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Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Miscarriage, Words Don't Help

Ever heard that one? "Having an early miscarriage is just like getting your period". Well, after many miscarriages, I had to try to convince myself of this just to survive the repeated emotional trauma.
 But in reality, for most women, it's much more than a period. It's the loss of what could have been. Here is an article of one woman's experience:

But until you belong to the imaginary club of Mothers Without Children, it is a secret planet of pain, all but invisible to the outside world.

I recently had my third miscarriage in a year. It happened early in the pregnancy, and it was dismissed as no big deal — “chemical pregnancy” seems to be the term of art. Let’s not overreact, no need for hysterics, keep moving. “We’ll treat it as though you’re just getting your period,” as my doctor put it.

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But honestly, it is not just like getting your period. Psychologically, of course, it is nothing like it, but physically it is different, too. I had cramps for hours that left my ribs feeling bruised, and then four days later I was back at work and exhausted because I was still bleeding a lot — not an alarming amount, but enough to make me schedule meetings in rooms near bathrooms, and to send me home in the afternoon for a two-hour nap. I wonder how men would cope. All of the pain, mess, furtive tidying-up, shame and soldiering-on seem so fundamentally female to me.

excerpted from:A Planet of Pain, Where No Words Are Quite Right

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage Over 40 Grief Lives On - Even into Next Pregnancy

If you have had a miscarriage, take the time to grieve and get help if you need it.  I recall being quite depressed after each miscarriage.  I needed to take time to acknowledge my loss and I actually had my own little private memorial service for each loss.

This very insightful article talks about how women can fail to bond with their subsequent pregnancies or put unrealistic expectations on a child who was born after losing a pregnancy.   I can certainly relate to this because I experienced something similar.  Even now, I'm an overprotective mother because I spent so many years losing my pregnancies and being somewhat obsessed with death and tragedy.


I actually have seen situations where wonderful, wonderful mothers with great personalities don't see how they are expecting their one child to be more than the child ever could be," said Cole.

In his work, Cole said he has found that women mourn what the baby meant to them as much as the life itself, which can complicate the next pregnancy if the mourning wasn't addressed.

"Every pregnancy represents hope, and every mom when she's told that she's pregnant has a set of ideals that have to do with her upbringing, hope for herself and her future," said Cole. "All of that hope [can] go away when a miscarriage occurs."

Indeed, Goodwin said her subsequent successful pregnancies were fraught with worry rather than elation.

"Until that baby comes out of your body and is breathing, nobody can convince you that it's OK," she said.

Beyer said after her first miscarriage, she stopped trying to bond with her baby in the second pregnancy. While she kept a journal in her first pregnancy, in the second pregnancy she didn't keep one


Friday, December 26, 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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Monday, December 22, 2014


CVS Versus Amniocentesis

Guest Post By Stacy Wiegman

Being a parent means you never stop worrying, and that worry starts as soon as you know you're expecting. Some worries are not really worries but curiosity, like what sex will the baby be and what will he or she look like. Others are worries that keep you up at night like will the baby be healthy?
In the past, you had to wait for birth to find out. Then along came amniocentesis, and now there is CVS or chorionic villus sampling.
One difference is that amniocentesis samples the amniotic fluid around the baby. CVS takes a sample from the tissue that becomes the baby and the placenta. Another difference is that amniocentesis involves a needle inserted through the mother's abdomen and into the uterus, while CVS is done with a tube inserted through the vagina and past the cervix.
The benefit of CVS is that it's done earlier than amniocentesis. CVS is done between 10-12 weeks of pregnancy while amniocentesis is done between 15-20 weeks.


For many women, the thought of knowing earlier if there is a problem makes CVS more attractive.
I considered CVS and amniocentesis when I was pregnant because I was over 35. I decided against CVS because the risk of miscarriage is double that of amniocentesis, but also because CVS cannot detect neural tube defects like spina bifida, which is caused by folic acid deficiency. It seemed to me that if I were going to do any testing, I ought to get the full story.
I also wasn't comfortable with the risk with CVS of a baby's limb being damaged, like a missing toe or finger or shortened arm or leg. To me, the risks with CVS were higher than my comfort level even though it could be done earlier. Plus, since I was having twins, sampling two placentas is harder with CVS than sampling two separate amniotic sacs with amnio.
So here is the breakdown of what you should consider:
  • How early do you need to know? CVS is earlier.
  • Do you need to know about neural tube defects? Amnio is the only one that can tell you.
  • Are you worried at all about missing limbs? CVS does have that risk.
There is a newer, earlier amniocentesis that is done between 11-14 weeks, but it's still too soon to know if this is as good or less risky than regular amniocentesis. The risk of miscarriage is so low with amniocentesis as it is, but being able to get results earlier in your pregnancy could be helpful.
If you do decide to have either CVS or amniocentesis, go to someone who does it a lot. Some obstetricians will do amniocentesis, but I would still go to a perinatologist for it.
Deciding to do any prenatal testing is a personal decision. It's the beginning of many decisions you'll have to make for you and your baby. If you decide to do nothing, that's fine, too. No matter what, get good prenatal care, eat healthy, and enjoy your pregnancy.
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Pesticides May Lead To Pregnancy Complications and Miscarriage

I've written before about how environmental toxins can lead to miscarriage and other complications.
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, you should try to avoid all exposure to the toxic chemicals in pest killers.  If you must use pesticides or even herbicides (weed killer), have someone do it for you. It may even be recommended to move if you are pregnant and live in an area where pesticides are sprayed.


A study in Environmental Health Perspectives found significant pesticide exposure may be associated with an increased risk of childhood blood cancers, like certain types of leukemia. The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program found that if pregnant women are exposed to household gardening pesticides, this may slightly increase the chance that their child will suffer from oral clefts, neural tube defects, heart defects, and limb defects. In addition, The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that pregnant women exposed to pesticides used to control ants and roaches had a 70% increase in the chance of stillbirths as a consequence of congenital defects.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Chromosomes, Miscarriage, and What You Can Do

Here is a great article by a geneticist who gives excellent information about chromosomal problems and it's important to make changes before you try to conceive.
It's interesting to note that many chromosomal problems are directly related to our lifestyle and exposure to toxins.  Read more: 

Chromosome Abnormalities, Miscarriage, Age And Lifestyle

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.

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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Sunday, December 14, 2014



I had many ultrasounds when I was trying to conceive.  Since I suffered from recurrent miscarriage, when I did get pregnant, I frequently had ultrasounds to see if "this one was going to make it".  When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I didn't even go to a doctor until I was about 8 weeks along because I didn't want more discouraging information...and wouldn't you know it, that was the only pregnancy that progressed normally.  However, if you have had an ultrasound and they tell you that you have a small gestational sac, what does that mean?
First, a small sac may just mean that the pregnancy was not dated correctly.  Many women's cycles can be unpredictable and the pregnancy may not be as far along as originally predicted so the sac is appropriate given the correct date.  Many early pregnancies that have a small sac go on to develop normally.
However, it the pregnancy is dated correctly, a small sac could mean that the pregnancy is not progressing as it should  This could be due to low progesterone levels among other things.
On ultrasound, around 6 weeks, there should be a fetal pole and heartbeat, and if these are not present, the fetus may have never developed inside the sac and the remains of the pregnancy will eventually expel.


Friday, December 12, 2014


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? 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. 

There are ways to lessen the chances of a future pregnancy ending in miscarriage.  I always say that preventing miscarriage starts before you get pregnant.  Your egg quality is determined up to three months before conception so the steps you take now can help your future pregnancy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


 Pregnancy: defining when it begins affects miscarriage statistics

I often say, "statistics are for statiticians". If you've ever worked in the statistical world (I used to calculate health statistics for a healthcare organization), you know how data can be manipulated, skewed or miscreported. Data definitions are critical.  Statistics regarding miscarriage can be even more confusion because of differing definitions of "pregnancy" or when a fertilized egg actually becomes a pregnancy.

 Some miscarriage statistics may vary on whether a pregnancy is considered to start when the egg is fertilized or when it implants.  You can imagine how this would affect the numbers.  Many pregnancies aren't even recognized by women because they haven't done a pregnancy test before they get their period.  Here is an article that talks about miscarriage statistics and the differing ways they may be calculated. Read more:


If you search on miscarriage statistics at all, you can find claims that anywhere between 10 and 70% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. These estimates are based on different criteria and different definitions of pregnancy. If you consider pregnancy to begin at implantation rather than fertilization of the egg, the odds of miscarriage will always be lower than 70%.

Some of the higher estimates of the rates of chromosomal abnormalities in fertilized eggs and the rates of very early miscarriage come from studies of embryos created by couples seeking IVF for infertility. Those studies tend to find very high rates of chromosomal abnormalities in fertilized eggs, but couples with trouble conceiving may well have different health factors that couples who conceive without difficulty. In addition, it is hard to say whether eggs fertilized in a lab can be compared to eggs fertilized naturally inside a woman's body.

Still, it does appear true that the majority of conceptions do not make it to term. In one oft-cited study from 1988, researchers used extremely sensitive hCG tests throughout the menstrual cycles of women who were trying to conceive and who had no evidence of infertility. In that study, researchers found evidence that about 22% of all conceptions did not implant; the women had very tiny increases in hCG at the time implantation would have been expected, but not enough to be picked up by a typical pregnancy test. Of the conceptions that did implant and result in a clinically recognizable pregnancy, 31% ended in miscarriage.

If you are pregnant and trying to figure out your odds of miscarriage, keep in mind that a standard home pregnancy test is not going to detect a fertilized egg that does not implant in your uterus. Thus, by the time a pregnancy test confirms that you are pregnant, the odds of miscarriage will be more along the lines of 30%. That might sound high to you too, but keep in mind that the odds of a good outcome improve as your pregnancy progresses further along. 

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Monday, December 08, 2014


Many women who experience recurrent miscarriage never know why.  However there are some causes that can be successfully treated.  These include:  thyroid problems, coagulation problems, and problems with weight.  Read more:


Some of these causes can be detected and treated. For women with thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), successful treatment reduces the risk of miscarriage and other adverse outcomes.

Recent studies have also shown that in selected women who have anti-thyroid antibodies (a condition affecting about 11 percent of reproductive-age women), treatment with the thyroid hormone levothyroxine can effectively decrease miscarriage rates.

Women who have hypercoagulability can be treated with therapies that interfere with blood clot formation, most commonly aspirin or heparin or both.

Weight is another contributing factor, said Sun Kim, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford.

Research finds that being obese or underweight significantly increases pregnancy complications and the risk of miscarriage, said a Stanford release.

Given that one-third of Americans are obese, the impact of obesity on pregnancy outcomes is a growing public-health concern, Kim said. 

excerpted from

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