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Friday, May 30, 2014

STRESS AND MISCARRIAGE CORRELATION

Pregnancy Over 40, Stress and Miscarriage Are Connected

There's no surprise to me here, stress increases miscarriage risk - especially in early pregnancy.  If you've done a lot of reading online, you've probably found quite a bit of conflicting information on whether or not there is a correlation between stress and miscarriage.  Stress has been found to affect fertility, but did you know that the stress hormone, cortisol, has actually been found in miscarried fetuses?
Here is another study that shows a correlation between stress, cortisol and early pregnancy
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Women who exhibit signs of stress are three times more likely to miscarry during the first three weeks of the pregnancy, a recent study of a small population of women found.

Pablo Nepomnaschy and a group of University of Michigan researchers measured the cortisol—a stress induced hormone—levels in urine samples taken three times weekly for a year from 61women in a rural Guatemalan community. Nepomnaschy conducted the fieldwork while he was a Ph.D student at U-M both at the Anthropology Department and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The Guatemalan study is the first to link increases in cortisol levels to very early-stage pregnancy loss.

According to previous scientific reports anywhere from 31 percent to 89 percent of all conceptions result in miscarriage. Most studies begin when women notice they are pregnant, about six weeks after conception. Most miscarriages, however, are known to happen during the first 3 weeks of pregnancy.

excerpted from:
www.umich.edu

Thursday, May 29, 2014

MISCARRIAGE AND BEDREST: DOES IT HELP?

Bed Rest For Threatened Miscarriage, Does It Prevent Pregnancy Loss

After having multiple miscarriages, I can't tell you how many times I was told to put my feet up and rest by a harried nurse at my doctor's office who probably wanted to get me off the phone.
 I usually did what they said, but I always wondered whether or not anything would stop a miscarriage once it started. According to this article, bedrest really isn't all it's cracked up to be when it comes to stopping a miscarriage. Bedrest can be beneficial for other problems later in the pregnancy like incompetent cervix for example, but by and large, it's not going to prevent a miscarriage that's already in motion. Read more:
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"There is no evidence that bed rest is beneficial for preserving the pregnancy in cases of threatened miscarriage," American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology fellow Robert L. Goldenberg, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Medscape. "I tell my patients to do whatever they feel more comfortable with, whether it be rest or continuing their usual activities." 
from: medscape.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MISCARRIAGE AND UNSUPPORTIVE HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss, Healthcare Workers Don't Always Help

I do recall being treated rather insensitively after many of my miscarriages.
 I was told everything from "you can always adopt" to being totally ignored. The healthcare community seems to be rather uneducated on how to deal with grieving patients.  I've often thought about offering some type of course to healthcare professionals on how to deal with women who have suffered a loss.  Here's an article on some women's experiences and a campaign to educate providers to be sensitive to women who have experienced a miscarriage. Read more:

From the article:

“No one offered any condolences or said they were sorry for our loss,” she remembers. “We were terribly upset, and we had to leave the same way we'd arrived, walking through a waiting room full of women waiting for scans. I felt awful, and the last thing these people needed was to see our devastated faces.” 
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Benton was told that she could have her uterus emptied surgically - “evacuation of the retained products of conception” or ERPC, in hospital parlance - or she could go home and miscarry naturally. “I asked how bad that would be and they said that it would be like a heavy period, so I thought I'd go home and wait for that,” she says.

In fact, the next few days were agony. “It was horrendous,” she says of her miscarriage three months ago. “It was like a birth. I had painful contractions; it was labour.” 

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from:  www.timesonline.co.uk

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PREGNANCY SUCCESS AFTER RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE

Recurrent Miscarriage - Pregnancy Over 40 Still Possible


The odds are in your favor, even if you've suffered multiple miscarriages.
This study looked at women who conceived naturally and found that of those who had two or more miscarriages, 65% went on to have a baby. Read more

Researchers have discovered it can take between four months to two years to get pregnant naturally after losing a baby. This is not much longer than the time it takes women without a history of miscarriage, and nearly two thirds (65 per cent) will have a live birth...

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...The research on recurrent miscarriage by the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in The Netherlands is the first to investigate conception in women who lose more than one baby.

The findings were based on 251 women who had all had at least two miscarriages in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Dr Stef Kaandorp, who led the study, said: "We hope our study will give hope to women with recurrent miscarriage and encourage them to keep trying for the baby they want so much." 

from: thisislondon.co.uk

Monday, May 26, 2014

REMEMBERING YOUR LOST BABY ON MEMORIAL DAY

Miscarriage Memorial

Many couples find comfort in finding some way to remember their baby lost through miscarriage or stillbirth. This article features a number of couples and how they decided to memorialize their child lost through miscarriage or stillbirth. Read more:

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE SUPPORT (getpregnantover40.com)

It had been four months since the funeral for Missy and Joe's stillborn son, Jason. The baby's body had been cremated, and they had been unable to decide where to place the ashes, which remained in an urn at the undertaker's. Both were anguished at their inability to find a resting place for Jason's ashes. In conversations with their minister, they eventually decided to plant a back yard garden and to scatter the ashes there. Having reached that decision, they enlisted the help of loving friends and family to offer suggestions about plantings, manual help with tilling and fertilizing, and especially cherishing a hammock that could be hung between trees nearby with a clear and shaded view of Jason's garden. When the time came to scatter Jason's ashes, their minister joined them and their loved ones for a small dedication of this garden planted in his memory.
from: www.psychologytoday.com
Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend

Sunday, May 25, 2014

HOW TO HAVE A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE

Natural Miscarriage or D&C?

If you know your pregnancy is not viable but it has not expelled from your body, you may be given a couple of options.  A D&C is sometimes recommended, but usually, the pregnancy will expel on its own given time.  The problem I had with a few of my miscarried pregnancies is that I still felt very pregnant.  I had nausea, I had sore breasts, and it was very depressing to have the symptoms with the knowledge that my baby had died.  You may wonder what you can do to encourage a natural miscarriage.  This article summarizes my research.  Please be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you have miscarried and as always, there's no substitute for medical oversight. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON HAVING A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

CELIAC WHEAT SENSITIVITY AND MISCARRIAGE

Celiac Disease, Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage

I've written before about a possible connection between celiac disease, infertility and miscarriage.
 Here is another article from mercola.com about how many people may have a sensitivity to wheat and not even know it. For women, it may be an underlying cause of miscarriage or intrauterine growth retardation in their baby. Read more:



Researchers, led by Dr. Antonio Gasbarrini, explain that they decided to look at celiac disease since it is a common cause of malabsorption of food in western countries. And for some time, miscarriages have been correlated with celiac disease.
Gasbarrini and colleagues conducted blood tests for the condition in 44 patients with RSA, 39 with IUGR, and 50 healthy women. None of the healthy women were found to have celiac disease, but the condition was detected in 8% of the women with RSA and 15% of those with IUGR.
Biopsy samples from the intestine confirmed diagnosis in eight of nine patients whose blood tested positive for the disease.
Women having recurrent miscarriages or intrauterine growth retardation could have subclinical celiac disease, which will usually go undetected.
 from: mercola.com

Friday, May 23, 2014

CAN ENDOMETRIOSIS CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?

Endometriosis contributes to miscarriage

If you have endometriosis, you know that it can cause scarring and blockages in your fallopian tubes.  When I ran an infertility support group, there was one woman there who said that her abdominal organs were all hooked together because of endometrial implants which had traveled outside her uterus and continued to grow in her abdominal cavity.  These implants continue to be under the influence of female hormones each month as a woman goes through her menstrual cycle which causes them to bleed and cause further damage.  If a woman does get pregnant with endometriosis, it can contribute to miscarriage, this article explains more:

HOW ENDOMETRIOSIS CONTRIBUTES TO MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

EMOTIONAL HEALING AFTER MISCARRIAGE

The Emotions After Miscarriage

After six miscarriages, I developed somewhat of a "thick skin" - but the fact of the matter is, miscarriage is devastating. Even when you have all of your defense mechanisms in place, there still is that awful feeling like somehow the universe has betrayed you. Here is a good article on coping with miscarriage.

"Moving Past the Grief

Grief is not the only emotion associated with miscarriages. Other typical emotions reported by woman who have lost a pregnancy include depression, loneliness and isolation. Although these feelings are perfectly normal, if you are having troubles coping day to day because of your emotions, you may want to make an appointment with your health care provider. When your emotions begin to interfere with your daily activities, it can be a sign of major depression, a health issue that requires professional attention. 

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Another common emotional response to a spontaneous abortion is self-blame. Many women often feel that if only they had done something differently, if only they hadn’t had that glass of wine before they found out they were pregnant, they wouldn’t have miscarried. These thoughts can ring in your mind for weeks, making it even harder to get over your loss.

Miscarriage can also cause a woman to feel intense anger and jealousy towards other women, even friends, who are pregnant. While these emotions can be appalling, they will eventually pass and fade."


from: womens-health.co.uk

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GETTING PREGNANT AFTER MISCARRIAGE: EMOTIONALLY DIFFICULT

Trying To Conceive and Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage Can Be Scary

I remember when I finally became pregnant with my daughter and I actually made through to my 9th month.
We actually started talking with my doctor about my delivery plans...imagine that...my doctor actually thought I was going to have a baby...!?

My thought process was so tainted by my miscarriage history that even though I had made it through my pregnancy, I truly never thought I'd have a real live baby. What made me think that I was worthy of this miracle? Many women who have repeatedly miscarried go through this emotional dilemma. Here is an article that explains more:
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" 'One Foot In -- One Foot Out' describes women's sense that the pregnancy is uncertain, so they steel themselves emotionally by acknowledging that the pregnancy may not end with the birth of a live baby," says Côté-Arsenault. "They cushion themselves against attaching to the new baby.
"For most of these women, carefree enjoyment of a pregnancy is not possible. Instead, it is a balancing act between trying to insure safe passage of the baby while maintaining emotional stability."

from sciencedaily.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WHAT DO YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR MISCARRIAGE?

Sharing Information About Your Miscarriage

There are pros and cons about announcing your pregnancy to others. After I realized I was having a problem with recurrent miscarriage, I decided not to tell anyone about my pregnancies unless and until I made it through the first trimester. However, if others do know about your pregnancy, and you miscarry, you eventually will need to let them know. There's no easy way to do it, because you wind up trying to make everyone else feel better when they react to your loss.

I recall after my first failed IVF, I got pregnant with twins...one was ectopic, for which I needed surgery, and the other was in my uterus, but it wasn't viable.  I really didn't want everyone in my family to know about the pregnancy or my fertility treatments, but since I was hospitalized for the surgery, I we told them about my miscarriage.  It kind of opened a "bag of worms" because then they knew I was trying to get pregnant and the questions began.  We never did tell anyone about my fertility treatments - I just didn't want people asking about that in particular (plus we quit anyway).

If you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, it can be difficult to continue to "fail" in public.  I had a relative send me flowers after the first miscarriage, but what about the second, third, etc.?  It was easier for me to keep it private after that.

Read more about sharing information about your infertility here (getpregnantover40.com)
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

MISCARRIAGE HIGHER IN VETERINARIANS AND OTHER PROFESSIONS

Veterinarians and Miscarriage

I don't know how many of my readers work in the veterinary field, but this article talks about how the miscarriage rate is higher in female veterinarians. Some of this might be due to the anesthetic gasses and x-rays. Read more:

NaturalNews) X-rays, anaesthetic gases and pesticides contribute to a high level of miscarriage in female veterinarians. In fact, researchers found that they were twice as likely to miscarry as reported in an article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (1)
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Researchers from the UK and Australia, lead by Professor Lin Fritschi, used a survey to discover health risks of graduates from Australian veterinary schools from 1960 to 2000.

The risks to pregnant female vets who conducted surgery and were exposed to unscavenged anaesthetic gases for more than an hour every week had the highest rate of miscarriage – 2.5 times more likely than those who weren't.

Unscavenged anaesthetic gases are what is exhaled by anaesthetised animals in the operating theatre. The longer the surgery, the longer the exposure to these gases.

A simple anaesthetic consists of nitrous oxide and oxygen. It is the nitrous oxide that is of concern. Other studies have found that nitrous oxide interferes with the synthesis of folate, methionine and thiamin by vitamin B12. These components play a role in normal cell division and the production of DNA.

 www.naturalnews.com

Friday, May 16, 2014

STILLBIRTH: TRYING TO CONCEIVE AFTER

Trying to Conceive After a Stillbirth


By Deb Olson

Trying to conceive after having a stillbirth pregnancy loss between the 20th week and birth becomes a very personal and intense decision for most couples. Below is a guide that outlines the steps of recovery and helps in determining if trying for another baby is right for you. Trying to conceive after a stillbirth needs to come at the recommendation of your doctor or midwife. Most doctors and midwives recommend that you wait at least two to three menstrual cycles before you start trying to conceive again if you've experienced a stillbirth, miscarriage, or full term delivery, and at least six months if you've experienced a Cesarean delivery. Also continuing your prenatal vitamins after an uncomplicated pregnancy and a normal delivery helps to give your body time to replenish your vitamin and mineral stores.
Trying to conceive after a stillbirth also requires emotional preparation. Allowing yourself adequate time to grieve your loss and to get through the empty arms feeling helps in preparing for the future of a new baby as a sibling and not a replacement. The grieving process is also so important in processing the loss you experienced and lessening the chance of causing emotional trauma when you deliver the new baby.
Entering a new pregnancy with realistic expectations is vitally important to you and your spouse. Having another child can also be a major part of the healing process.
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There are pros and cons of waiting to try to conceive after a stillbirth, and they need to be weighed carefully. Some of the reasons for waiting include allowing more time to work through your grief and loss. You have been through a lot and healing takes time. At the same time your body may need a period to recuperate. At the same time there are many advantages to moving on and trying to become pregnant fairly soon. Worry about whether or not you can conceive again is very common. Many wish to move on to alleviate this fear, plus the new pregnancy can give you something to focus on and take hope in once again.
Talking about your decision with your partner, and recognizing the partner who is not as eager, allowing him or her time to prepare for the next pregnancy is key in moving forward. Listening to one anothers' concerns and allowing each other the time to resolve these concerns may be all that is needed to consider each others' feelings and dreams. The bottom line of course, is that the decision is up to you and your partner only, along with your doctor or midwife. Most moms who have had a stillbirth insist that knowing when you're ready to start trying is a gut feeling. When you feel that your desire to have a child is greater than your fear of losing another, you are ready.
Having been a RN for over 25 years, Deb Olson has worked in every conceivable clinical setting from hospitals, to nursing homes, home care and hospice. Wanting to find ways to relieve people's symptoms without all of the chemicals from medications and their side effects she started to look for viable alternatives. Her search led her to the study of alternative medicine and, specifically, aromatherapy. After a great deal of study from the vantage point of a medical background she is convinced that there are places in our lives for alternatives. As she points out, our society has only experimented with modern medicine over the last 100 to 150 years, ignoring the use, history and success of alternative treatments which go back over 4000 years.
You can find a list of recommended readings and alternative treatments that Deb recommends at [http://bookwormebooks.com].

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

MISCARRIAGE: THE SHROUD OF SILENCE

Miscarriage - Understanding Their Shroud of Silence

Guest Post By Rita Duponty

Many of us have had a relative, friend, or even an acquaintance that has encountered a miscarriage. Awkwardly though, have you groped for the right words of comfort to give your condolences to the sufferer? I have. While attempting to respect the person's privacy you say a few words and the conversation ends in an uncomfortable silence. As an outsider looking in, do we really understand the pain and suffering of the person or couple that have just experienced the loss of their child by miscarriage? Do we understand why they may choose to say very little? There are painful reasons for their silence.
As friends or relatives, we need to understand that the mother has undergone a horrific trauma to her body. In many instances the fetus or baby has been dead for a number of days before the mother has realized what exactly occurred. The mother may experience a myriad of symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, sweating, weakness, and diarrhea. Symptoms may start before and continue after the expulsion of the baby. Even if a mother has a D & C Procedure (dilation and curettage) to remove the dead baby, she may still feel physically drained for a period of time thereafter. An understanding of such physical limitations should help others not to make any undue physical demands upon her.
As a result of their tragedy, there is the additional emotional strain that the mother and father cannot escape. Their dreams of a handsome son or a beautiful daughter have disappeared. Physical pain will heal; but it is the emotional pain that endures. For some, at this time it may be too painful to discuss with anyone outside the immediate family what they are feeling. Pressuring a couple about the details of the miscarriage would not be wise. As time goes on and healing takes place, the mother or father may choose to discuss the loss. Professional grief counseling can be very helpful in this regard.
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Just reading excerpts from forums and message boards of women that have experienced miscarriages, it's apparent that many women are unprepared to deal with the physical aspects, emotional feelings, or the process and medical procedures that they are suddenly thrust into. Countless books, articles, and classes exist to guide mothers through normal childbirth. Perhaps additional education for pregnant mothers, especially first-time pregnancies, should include the negative possibilities, signs and symptoms of a possible miscarriage. The fathers should also be educated in recognizing possible pregnancy problems. According to American Pregnancy, (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/main/statistics.html), 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage resulting in approximately 600,000 miscarriages yearly. Of course, that figure could be higher if you include non-reported pregnancies ending in a miscarriage. Miscarriage is a common reality and should be discussed openly and frankly with a woman's doctor.
No doubt you may have already met someone who has had a miscarriage or you may unexpectedly talk to someone about this in the near future. Surprisingly, I have personally met four different families in the last two years that have suffered a miscarriage. So, compassionately continue to sympathize and console those that have lost a child by miscarriage. Be a good listener--do not ask a lot of questions. The mother and/or father may choose to share more details with you at a later date when they are ready. Or, they may not. However, you can certainly understand why they may choose the "shroud of silence."
Please visit my website at http://www.tidbitsforhealthyliving.com for great tips on staying healthy including natural vitamins and herbs for women and men. While there, go to my poetry page and read an "Invisible Life" regarding the unborn.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CAN YOU TELL IF YOU HAD A MISCARRIAGE FROM BBT BODY TEMPERATURE

BBT and Miscarriage

I did try monitoring my body temperature when I was trying to conceive to help me pinpoint ovulation. I do recall with one of my pregnancies that miscarried, I continued to watch my body temperature. I do believe it changed, but probably not significantly...and I thought it might have been due to my error.  However, many women are very diligent about monitoring their BBT and they wonder if they can figure out if their pregnancy has miscarried based on a drop in body temperature.  This article explains whether or not you can determine a miscarriage:
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON DETERMINING A MISCARRIAGE FROM YOUR BBT (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GREENS INCREASE PROGESTERONE TO PREVENT MISCARRIAGE

Greens for Fertility and Miscarriage

You may wonder how leafy green vegetable could help prevent miscarriage.  Leafy greens can help your body manufacture progesterone because they contain magnesium.  They are also a great source of iron and calcium which can help with follicular development.  Greens can also be a source of folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects, which in some cases, can lead to miscarriage. Read more about how to make greens here:


GREENS: HOW TO MAKE THEM FOR HORMONAL BALANCE (getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, May 12, 2014

CAN FENG SHUI HELP PREVENT MISCARRIAGE?

Feng Shui and Miscarriage Prevention

Could the design features of feng shui help prevent miscarriage? I have not used feng shui for my own interior design, but I've been reading more and more about how each space has its own energy and if you are trying to get pregnant, you need to create "baby chi".  This article explains more about how feng shui (wind and water) can help create the right energy flow of a space and it may help you get pregnant and prevent miscarriage:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON FENG SHUI, PREGNANCY, FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

MISCARRIAGE: PROGESTERONE LEVELS MAY INDICATE RISK

Miscarriage more likely with low progesterone

I recently wrote on my infertility-fertility blog about how stress may cause progesterone deficiencies.  Progesterone levels are an important indicator for the health of a pregnancy.  Whether caused by stress or whether your progesterone levels are just naturally low, it can be a reason some women are more likely to miscarry.  This interesting article talks about how monitoring progesterone levels early in pregnancy can be a quick and apparently accurate way of assessing pregnancy risk.  Read more:

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In the new study, Ioannis Gallos of the University of Birmingham in England and colleagues analyzed information from 26 previous studies involving 9,436 women who were less than 14 weeks pregnant and had experienced abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding. About 2,300 women had an inconclusive ultrasound, while the rest had not undergone an ultrasound.
Among women who had an ultrasound, 73 percent had nonviable pregnancies. But among women with progesterone levels below 3 to 6 nanograms per milliliter, the probability of a nonviable pregnancy rose to more than 99 percent.
Among women who did not have ultrasounds, 96 percent of those with progesterone levels below 10 ng/mL had a nonviable pregnancy, while the same was true of 37 percent of those with higher progesterone levels
from: foxnews.com

Saturday, May 10, 2014

YOU ARE STILL A MOM AFTER MISCARRIAGE: DEALING WITH MOTHER'S DAY

Mother's Day After Miscarriage

Mother's day is a tough one when dealing with infertility and miscarriage.  Mother's day can be like many other holidays, but this one may even be harder since it relates to the one thing that you have lost.   I found this good article which deals with handling mother's day after a miscarriage. I thought it had some good information and ways to cope emotionally with the challenges. Read more:

Are you spending this Mother’s Day wondering if you are, in fact, a mother? 900,000-1 million women in the U.S. alone face this question every year after suffering pregnancy loss. “For women who experience a miscarriage during their first pregnancy, the question of motherhood is an even greater one,” says Lisa Church of HopeXchange, a company dedicated to the support of women and their families facing pregnancy loss.
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Mother’s Day is the most difficult holiday a woman must face after pregnancy loss. A time that was supposed to be a celebration of a new life and a new motherhood becomes a time of sadness and grief. Church’s book, Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death, encourages women to use the holiday to remember their babies, rather than making it a dreaded event to endure each year. “Nothing will lesson the pain of Mother’s Day, but with some planning you can make sure the day has meaning for you,” says Church. Here are some tips from the book that can help:

- You Are a Mother.

The best gift you can give yourself on Mother’s Day is the acknowledgement that you are a mother. You may not have a baby to hold in your arms, but you do have one in your heart.

- Let Your Family Know What You Need.

If you feel uncomfortable being recognized as a mother at a banquet or other function, substitute an activity you would feel good about. If you would rather not receive or wear a flower, then wear an item that helps you to connect with your baby, such as a piece of jewelry that includes the baby’s birthstone.

- Remember Your Baby.

Mother’s Day can be a great time for a husband and wife to talk about their baby and what the baby meant to them. Take a walk, have a quiet dinner, or just set aside some time to remember your baby together.

- Decide Ahead of Time.

The way you chose to spend Mother’s Day should be your decision- and one you make ahead of time. Setting time aside to remember and talk about your baby will make you “feel” more like a mom on the very day designed to do that. Church also reminds women that their spouses may experience similar feelings on Father’s Day, “so be sure to ask how he would like to spend the day.”


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Am I A Mother- Tips For Handling Mothers Day After Miscarriage (www.rindyshope.org)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE IN SUPER FERTILE WOMEN

Superfertility and Recurrent Miscarriage

This article makes a really good point about women who habitually miscarry.  Rather than being labeled infertile, they may actually be "super-fertile".  The problem is their bodies aren't selective enough about the embryos they allow to implant.  If you are familiar with my story, I did get pregnant quite a few times naturally (even with only one fallopian tube) in my 40's.  Perhaps my body just was not selective enough.
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But we have discovered it may not be because they cannot carry; it is because they may simply be super-fertile, as they allow embryos which would normally not survive to implant.'
Prof Macklon, working with colleagues at University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands, compared cells from the lining of the wombs of women who have suffered recurrent miscarriage and those with normal fertility cycles.
They found cells from those with recurrent miscarriage move towards embryos, encouraging implantation regardless of quality, but those from normally fertile women were selective.
Prof Macklon explained: 'Only around 30 per cent of every 100 natural conceptions makes it to a baby and the rest are lost early in pregnancy. Mercifully, most women remain unaware of these losses because they happen before they miss their period.
from:
dailymail.co.uk

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

LACK OF MISCARRIAGE SUPPORT

No support after miscarriage

I've written before about how devastating miscarriage can be. For me, I felt the staff in the doctor's office were totally untrained or too busy to support a patient who suffered a miscarriage. They basically tell you to come back for your lab work to make sure your hCG levels keep falling and then send you on your way. Have a nice day..... yeah, right.  I've often thought about offering some type of training session to the staff of OBGYN offices and even emergency rooms.
Here is an article that talks more about how most women who miscarry don't receive the kind of emotional support they need and some things that might help:

"But it's vital that women are allowed to express their feelings. Emotionally I hit rock bottom - I wanted my baby back. I felt lost for a good year and I cried all the time. Miscarriage is a death with no sympathy card. 
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"If you had a funeral, people would sympathise but they just expect you to get over a miscarriage. I'm not a big churchgoer but I started to light candles at the church across the road. I had to believe in something."

Among the things that helped Margot were planting a crimson remembrance rose in her garden – "it's like having a headstone – and the flowers are so beautiful" – and being a telephone support volunteer for the Miscarriage Association.

"I don’t think I will ever get over the loss but I had to make it mean something. Over the past nine years, more than 100 total strangers have poured out their hearts to me. I feel privileged."


from (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Sunday, May 04, 2014

SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT MISCARRIAGE THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW

Top ten things you may not know about miscarriage

If you've never had a miscarriage, it may throw you off a little bit. Sometimes you think it's going to be this big awful event, and although it may be that way emotionally, physically, it can be quite different. Some of my miscarriages had quite a bit of bleeding, and others were quite light. This article discusses other surprising things about miscarriage:

MISCARRIAGE: TOP TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

Saturday, May 03, 2014

BEE PROPOLIS FOR MISCARRIAGE AND RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE

 If you've never heard of bee propolis, it is a mixture that bees use to seal up openings in their hives.  It can be beneficial to women experiencing recurrent miscarriage due to autoimmune factors.  This is when the woman's immune system attacks the fetus because it recognizes it as a foreign invader).  Bee propolis may also help with women who have an allergic-type reaction to sperm.  This is when women have antisperm antibodies which attack sperm. Even men can have antibodies to their own sperm especially after a vasectomy

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Friday, May 02, 2014

MISCARRIAGE SUPPORT FROM THE BIBLE

With Mother's Day approaching, this article reprint may be helpful to those of you who have experienced miscarriage and those of you who want biblical support for your loss:

Words Of Encouragement For A Woman Facing Infertility or Miscarriage On Mothers Day!

By Veronica Anusionwu

In a few days it will be mother's day here in the United Kingdom. It is a day when mothers all over the world are celebrated by their husband's and children.
If you are not yet a mother I know you may feel a little bit low in your spirit. I want you to know that God has not forgotten you. There are times in our lives that it may look like God has forgotten us and it in those times that we must remember bible promises like these ones and hold on tight to them:
God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you," Hebrews 13:15.
God has promised that he will never leave you or forsake you even in the darkest hour of your life. He says to you, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2.
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SEE ALSO: INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE IN THE BIBLE (getpregnantover40.com) 
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These kinds of promise make me just dance and dance before the Lord. No storm is big enough to take anyone down who trust in Him.
I love God's word and I love worshipping God. These have been the keys that I have used to overcome so many challenges in my own personal life.
Toady, let me encourage you once again, the bible says, as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; psalm 103:13.
The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. This means that God is sympathetic; he cares, and is full of kindness and consideration for you. God is truly concerned about you and will always love you.
You may have faced some delays in having a child but God has not denied you children.
There a story in the bible about a couple who had to wait for so many years to have a child. Let us visit their story today in the book of Luke chapter one of the bible. This is a good example of fruit bearing in old age.
Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist was the wife of a priest who lived in the hill country of Judea and served in the temple of God in Jerusalem.
Elizabeth experienced infertility and had to wait many years to have a child. Her experience is also reflective of the attitude people put on when delay appears to become a denial. Delays are frustrating and can easily make you look away from God.
People are quick to forget that the scriptures cannot be broken, delays are never denials. God has never failed before to rescue those who look up to him.
When the angel of the God appeared to Zechariah and said, "Do not be afraid Zechariah for your prayer is answered" His response was "How I can know this, I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in age," Luke 1:18.
From his response we can see clearly that even though this man of God was praying, in reality he did not expect his prayers to be answered. He had given up and accepted the childless situation in his marriage.
May be you have gone through the same route as this couple, and done all you know to do, without result I still want to encourage not to give up. God will still come through for you.
If you were to read carefully through Luke one you will see that the blessing which was promised this couple by way of John the Baptist was unique in the sense that Elizabeth's pregnancy was rightly timed by God.
It could not have been earlier; neither could it have been later because the child whom she bore was to be the forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ. If he had been born at the time they desired, he would have been too old for the ministry he was called for and if he had come later, he would have been too young.
This should encourage you today to know that even though you may have experienced some delay in childbearing God still has good plans in mind for you.
If you experience delay in conception or any area of your life you need to understand also that some circumstances are for specific reasons and you will experience joy on the appointed day. God is meticulous about vision and that includes yours. You must know that your vision and its fulfillment are for an appointed time.
Elizabeth's case shows how glory is "born" in the womb of barrenness. Who would have known that Elizabeth, and Zechariah, very old couple would one day be the parents of a child of Triumph.
So it is not what the situation says but what God says that matters. God says, "All things works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose", Romans 8:28.
Elizabeth and Zechariahs case was for the glory of God and their blessing had to be called by its proper name. John was the name given by the angel of God which means the gift of God'. The birth of John the Baptist was not the making of man; it was the Working of God.
I want to say to you today, wait for the Lord, do not faint, do not fear, your God will come and glorify you as a happy mother of children. Look for books and materials  that speak of faith and trust in Gods word and read them and build your faith up.
On this mothers day spend the day in praise and thanksgiving to God. Pray for all the mothers in the world and wish them well.
Rejoice and celebrate with them. As you do this God will glorify his name in your life. I agree with you that by this time next year, you too, will be a happy mother of your own child. Praise the Lord!

Veronica Anusionwu has devoted a portion of her life to bringing spiritual solutions from the bible to help many people. She is the author of -Woman You Are Not Infertile, a book that has helped many women overcome infertility. Her book Who Said You Are Too Old To Conceive- covers all area of (Childbirth for the older woman). Sign up for her free weekly newsletter by visiting http://www.beautifulandpregnant.com
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MISCARRIAGE AND LATE IMPLANTATION

Delayed Implantation Could Lead To Miscarriage

I've always thought there's quite a bit of luck and timing involved with having a healthy successful pregnancy.
This article discusses how timing is critcal.  Getting pregnant is an orchestration of events where everything has to happen on cue.  If the egg implants too late, the uterine lining may be starting to shed.  Or perhaps eggs that implant late may be defective in some way.  this article explains more:

Eggs are usually fertilised in the fallopian tubes and then travel to the uterus, where they embed themselves to grow. 
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SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)
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Those that implanted nine days after fertilisation had a 13% chance of being miscarried, the scientists found.

But if implantation occurred on the tenth day, the risk increased to 26%. On the eleventh day, it rose to 52%.

Any later and the risk of miscarriage was 82%.


However, the researchers could not explain why eggs that attach later are more likely to miscarry.

Possible defects

Publishing their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, they suggested eggs that take a long time to implant are defective in some way, and would be unlikely to last a full pregnancy.

"The uterus may be receptive to pregnancy only during a limited time-window, shutting out defective embryos that get there too late," they said.

 (news.bbc.co.uk)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

YOUR FERTILITY AFTER A MISCARRIAGE: GETTING PREGNANT AGAIN

Fertility After Miscarriage

I had heard a number of times that women may be able to get pregnant easier after they had a miscarriage.  I wasn't sure if it was true, and there is some conflicting information out there.  Recently it was published that there is no need to wait to try to conceive after a pregnancy loss, but are you really more fertile?  Read more:

ARE YOU MORE FERTILE AFTER A MISCARRIAGE? (getpregnantover40.com)

RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE STILL UNEXPLAINED


Miscarriage still a mystery

Here is an article published in the NY Times about recurrent miscarriage and how the medical community still struggles with explaining why this happens. This article discusses some possible causes and treatments like progesterone. Read more:

Doctors forget to order the very basic tests, check the uterus," said Dr. William H. Kutteh, a specialist in immunology and reproductive endocrinology at Fertility Associates of Memphis. Over half the women Dr. Kutteh sees with recurrent pregnancy loss, he said, have never been given a cheap, simple test for insulin resistance, although that problem is associated with higher miscarriage rates.
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Even a treatment as venerable as progesterone, a hormone vital to a healthy pregnancy, is divisive. Some doctors swear that it helps. Others argue that it does nothing but postpone an inevitable miscarriage. New research suggests that very high doses of progesterone may be effective in some cases, probably a result of the hormone's immunosuppressive effects.

"How many patients do we save from miscarriage with progesterone supplements?" Dr. Alan B. Copperman, director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, asked. "Not that many. Do we do it routinely? Sure we do. It's a mostly harmless, inexpensive treatment, which a lot of patients go on. But it probably doesn't save that many pregnancies." 

from: 
www.nytimes.com

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