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Wednesday, December 30, 2015


After going through six miscarriages, I did have a number of D&C's and a number of natural miscarriages.  There are pros and cons of each and sometimes your doctor will recommend a D&C if the pregnancy does not expel on its own.  Sometimes a D&C is done because the baby has died, but the HcG numbers keep going up indicating that the tissue is still dividing and growing abnormally.  Sometimes it is just the preference of the women to remove the remains of the pregnancy because she is still feeling pregnant but devastated to know it is not viable.  It's a difficult situation either way.  If the pregnancy is lost quite early, your doctor will probably wait to see if it expels on its own before recommending further treatment.


Sunday, December 27, 2015


Return to Me!

Guest Post By Trudy-Ann Ewan
The day I was told you came into the world

Was the day I was told you had left

I didn't understand, how did I not know that I was blessed

With such a gift

I wish you had waited for me to get to know you

Maybe you thought that if you stuck around briefly

It would have been harder for me to let you go

How well you know me so

You left me broken

Every time I think of you my heart breaks

I cried for days, weeks, months

Maybe I was being selfish

But I wanted you so
Your brief presence brought joy to my life

A joy I never knew existed before.

You left me full of love
We never met, but I loved you deeply

From the deepest part of me where you resided

You told me your name

It will be a name I'll always treasure

It will belong to no other
Your leaving caused me so much pain

I wish you had stayed
With you gone, I dealt with it alone

He couldn't handle it

He broke under the pressure

But that was before I realized how much he wanted you too

He loved me, I loved him and we would have loved you very much
You brought us back together and together we will always be

No matter who comes in our lives you were the first and won't be forgotten
Zamir you are loved and we will always hold you close in our hearts.
Ode To Zamir!
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Friday, December 25, 2015


For those of you who celebrate this time of year, Merry Christmas!  Click on the link below for a wonderful animation!


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


I had too many ultrasounds to even count when I was trying to conceive and when I went through six grueling miscarriages.  It actually got to the point where I could read the ultrasound myself and a few times would even question the practitioner performing it.  ER doctors should be commended for the work they do, however, reading ultrasounds isn't really one of their strong points.  One ER doctor did and ultrasound and finally gave up trying to read it and sent me to radiology to use "the big machine".
Anyway, here is an article about how some of the ultrasound guidelines for diagnosing a miscarriage need to be updated:


Typically, an embryo larger than 6 mm without a heartbeart or with no detectable increase in the size of the gestational sac between scans is assumed to indicate miscarriage, but Bourne found that it’s possible that a healthy pregnancy may not grow measurably in the course of a week or so. In fact, half a percent of the women in the study — or 1 in 183 — still could have been pregnant even though scan guidelines technically would have classified their pregnancies as ended.
In the U.K., ultrasounds that reveal an empty gestational sac over 20 mm in size result in a diagnosis of miscarriage. In the U.S., the standard set by the American College of Radiology is 16 mm. Based on the researchers’ findings, 8 in 183 U.S. women — or 1 in 23 — would have a miscarriage diagnosed incorrectly.
Another one of the studies found that measurements of a gestational sac can vary up to 20% depending on who does the measuring; different clinicians get different results. Say, for example, that one sonographer overestimates sac size, then a second sonographer subsequently underestimates it. The resulting confusion could result in a women being falsely told she had miscarried.

Monday, December 21, 2015


Stay At Healthy Weight To Avoid Miscarriage

Much has been written by myself and others about the risk of miscarriage if you're overweight or obese.
 However, being underweight can pose a problem as well.  Even though we usually associated being slim with being healthy, sometimes your body won't produce enough hormones to have a healthy pregnancy if it doesn't have enough body fat. Here is an article about the risk of miscarriage if you're underweight:


According to the article:

"Women who are very underweight before they become pregnant are 72% more likely to miscarry in the first three months of pregnancy, a study suggests."

However, the article goes on to say:

"But the two-thirds of women who took vitamin supplements during early pregnancy reduced their risk by around 50%.

The effect was most pronounced among those taking folic acid or iron and multivitamins containing these.

Eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily or on most days was also found to halve the odds of miscarriage.

Eating chocolate every day, as half the women did, also appeared to lower the risk."


from BBC

Friday, December 18, 2015


I have written many times about how the medical community seems to be divided on whether or not progesterone supplementation can help prevent miscarriage.  According to the article below, it is much more prescribed in parts of Europe than elsewhere.  I asked one of my doctors about getting progesterone and he said it wouldn't help (this is before I started trying to conceive naturally), but I'm beginning to wonder if I should have got a second opinion.  From the article:


'You have to jump through so many hoops to get it here,' they all told me. I looked into it. I read that in Italy, as in many other European countries such as France, progesterone is given out far more freely than in the UK - indeed, progesterone is among the most commonly used drugs in pregnancy in France and in Italy, with almost a third of women at risk of miscarriage being prescribed it.
While there are no official figures on the hormone's use in the UK, 'from experience it seems there are higher rates of progesterone prescribing in Europe', says Professor Ellis Downes, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children in London.
This is despite the fact that in Italy, for instance, the official approach is similar to the UK, with progesterone only given to women who've had 'recurrent' miscarriage - usually taken as three or more losses.
While in the UK it appears that women need to try harder to get it, even if they fit this criteria, in Italy doctors are more likely to give it to women to try as they don't think it can hurt - even in some cases before they have suffered three miscarriages.
I'd had two losses, but my Italian doctor thought it was better to try something - ie, give me progesterone - than do  nothing. Five years after Alex was born, I was pregnant again.
Happily, we were back in Italy where my husband was again working. When I saw my doctor - a new one this time - and told her of my previous losses, she didn't question my belief that progesterone had saved Alex. Without even sending me for tests to see if my progesterone levels were low, she scribbled something on a prescription and sent me off to the pharmacy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Surviving Child Loss As a Couple

Guest Post By Nathalie Himmelrich
The loss of a child is without any doubt one of the most challenging experiences I have gone through in my life both personally and in my relationship.
The most important aspect I have found through my survey of more than a hundred people and through interviewing parents one-on-one are:

  • Understanding different ways of grieving

  • Accepting the differences

  • Allowing each other time to grieve.

The 5 steps to survive your loss as a couple
Grief and death are topics that make a lot of people uncomfortable. Since you and I have both experienced the loss of a child, we know this from personal experience. You as a couple have a common source for your experience of loss. Nonetheless, even though the source may be the same, the experience itself can be very different. When, where, and how the experience differs is the point at which you need to keep working with each other to stay connected.
The main causes for stress in the relationship post-loss are that couples:
A. Have different grieving styles and are unaware of them
B. Don't recognize, don't understand, or don't accept each other's style
C. Think / feel the other is not grieving properly
D. Expect the other to grieve like they do.

  • Step 1 ALLOWING

  • Step 2 AWARENESS


  • Step 4 ADJUSTING


Step 1: Allowing
The first step is all about the initial response to the loss of your child. You are in shock, which emotionally protects you from being too overwhelmed by the loss. You are unconscious to most of what is happening to you and around you. Your life's energy is focused on giving you the best support in dealing with this shock by experiencing numbness and disbelief. What is required at this step is to allow yourself to be taken care of by your friends and family and allowing your experience to unfold.
Step 2: Awareness
In the second step you become more aware and conscious of what has happened and try to deal with the irrevocable reality of death. You grieve but you don't know what to do about it. You are becoming aware of the emotions like anger, sadness, guilt, and anxiety while also experiencing physical, behavioural, and cognitive symptoms as part of your suffering.



Step 3: Acknowledging
As time goes by and as you move to step three you are aware of how you process the loss and actively try to find ways to progress through it. This is most likely the time for you to pick up books and talk to other bereaved parents. You are starting to take steps towards your new life where the loss is still important but moves away from the centre of your life.
Step 4: Adjusting
In the fourth step, you begin to integrate your child's memory into your life. Grief has become a habitual reaction to triggers. You have become familiar with it and are able to move with it. As recovery takes place, you are better able to accept the loss. You invest energy to create your New Normal life. You still feel the loss but that feeling becomes part of your more typical feelings and experiences.
Step 5: Absorbing and integrating
The fifth step guides you in (totally) integrating the loss in your life. You reflect on it. You recognize its gift in your life and are grateful for the evolution in your life since. The experience of gratitude and the understanding of the gifts from your loss prevail over the sadness. The loss has found an integrated place in your life and you focus on other areas of your life and the future ahead.
Relationships can be challenging without loss. It is my personal opinion that we enter any relationship to grow: emotionally and spiritually. Having said this, we definitely did not choose to add the loss of a child to our 'personal growth to-do list'.
Want to know more? Have a look at my website.
Nathalie Himmelrich is the founder of 'Reach for the Sky Counselling & Coaching' and specialises in Relationship Transformation and Grief Support. She is working with individuals and couples using techniques ranging from Meta Coaching, Transformational Counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming to Journey Therapy. She supports clients in their personal growth in a supportive and professional environment. She is also the author of the book 'Grieving Parents - Surviving Loss As A Couple'.
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Monday, December 14, 2015


Miscarriage Reduced With Folic Acid

The importance of folate in the preconception period and duriung pregnancy has been well established.   Folic Acid has been found to help prevent spinal cord defects and Down Syndrome.  According to this article, a folate deficiency can be a risk factor for miscarriage as well.

See Also:   Foods For Fertility (

Read more:

Pregnant women who have low blood levels of the vitamin folate are more likely to have early miscarriages than are pregnant women who have adequate folate levels, according to a study of Swedish women by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
The finding suggests that a 1998 mandate by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fortify grain products with folic acid (the synthetic form of the vitamin) may prevent miscarriage in some women, in addition to lowering their risk for having a child with a class of birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs include both spina bifida, in which a piece of the spinal cord protrudes from the spinal column, causing paralysis below the protrusion, and anencephaly, a fatal condition in which the brain fails to develop.

The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers also found that women with high folate levels are no more likely to have early miscarriages than are women with moderate, but adequate, folate levels.

"The results of this study reinforce the importance of folate for women in their childbearing years," said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the NICHD. "Not only does taking folic acid before conception prevent the devastating form of birth defects known as neural tube defects, but it also appears to lower the risk of early miscarriage."

Friday, December 11, 2015


Reduce Miscarriage with Acupuncture

I've certainly heard of acupuncture to increase your chances of conceiving, but this article talks about how acupuncture may be effective for preventing miscarriage by stimulating blood flow and possibly hormone production.

From the article:

In the period of luteal phase the predominant hormone is progesterone, which is created from the follicle (‘yellow body’ or corpus lutuem ) that has ovulated the mature egg.

Under the influence of luteinizing hormone yellow body which emanates from the anterior pituitary in the brain secretes progesterone. This is done to enable the uterine lining to be amenable to a successful embryo implantation and pregnancy. If pregnancy is not successful, the corpus luteum dies and progesterone levels diminish and menstruation starts.


However, when a woman does become pregnant, the luteinizing hormone is required to maintain high levels of progesterone and progesterone no longer comes from the anterior pituitary gland in the brain. During the pregnancy the progesterone come from the developing baby itself: the baby secretes HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin which has a very similar molecular structure to luteinizing hormone. The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin causes the yellow body to continue to secrete progesterone until the placenta is fully formed at which point the placenta itself secretes appropriate amounts of progesterone to help maintain pregnancy.

Mike Berkley suggests that if the developing baby is responsible for secreting Human Chorionic Gonadotropin to keep itself alive it made sense to him to use very few and well placed needles in the abdomen to gently stimulate blood flow to the blastocyst so that progesterone would continue to be secreted from the corpus luteum.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015


Miscarriage And The Thyroid Connection

Although I didn't have a problem with hypo or hyperthyroidism, it can be a factor in infertility and miscarriage.
 Here is an article from a medical journal about how hypothyroidism contribute to miscarriage:


Results Among 9403 women with singleton pregnancies, TSH measurements were 6 mU/l or greater in 209 (2.2%). The rate of fetal death was significantly higher in those pregnancies (3.8%) than in the women with TSH less than 6 mU/l (0.9%, odds ratio 4.4, 95% confidence interval 1.9–9.5). Other pregnancy complications did not occur more frequently
 Journal Of Medical Screening

Monday, December 07, 2015


Miscarriage and The Umbilical Cord

It amazing how the umbilical cord is the connection between the mother and baby. However, many pregnancy complications can occur when this cord either doesn't form properly or becomes twisted or wrapped around the baby. This article from the March of Dimes explains some of the complications that can occur with umbilical cords:

From the article:

The umbilical cord is a narrow tube-like structure that connects the developing baby to the placenta. The cord is sometimes called the baby's “supply line” because it carries the baby's blood back and forth, between the baby and the placenta. It delivers nutrients and oxygen to the baby and removes the baby's waste products.
See Also Miscarriage Over 40 and things you may not know (
The umbilical cord begins to form at 5weeks after conception. It becomes progressively longer until 28 weeks of pregnancy, reaching an average length of 22 to 24 inches (1). As the cord gets longer, it generally coils around itself. The cord contains three blood vessels: two arteries and one vein.

* The vein carries oxygen and nutrients from the placenta (which connects to the mother's blood supply) to the baby.
* The two arteries transport waste from the baby to the placenta (where waste is transferred to the mother's blood and disposed of by her kidneys).

A gelatin-like tissue called Wharton's jelly cushions and protects these blood vessels.

A number of abnormalities can affect the umbilical cord. The cord may be too long or too short. It may connect improperly to the placenta or become knotted or compressed. Cord abnormalities can lead to problems during pregnancy or during labor and delivery. 


Friday, December 04, 2015


It seems like fish oils can help just about any condition.  That's because they are so beneficial to the body.  Fish oils are usually part of what they call an anti-inflammatory diet.  Fish oils are also great for women and men who are trying to conceive.  The beneficial "good fats" help with hormone production and regulation.

In addition to all of that, how do fish oils help prevent miscarriage?  Fish oils are thought to reduce inflammation in the placenta and, as an added bonus, they help with fetal brain development. 
Click here to read the full article on fish oils and miscarriage (

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


Miscarriage After ART

I recall the absolute devastation after miscarrying twins after fertility treatments.
 Not only did I lose two babies, but one was ectopic and I had to be shuttled into surgery to remove one of my precious fallopian tubes.  Miscarriage is difficult no matter how you conceived, but this article talks about how miscarriage after fertility treatments may be different:

From the article:

By Kira Copperman, LMSW -

Being a patient at a fertility clinic brings moments of anxiety, hope, excitement, fear, and stress. The time and effort to become pregnant can feel like an emotional roller coaster and certainly a different route to conception than one may have imagined. A Harvard Medical School study showed that patients going through fertility treatments experience comparable levels of stress to patients who are going through treatment for cancer and heart disease.

See Also Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies For Miscarriage (
This is no surprise as patients experience the daily, weekly, sometimes hourly ups and downs as they are progressing through their treatment. The focus of all of these treatments leads up to the day the pregnancy test is taken. Many couples use up their financial, emotional and physical resources to go through treatment and they have a tremendous amount riding on the hope that their pregnancy test will be positive and that their journey was a success.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Help Getting Pregnant and Avoid Pregnancy Loss With Changes In Diet

A nutritionist may be just what the doctor ordered.
But, perhaps what you need instead of a doctor is a dietician.  With Thanksgiviing upon us, there are many opportunities to eat healthy foods (and unhealthy ones so be careful what you eat!)
 Here is one woman's success story after following the advice of a nutritionist to overcome infertility and miscarriage:
See also: Foods For Fertility Series at 

Lisa came to see me after she had four failed attempts at artificial insemination and two attempts at in vitro fertilization that resulted in pregnancy and miscarriage. She was 43 years old, tall and thin. In addition to wanting to achieve a full term pregnancy, Lisa was having sleep problems and was therefore always tired...

...The supplements I recommended were a natural multi-vitamin and mineral complex, B Complex to help with stress, energy and sugar cravings, GLA for hormone balance, vitamins C and E, which have been found to be protective against miscarriage, and calcium and magnesium, calming nutrients to help with sleep and stress


Monday, November 23, 2015


I did try the whole BBT method when I was trying to conceive, however, it does have it's limitations.  See here for an article on my site that discusses some of the downsides of BBT charting.

However, for women who have been charting their BBT and have achieved a successful conception and pregnancy, will BBT indicate a miscarriage?  There are situations where your temperature will indicate a miscarriage and other situations where it will not.


Friday, November 20, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage From EMF's?

Whether or not EMF's (electromagnetic fields) can have an affect on your pregnancy is still hotly debated.
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 Personally, I took the most conservative route and tried to avoid close or prolonged exposure to operating appliances and I try to remember to unplug them when not in use. This article seems to have found an association between miscarriage and EMF's from appliances:

From the article:

Institute in Oakland, California, told today's New Scientist magazine: 'That is another confirmation that the effect is due to EMF. People have never looked at peak EMFs before.

'My study opens a new chapter for these EMF effects, not just for miscarriages but for other health effects as well.'

Mr Li's team now plans to analyse data from the meters, which recorded EMF levels every ten seconds, to discover which appliances posed the greatest risk.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment If You're Trying To Conceive (

Research has shown electric shavers, hairdryers, vacuum cleaners and trains can produce strong fields with high exposure the closer they are.

Fellow scientists at the California department of health services in Oakland reanalysed tests carried out on pregnant women 11 years ago in the wake of Mr Li's findings.

They claim to have found women exposed to peak EMF levels of more than 1.4 microteslas were nearly twice as likely to miscarry. Previous studies on the effect of lowfrequency EMFs on pregnant women have been inconclusive but Mr Li thinks that is because average exposure levels rather than peak values were examined.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I am always surprised to hear the statistics on miscarriage.  It seems like everyone has either had one or knows someone who has lost a pregnancy.  Here is an article on women of all ages (many in their 40's) who experienced a miscarriage along with their thoughts and feelings:


from the article:

 Monica, 43, Ontario
I’ve lost more than one child. The first time, I ran into problems during the second trimester. At around 29 weeks I went to take a shower and I noticed I was bleeding. When we got to the hospital, they couldn’t find a heartbeat. I was induced, and I was in labor for 11 hours. I gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. A year later, I got pregnant with a baby boy. At around 30 weeks we had to have a C-section, but when they took him out, he wasn’t breathing. It took 16 minutes to get him to breathe again, so he was brain-dead with a 5 percent chance of survival. We named him Ryan and kept him on life support for four days so people could come and see him and we could spend a little time with him. He passed away about six hours after we took him off life support. I got pregnant again a year after that, and I was ten weeks along when I had a miscarriage. I was pissed off. I felt like I was robbed — like, How could this happen to me again? I kept thinking, What the hell am I doing wrong? I took it really hard. I took about nine months off of work. It took me a while to get over that because I really had thought that things would be okay.


Sunday, November 15, 2015


Miscarriage Due To Environmental Factors

I've come across a number of articles about how ordinary products that we use every day may be responsible for (or contribute to) infertility and miscarriage. One product that has gained wide spread use in the last 30 years (that may be linked to recurrent miscarriage) is plastic. I think back when I was a young child, everything was packaged in glass. We thought plastic was the greatest invention ever. But we may need to rethink the use of plastics as explained in this article below.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment For Fertility

I have completely switched to drinking all beverages and buying food products in glass whenever possible (I've heard that even canned products may be harmful because the inside of the can is lined with plastic). It's hard to find some products in glass (even in health food stores), but do the best you can. It's a good reason to switch to fresh vegetables and fruits instead of canned. Never re-use plastic bottles or containers as the plastic starts to wear down and may diffuse into your food or beverage.

read more:

Our Stolen Future

Monday, November 09, 2015


This very touching article chronicles a woman's emotions as she finds out she is pregnant and then later miscarries. If you've experienced a miscarriage, you know the feeling of going from joy to fear to sadness.

From the article:

My dear little one,

Today has been such a difficult day. I cannot stop crying at the thought that I may be losing you. I am only seven weeks pregnant and I have only known you a few of those weeks but my heart is already so attached to you, my little one. I took Bella to Opa's house because I was not feeling well at all. Late this afternoon I kept crying and I had to finally stop and kneel before God. I opened up my Bible and read from a page at random. It was Isaiah 49: 13 - 15.


Sing for joy, O heavens, and exalt O earth;
Break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his afflicted.
But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me."
"Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should have no compassion on the son in her womb?"
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

From the window the sun was close to setting and the rays were shining on my tears. My heart was filled with peace and I was finally able to stop crying. I know that you will be okay, my little one. I know that God will get both of us through this. Even if God is to call you back to Himself, I know he will give me the strength to handle it. My heart breaks at the thought but I pray above all else that God's love will see us though. I love you, my little one. And I love you, my Lord. Thank you for your mercy.


Decrease Your Chance Of Miscarriage Over 40

Many miscarriages happen early in a pregnancy for reasons we'll never know.
 However, there are some things you should avoid during pregnancy to be on the safe side. This article reviews the top ten things you can do to minimize the risk of a miscarriage:

Avoid excessive, regular physical vibrations or shocks
during pregnancy if possible, as should exposure to continuous, excessively loud noise. Flying in un-pressurised planes and scuba diving can reduce oxygen levels and should be avoided because of an increased risk of miscarriage, and premature birth.

See Also: Ten Things You May Not Know About Miscarriage

Avoid excessive temperature variation
Working in hot conditions can contribute to a pregnant woman fainting. Heat that raises the woman's body temperature above 38.5o Celsius (or 101.3o Fahrenheit) for several hours during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy has the potential to cause birth defects in the unborn baby. A prolonged, raised temperature from about 12 weeks of pregnancy until the birth may distress the baby or cause premature labour. Avoiding excessively hot conditions is advisable during pregnancy.

Protection from Infectious hazards

Infectious hazards are biological agents (usually viruses) that may infect the unborn baby if the mother becomes infected during her pregnancy. Some infections can pass through the placenta to the baby while in the womb. In some cases hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS the baby will experience the illness before the birth or carry it and experience it after the birth (such as or herpes). A few viruses are capable of causing miscarriage, birth defects or physical and mental delays in the baby (such as rubella, cytomegalovirus or toxoplasmosis ). Women working in hospitals, emergency services, prisons, childcare, schools and other care facilities, as well as those working with animals, need to be aware of using gloves when handling blood products and any other required protective clothing, depending on the circumstances. In some cases, being temporarily reassigned to work in other areas may be necessary.

Above is only a general overview, your doctor will be in the best position to advice you regarding protection against a miscarriage.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015


How Your Thyroid May Contribute To Miscarriage

I've always known that hyper or hypo thyroid can contribute to infertility and miscarriage.
This article talks about a number of studies which link miscarriage with thyroid auto-antibodies. Read more:

Study reports indicated the results of 30 articles with 31 studies (19 cohorts and 12 case-controls) which involved 12,126 women and assessed the association between thyroid auto-antibodies and miscarriage. The association with pre-term birth was evaluated in five studies involving 12,566 women. Out of the 31 studies evaluating miscarriage, 28 showed a positive association between thyroid auto-antibodies and miscarriages.


Meta-analysis of the cohort studies showed a three-fold increase in the odds of miscarriage with the presence of thyroid auto-antibodies. For case-control studies the odds ratio for miscarriage was 1.80, 1.25 to 2.60; P = 0.002. There was a significant rise in the odds of pre-term birth with the presence of thyroid.

Two other randomized studies evaluated the effect of treatment with levothyroxine on miscarriage. Both showed a decline in the rate of miscarriage and the meta-analysis showed a 52 percent relative risk reduction in miscarriages with the use of levothyroxine.

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Monday, November 02, 2015


Miscarriage And The Man In Your Life

I think we're all tempted to think about miscarriage as something that happens to women because it's inside our bodies, however miscarriages happen to men too.
 To this day, I don't think I really understood how our miscarriages affected my husband. I think he took on the unemotional "life's like that" point of view, but as time goes on and we're out of the TTC mode, I realize traumatic it was for him too. The following article discusses miscarriage from a man's point of view:

From the article:
For my part, I was too busy coping with her feelings to consider my own. The miscarriage raised so many questions about the future – but for now I brushed them aside. Valerie was hurting, that was all that mattered to me. I had to protect her. So we talked to no one. We hid in our cave and licked our wounds. Friends Valerie had known and loved for years quietly drifted away. And friends with kids... well, we just didn't see them at all.


I stood guard over Valerie while she coped with her grief, feeling utterly useless because, actually, there was nothing I could do.

Over time Valerie's emotional wounds began to heal. But by then, it was me that was hurting.

Sex had gone overnight from that fantastic first flush of a new relationship to an uncomfortable question mark. Was a cuddle just a cuddle – or a prelude to something more? We couldn't just make love with joyous abandon, because we were both aware of what that had led to before. It wasn't making love any more, it was a kind of negotiation around each other's feelings.


Monday, October 19, 2015


Recurrent Miscarriage Can Be Treated With Proper Assessment

This very honest article from the Daily Mail, a UK publication talks about how many couples should have a "work up" for recurrent miscarriage, but, instead, they are sent away with a wish for "better luck" next time. Read more:


'We are not giving many of these women and their partners the treatment they deserve, says Dr Shehata. 'Miscarriage is not seen as a serious condition - it doesn't kill the woman, and there is usually no baby to hold or bury.
Heartbreak: William Hague's wife Ffion has miscarried more than one baby

Heartbreak: William Hague's wife Ffion has miscarried more than one baby

'Yet talk to any woman who has suffered a miscarriage, and she'll tell you that she's never forgotten the pain of losing her baby.

'I don't believe in the "bad luck" school of thought. Recent research shows that around 90 per cent of recurrent miscarriages are caused by a diagnosable condition.'

He adds: 'The problem is that within the NHS, many of these women are being treated by clinicians who have no specialist knowledge, and, as a result, may not carry out the range of tests available or even do tests that are inappropriate.

'Sadly, it's not unusual for me to see a woman who has suffered from recurrent miscarriages and has had liver function tests. Liver function has little or no bearing on miscarriage, so that test is pretty much a waste of time.'


Wednesday, October 14, 2015


It always scares me when I see articles like this one. Depending on where you live, it's hard to avoid toxins in air pollution. Apparently, these toxins can damage chromosomes and affect fetal growth. Read more:

From the article:

When their babies were born, researchers found about 50% more genetic abnormalities in infants whose mothers had higher levels of exposure to toxics caused by burning fuels such as gas and coal, the researchers said.

Though the study was conducted in low-income neighbourhoods in Harlem and the Bronx, the findings sent a clear warning for any pregnant woman in a bustling city, according to the New York Daily News.


"We already knew that these air pollutants significantly reduce fetal growth, but this is the first time we've seen evidence that they can change the structure of chromosomes in [the womb]," said Dr. Frederica Perera, director of Columbia's Center for Children's Environmental Health.

“These pollutants are very pervasive in the urban environment, so we have no reason to think the results are not relevant to other populations in urban areas," she said.

The findings, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, point to the
need for stricter government standards for polluters in cities, and not just in low-income areas, Dr Perera said.

Because the study involved only a relatively small number of participants, however, researchers were unable to determine a ‘safe’ exposure level that did not cause damage to chromosomes, which carry a person's genetic code, or DNA.


Friday, October 09, 2015


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40

Even now that I've moved past my infertility and miscarriage "phase", I'm frequently reminded of those six years of trying to concieve and my multiple miscarriages.
 I was looking through some photo books the other day and I was surprised how each of the pictures reminded me of one of my lost pregnancies.

The first picture was one taken on the 4th of July. It was shortly after my first IVF when I was pregnant with twins. The picture was taken right after I found out I was pregnant and I recall feeling some pelvic pain. Turns out I had an ectopic pregnancy and lost both babies. I look at myself in that picture, I had no idea what a rollercoaster ride I was in for. Part of me wanted to jump in the picture and tell myself what the future held so I could prepare. I would tell myself "Watch out! Things aren't going to be as easy as you think...not only are you going to lose those babies, but you're going to lose many more... but that would have been so cruel to that unsuspecting girl with high hopes for the future.


I guess none of us can know what's coming next, but whatever it is, we get through it. Hindsight is great, but wouldn't it be nice to know what's going to happen before it happened? Well...maybe not, if I knew what I was in for, I may have given up and never had my daughter. The moral of the story is you can never predict the future. Even the most hopeless of situations can have a happy ending.

I still grieve for all of those lost babies, but dealing with all of those losses has made me truly appreciate what I have now.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Folic Acid Can Help Reduce Miscarriage and Birth Defects

The importance of taking enough folic acid if you plan to become pregnant has been well publicized to prevent neural tube defects.
 But many people are also surprised to learn that adequate amounts of folic acid can also reduce the risk of miscarriage. Read more:

"The results of this study reinforce the importance of folate for women in their childbearing years," said Duane Alexander, director of the NICHD. "Not only does taking folic acid before conception prevent the devastating form of birth defects known as neural tube defects, but it also appears to lower the risk of early miscarriage." 

See Also: Fish Oils To Prevent Miscarriage (

Since January 1998, the US Food and Drug Administrationhas required food manufacturers to fortify certain grainproducts with folic acid, to reduce the risk of NTDs. Alsoin 1998, the Institute of Medicine recommended that allwomen of childbearing age receive 400 micrograms of folicacid each day. Canada and Chile also have fortification programmes in place, but European countries have been hesitant about adopting the practice. In the UK, for example, the Food Standards Agency recently decided not to recommend the fortification of grain on the grounds that not enough was known about the potential adverse effects.

The study was conducted between 1996 and 1998 in UppsalaCounty, Sweden, by Dr Lena George of the KarolinskaInstitutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and her colleagues.Sweden was considered an ideal country in which to conductthis study because, unlike the United States, its grainsupply is not fortified with folic acid, explained the author of the study, Dr James Mills of NICHD's division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and PreventionResearch. 


Monday, October 05, 2015


Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, What Treatments Are Available?

I recall after having numerous miscarriages (I had six before I finally had my daughter naturally), I knew there had to be a way to stop all of these pregnancy losses.
As it turned out I was able to regulate my system to the point where I carried to term with absolutely no complications.


Medical Research On Miscarriage 

However, there are some medical treatments which are discussed on this site (link below).  Some of the information is technical in nature, but it appears to be a good resource based on medical research.  Of course, you should talk with your doctor before taking anything if you are trying to conceive or if you are already pregnant. Aspirin is one medication that is mentioned in the article that not everyone can tolerate. It can lead to clotting problems, digestive system problems, among others.  I did take baby aspirin when I was trying to conceive, but not when I was pregnant.

From the site:


Progesterone produces a small but significant decrease in miscarriage among pregnant women with 3 or more unexplained pregnancy losses (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, based on a meta-analysis of 3 small randomized controlled trials [RCTs] with wide confidence intervals). Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) reduces the rate of recurrent pregnancy loss among women with 2 or more unexplained pregnancy losses (SOR: B, based on a meta-analysis of 4 RCTs with significant methodologic weaknesses).
Four types of immunotherapy are ineffective for preventing miscarriage (SOR: A, based on RCTs and systematic reviews of RCTs). Aspirin therapy is ineffective for preventing recurrent miscarriage for women who do not have an autoimmune explanation for previous pregnancy losses (SOR: A, based on RCTs).


Friday, October 02, 2015


Miscarriage and Birth Control Pills

If you're trying to conceive, you're probably not on birth control.
 However, I've heard many cases of women who were on the pill and became pregnant. Sometimes women undergoing fertility treatments are put on birth control pills to give their ovaries a rest before starting their medications. Their first question is,  if they do happen to get pregnant, whether or not this will hurt their baby or cause a miscarriage. The following site discusses that question:

Very often, women who are taking birth control pills find that they are pregnant.

See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? ( 

 As long as they stop taking birth control pills before the second trimester of pregnancy, there will not be any problem. If you take birth control pills after the first trimester of pregnancy, there is a risk of masculinization of a female fetus. Birth control pills do NOT cause a miscarriage. 

Monday, September 28, 2015


I think most of us know that chromosomal disorders can lead to miscarriage. The disorder I've heard the most about is "trisomy 21" which is an extra 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. Here is an article about "chromosome 16" disorders which can lead to fetal abnormalities or miscarriage. Read more:


 From the article
Trisomy 16 mosaicism
Sometimes there may be three copies of chromosome 16, but not in all cells of the body (some have the normal two copies). This is called mosaicism. Symptoms of trisomy 16 mosaicism include:
  • poor growth of the fetus during pregnancy
  • congenital heart defects, such as ventricular septal defect (16% of individuals) or atrial septal defect (10% of individuals)
  • unusual facial features
  • underdeveloped lungs or respiratory tract problems
  • musculoskeletal anomalies
  • urethral opening too low (hypospadias) (7.6% of boys). 

from: Chromosome 16 Disorders

Monday, September 21, 2015


Placenta Abruption

You may have heard of a scary condition called abruption of the placenta which can cause miscarriage and can even be fatal to the mother.
This site talks about how the condition can be prevented with good maternal nutrition:

Abruption of the placenta (its premature separation from the wall of the uterus before the baby is born) is one of the most lethal complications in obstetrics. Traumatic abruption is the unfortunate result of an accident in which the mother suffers puncture wounds to the abdomen. This freak occurrence could happen to anyone, well nourished or not. Typically, however, abruption is a severe manifestation of malnutrition. Seen most frequently among the poor, medical literature reports case after case of recurrent abruptions in the same mother. Abruption often accompanies underlying metabolic disease, such as MTLP.



Any degree of abruption is an immediate hazard to the baby's survival. Once the placenta has separated, no oxygen can be transferred to the baby. Toxic wastes soon build up in the baby's tissues. The brain can only survive eight minutes of oxygen deprivation without irreversible damage. Roughly 50 percent of babies die before mothers with this complication can reach the hospital. Immediate delivery is the only treatment. An attempt is made to save the baby if possible, at the same time attention is being given to minimize the internal blood loss and resulting shock which can kill the mother, too.

Nontraumatic abruptions do not occur in well-nourished women. Good nutrition early in pregnancy fosters secure implantation of the placenta on the uterine wall. Continued good nutrition assures that the placenta will grow to meet the demands of the developing baby. 

excerpted from

Friday, September 18, 2015


Child Bearing Loss, Miscarriage, Stillbirth - Top 10 Tips for Parents

Guest Post By Amy Luster
  1. Be patient with yourself and your partner. Each of you will experience your grief in different ways and often on different timetables. Feelings will vary in intensity and are likely to come in a random fashion, rather than proceeding in a linear manner. Accept the feelings that come without judging them. Recognize the distinctions in how you and your partner experience the grief process and support each other as best you can.
  2. Postpone making any major decisions for at least a year after your loss. Avoid the urge to lose yourself in your work. Permit yourself time to grieve and heal. Although it may seem a tempting distraction, resist the urge to make any immediate, significant change in your life, as it will likely result in additional stress.
  3. Ensure you are eating a healthy diet, getting adequate rest and include some form of exercise in your day, even a short walk in the beginning. Grief takes a great deal of energy. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Avoid drugs and alcohol, which will ultimately cause you to feel worse.
  4. Expect your memory and focus to be off. Thinking of your baby will be foremost on your mind.
  5. Let people know if their well-meant advice or platitudes cause you to feel resentful. Let them know what would be helpful to you.
  6. Let others know how they can be of help. Loved ones wish to help, but often don't know how. Tell them, specifically, what would be helpful, such as: running an errand, walking your dog or simply sitting with you as a quiet companion.
  7. Ask family and friends to mention your baby by name. Most parents long to hear that their baby will be remembered by others.
  8. If you have other children, take time to explain what's happened in simple terms. "The baby was born too tiny to survive," or "The baby was very, very, very, very sick and was not able to get better." Anticipate that they may act out or regress to younger behaviors for a time. Be as patient as possible.
  9. Know that it's okay for your other children to witness your grief. Grief is a part of life and tragically, it has become part of your family's present life. It is healthy to express your sad feelings in front of your children. At the same time, recognize and respect their limits. If you feel as though your pain is interfering with your ability to care for your children, seek outside support. Eventually, grief's overwhelming qualities will begin to recede.
  10. Find a way for your family to remember your baby. He or she will always be a part of you and creating a ritual or place to honor him or her can provide healing. When you feel ready, consider ways to memorialize your baby.


Coping with the loss of your baby is an incredibly difficult task. Accept that there is no 'right' amount of time, nor a time table for grief. Rather, a goal is simply to get through this difficult time. Resist allowing anyone to pressure you into grieving according to their expectations. Coming to term with the loss of your baby can be a life-long process.
Amy Luster, M.A. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in providing support to parents who have experienced child-bearing loss. Her work helps to build awareness about how such loss affects parenting. She works with Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups both in person as well as via telephone, nationally. She provides training to medical staff on the subject of Infertility and Child-Bearing Loss.
To learn more, visit her website:
She can be contacted at:
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Miscarriage, Stillbirth and SIDS Are Devastating

I know how devastating a miscarriage can be.  After experiencing six of them, and finally having a baby, I was really obsessed with whether or not my baby was going to have life threatening problem even after birth.  I was constantly checking on her...was she breathing?  Was she okay?  Even now, I'm a bit overprotective - you can't just switch out of that "doom and gloom" mode of operation.
 I can't even think about how devastating stillbirth or sudden infant death could be on new parents.  Even though most of the literature out there says that the cause of SIDS is unknown, there could be a connection between seritonin levels.  Of course it is recommended to have babies sleep on their back, which has decreased the overall rate of sids in the infant population.

Read more about the serotonin connection:


From the article:

Kinney's team found that serotonin levels were 26 percent lower in tissue from babies who died of SIDS than those who died from other causes and they also found low levels of the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase, which is needed to make serotonin.
The findings suggest that some babies have an underlying vulnerability to SIDS, which can become fatal when combined with an external stress such as sleeping face down, especially when it occurs within the first year of life.
"Our research suggests that sleep unmasks the brain defect," Kinney said in a statement.
"When the infant is breathing in the face-down position, he or she may not get enough oxygen. An infant with a normal brain stem would turn his or her head and wake up in response. But a baby with an intrinsic abnormality is unable to respond to the stressor."
The team hopes the study will lead to a test that measures a baby's serotonin levels, making it possible to identify children at highest risk for SIDS.


Saturday, September 12, 2015


I have a page on my website dedicated to explaining how fish oils can help prevent miscarriage. See the full article here:
How fish oils can help prevent miscarriage (
But, there are a lot of products on the market and there are many reports of large breeds of fish being contaminated with toxins like mercury.  This guest post helps to explain how much fish oil to take and what to look for in a product:

The Doctor Answers Your Questions About Fish Oil Supplements

Guest Post By Don Ford, M.D.
Fish oil is a great source for Omega-3 fatty acids. Most of the fats we eat are omega-6 or other types of fat, but cold water fish, nuts, and seeds contain Omega-3 fats. There are literally hundreds of studies and articles in the medical literature documenting the benefits of fish oil supplements. Of course eating a diet that is naturally high in Omega-3 fats is good, but these foods may be high in calories, which are not good for weight issues, or may contain heavy metals or pesticides, which if eaten too often can be harmful. So the literature recommends fish oil supplements for most people. And if you have high triglycerides, high cholesterol, vascular disease, a previous heart attack or stroke, attention deficit disorder, depression, or any inflammatory condition such as arthritis or colitis, fish oil can be a part of your treatment.
How much fish oil do I take? Well, if you are interested in maintaining good health and not treating any particular condition, the answer seems to be at least 1,000-2,000 mg per day of the Omega-3 fats. This dose reduces mortality from heart attacks, and reduces arrhythmias. Now the dosing can be confusing since each fish oil capsule contains 1,000 mg of fish oil but lesser amounts of the Omega-3 fats. To determine the amount of omega-3 content, you must read the fine print on the back label which will tell you how much EPA and DHA are in each 1,000 capsule. EPA and DHA are the specific Omega-3 fats. It will contain "x" amount of EPA and "y" amount of DHA. You must add these 2 numbers together to get the total amount of Omega-3 fats present in each fish oil capsule. If these numbers add to 300, a relatively low amount of omega-3 fats, then it will take 4-7 capsules a day to get at least 1,000-2,000 mg of omega 3 fats. This is the amount needed for those wishing to prevent certain problems long term but not treating any particular condition.
If you are trying to treat a specific condition, you need at least 2,000-7,000 mg a day of Omega- 3 fats. This may require 7-24 caps a day, which is too many for most people. So you must find a fish oil supplement that has more Omega-3 fats than 300 mg per capsule. Occasionally pharmacies such as Walgreens or CVS will carry them, but more often you must go to a health food store, a vitamin store, or find it on the internet. There is also a prescription fish oil called Omacor, which is high in Omega-3 fats, containing 840 mg per capsule of omega-3 fats. Four capsules a day will provide 3360 mg a day and is recommended for lowering triglyceride levels. Some doctors will recommend up to 7,000 mg a day of the Omega-3 fats for certain things, but you should do this only on the advice of a physician familiar with high doses of fish oil. Fish oil does "thin" the blood so that cuts will bleed a little longer than usual, but holding steady pressure on a minor cut for 5-10 minutes usually will stop the bleeding.
It is also important to buy a fish oil that is microfiltered to remove all the heavy metals. Salmon and other cold water fish are near the top of the food chain, and their fat accumulates any toxins, such as heavy metals, that are in the algae or smaller fish that they eat. We accumulate the same toxins in our bodies that we consume, so to avoid this, the fish oils are treated to remove such toxins. Also, salmon, or fish oil derived from farm grown fish, has been shown to have higher levels of pesticide residues from food and fertilizers in the water, so farm derived fish oil should be avoided. Ideally a pharmaceutical grade supplement is best if you choose not to take the prescription form. There are several good such supplements available. Ask your doctor for advice if you are not sure what to purchase.
To learn more about supplements available that help prevent vitamin, mineral and essential nutrient depletion that are caused by the prescription or over the counter drugs you are taking: []
C. Donald Ford, MD, Diplomate of the American Board Internal Medicine. []

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Thursday, September 10, 2015


Restore Estrogen To Normal Levels

I've done much reading on how progesterone helps to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
 However, it appears that estrogen may be another key piece of the equation. Here is an article that tells more:

"Estrogen's role in maintaining pregnancy has long been debated. Some scientists point out that women with a mutation in their estrogen receptor have a 50 percent miscarriage rate, indicating the importance of estrogen. Others say the fact that pregnancy has been maintained in women whose estrogen levels were low proves that the hormone plays no essential role in the physiology of pregnancy.
See also:   Natural Ways To Increase Progesterone ( 

 Albrecht and Pepe, who have been working for more than two decades to piece together the estrogen-in-pregnancy puzzle, previously showed that estrogen plays at least two vital roles in what they call "the fetal-placental dialogue that goes on during primate pregnancy:" It regulates the production of another essential hormone, progesterone, and promotes normal development, maturation and function of the placenta and fetal adrenal glands. A fetus's adrenal glands produce cortisol, a steroid hormone that is critical to maturation of the lungs, liver, and other developing organs and tissues.

Their research was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health."

excerpted from:
science daily

Thursday, September 03, 2015


 Pregnancy Over 40. Miscarriage Over 40 Affected By Men and Women's Alcohol Consumption

I think most of us know women's fertility and risk of miscarriage can be affected by alcohol, but men's drinking habits can contribute to miscarriage as well. Read more:

From the article:

Dr. Tine Brink Henriksen, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and colleagues followed 430 couples who were attempting a first-time pregnancy. The study participants were all 20 to 35 years old.


A total of 186 pregnancies occurred during the study period, of which 55 ended in spontaneous abortion and 131 resulted in childbirth, the investigators report in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Women who reported consuming 10 or more drinks per week at the time of conception were nearly three times more likely to experience a miscarriage than those who had not consumed any wine, spirits, or beer at the time of conception.

When men consumed 10 or more weekly drinks at the time of conception, their partners’ risk of spontaneous abortion was up to five times greater than it was for women whose male partners did not drink, the report indicates. 


Monday, August 31, 2015


Before I conceived my daughter, I loved to do decorative painting. After I did my own projects, I redecorated my sister's entire house! You may want to be careful, however about exposure to paint while you're pregnant. Here is an article that tells what's safe and what's not:


Here's some good advice from the article:

Avoiding paints and solvents is the safest course of action
Talk to your health care provider before beginning a painting project
Paint exposures during household painting are likely to have less exposure than occupational settings
Wear protective clothing, masks, and keep the area ventilated
Avoid latex paints that contain solvents such as ethylene glycol ethers and biocides
In general, water colors, acrylic, and tempura paints are recommended over oil paints
Limit duration and frequency of your painting

Friday, August 28, 2015


Miscarriage:  Watch Out For Heat And EMF's With Waterbeds and Electric Blankets

I really don't know too many people who use waterbeds anymore, but there are newer ones out there that are still sold.
 This article talks about how there may be a higher rate of miscarriage with heated waterbeds and electric blankets. I did have a waterbed when I was pregnant, but I always unplugged it when I was in bed. Read more:

Probably. But you may be concerned about the temperature of the bed and the electricity used to heat the bed.
First, let's consider the concern about overheating your body during pregnancy. Some studies have shown that raising a pregnant woman's body temperature above 101 degrees F for an extended period in the first trimester can increase the risk of miscarriage or neural tube birth defects. (Neural tube defects involve an opening in the brain or spine of a fetus).

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment To Conceiver (

However, most people don't heat their waterbeds above body temperature, so it's very unlikely that using a waterbed would elevate your temperature high enough to endanger your baby. But you'll want to make sure, if you do sleep on a waterbed, that its temperature stays at about 100 degrees F or below.

Second, you may be worried about the electricity used to heat the bed. A 1986 study did find an increased incidence of miscarriage in women who used electric blankets and heated waterbeds. But several studies performed since then have not found a connection between electrically heated beds and miscarriage.

That said, it's important to note that sleeping on a waterbed with a newborn baby is not recommended. The beds are too soft, so there's an increased risk of suffocating the baby.

from:  babycenter

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Miscarriage Over 40, Can Molds Contribute?

I have heard more lately about the danger of molds.
Not only do they trigger allergies (and all the related problems like asthma), but they can also affect your unborn baby.
Here is an informative article with numerous links on the dangers of mold exposure in pregnancy. Molds can interfere with hormone production and fetal development. Read more:

From the article:

Fusarenon – This is a toxin that will interfere with DNA.
It is produced by several molds including:
* Aspergillus sp
* Fusarium sp
* Penicillium sp

Some mold toxins interfere with the hormones that regulate
the various steps of pregnancy. Hormones tell the baby when
to add what body parts. They tell mom when to pass on
timely materials to the placenta, for example.


Ask any OB/GYN how many different stages mom and baby have
to go through and he/she will tell you that they don’t
know. From conception to delivery probably a billion things
have to happen on schedule for a good birthing process.
Interfere with just one step and you run the risk of
miscarriage or birth defect.

One example of a chemical stopping the development of a
leg or arm is the famous thalidomide problem. In the 1950’s
Thalidomide (Thalomid) was a heavily prescribed anti-anxiety
medication. Pregnancy contributes a lot of anxiety to women
so it only made sense to prescribe Thalomid. The effects
were horrible. Legs and arms were missing or underdeveloped.
I saw a man on TV who played the guitar for the Pope. But
he played the guitar with his toes because he had no hands
or even arms.

Even if your baby doesn’t have a major problem like these,
there can be deformities that aren’t visible but still

Mold toxins are noted for interfering with biological

Zearalenone – This is a mold toxin created by several
types of mold. This toxin mimics estrogen. By mimic we
mean it acts like estrogen. If enough of these toxins
are floating around inside the bloodstream, the body
will be very, very confused. As you well know the estrogen
is very important in the processes of getting pregnant and
carrying a baby to term. If the amounts are off before
pregnancy the woman can be infertile. If the amounts are
off after conception the baby can miscarry.


Friday, August 21, 2015


Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss Tied To Stress and Cortisol

Some of the literature out there disputes that stress can cause or contribute to miscarriage.
Here is an article that explains how stress can cause a chain reaction that can lead to miscarriage:

From the article:

The researchers found stress hormones such as cortisol are raised in the bloodstream, suppressing the production of progesterone - a hormone which is crucial to the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy.

Falling levels of progesterone lead to a fall in the levels of progesterone-induced blocking factor (PABF) trigger the production of molecules such as interleukin-4 and interleukin-10 within the immune system.


In healthy pregnancies, these molecules tell the immune system to tolerate the foreign cells of the placenta and foetus.

Following the research on mice, the team led by Dr Petra Arck, monitored the progress of 864 pregnant women.

Blood samples were taken at the start of their pregnancies. The women also completed standard questionnaires to measure their own perceptions of the stress they felt.

It was found that the 55 women who miscarried were more likely to have reported stress than women whose pregnancies continued.

The 55 were also more likely to have had lower progesterone and PIBF levels.

Dr Arck said: "We can clearly say that stress has a major impact on pregnancy maintenance." 

from (BBC News)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

I love reading success stories about how women can overcome miscarriage and succeed in having the baby they've wanted for so long.
 Here is an article written by a writer for the Washington Post. He and his wife were experiencing recurrent miscarriage, but eventually succeed in having their family. Their last baby was born when his wife was 44! I certainly can relate to that!

See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? (
One of the interesting passages in this article pertains to how common miscarriage may actually be:

"Given all of this, many experts believe, the true miscarriage rate is at least one out of every two conceptions. Learning this left me with the sense, for the first time, that Shannon and I were not freaks."

The moral of the story is that miscarriage is quite common, and most women do succeed in carrying to term.

Monday, August 17, 2015


7 Miracle Foods That Help Prevent Miscarriages

Guest Post By Jamie R Cocco-Dunkleberger

There are two common reasons believed to cause a miscarriage. The first is the health of the embryo. If the embryo was damaged at some point in the process of traveling it may not have been able to grow into a healthy fetus. The second is the embryo living in an unhealthy environment that didn't foster healthy development. There are other causes of miscarriages including progesterone deficiencies, chromosomal abnormalities and immune abnormalities. These problems are caused by something and don't just occur for no reason. Case in point is that you need to be healthy in order to be fertile. By eating certain foods you are providing your body with the nutrients it needs to foster the healthy development of an embryo that will implant successfully.


Eat Lean Meats
Lean meats are very high in zinc which sustains a healthy reproductive system. If you have a zinc deficiency it can prevent your body from sustaining a pregnancy. Lean meats give your body the right amount of zinc needed to maintain your good health and a strong reproductive system.
Egg Yolk
Egg yolk is rich in zinc and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps foster healthy implantation and is a natural progesterone booster. It also contains high levels of zinc which is needed to maintain a pregnancy in women and producing healthy swimmers in men.
Whole Grains
Whole grains are also high in zinc which, again, is needed to sustain a pregnancy and keep the reproductive system healthy. Make sure that at least half of your servings of whole grains are 100% whole grains as they are much better for your overall health. They are also high in fiber which gets rid of toxins and excess hormones in your body as well as keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range.
Drink Plenty of Water
It is essential to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water per day. Not only does it replenish water lost keeping you hydrated, it also provides your body with the most important element to function properly. By drinking half your weight in ounces of water (for example: if you weigh 140 pounds you would need to drink at least 70 ounces of water per day) you are ensuring that your body stays hydrated fostering healthy egg development.
Nuts and Seeds and Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
Nuts and seeds and dark leafy green vegetables provide your body with progesterone, a hormone that is necessary to sustain a healthy pregnancy. They contain vitamin B6 which helps with implantation and naturally increases progesterone levels in the body.
Cold Water Fish
Eating cold water fish such as cod, salmon and halibut provide your body with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. These vitamins and nutrients help foster regular menstrual cycles, increases hormone production and reduces inflammation making conception and implantation more successful.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
The lining of your uterus needs to be extremely strong and thick. This is the most crucial element in trying to get pregnant and maintain your pregnancy. If the connective tissue inside your uterus is weak, the embryo will not be able to attach itself or stay attached to your uterus. Vitamin C is a key component in strengthening blood vessels and connective tissue found in your uterus. Eating organic fruits and vegetables provide your body with the vitamin C and folic acid it needs to nurture a healthy pregnancy and successful implantation.
7 Dangerous Foods to Avoid:
Unpasteurized Cheese and Milk
Eating unpasteurized cheese and milk is extremely dangerous regardless of whether you are trying to conceive. There are many diseases that can be contracted which can cause a wide variety of dangerous illnesses including death. Only drink pasteurized milk and eat cheese that has been pasteurized to prevent contracting dangerous illnesses.
Raw Meat
There is no question that consuming raw meat can be dangerous. You can contract several different illnesses include salmonella, toxoplasmosis and listeria. All of these illnesses can cause a miscarriage. Make sure your meat is thoroughly cooked and stay away from raw fish such as sushi.
Caffeine in excess can severely hinder appropriate growth and maturation of your eggs. It can also cause hormone imbalances that are detrimental to getting pregnant and maintaining your pregnancy. Do not consume more than 200mg's of caffeine of day which is equivalent to two cups of coffee per day.
Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Stay away from fruits and vegetables that are not considered organic. Non-organic fruits and vegetables contain pesticides and herbicides that negative impact the growth of healthy eggs and successful implantation.
Deep Sea Fish
Stay away from deep sea fish such as sea bass, swordfish and ahi tuna. They are high in mercury and can be extremely harmful to the reproductive system making it hard to sustain a pregnancy or to conceive.
Processed Grains
Processed grains lack sufficient amount of fiber. Fiber is needed to keep your blood healthy by getting rid of toxins and excess hormones present in the body. Processed grains also lack key nutrients needed to sustain a pregnancy.
Soy Protein
Soy proteins can be extremely harmful to your body if not fermented. It actually takes on the role of a hormone in your body disrupting your body's natural hormonal balance. Avoid all products that contain soy both while trying to conceive and during pregnancy as it can lead to miscarriage.
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