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Friday, February 28, 2014

Miscarriage Diagnosis Blunders

Misdiagnosed Miscarriage 

With all of the "allied health professionals" seeing patients nowadays, I've often wondered how well trained they are. Many insurance plans encourage the use of "physician extenders" who are people with limited training - especially on equipment like ultrasounds.
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 Some physicians aren't that well trained on OB ultrasounds either. I had quite a few ultrasounds when I miscarried...some were done by ER physicians, some done by Nurse practitioners, some done by physician assistants and some done by ultrasound technicians. It's understandable that some of these people just aren't trained as well as others. This article talks about how some viable pregnancies are misclassified leading to procedures which may take out a viable pregnancies. Read more:

Professor Tom Bourne, from Imperial College London, said 400 viable pregnancies a year could be "misclassified" as a miscarriage.

"These numbers are significant and relate to pregnancies that would be highly likely to reach term," he said.

"I don't think women should be anxious, but I do think we should get it right so we don't make any mistakes."

Prof Bourne led a new study of 1,000 women who were thought to be miscarrying.

"I don't think women should be anxious, but I do think we should get it right so we don't make any mistakes."

Professor Tom Bourne from Imperial College London

If women experience pain or bleeding during pregnancy doctors scan the gestational sac inside the womb. If there is no embryo or the foetus has no heartbeat they diagnose a miscarriage.

But where there is doubt doctors are advised to measure the size of the gestational sac seven to 10 days later. If the sac has not grown, a miscarriage is assumed to have occurred.

However, the researchers warn that there can be a natural variation in the size of gestational sac of up to 20%.

The researchers are now calling for more research and improved medical guidelines to reduce the chances of misdiagnosis.


Infertility, Miscarriage and Pre-eclampsia Linked

Reducing Inflammation with Antioxidants May Help With Infertility, Miscarriage and Pregnancy Complications

"Inflammation" seems to be the new buzzword within the healthcare community.

For more on preventing pregnancy complications and miscarriage, visit:

It has been associated with many disorders including premature aging, autoimmune diseases and now with infertility. Here is an interesting article that links inflammation with infertility, miscarriage and pre-eclampsia. Read more:

Recent Study Links Miscarriage and Infertility to Pre-Eclampsia
The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) involved 20,846 first time mothers who self-reported on miscarriage, infertility and complications of pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia was determined from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. Women who had experienced either miscarriage or infertility had an increased risk of subsequent pre-eclampsia. Those with both prior miscarriage and infertility had more than double the risk of subsequent pre-eclampsia.

Pre-eclampsia Is a Symptom of Inflammation
Pre-eclampsia is a potentially dangerous increase in blood pressure and loss of protein into the urine, proteinuria. Further increase in these symptoms without prompt treatment, could result in eclampsia, seizure. Since pre-eclampsia normally develops during the third trimester, the usual treatment is induction of birth. There is increasing evidence that pre-eclampsia is brought on by increasing oxidative stress, depletion of natural anti-oxidants and depletion of omega-3 fatty acids. It appears that pre-eclampsia can be treated as an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and inflammation.

Comparison of Normal and Pre-eclamptic Women Reveals Inflammation
In a recent Indian study, blood from normal and pre-eclamptic women was analyzed for symptoms of oxidative stress. Both maternal and umbilical cord samples were analyzed. Blood from pre-eclamptic women showed lower omega-3 fatty acids, higher omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios, higher oxidative stress and depleted natural antioxidants.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fetal Cells May Protect Against Miscarriage

Fetal Cells - Preventing Miscarriage

I've heard a number of theories about how a woman's body may actually attack the fetus in pregnancy.  The immune system recognizes the pregnancy as a foreign body and goes into attach mode. 
See also: for more on miscarriage research, prevention and how to deal with recurrent miscarriage
Although the study cited below was done on mice, it may lead to new findings which could help prevent miscarriage. Read more from

From the article:

IT'S an enduring biological mystery - how a fetus survives in the uterus without being attacked by the mother's immune system. Now it seems that in mice at least, a cellular "reception committee" gathers to welcome and guard each potential fetus that might be created during the menstrual cycle. The finding could reveal new ways of combating miscarriage in women.

Alexander Betz and Marinos Kallikourdis of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, discovered the process by exploring links between certain chemical shifts and menstrual cycles in mice. They knew the wombs of pregnant mice are especially rich in regulatory T-cells (Treg cells), which dampen the activity of other immune cells, and women who miscarry often have lower numbers of these cells.

DES Given For Miscarriage May Be Associated With Certain Cancers

DES, Diethylstilbestrol For Miscarriage and After Effects

DES stands for Diethylstilbestrol. Like many drugs, the problems in people taking it weren't found until many years later.
 See Also: for more articles on environmental toxins and other threats to fertility and pregnancy
 Here is an article about how the daughters of women who took this drug may be at a higher risk for reproductive system cancers and breast cancer. Read More:

"DES, a synthetic oestrogen, was developed in 1938 as a treatment for women with low levels of natural oestrogen during pregnancy, who doctors believed were at an increased risk of abortions and premature births.

However, in 1953, a clinical study found DES did nothing to reduce the risk of miscarriage.

But it was used until 1971, when it was found the daughters of women who took the drug were at an increased risk of rare cancers of the vagina and the cervix .

Further research also linked DES to an increased the risk of breast cancer in mothers."

from BBC

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Treatments For Miscarriage May Have No Effect

How Effective Are Treatments For Miscarriage?

Before I gave up on fertiity treatments (after having experienced a number of miscarriages), I was offered a whole series of immune screening test which, of course, my insurance wouldn't pay for. 
See also: for a number of web pages devoted to miscarriage prevention and support
 It was then that I gave up on the medical establishment for helping me get pregnant. It was probably a good thing since this article talks about how some of these treatments are ineffective.The problem with most miscarriages is that they are spontaneous and the tissue is never examined to actually determine the cause.  The one time I did have the tissue examined, it showed that I had a chromosomally normal fetus.  Read more:

Fertility clinics are increasingly offering women tests to measure the number and activity of natural killer (NK) cells circulating in their blood. These cells are found in the womb (uterus) and accumulate in large numbers during early pregnancy, but their function is completely unknown.

The tests are based on the speculation that women with recurrent miscarriage and infertility have raised levels of NK cells. As a result, many women are offered powerful treatments, such as steroids or immune suppressant drugs, to reduce the levels of NK cells.

But the authors argue that, not only do these tests give no useful information about what is happening in the uterus, these treatments are not appropriate for use in reproductive medicine without shown benefit as they are associated with known risks to mother and fetus. 

from:   (

Strange Association Between Having a Boy and Subsequent Miscarriage

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Proverbs 31 For Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage, Proverbs In The Bible

I realize many of my blog readers come from different backgrounds and faiths.  Although I'm not a religious scholar and since I grew up Catholic I did not frequently read the bible other than the passages we studied at chuch.
See also: for more on miscarriage support
  I did, however, find comfort in some bible proverbs and bible stories when I was going through infertility and pregnancy loss.
 Here is a link to a Christian blog which applies proverbs 31 to pregnancy loss. Read more:

From the site:
 Reading Proverbs 31 again, though, showed me not a perfect woman, but a list of priorities that I could use to help navigate the waters of loss, and they focused on some key areas that I believe are potentially hazardous to women who have suffered this unique devastation.  This Mother's Day, a day that may hold much pain for you, I want to invite you into her world to see what she can offer us in our journey.
“She is worth far more than rubies.”   It is easy to feel worthless after the loss of a baby.  But you are not.  You are valued far above earthly treasures.  Believe it!
See also: Infertility in the Bible (
“She brings [her husband] good, not harm.” 
It’s easy to neglect your marriage in your own pain and grief.  Don’t forget to focus on your husband and his pain and loss, as well as your own.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Drinking Water, Chlorination and Miscarriage

Can Tap Water Lead To Miscarriage?

Whether or not to drink tap vs. bottled water continues to be debated. The following article discusses chlorination and whether or not it contributes to miscarriage.
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The article also discusses other chemicals which may be found in drinking water. Read more:

The study uncovered no clear-cut evidence that trihalomethanes harmed women or their developing infants. The work did suggest, however, that brominated compounds and total organic halides at normal-range levels in purified drinking water might modestly increase the risk of miscarriages.

"These latter findings suggest that we or others should take a closer look at individual and groups of chemicals that might have a negative effect on pregnancy," Savits indicates. "I don't want to downplay those findings and say they were perfectly reassuring because they were not. But overall--on balance--I'd say this work moves the evidence in a reassuring direction and should serve to lessen concerns."

from USA today

Friday, February 21, 2014


Can EFT and Tapping Help You Through Miscarriage?

So what is EFT? It stands for "emotional freedom technique". I learned about it years ago from an article in our local paper about how this technique can help with everything from emotional hang-ups to physical pain.
It is based on the principles of acupuncture where certain points on your body are tapped while you recite certain statements which are specific to your situation.  The following link describes how EFT works and how to do it:

Allergic To Your Pregnancy - What Are The Signs?

Severe pregnancy symptoms may be a sign that you're "allergic" to your pregnancy

Excessive vomiting during pregnancy could be a sign of a more severe underlying problem.
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 Usually women need to be hospitalized to rehydrate and to get some nourishment to by-pass their over-active digestive system.  Although I did not have this problem, I suffered from fairly severe nausea and some vomiting the first three months of my pregnancy. I couldn't go anywhere for the entire first trimester.
This article talks about a woman you had a sever reaction to her pregnancy and how it was like an allergy.  Read more:
Andrea was suffering from severe hyperemesis gravidum (HG) - which acted like an allergic reaction to pregnancy.

Two weeks ago Andrea gave birth to 8lb Kurt and said her baby was worth the ordeal.

She said: 'It was absolute hell from the beginning until the end. But every second was totally worth it for him.'

Andrea started feeling ill when she was around three weeks' pregnant.
Andrea McEwan, 26,was admitted to hospital 10 times during her pregnancy

She said: 'I spent the first month of my pregnancy in hospital. I was admitted about 10 times in total, with the shortest stay two days, and some for longer periods.

'I was just constantly vomiting. I was sick 20 times a day and that was on a good day. I couldn't even drink water. I had to go to hospital to be put on a drip because I was so dehydrated.

'And when I came home it would only be a day or two before I was back in again. It was like an allergic reaction to being pregnant.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Do Miscarried Babies Come Back?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Miscarriage, What Happen After?

I have often pondered this question, and I know many other women suffering one or more miscarriages have too.
See also: for more on miscarriage over 40
Does your miscarried baby come back in the form of a future pregnancy? I guess nobody knows for sure, but here is a site that discusses that questions:

From the article:

Pre-arranged Contract
Sometimes before you incarnate you get with another soul and agree to be its future parent. The soul who will be playing the part of your child waits for you to get to a point in your life that seems appropriate for him or her to incarnate. Then whammo, pregnant, or if you’re a guy, your partner gets pregnant. Doesn’t matter if you were consciously ready to have a child, sometimes the need and the contract outweigh the conscious desire. So in this case, if you abort the pregnancy or if your body suffers a miscarriage, chances are good the child will make another attempt, unless the conditions under which it intended to incarnate change so drastically that your life is no longer suitable for it to explore its goals and desires.

By Happenstance
Sometimes you incarnate with no pre-arranged contract in the ether. So you’re tooling along in life and decide to have a baby. You send out the intention to the universe and your higher self scrambles around, holds auditions, does casting calls, etc. to find a soul that would be happy to play the part of your child. Not pre-arranged, but still totally wonderful. When your higher self finds you a soul and if the situation is good for everyone, that child will incarnate. So if you abort or miscarry this baby’s body, that particular soul may or may not come back to you at a future date. Its desire to be your particular child isn’t as strong or urgent as in the first case with the contract so it may move on to other parents or it may decide not to incarnate at all.

By Accident
In the third situation, you were not planning to have a child but either someone decided it wanted to incarnate with you, or you created a vessel that needed to be filled. A suitable soul will be selected or has selected you without your conscious knowledge. If you did not intend to have a child and you choose to abort the child or if you have a miscarriage, it may or may not come to you again. That all depends on whether you want to have children, whether the child soul wants to incarnate to you, and whether the circumstances will be right in the future for it to have the life with you it wanted.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Miscarriage and D and C: When To Try Again

D and C After Miscarriage, Don't Rush Into Another Pregnancy

D&C's are frequently performed on women who have not spontaneously expelled their miscarriage. I had a few D & C's, but then wondered what my chances were of getting pregnant again and when to start trying.  My doctor had actually told me to wait three months after the surgery for my body to heal.
See my article on what a D & C is like after miscarriage (
Even though that sounded like a long time, it's probably good advice.  This article explains what happens after a D&C and what you should keep in mind before trying again.

From the article:

Once the hCG levels fall, your pituitary gland begins secreting the stimulatory hormones LH and FSH, and ovulation resumes. If the hCG levels were low at the time of the D&C, normal ovulation can return about two to three weeks after the D&C. Alternatively, if the fall in hCG is delayed, the first ovulation may occur three to six weeks later. As ovulation occurs two weeks before the menstrual period, you can, in fact, get pregnant before your first post-D&C menstrual period. If you do not ovulate, and your menses were irregular before the pregnancy, all bets are off.

Is it safe to get pregnant immediately? That depends. Pregnancy without an intervening menstrual period can make managing the pregnancy more difficult, as your obstetrician will need to follow you more closely to accurately determine your due date. Additionally, after a D&C, there can be a low-grade inflammatory response in the uterus that may interfere with pregnancy, making the risk of repeat miscarriage a bit higher in the first post-D&C cycle.

If you have had miscarriages before, it is important that you and your physician try to determine the cause before you attempt to get pregnant again. Many women are discouraged after a miscarriage and rush to try again, without taking the necessary steps to avoid a subsequent miscarriage. In their haste to conceive again, these women condemn themselves to more suffering and potentially another pregnancy loss. The most difficult part of managing recurrent pregnancy loss is to address the emotional aspects that often interfere with completion of a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Miscarriage and Losing Your Mucous Plug:  Bloody Show

Of course, any type of bleeding during pregnancy should be checked for signs of miscarriage or other complications. When I was pregnant, I had some bleeding in the third trimester and one OB told me that is was my mucous plug (which is a bad sign if you aren't full term).

See also: for more on miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage prevention

My regular OB examined me a few weeks later and said it was not my mucous plug, which was a relief. This article talks about what a mucous plug is and when most women lose it.

What is the mucous plug (or mucus plug)?

The mucous plug is a collection of cervical mucus that seals the opening of the cervix. It keeps bacteria and infection from entering into the cervix, providing a protective barrier for the developing baby.
What does the mucous plug look like?

Some women describe the mucous plug as looking more like the mucous in your nose. It may look like a thick glob of stringy mucous, thicker than what you would see with normal vaginal secretions. If you are close to going into labor you may see pink, brown, or red blood around the edges of the mucous plug. This is called the “bloody show”


Night Work and Miscarriage

Miscarriage, Hormones and Nightwork

I think we underestimate our body's need for sleep and darkness.  It's been known for quite some time that fertility can be affected if your body does not get the right balance of light, dark, sleep and so on. 
 Also visit: for more on regulating hormones for fertility and preventing miscarriage
There also seems to be some association between the light and dark cycle with miscarriage Here is an interesting article about how women who work the night shift had a significantly higher miscarriage rate:

I'm sure that melatonin plays a role here. Melatonin is stimulated by darkness and helps to regulate sleep. It also plays a role in other hormone regulation. If you work nights, maybe a shift change may help you conceive and carry to term.

According to the article:

"The risk of miscarriage was 85 percent higher for women who worked a fixed night shift compared to day workers after adjusting for other factors. The reasons are unknown; but the researchers said increased estrogen levels related to night work might play a role."

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Miscarriage With PCOS

PCOS, Fertility and Miscarriage

If you have PCOS, you may be at a higher risk for miscarriage, but this article talks about a possible treatment.   It does talk about some pharmaceutical and surgical options, but I've also written about how there are some natural treatments for PCOS like eating walnuts.
My site: www, has a whole series on foods for fertility
 Read more about treatments for PCOS:

It is true that PCOS can cause subfertility, but it can be treated with a number of medicines to control ovarian function and if necessary by a procedure to remove part of the surface of the ovary (wedge resection or drilling).

The fact that you recently became pregnant is good news, but unfortunately miscarriage is more common in women with PCOS due to high levels of LH and of testosterone.

There is good news however because high levels of LH can be suppressed by taking the drug Buserelin following which ovulation can be induced with gonadotrophin treatment given by injection.

So to summarize, your ovulation problems and your miscarriage problems can be treated despite your PCOS. 


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Balanced Translocation and Miscarriage

Chromosomal Abnormalities and Miscarriage

A number of miscarriages can be traced to chromosomal abnormalities.  I had never heard of balanced translocation until I received an email from a woman whose husband has the condition.
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 I looked it up and thought it might be of interest to some of my blog readers. This article explains what the condition is and how it may affect conception and pregnancy:

To better understand the difference between balanced and unbalanced translocation, imagine a part of chromosome 21 has attached itself to chromosome 14. In a balanced translocation, the person has a smaller than normal chromosome 21 with a piece broken off, a normal second chromosome 21, a chromosome 14 with the broken piece of 21 attached, and a normal chromosome 14. The person appears completely normal and suffers no related health problems. If this person wants to have children, however, there are several possibilities that could affect the outcome of the pregnancy.

Both normal chromosomes - The normal chromosomes 21 and 14 may be passed on, resulting in a normal baby.
Broken 21, affected 14 - The broken chromosome 21 and affected chromosome 14 (with the broken piece from chromosome 21 attached) may be passed on, resulting in a baby with the same balanced translocation as the parent, but no related.
Normal 21, affected 14 - The normal chromosome 21 and affected chromosome 14 may be passed on, giving the child extra DNA from chromosome 21, resulting in unbalanced translocation and Down's Syndrome.

The cause of translocation is not well understood, though it has been linked to radiation exposure. There are a wide range of medical problems that may result from the condition, including leukemia, breast cancer, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophy and Down's Syndrome. The related health problems suffered by a person with translocation depend on which part of which chromosome is moved to where.



Monday, February 10, 2014

Fibroids May Be Associated With Stillbirth

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Fibroids

Long before I was trying to conceive, I had some fibroids removed because they were growing rapidly. Many fibroids cause no problems and some women aren't even aware that they have them.
 See for more on miscarriage and prevention
However, they can be somewhat of a problem in pregnancy and this study talks about how they may cause growth restriction leading to stillbirth. Read more:

From the article:

The study was a retrospective cohort study of 64,047 women. Data were extracted on maternal sociodemographics, medical history, and obstetric outcomes. Pregnancies with any fetal anomalies were excluded. Women with at least one fibroid detected at the time of fetal anatomic survey were compared to women without fibroids. The primary outcome was IUFD after 20 weeks gestation. Univariate and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to estimate the risk of IUFD in women with fibroids, and subgroup was conducted by presence or absence of fetal growth restriction (IUGR).

The study found that of 64,047 women, the incidence of fibroids was 3.2% (n=2,058). The incidence of IUFD was significantly higher in the fibroid group than in the no-fibroid group (1.6% v. 0.7%, aOR 1.8, 95%CI 1.3-2.7) even after adjusting for factors including black race, tobacco exposure, chronic hypertension, and pregestational diabetes. In subgroup analysis, the risk relationship between fibroids and IUFD only persisted within the IUGR subgroup.

"Our results showed that women with a combination of fibroids and fetal growth restriction were at two-and-a-half times the risk of having a stillbirth, though the absolute risk remained rare," said Dr. Alison G. Cahill, another of the study's authors. "This may lead to a future recommendation for serial growth scans to monitor fetal growth in women with fibroids."



Dealing With Pregnancy On The Job - Especially After Miscarriage

When I was pregnant, I taught a couple of classes at the local community college.
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 Even though I was never put on restrictions, I did not stand while I was teaching. I sat facing the class and used an overhead projector and transparencies instead of a blackboard. That may have been a wise choice because according to this article, excessive standing can contribute to miscarriage. Read more:

Long hours of standing at the workplace may increase the risk of miscarriage in some women, according to a new study.

"Women with a history of two or more previous spontaneous abortions who stood at work more than 7 hours per day had an elevated rate (31.6%) of spontaneous abortion," say researchers at the California Department of Health Services in Berkeley. This rate is four times the average, say study authors.

They interviewed over 5,300 pregnant women, questioning them on such subjects as job type, length of work shift, heavy lifting at work, amount of housework, and previous medical history.

Of the women surveyed, 499 of the pregnancies ended in miscarriage, 32 of the fetuses were stillbirths.

Researchers believe the added risk of miscarriage caused by standing may be due to the action of catecholamines, secreted by the adrenal glands. During long periods of standing, the pregnant woman's blood pressure can fall, and catecholamines are produced to increase heart rate and restore essential blood flow to the brain and heart. But the same substances also work to reduce blood flow to the uterus, and may cause uterine contractions -- and increased risk for miscarriage. 

excerpted from:

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Care After Miscarriage Lacking

Women With Miscarriage Receive Inadequate Care

I certainly can agree with a number of things mentioned in this article. Miscarriage is probably commonplace for many in the healthcare field since so many pregnancies end in miscarriage, but they forget that it's very traumatic for women to lose what they consider to be their child.
 Visit: for more articles on miscarriage, prevention, and treament
 I've written before about how inconsiderate the medical community can be - additionally, this article talks about how many women aren't even given pain relief or necessary referrals. Read more:

Its survey found 63% of women who miscarried at home following a hospital scan were not offered adequate pain relief.

Almost half (48%) of those who were in hospital for their miscarriage were treated alongside pregnant women or those with newborn babies, causing unnecessary distress.

And more than a fifth (21%) of those referred for a scan had to wait three days or more for it, while 35% of women who needed a surgical procedure had to wait four days or longer.

Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts said: "There is no getting away from the hurt of miscarriage, but there are a number of simple changes that could make a considerable difference to the level of trauma miscarrying parents undergo."
'Unacceptably high'

The survey reported 14% were told they needed to experience four or more miscarriages in a row before they could be tested for a cause.

However, the recommendation is for women to be referred after they have experienced three.


Friday, February 07, 2014

Antibodies and Miscarriage Explained

Miscarriage-Pregancy Loss Explained Through Antibodies

Many physicians believe that repeated miscarriage may have a connection to the mother's antibodies.
See also: for more on causes and natural remedies for miscarriage
  Some of our bodies detect the pregnancy, consider it a foreign body, then attack it. This article gives a good explanation of the condition as well as other possible causes of miscarriage:

The new approaches, which are still evolving and are considered highly controversial by some fertility specialists, have thus far resulted in live births for 66 percent to 82 percent of the couples treated, according to reports from various research centers here and abroad. The controversy stems in part from the fact that many women with similar immunological circumstances are able to have successful pregnancies without any treatment.

The treatments are designed to counter one of two types of immunological problems that can result in destruction of the placenta, embryo or fetus by antibodies produced by the pregnant woman. One approach is designed to keep antibodies to the mother's own tissues -- so-called autoimmune antibodies -- from causing blood clots that stifle fetal development. The other tactic attempts to protect the new embryo from an attack by maternal antibodies that consider the fetus a foreign intruder.

Dr. Alan E. Beer, an obstetrician and immunologist at the University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, explained that normally, when a sperm fertilizes an egg and the placenta begins to form, the mother's body produces antibodies that both protect the pregnancy tissue and stimulate the growth of the placenta and embryo. These antibodies, called blocking antibodies, keep the mother's immune system from recognizing the fetus as foreign and rejecting it as if it were a transplant of foreign tissue. 


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Online Forums Helpful To Work Through A Miscarriage

Miscarriage Support Online

I have always recommended that women who are trying to conceive or have experienced one or more miscarriages join a support group.
See for more on miscarriage prevention, support and natural methods to enhance fertility
Support groups can come in many different forms. One easy, quick way to gain support is through an online forum. There's no where to travel and the anonimity is also nice for those who value their privacy and confidentiality. This study confirms that online support can be very helpful:

Women coping with the mental trauma of a miscarriage find it hard to take comfort from their friends, according to new research.

The study by scientists at the Georgia Health Sciences University's Education Discovery Institute surveyed over 1,000 women and found many seek solace from other women who had gone through similar experiences via internet message boards.

"Women who have not gone through a stillbirth don't want to hear about my birth, or what my daughter looked like, or anything about my experience," said one respondent.

Researchers observed that only 50 per cent of the women had suffered a miscarriage during the last 12 months and many were still struggling to come to terms with the experience many years later.

The study's senior author Christie Palladino said the message forums can be an important resource.



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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Private Browsing: How Private Are Your Internet Searches?

How Much Data Are They Collecting On you?

Many of my readers are doing searches on some of the most private of bodily functions.  Is this something that you want your ISP, employer, or anyone else knowing about you?  Whenever I do a search on any of the major search engines, I am bombarded with ads that relate directly to my previous search.  It can be a little embarrassing to have ads about ovulation predictors, sperm counts, etc. pop up on my computer if someone were to walk by.  Even worse, what about some of the searches you may do on your break at work?  Can your employer track what you're doing?  Can health insurance companies get your health profile based on what kind of searches you have been doing?'s scarier than you may think.
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Monday, February 03, 2014

Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? Pregnancy After Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40 - More Fertile After A Miscarriage?

I've heard this many times: You're more fertile after a miscarrige. Is it true? There have been a number of articles written on whether or not women experience increased fertility after a pregnancy loss.  Recent research has shown that there is no need to wait to conceive after a miscarriage (unless you had a D & C or other procedure).
See another article on fertility after miscarriage at: (see left side bar for "Are You More Fertile After Miscarriage")
The good news is that most women go on to have healthy pregnancies. Read more:

This popular claim, floated in many online fertility forums, does not appear to hold up.

One explanation for the claim is that after a miscarriage, levels of hormones like progesterone, which facilitates gestation, are still elevated, increasing fertility. But no studies have shown that to be the case.

Unsuccessful pregnancies, sometimes called missed pregnancies, are common, occurring in 30 to 50 percent of conceptions. (Some occur so early that the woman may not notice.) Many are caused by chance chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo that are unlikely to affect the next pregnancy. Others result from progesterone deficiencies; according to a 2007 review of other studies, the effectiveness of progesterone supplements in preventing future problems is somewhat unclear.

But the science is encouraging. According to a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the probability of a second miscarriage is just 2.25 percent, and the odds of a third are less than 1 percent. Another study in The New England Journal of Medicine followed a large sample of healthy women seeking to conceive and found that of those who miscarried, 95 percent became pregnant within two years

from nytimes

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