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Friday, January 30, 2015


Miscarriage, Recurrent Miscarriage And Hormone Sensitivity

It's a very interesting theory that miscarriage may be caused by the very hormones that surge during pregnancy. I truly wonder if this might have caused some of my miscarriages - especially since after one of my miscarriages, the fetal tissue was tested and it was chromosomally normal. I recall using one brand of natural progesterone cream that made me nauseated. Also, when I went through fertility treatments, many of the hormonal injections made me nauseous. Additionally, every time I became pregnant, the sickness was almost unbearable. This really does sound like a hormonal sensitivity. Read more about the research:


Researchers at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, wanted to get to the bottom of these unexplained miscarriages. The team tested the immune reaction of women with recurrent early pregnancy loss to progesterone and oestrogen - the hormones that regulate pregnancy. Previous studies had shown a connection between miscarriage and unusual immune system responses, but none had looked at the role of these sex hormones, the researchers say.

The researchers injected the hormones into the skin of 29 women who had experienced at least three unexplained miscarriages, and 10 women who had successfully carried a baby to term and never had a miscarriage.

The injections sites, and the arm, were monitored for signs of redness and swelling. All but three of the women in the first group showed hypersensitivity to one of the two hormones, and 17 women showed hypersensitivity to both. None of the women in the control group had a reaction to the test.

"This is really novel," says Walker. "It's a small sample size but if the results are that profound, it definitely warrants more research."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Most of us have heard about the connection between folic acid supplementation and a reduced risk of birth defects.  Women who are trying to conceive are usually told to make sure they are getting the recommended amount of folate in their diet.  However, there is also evidence that folate can help prevent early miscarriage.  Read more:


STOCKHOLM, Sweden--Low levels of plasma folate may be associated with an increased risk of early miscarriage, according to a population-based study conducted by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet in cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an arm of the National Institutes of Health. The study, published in the Oct. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (288, 15:1867-73, 2002) (, involved 468 women who had miscarriages and 921 control women. Compared with women who had normal or high plasma folate levels, women with low folate levels were at increased risk of miscarriage, according to researchers.
In response to the study, NICHD issued a press release, noting the results of this study indicate the 1998 U.S. mandate to fortify grain products with folic acid may prevent miscarriage in some women. "The results of this study reinforce the importance of folate for women in their childbearing years," said Duane Alexander, M.D., director of 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."

Monday, January 26, 2015


Miscarriage Itself Is Not A Cause Of Infertility

I often wondered if all my miscarriages might actually contribute to infertility.
 Although the rate of miscarriage is higher if you've had one already, it isn't necessarily a cause of infertility. Read more:

Having a miscarriage does not typically, in and of itself, cause infertility. Many women who experience a miscarriage go on to have successful pregnancies in the future. At the same time, many women who experience a miscarriage are likely to experience more than one miscarriage. Some studies suggest that around half of the women who have a miscarriage will have at least one more miscarriage.

The most common causes of miscarriage are not actually related to fertility issues. Things like chronic diseases, temporary illnesses such as rubella, chromosomal abnormalities, and lifestyle choices are among the factors that create the highest risks of miscarriage. In many cases, addressing these factors adequately by quitting smoking, lessening caffeine intake, managing your chronic illness or getting an MMR shot will greatly improve your chances of avoiding a miscarriage.


In terms of infertilty, there are several known causes. None of them are related to miscarriage, although some of them can occasionally lead to a miscarriage as well as infertility. The causes of infertility can vary. About half of the time, infertility is due to a problem with the man, and the other half of the time it is due to female infertility.

The most common cause of infertility for men is a low sperm count. In addition to a low sperm count, some men’s sperm have problems with motility, or the ability of the sperm to swim forward. For some men, their bodies may contain antibodies that counteract their own sperm. Sometimes, there is a problem with the vas deferens, the tube that carries the sperm from the testicles into the body.

There can be many different problems that can cause infertility in women, as well. PID or Pelvic Inflammatory disease can lead to infertility. Some women develop antibodies to a partner’s sperm. Some women have irregular ovulation cycles. A woman may have failure of the ovaries or of the pituitary gland. Endometriosis may head to infertility. Some studies suggest that long-term use of the birth control pill may also lead to infertility. A woman may have a blockage or damage to the fallopian tubes. Several conditions involving the reproductive organs, such as fibroids, an abnormal womb shape, or congenital abnormalities may also lead to infertility

Thursday, January 22, 2015


This new method of predicting miscarriage may help some women who experience some minor complications in their pregnancy. Some healthcare professionals who may unknowingly scare women with a diagnosis of "threatened miscarriage" will hopefully have access to a method of more accurately predicting which pregnancies will make it. Read more:


After analyzing data on the outcomes of these pregnancies, Adam found there were six most important miscarriage factors, and from there the researchers developed their PVI scale.

"The PVI was able to accurately predict the pregnancy outcome in 94 percent of women who had ongoing pregnancies, and also predicted the outcome in 77 percent of women whose pregnancy ended in miscarriage," Adam said in a statement.

She said the PVI could now enable doctors to avoid unnecessary treatment in around 80 percent of women with threatened miscarriage, who currently often have repeated blood tests and ultrasound scans to monitor the pregnancy.

"The use of the PVI will negate these in the vast majority of these women, as we will be able to reassure them of a high likelihood of pregnancy continuation and that there is little additional value in doing further testing," Adam said.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Getting Pregnant After A Miscarriage

It's been widely reported that there is no need to wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage - especially recently.
 However, I've wondered where that information came from. This article talks about the study that led to their findings.


What were the basic results?

A total of 30,937 women were included in the study. Of them, 41.2% conceived within six months of a miscarriage, 25.2% after 6–12 months, 9.6% after 12–18 months, 6.4% after 18–24 months and 17.6% after 24 months. In general, women with the shortest interval between pregnancies tended to be older (26 on average), be of a higher social class and be less likely to have smoked.

The highest rate of successful second pregnancy was among the women who conceived within six months of their first pregnancy, 85.2% of whom gave birth to a live baby. The lowest rate was among women who conceived again after 24 months, 73.3% of whom gave birth to a live baby. Compared with women who had the standard interval of 6–12 months between pregnancies, women who conceived within six months were:

34% less likely to have another miscarriage (odds ratio [OR] 0.66, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.57 to 0.77)
57% less likely to have a termination (OR 0.43, 95% CI 0.33 to 0.57)
52% less likely to have an ectopic pregnancy (OR 0.48, 95% 0.34 to 0.69)

Women with more than 24 months between pregnancies were significantly more likely to have an ectopic second pregnancy (OR 1.97, 95% 1.42 to 2.72) or termination (OR 2.40, 95% CI 1.91 to 3.01) than women who conceived within 6–12 months. However, they were not at increased risk of second miscarriage.

Compared to those in the 6–12 months group, women conceiving within 18–24 months were at no increased risk of any adverse outcomes, and women conceiving between 18–24 months were at increased risk of termination only. The risk of stillbirth did not differ between any of the groups.

Compared to the 6–12 months group, women conceiving within six months were less likely to have a caesarean section (OR 0.90, 95% CI 0.83 to 0.98), premature delivery (OR 0.89, 95% CI 0.81 to 0.98) or low birthweight baby (OR 0.84, 95% CI 0.71 to 0.89). However, these were the only significant differences in pregnancy-related complications found between the 6–12 month group and any other group.


Sunday, January 18, 2015


Falling back your your faith after miscarriage

As I've mentioned before, I have readers from all over the world with many different religious beliefs. I thought I would post this article which talks about miscarriage from the Christian perspective. Although my experience with traditional religion has been sort of on and off over the years, I did fall back on my faith when I was experiencing miscarriage.  I had six of them while I was trying to conceive and dealing with so much death can be almost too much to bear.

From the article:

The silver lining

But through it all, I have a great sense of comfort. The night before I found out for sure that I had lost my baby, I picked up my Bible. The words I read gave me a sense of peace and comfort that quieted my spirit in the midst of my sorrow. If I never have babies, He will still be my God, He will still love me, and He is still sufficient to meet all my needs.

See Also: Infertility In The Bible (

The reality

Months have now passed since this all happened. Some days I am happy to be a young wife, and a professional, and some days the sight of a little one sends me reeling into sadness and self-pity. I try, and often succeed, to find joy in the blessings that I do have. This is not a story with a Disney ending. I cannot tell you that I am always joyful or that I am now the proud mother of beautiful children. But I do not have to live without hope for my future.

If you are going through the pain of a miscarriage, I share your sorrow. No one can say they know what your pain is like. Each woman’s experience is unique to her. Do not be surprised if other people’s attempts at comfort bring annoyance and impatience. Many people are uncomfortable around grief and are unsure of how to act.

There is hope

When I feel overwhelmed, or left out as friends have families, I think about God’s power to work all things for good. I remember His words of comfort to me, and I call to mind all the blessings and joys that I do have.

excerpted from:
I Want my Baby Back
by Kimberly Bogelund (

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage, Stillbirth With Vitamin E

I've always been an advocate of taking vitamin E because I've heard it referred to as "vitamin everything" since it is good for your overall health. 
 However, this article discusses why you might want to discontinue vitamin E when you become pregnant. It may be associated with a higher rate of stillbirth. Read more :

Concern over vitamin E, an anti-oxidant found naturally in foods including nuts, vegetable oil and broccoli, comes as Britons are spending more than £300million a year on vitamin supplements.

The Department of Health advises women take only vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy.

However, earlier research has suggested that vitamin E, particularly taken with vitamin C, can help protect against miscarriage and pre-eclampsia.

The London study and separate research in Australia - published in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine - now suggest this is untrue.

Doctors at St Thomas' Hospital conducted a two-year trial on 2,400 pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia.

Some took 250mg of vitamin E and 1,000mg of vitamin C each day from 14 weeks until they gave birth.

Those women who took the high doses, which were typical to those found in supplements, developed pre-eclampsia sooner and had a more severe form of the illness.

Nineteen babies were stillborn to mothers taking vitamin E supplements, compared with just seven in the group which did not take the pills.

In addition, the birthweight of the babies whose mothers had taken the vitamins was on average 60g less than the placebo group. 

from: Daily Mail

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I have heard on an off over the years that it may be easier to get pregnant immediately following a miscarriage.  One reason people think this is true is because you still have pregnancy hormones in your system which may facilitate conception and implantation. However, there is limited research in this area, and the research that has been done has had conflicting results.  This article explains more:


Sunday, January 11, 2015


Pregnancy, Computers and Possible Dangers

I've read off and on about how computer use in pregnancy could possibly up your risk for miscarriage.  When I was pregnant, I was so nauseated that I pretty much stayed off my computer for the first three months of my pregnancy (reading seemed to trigger bouts of nausea).
 It seems like the research doesn't always support the miscarriage-computer connection but it's probably a good idea to keep a certain distance away when pregnant.

See also  Detoxify Your Environment (

Read more from  OSHA:

Another issue of concern for the VDT operator is whether the emissions from radiation, such as X-ray or electromagnetic fields in the radiofrequency and extreme low frequency ranges, pose a health risk. Some workers, including pregnant women, are concerned that their health could be affected by electromagnetic fields emitted from VDTs. The threat from X-ray exposures is largely discounted because of the very low emission levels. The radio frequency and extreme low-frequency electromagnetic fields are still at issue despite the low emission levels. To date, however, there is no conclusive evidence that the low levels of radiation emitted from VDTs pose a health risk to VDT operators. Some workplace designs, however, have incorporated changes -- such as increasing the distance between the operator and the terminal and between work stations -- to reduce potential exposures to electromagnetic fields.

Because the possible effects of radiation from VDTs continue to concern operators, the issue is still being researched and studied. NIOSH has a resource booklet entitled, NIOSH Publications on Video Display Terminals and continues to study the question of VDT operator risk from exposure to electromagnetic fields

Friday, January 09, 2015


Black Mold May Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Miscarriage

Guest Post By Charles Martin Boday
There is now a lot of evidence to connect black mold with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and miscarriage. The death of an infant can be devastating for a family so can losing a baby due to miscarriage. It is vital that any steps needed to prevent these awful events should be taken.
It is not just the fact that black mold is toxic that means that it is dangerous to infants. One way that it is believed to work is that black mold spores end up in baby's mattress and they releases harmful chemicals from the mattress into the air and the baby breathes this lethal gas. This process is believed to be responsible for many cases of SIDS.
Black mold has also been associated with miscarriage. It seems that exposure to mold toxin could be the cause of many women losing their baby during pregnancy. Not all mold is toxic, but it is almost impossible to tell this by just looking. The usual way to determine toxicity is by sending the mold to be tested in a laboratory. This is why it is probably a good idea that pregnant women treat all mold as if it were toxic and keeping well away from it.


The best way to stop black mold from becoming an issue for infants and those who are pregnant is to prevent it occurring in your home, and if you do have it to quickly eliminate the problem. This can be a difficult issue for those who are living in rented accommodation and have a landlord who just won't do anything about your mold problem. The advice here is to find somewhere else to stay either permanently or until the problem is fixed.
The real danger comes when black mold is growing and you are not even aware of it. Mold likes damp places that are poorly ventilated so make sure you check your attic and basement and any other cubby holes. Of course, if you are pregnant you will want someone else to conduct this search for you. In most instances eradicating the mold will be fairly straight forward so long as you discover it all. Pregnant women should not be involved in any part of the cleaning up process, but be kept well away from the area in case toxic spores are released into the air. When the mold is completely removed you will then need to take measures to make sure it doesn't back again.
Charles Boday is a Certified Mold Inspector and Contractor, graduate from Certified Mold Inspector & Contractors Institute. He has worked with some of the countries top scientists seeking alternative poison-free mold remediation techniques. He has testified as an expert foundation witness and is the Author of the book, The Ultra Dry Basement.
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015


Pregnancy After Miscarriage

I found an interesting site which gives advice on how to get pregnant after a miscarriage.
 I can't vouch for their system but you may find some of the information in this link helpful if you are using ovulation predictor kits:

"Try" every other night starting Day 8
Buy 10 ovulation predictor kit sticks
Begin ovulation testing on Day 10
When test is positive, "try" that night, plus two additional nights in a row
Skip one night, then do one last "try"
Take a home pregnancy test 15 days after your ovulation test was positive, if your period has not begun
If your ovulation test never goes positive, continue "trying" every other night until Day 35, then do a pregnancy test if your period has not begun.
Statistics coming in from women who write me show that about 40% of post-miscarriage women will get pregnant on the first try if they are faithful to the plan, about double the number of the normal population who are not on the plan. This assumes, of course, that you waited for a normal cycle to begin after your loss, and did not begin trying before having a period after a miscarriage. Many women do not ovulate in that first cycle.

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