregnancy.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Types of Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

Guest Post By Annie Scott

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


Inevitable miscarriage
This occurs in very early pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding with cervical dilation. Usually the bleeding is heavy and cramping is present. No tissue is passed but on an ultrasound, all of the uterine contents are located in the lower portion of your uterus or cervical canal.
Incomplete miscarriage
Heavy Vaginal bleeding with cervical dilation. Tissue is passed. Usually with intense cramping. An ultrasound will show that some of the uterine contents are still present requiring further medical attention.
Complete miscarriage
A whole miscarriage. Vaginal bleeding with cervical dilation. Tissue is passed. Usually with intense cramping. After the tissue passes the pain subsides and vaginal bleeding reduces significantly. When you go to the doctor there is blood (similar to a period), your cervix is not dilated and it is not tender. The ultrasound should show an empty uterus.
Missed miscarriage
No vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, passage of tissue, or cervical changes are present. A missed abortion is a nonviable pregnancy that has not spontaneously aborted. Typically, no symptoms exist and you do not find out that anything is wrong until no heartbeat can be found on either a external or internal ultrasound. They will then test the levels of hormones in your blood and can determine if the fetus has in fact passed away.
All miscarriages are very difficult but being informed, as with everything in life, is a way of making the situation more manageable by removing fear of the unknown.
(C) Annie Scott, 2010.
This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of medical advice given to you by a doctor. Please seek medical attention if you think that you are experiencing an miscarriage.
Annie Scott is a Doula and Childbirth Educator.
She is also the founder of Tummy 2 Mummy, an online magazine devoted to Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Parenting.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014


Does Obesity Lead To Miscarriage?

The article below talks about how being overweight or obese was found to be a factor not only in conceiving naturally or with IVF but it has also been associated with miscarriage after IVF treatments. Read more:

Obese women have long been known to have problems conceiving naturally, and studies have shown that their overall success rates for IVF do not match those of those with a normal body mass.


The latest research, from Professor Robert Norman's team at the Reproductive Medicine Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, analysed more closely the way obesity affected the pregnancies of those patients who had managed to conceive with IVF.

The study looked at the progress of a variety of women and compared this with their body mass index (BMI) - their weight in kilos divided height in metres squared.

Women with a BMI of between 30 and 35 - obese, but not grossly obese - had a miscarriage rate after fertility treatment of 27%. Those with a BMI of over 35 miscarried in 34% of cases. 

from  BBC

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The Amazing Benefits of TLC After Recurrent Miscarriage

Guest Post By Annemarie Miner
When I had my third consecutive miscarriage, I joined the ranks of approximately 1% of fertile couples who experience recurrent early pregnancy losses--defined as three or more miscarriages in a row. It is an elite club that no one wants to be a member of. My husband, Kirk and I underwent every test imaginable to try to find out why this kept happening, but much to our dismay no medical explanation was found.
One of my lowest moments came shortly after my third miscarriage when I was walking alone to the lab to get some more blood work done. As I glanced down at my medical chart I noticed under my problem list the phrase "habitual aborter". It took me a moment to understand that I was the "habitual aborter" in question. I had read that recurrent miscarriage is also called "habitual abortion" and had been repulsed by the term but had naively never expected to be labeled in this way. That label conjured up all sorts of negative images in my mind. I was already consumed with self-loathing and blame over my miscarriages. To be labeled in a way that made me feel that the medical professionals I trusted viewed me as someone who was "habitually" and purposefully doing away with my pregnancies felt intolerable.


It was the final straw in my dealings with a physicians' practice that I felt had treated me with disrespect and disdain for the last time. As low as I felt in that moment, that spark of anger I felt on that miserable day was my first step towards taking my power back. I vowed to myself that when I felt strong enough to try to get pregnant again, I would find a Doctor who I felt respected by, listened to, and who would work in partnership with me rather than view me as a problem to be fixed.
I spent the next six months doing a ton of grief work and inner work. The book "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" by Dr. Christiane Northrup, was a huge help to me during this time. I also did a lot of research on what types of treatments can help create a positive pregnancy outcome for women who have suffered multiple miscarriages when no medical explanation can be found. I found much exciting work in this area but perhaps the most amazing research findings were the small number of studies showing incredibly positive results for women given strong positive support in early pregnancy.
Dubbed the TLC (Tender Loving Care) Approach, the results were staggering. One study showed that among couples who experienced recurrent miscarriage where no medical cause could be determined, women receiving supportive counseling and psychological support during pregnancy had a subsequent pregnancy success rate of 86%, as compared with a success rate of 33% for women who received no specific pregnancy counseling or support. Another study found that TLC support in early pregnancy resulted in the women receiving such support as having a 26% miscarriage rate in their next pregnancy, compared with a 51% miscarriage rate for those women who did not receive TLC support.
I was buoyed by these results and became determined to find a doctor overflowing with TLC. I was blessed to find a gem of a doctor who spent over an hour with me on my initial consultation visit. He let me cry as I explained the pain of enduring three miscarriages and he gently pointed out that it was actually a strength that I could get pregnant so often and easily. I truly believe my work with him, and a small practice of Nurse-Midwives also abundant with TLC-- were huge factors in my fourth and fifth pregnancies being successful.
Clifford K, Rai R, and Regan L (1997) Future pregnancy outcome in unexplained recurrent first trimester miscarriage. Human Reproduction 12, 387-389.
Jauniaux E, Farquharson R G, Christiansen O B, and Exalto N (2006) Evidence-based guidelines for the investigation and medical treatment of recurrent miscarriage. Human Reproduction 21, No.9 2216-2222.
Stray-Pedersen B and Stray-Pedersen S (1984) Etiological factors and subsequent reproductive performance in 195 couples with a prior history of habitual abortion. American Journal Obstet Gynecol 148,140-146.
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Monday, August 11, 2014


Miscarriage Risk Increased In First Trimester with Strenuous Exercise

Exercise is certainly a good thing, however in the early stages of pregnancy, high intensity and high impact exercise like running can increase the chance of miscarriage.
 If you know you are pregnant, take it easy in the first trimester while your baby is it their critical stages of attaching and developing.
 From the article: Even if you follow the precautions for running during pregnancy, some evidence exists that running during pregnancy could increase your miscarriage risk. Study results published in 2007 in the "British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology" found an association between high-impact exercise -- including running -- in early pregnancy and miscarriage. Engaging in high-impact exercise between 75 and 269 minutes per week resulted in a hazard rate for miscarriage of up to 4.7 times that of women who didn't exercise. The greatest miscarriage risk occurred before 14 weeks, and the association disappeared after 18 weeks. Women who exercised more than 7 hours a week had 3.7 times the risk of miscarriage as women who didn't exercise. 

Friday, August 01, 2014


Miscarriage, Organic Foods

Although I didn't totally eat organic while I was trying to conceive, there does seem to be some evidence that it can help with fertility and miscarriage as explained in this article.
There are some foods that hang on to pesticides more than others such as celery, and most berries, so it may be more important to buy these particular foods in the organic section.
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But why choose organic over the standard fair found in your average grocery stores? Let's look at how organic farming differs from conventional farming in the methods used to grow crops.

* Where traditional farmers apply chemical fertilizers to the soil to grow their crops, organic farmers feed and build soil with natural fertilizer.

* Traditional farmers use insecticides to get rid of insects and disease, while organic farmers use natural methods such as insect predators and barriers for this purpose.

* Traditional farmers control weed growth by applying synthetic herbicides, but organic farmers use crop rotation, tillage, hand weeding, cover crops and mulches to control weeds.

The result is that conventionally grown food is often tainted with chemical residues, which can be harmful to humans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides and 30% of insecticides to be carcinogenic. Human exposure to pesticides can lead to a host of other problems as well, including neurotoxicity, disruption of the endocrine system (hormones), immune suppression and could affect the male reproduction function or lead to miscarriages in women.


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