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Thursday, October 30, 2014


Are Fibroids Associated With Miscarriage?

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

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


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


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Women Share Their Miscarriage Poetry and Quotes

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

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

"It is now that we reluctantly part,

But I will always keep you in my heart,

Goodbye to what could have been,

Goodbye until we meet again."

Read more below:


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


See also:

Miscarriage Poetry

Miscarriage Poems

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Critical Information About Placenta Complications

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


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


 Early Miscarriage: Blighted Ovum and Chemical Pregnancy

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

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


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

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

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


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


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

Herbal Allies For Pregnancy Problems

Guest Post By Susun Weed

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


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

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

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

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


Baby Aspirin And Pregnancy/Miscarriage Outcomes Can Vary 

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

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

Read more:


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

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



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Saturday, October 18, 2014


Hysteroscopy To Diagnose Reason For Miscarriage

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


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

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

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

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


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Glymes, Toxic Chemicals Cause Miscarriage

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


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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Determining a Miscarriage By Body Temperature

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

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014



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


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

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

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

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


Friday, October 10, 2014


The Importance of Vitamin B to prevent pregnancy complications and miscarriage

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


Vitamin B Complex, Including Folic Acid:

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


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

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Men and Miscarriage

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


From the site:

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

Monday, October 06, 2014


Miscarriage With Lupus

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

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


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

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


Saturday, October 04, 2014


What Is An Incompetent Cervix?

Guest Post By Eric Daiter MD

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


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