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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Miscarriage Over 40, Are You Safe In The Second Trimester?

Once pregnant women make it to their second trimester there is a sigh of relief that they may be out of the woods in terms of having a miscarriage.
 Well, statistically, it's true. Read more from the following article:


While there is nothing especially magical about the transition from the first trimester of pregnancy to the second trimester of pregnancy, the fact of the matter is that the threat of miscarriage does decrease during the second trimester. Actually, the threat of miscarriage decreases, and continues to decrease, almost from the very early days of pregnancy. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, often before the mom even knows that she is pregnant. It is also estimated that less than 1 in 100 pregnancies end with the death of the baby after the 20th week of pregnancy (which is, technically, a stillbirth rather than a miscarriage).

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage, When To Share

If you've experienced a miscarriage, and you get pregnant again, you may hesitate to tell anyone about your pregnancy for fear that you may miscarry.
 One very difficult situation is if you repeatedly miscarry. After a while, it's almost embarrassing to keep admitting your "failure". This article talks about the positive aspects of sharing your pregnancy and your loss. Read more:


That's where "in praise of telling people too soon" came in. My husband and I were crushed with grief and disappointment. All I wanted to do was to lay on the couch in my bathrobe all day (sometimes Bryan would gently inquire around 4 o'clock in the afternoon whether I wanted to get dressed. I would scowl at him and say no.) Not up to talking on the phone, I sent out an email message to my friends and family briefly explaining what happened. Along with "untelling," I explained that I did not much feel like receiving calls. We were inundated with caring replies, and reading the messages that poured back in was all I felt like doing those few weeks. Bryan smiled that every time I checked my email, tears rolled down my cheeks as I was touched by the waves of support from the people who loved us, recognized what we were going through, and offered us their kindness. If we had not had the outpouring of care and support from our friends and family, I am certain that couch-laying phase would have lasted a lot longer than it did.

The thing about miscarriage that I most feared was that it seemed so invisible. I hadn't really looked pregnant yet; the baby was just a tiny thing (the size of a raspberry, the books said). With the code of secrecy surrounding the "don't tell too early" story, there did seem to be a residual sense of shame about what was happening; as though it should be kept in the realm of women's maladies that happen "down there," in the dark, that we're not allowed to talk about. But I knew that something real had happened to me; it was not invisible.

If I had kept my pregnancy and miscarriage a secret, if I had bought the shame story, then I would not have been real. I can't even imagine having to fake it with the most important people in my life: to pretend that nothing was wrong, during one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. That, to me, seems much more traumatic than having to "untell" and then tell the people who love you that you could use a little love and support. And then let them give it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Ovarian Cysts Are Common 

I did have ovarian cysts from time to time and I often wondered if they could cause difficulty conceiving or miscarriage.
The answer to that question can be a little complicated depending on whether or not the cyst is related to PCOS or whether or not it is just a part of normal ovulation. This article explains more:

Some cysts are very normal during pregnancy, for example, a corpus luteum cyst. This is the 'egg shell' that is left behind after you ovulate, and it provides the hormone which sustains your pregnancy until the baby's placenta - also known as the after-birth - takes over.


Another common finding on scan is a polycystic ovary - which affects around one in five women. This is different to polycystic ovary syndrome, where there are other medical problems associated with this appearance.

The cysts of PCOS are only a few millimetres in size and sit around the edge of the ovary. They don't cause any harm in themselves and need no treatment.

Sometimes the hormones of pregnancy can stimulate extra cysts to grow on the ovary, or in other cases a cyst might form spontaneously. In general these cysts resolve without any treatment, but it is important to keep a watch on them.

Sometimes if they keep on growing it is necessary to have them removed during pregnancy, as they might become so large that they can twist on themselves and cause pain leading to the need for emergency surgery.

Operations during pregnancy are quite rare, indeed, but if it does need to be done it is usually carried out at about 18-20 weeks. Sometimes it is possible to empty the fluid out of a persistent, enlarged cyst using a needle guided by ultrasound.

Remember that most often these things resolve without treatment and ask your doctor for some clarification of exactly what type of cysts these are and how likely they are to be serious.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Fish Oils For Miscarriage

Fish oil and omega 3 fats may help with miscarriage, pregnancy loss and infertility.  Many miscarriages involve the immune system and these healthy fats are good for preventing immune system dysfunction.
The nutritional value of fish oil for pregnant women or for anyone has to do with two unique omega-3s called Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. DHA and EPA are present in other foodstuff. They are only found in some species of fish.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


 Increased Fertility After Miscarriage?

When I was trying to conceive and experiencing recurrent miscarriage, I had read from a number of sources that it may actually be easier to get pregnant after a miscarriage.  So are you more fertile?  There may be some truth to this so called myth.  Of course this may not apply if you had to undergo some type of surgery like a D & C or if you had an ectopic...


Friday, July 18, 2014


The Dangers Of Diabetes For Women Who Are Pregnant

Guest Post By Alice Saracho

More women than ever before are carrying fetuses while they are diabetic. This can have an effect on the mom as well as the developmental process for the baby. Fortunately, modern medicine is doing all it can to make this process less difficult for diabetic women.
Why do some women, with no prior history of diabetes, develop diabetes over the course of their pregnancy? Known as gestational diabetes, this condition occurs in approximately two out of every 100 women who become pregnant. In a normal pregnancy process, the woman's placenta creates a variety of hormones to nourish the fetus and help it to grow and develop. Of these hormones, some of them have anti-insulin properties. In the women who develops gestational diabetes, the hormones decrease the body's sensitivity to insulin so much that the body over produces glucose to compensate. The result may end up causing diabetes. In the women to whom this occurs, it usually happens around the 22nd week of the pregnancy.


Normally, the woman's blood glucose levels will return to normal once the baby is delivered. In some cases, however, the diabetes will remain. Also, women who develop gestational diabetes, do have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. To lessen the chances of this happening, the woman should work with her doctor and nutritionist to develop a post-delivery plan to return her body's glucose and hormonal levels to normal as soon as possible. This will usually involve developing healthy meal plans, starting an exercise program, and scheduling follow-up blood work with her doctor.
In the case of a woman who is already diabetic when the pregnancy begins, special precautions are necessary. In the first month of the pregnancy, the fetus has already begun to develop. The fetus' only source of food is glucose from the mother. If the blood glucose levels are high, the excess sugar can impact the organs of the developing fetus - possibly resulting in birth defects or a miscarriage. That's why, early on, it's important that the doctor ensure that the blood glucose levels of the mother are stable and under control as early in the pregnancy as possible.
Many diabetic women are on oral medications. Even though some of the oral diabetes medications have been tested for safety in pregnant women, some women may be advised by their doctor to use insulin during the pregnancy. This is because many doctors believe that insulin is the safer choice for the fetus in controlling blood glucose levels.
Essentially, the primary reason for the preference of insulin is simply that it has a longer history of tests, studies, and observations surrounding it. In addition, many oral medications only work with type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, insulin therapy has been used by doctors for many decades making the woman's chances for a successful pregnancy nearly as good as for those women without diabetes.
Some women also make use of herbal remedies to control their diabetes during their pregnancy. Any woman that does this, however, should make sure that her doctor is aware of this and that her doctor approves.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Endometrial Thickness and Volume

As you probably know, the endometrium critical for a healthy pregnancy.
When I went through fertility treatments, they would frequently measure my endometrium before completing a fertility treatment. This link is very technical in nature, but it has some very good pictures and explanations. Read more:


Prior to visualization of a yolk sac or embryo, two US signs assist in the diagnosis of a normal IUP. The intradecidual sign occurs before 5 weeks gestational age, when the sac is too small to indent or deform the central endometrial echo (9). The sac appears as a rounded, hyperechoic area surrounding a small anechoic area within the thickened decidua. After 5 weeks gestational age, the double decidual sac sign may be seen (Fig 7) (10). The double decidual sac sign appears as a hyperechoic ring about the sac surrounded by a second hyperechoic ring, with a hypoechoic line interposed between the two echogenic rings due to apposition of the endometrial walls.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Oriental Medicine Yin Yang and Miscarriage

I found this article from the oriental medicine perspective about preventing miscarriage. It talks about the balance of "yin and yang".
This article is a little technical in nature, but it also gives some herbal remedies. I did not use herbal remedies when I was trying to conceive or pregnant, so I can't vouch for the safety or affectiveness of what this article recommends. This might be a good starting point if you are interested in going the herbal route, but of course, I would get the advice of a professional before taking anything when pregnant. Read more:

As mentioned before, miscarriage might be a result of internal yin or yang imbalance. This imbalance might be due to inherent or acquired physical or spiritual tendencies. Anger during pregnancy, for example, gives rise to internal heat. This can be compared to heavy wind that shakes and blows the branches off of a tree. When miscarriage is a result of deficiency, it can be compared to the drying up of a tree branch, which causes the young sprouts to fall (yin deficiency/yang excess). A cycle affected by a yin excess condition can be compared to overwatering a plant, causing it to rot away (yin excess/yang deficiency).


The second month of pregnancy is marked by the initiation of the "xiang hua" (abundant fire) stage. During this state of pregnancy, miscarriage most frequently occurs. Qin zhu tang (Scutelleriae and Actractylodis decoction) is an efficient remedy for miscarriage that habitually occurs around this time. This formula, which combines huang qin 12 g (Scutellariae radix) and bai zhu 6 g (Actractylodis macrocephalae radix), helps prevent miscarriage due to excess yang heat. It also helps calm the fetus and reduce heat, swelling and dampness, even when threatened miscarriage is not apparent. Heat during pregnancy most likely is to be a direct result of dampness accumulation due to spleen qi deficiency. This is a condition that commonly occurs from the beginning stages of pregnancy due to excess taxation of the digestive system. This situation often is accompanied by deficiency of yin and blood. If there is concurrent yin and blood deficiency, ba wei tang (eight-ingredient pill) can be added to the above prescription.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Adrenal Fatigue, Fertility and Miscarriage

Adrenal fatigue seems to be a new buzz word, especially as it relates to fertility and miscarriage.  You may ask, what is adrenal fatigue or what are the adrenal glands?  The adrenal glands are located right above the kidneys and they are responsible for producing cortisol (the stress hormone), adrenaline, and androgens.
Adrenal fatigue is just what it sounds like...the adrenals are tired and the function below their normal level.  This can be for a number of reasons...prolonged stress, infection and so on.  If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, you may be overly tired.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40

No big surprise here. You have a huge influence on the future health of your child from the time of conception.  I've heard that you should start preparing for pregnancy up to 3 months before conception.
Here is an article that explains how your physical health influences your child's IQ, weight, and general health.


From the article:

The lives of future generations are being threatened because women trying for a baby are neglecting their health at the crucial moment of conception, doctors warn today. The environment in which a foetus is conceived can be critical to the later physical and mental development of the child, affecting its IQ, risk of obesity and of a range of diseases throughout life.

Advice about nutrition and lifestyle is widely followed in pregnancy, but few women pay attention to the recommendations when they are attempting to get pregnant.

A study of more than 12,000 women aged 20 to 34 who were followed for four years found those who became pregnant were only marginally more likely to have followed recommendations on smoking, alcohol consumption and folic acid intake than their non-pregnant peers. More than three-quarters of the 238 women who became pregnant had planned their pregnancy to some degree but there was little difference between their lifestyle and that of the women who had not planned to conceive.

Professor Hazel Inskip, an epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Centre in the University of Southampton and lead author of the study published in the British Medical Journal, said: "The foetus is particularly vulnerable in the first few weeks. Early influences affect the risk of miscarriage, may contribute to the obesity epidemic, have an impact on IQ and all sorts of subtle long-term effects.

"How we protect the next generation is very important. Parents want the best for their children but people get more twitchy once their children are alive. Society needs to be thinking about this earlier."



Cleaning Agents - Cause of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Birth Defects

By Judy Ford

A modern home is likely to retain a range of highly toxic chemicals for cleaning. They often come with tantalising labels that offer protection from infections and illness. In addition there are often toxic air fresheners, room deodorisers and toilet sanitisers, all of which claim to remove noxious smells and contaminants from the indoor environment. In reality these sophisticated cleaning agents are usually far more dangerous to health than the infectious agents they purport to remove. They frequently contain several toxic chemicals Many affect reproduction as well as seriously compromising general health.
I was alerted to the dangers of bathroom cleaners to reproduction after giving talks about my research results on lifestyle and reproduction. One woman told me that every time she cleaned her shower she would become dizzy and nauseous. Apparently her technique was to get into the shower, spray her cleaner on the tiles and then wash it off with very hot water. The heat plus the fumes were a dangerous combination. She was not alone. I soon discovered that many women regularly had reactions to their zealous cleaning. Many of these women had been told they had unexplained infertility.


Others, who worked as cleaners, spoke about the disturbances in their menstrual cycles that occurred soon after taking up cleaning work.
The medical literature has many studies on the health risks of working with cleaning agents. These risks commonly include high rates of asthma and general high disability rates. Studies from Mexican American and Dutch women show increased rates of neural tube defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) in the children of female cleaners. Even fathers who are exposed to moderate to high levels of cleaning agents have increased numbers of children with neural tube defects.
The chemical p-dichlorobenzene is an example of a chemical frequently found in sanitisers, especially toilet bowl deodorisers and mothballs. This is an extremely dangerous chemical. A group of animals repeatedly exposed to 798 ppm of p-dichlorobenzene developed eye irritation, marked tremors, weakness, and loss of weight. Some died. In five cases of human exposure to p-dichlorobenzene in mothballs, one person with only moderate exposure complained of severe headache, swelling of tissues around the eyes and profuse rhinitis. These symptoms subsided 24 hours after cessation of exposure. However, the other four persons who had more prolonged exposure developed anorexia, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and liver involvement with jaundice. Two of these people died. A third developed cirrhosis of the liver.
From a reproductive perspective, the most dangerous chemicals found in cleaning agents are formaldehyde, toluene and ethylene glycol butyl ether. Formaldehyde is commonly used to suppress the central nervous system smell receptors so that we cannot smell bad smells. It is used in most air fresheners. As well as causing cancer, it disrupts the menstrual cycle hence causing infertility, miscarriage and birth defects. Toluene is a solvent used in many different types of cleaning agents. It is also a reproductive toxin. Ethylene glycol butyl ether (2-butoxyethanol) is a solvent in carpet and specialist cleaners. It causes reproductive problems as well as blood disorders, liver and kidney problems. Ammonia may also cause problems. It is a natural fertility inhibitor and is also a respiratory irritant.
Books on safe cleaning methods advocate using bicarbonate of soda on a cloth for lightly soiled surfaces and bicarbonate and a brush for more difficult stains. Vinegar or lemon juice or vinegar with bicarbonate will remove most stains including baked on grease. In my experience you can really achieve a great deal with any one of these alone or with mixtures of them. Lemon juice is particularly good in shower recesses. Vinegar and bicarbonate will have your toilet shining. Eucalyptus Oil or Vanilla will give it a pleasant smell. These natural products are safe, effective and cheap and won't compromise fertility.
It amazes me that clever marketing convinces us to fill our homes with toxic chemicals when simple, old-fashioned techniques are as, if not more effective. Many women needlessly suffer reproductive problems all in the mistaken belief that they are improving their own and their family's health.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage [], causes of infertility and birth defects []. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website
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Monday, July 07, 2014


I kept my miscarriages very private. That was partly because I felt very uncomfortable talking about my personal issues with other people - especially those who had an easy time with their pregnancies. Also, as crazy as it sounds, there was a part of me that was embarrassed that I had so many. At times, I felt like a freak of nature. That's not something you really want to share with others unless you know they've gone through the same thing. 
Some of the worst things people can say include:
  • You can always try again
  • Have you considered adoption?
  • It was probably a blessing
and I'm sure there are many others.  In my opinion, the best thing to say is "I'm sorry" and perhaps ask if there is anything you can do to help (assuming you are really willing to do something).  Another nice gesture is to bring food over to their house.  Food can be very comforting.  As you can imagine, couples who have lost a pregnancy don't feel like cooking, shopping or anything else.  It's nice to have someone think of something so practical.


Saturday, July 05, 2014


Can short menstrual cycles lead to miscarriage?

I hear from many women who have short or irregular menstrual cycles.  A short cycle is usually less than 3 weeks long.  As women get older and hormones get weaker, your cycles may seem to come closer together.  I did experience shorter cycles as I got into my 40's, but I was able to lengthen them.  How do short cycles lead to miscarriage?  To have a successful pregnancy, you need to maintain your uterine lining long enough for the embryo to implant.  If your cycles are too short, your uterine lining will shed before a pregnancy can take hold...

Friday, July 04, 2014


The Amazing Benefits of TLC After Recurrent Miscarriage

By Annemarie Miner

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


It was the final straw in my dealings with a physicians' practice that I felt had treated me with disrespect and disdain for the last time. As low as I felt in that moment, that spark of anger I felt on that miserable day was my first step towards taking my power back. I vowed to myself that when I felt strong enough to try to get pregnant again, I would find a Doctor who I felt respected by, listened to, and who would work in partnership with me rather than view me as a problem to be fixed.
I spent the next six months doing a ton of grief work and inner work. The book "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" by Dr. Christiane Northrup, was a huge help to me during this time. I also did a lot of research on what types of treatments can help create a positive pregnancy outcome for women who have suffered multiple miscarriages when no medical explanation can be found. I found much exciting work in this area but perhaps the most amazing research findings were the small number of studies showing incredibly positive results for women given strong positive support in early pregnancy.
Dubbed the TLC (Tender Loving Care) Approach, the results were staggering. One study showed that among couples who experienced recurrent miscarriage where no medical cause could be determined, women receiving supportive counseling and psychological support during pregnancy had a subsequent pregnancy success rate of 86%, as compared with a success rate of 33% for women who received no specific pregnancy counseling or support. Another study found that TLC support in early pregnancy resulted in the women receiving such support as having a 26% miscarriage rate in their next pregnancy, compared with a 51% miscarriage rate for those women who did not receive TLC support.
I was buoyed by these results and became determined to find a doctor overflowing with TLC. I was blessed to find a gem of a doctor who spent over an hour with me on my initial consultation visit. He let me cry as I explained the pain of enduring three miscarriages and he gently pointed out that it was actually a strength that I could get pregnant so often and easily. I truly believe my work with him, and a small practice of Nurse-Midwives also abundant with TLC-- were huge factors in my fourth and fifth pregnancies being successful.
Clifford K, Rai R, and Regan L (1997) Future pregnancy outcome in unexplained recurrent first trimester miscarriage. Human Reproduction 12, 387-389.
Jauniaux E, Farquharson R G, Christiansen O B, and Exalto N (2006) Evidence-based guidelines for the investigation and medical treatment of recurrent miscarriage. Human Reproduction 21, No.9 2216-2222.
Stray-Pedersen B and Stray-Pedersen S (1984) Etiological factors and subsequent reproductive performance in 195 couples with a prior history of habitual abortion. American Journal Obstet Gynecol 148,140-146.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Miscarriage Risk Increases With High Temperatures In Hot Tubs

Think twice about sitting in that hot tub.
Even before you may know you're pregnant, sitting in a hot tub may increase your risk of miscarriage.  Here's an article about a study which may draw a connection between miscarriage and hot tub use:


The study, "Hot Tub Use during Pregnancy and the Risk of Miscarriage," found that the miscarriage risk went up with more frequent hot tub or Jacuzzi use and with use in the early stages of a pregnancy. Furthermore, among women who remembered the temperature settings of their hot tubs or Jacuzzis, the study found some indications that the risk of having a miscarriage may increase with higher water temperature settings.

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