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Thursday, April 30, 2015


Miscarriage and Prayer

As I've mentioned before, I have a diverse group of readers from all over the world who hold a whole host of religious beliefs.
 But whatever your belief system, you may find this prayer comforting. Read more:

See Also: Infertility In The Bible (

Prayer for a Woman Who Has Had a Miscarriage

O God of love, source of life,
hear our prayers for _____.
Her baby died before it ever came to birth.
The blessing of your love
was torn from her body,
leaving her empty and devastated.
Comfort her now in her sorrow.
Restore her hope for a child to come.
Give her courage and new delight
in the days ahead.
In good time, grant her a new life
that her soul may rejoice
and her body give birth;
in Christ's name we pray. Amen.

--Vienna Cobb Anderson


Monday, April 27, 2015


What Are The Dangers Of Having Ovarian Cysts In Pregnancy?

Having cysts in pregnancy isn't all that uncommon. However depending on how big they are they can cause problems, even miscarriage. I've known a number of women who had cysts after fertility treatments due to the large number of follicles which developed after fertility drugs. Read more:


From the article:

The problem with large, even benign, cysts during pregnancy is that they may rupture or torse (twist on themselves). Either of these events leads to significant pain for mom and the potential for miscarriage or preterm labor and delivery for the baby. Large (more than 6-8cm) cysts are usually removed surgically if they do not decrease in size spontaneously over the course of a few weeks. In pregnancy, the best time to operate is in the second trimester, ideally around 14-16 weeks. Occasionally, a cyst may be dealt with via laparoscopy, but very large cysts often require a large, open incision.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Of course, you should avoid taking anything in pregnancy without checking with your doctor and/or pharmacist, however, according to this article, OTC pain relievers don't necessarily cause miscarriage.  Most of the studies that have been done on this were with "prescription strength" pain relievers. 


From the article:

Some studies have hinted at an increased miscarriage risk among women who use NSAIDs around the time they conceive or in early pregnancy, but other studies have failed to find a connection.
"Our findings suggest that use of nonprescription over-the-counter NSAIDs in early pregnancy does not put women at increased risk of spontaneous abortion," wrote study leader Digna Velez Edwards from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Much of the evidence suggesting a risk has been based on prescription NSAIDs, Edwards said, but most women of childbearing age use over-the-counter NSAIDs for occasional aches and pains.
So Edwards and her colleagues looked at use of the over-the-counter drugs among nearly 3,000 pregnant women who were part of a larger study.
Overall, 43 percent said they'd used the painkillers at some point around the time they conceived or in their first six weeks of pregnancy.
Thirteen percent of all women suffered a miscarriage during the study, but the risk was no greater for women who'd used NSAIDs regardless of the number of days they took the drugs, the researchers found.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Miscarriage, Your Thoughts And Feelings

Here is one woman's insightful account of what happened to her physically and emotionally as she went through the joy of finding out she was pregnant and then the stark realization that she was miscarrying. I could relate to so much that she had to say in this article. Read more:


From the article:
I wouldn’t give up the experience of being pregnant for the newest, full-price shoes. I wouldn’t trade my inflated body for the tight, thin one I owned only a few months ago. I wouldn't sacrifice my Friday nights snoring on the sofa for the most epic of underground parties. While I miss my friends dearly, I know that the ones that are true will stick, no matter how far away we are. And no matter how hard it hurt, I wouldn’t give up the pain and hurt of the miscarriage for anything, because it made us realize just how much we loved.

There was nothing I wouldn’t give up in order to hear the sound of the little guy in my belly. We heard it and we cherished it. We hadn’t missed it this second time around. It sounded like I had a butterfly caught inside me, its wings beating against the walls. Patience, little one. You’re not big enough to come out yet.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage

There has been a longstanding debate about whether or not EMF's (electromagnetic fields) can negatively affect a pregnancy to the point of miscarriage. Some studies dismiss this as a risk, however other studies aren't so sure. Here is an article about monitoring EMF's in pregnant women and their risk of miscarriage:

From the article:

But the researchers did detect a connection when they looked at the highest level of EMFs that women were exposed to during the day. Women with a peak EMF exposure of 16 milligauss--much more intense than what most electrical appliances emit--were 80% more likely to have a miscarriage than women with lower peak exposures. This risk ``barely changed'' after the researchers accounted for about 30 known miscarriage risk factors. 

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

This risk was highest during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and it was more pronounced in women with a history of miscarriage or problems becoming pregnant.

The investigators also found that the link between peak EMF exposure and the risk of miscarriage was stronger in women who engaged in their typical daily activities on the day they wore the EMF monitor, meaning the measurements were more likely to reflect their actual exposure. 


Saturday, April 11, 2015


Herpes and Miscarriage

If you think you might have a herpes infection, of course you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
 Herpes is something that should be monitored in pregnancy and for delivery. Here is a site which addresses Herpes in pregnancy and when it might affect the fetus:

Situations in which the developing fetus may be at risk:

A severe first episode during the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy, which can lead to miscarriage. 

See Also: Natural Remedies For Miscarriage (

A first episode in the last trimester of pregnancy, when there is a large amount of virus present and insufficient time for the mother to produce antibodies to protect the unborn baby

If a woman has primary herpes (her first encounter with the virus) at any point in the pregnancy, there is the possibility of the virus crossing the placenta and infecting the baby in the uterus (about 5% of cases).

Mothers who acquire genital herpes in the last few weeks of pregnancy are at the highest risk of transmitting the virus.

To be infected with herpes in the last few weeks of pregnancy is rare but it may account for almost 50% of all cases of neo-natal herpes.

If the infection is a true primary (no previous antibodies to either HSV-1 or HSV-2), and a mother becomes HSV positive at the end of pregnancy, the risk of transmission can be as high as 50%. The risk is also higher if a mother has prior infection with HSV-1, but not HSV-2.


Wednesday, April 08, 2015


Pregnancy Loss and Chromosome Testing for Miscarriages

Guest Post By Melissa Maisenbacher

Although most couples are blissfully unaware of the statistics surrounding miscarriage, pregnancy loss is actually quite common, with 10-25% of recognized pregnancies ending in miscarriage. If you have suffered a pregnancy loss or are currently in the process of having a miscarriage, you may be wondering what caused the loss and worry about whether it will happen again. This article aims to answer the following questions:

  • What causes miscarriage?
  • How common is pregnancy loss?
  • What type of genetic testing is available for miscarriage tissue?
  • How can chromosome testing help?

Causes of Miscarriage

There are many different reasons why miscarriage occurs, but the most common cause for first trimester miscarriage is a chromosome abnormality. Chromosome abnormalities - extra or missing whole chromosomes, also called "aneuploidy" - occur because of a mis-division of the chromosomes in the egg or sperm involved in a conception. Typically, humans have 46 chromosomes that come in 23 pairs (22 pairs numbered from 1 to 22 and then the sex chromosomes, X and Y). For a baby to develop normally it is essential that it have exactly the right amount of chromosome material; missing or extra material at the time of conception or in an embryo or fetus can cause a woman to either not become pregnant, miscarry, or have a baby with a chromosome syndrome such as Down syndrome.

Over 50% of all first trimester miscarriages are caused by chromosome abnormalities. This number may be closer to 75% or higher for women aged 35 years and over who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss. Overall, the rate of chromosome abnormalities and the rate of miscarriage both increase with maternal age, with a steep increase in women older than 35.

Pregnancy Loss - How Common is it?

Miscarriage is far more common than most people think. Up to one in every four recognized pregnancies is lost in first trimester miscarriage. The chance of having a miscarriage also increases as a mother gets older.

Most women who experience a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy and never miscarry again. However, some women seem to be more prone to miscarriage than others. About five percent of fertile couples will experience two or more miscarriages.

Of note, the rate of miscarriage seems to be increasing. One reason for this may be awareness - more women know they are having a miscarriage because home pregnancy tests have improved early pregnancy detection rates over the past decade, whereas in the past the miscarriage would have appeared to be just an unusual period. Another reason may be that more women are conceiving at older ages.

Types of Genetic Testing Helpful for Miscarriages

Genetic testing actually refers to many different types of testing that can be done on the DNA in a cell. For miscarriage tissue, also called products of conception (POC), the most useful type of test to perform is a chromosome analysis. A chromosome analysis (also called chromosome testing) can examine all 23 pairs of chromosomes for the presence of extra or missing chromosome material (aneuploidy). Because so many miscarriages are caused by aneuploidy, chromosome analysis on the miscarriage tissue can often identify the reason for the pregnancy loss.

The most common method of chromosome analysis is called karyotyping. Newer methods include advanced technologies such as microarrays.

Karyotyping analyzes all 23 pairs of chromosome but requires cells from the miscarriage tissue to first be grown in the laboratory, a process called "cell culture". Because of this requirement, tissue that is passed at home is often unable to be tested with this method. About 20% or more of miscarriage samples fail to grow and thus no results are available. Additionally, karyotyping is unable to tell the difference between cells from the mother (maternal cells) and cells from the fetus. If a normal female result is found, it may be the correct result for the fetus or it may be maternal cell contamination (MCC) in which the result actually comes from testing the mother's cells present in the pregnancy tissue instead of the fetal cells. MCC appears to occur in about 30% or more of the samples tested by traditional karyotype. Results from karyotyping usually take a few weeks to months to come back from the laboratory.

Microarray testing is a new type of genetic testing done on miscarriage samples; the two most common types of microarray testing are array CGH (comparative genomic hybridization) and chromosome SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) microarray. Microarray testing is also able to test all 23 pairs of chromosomes for aneuploidy, but does not require cell culture. Therefore, you are more likely to receive results and the results are typically returned faster when microarray testing is used. Additionally, some laboratories are collecting a sample of the mother's blood at the same time the miscarriage tissue is sent to enable immediate detection of maternal cell contamination (MCC).

Chromosome Testing - How can it help?

If a chromosome abnormality is identified, the type of abnormality found can be assessed to help answer the question: "Will this happen to me again?". Most of the time, chromosome abnormalities in an embryo or fetus are not inherited and have a low chance to occur in future pregnancies. Sometimes, a specific chromosome finding in a miscarriage alerts your doctor to do further studies to investigate the possibility of an underlying genetic or chromosome problem in your family that predisposes you to have miscarriages.

Furthermore, if a chromosome abnormality is identified it can prevent the need for other, sometimes quite costly, studies your doctor might consider to investigate the cause of the miscarriage.

Lastly, knowing the reason for a pregnancy loss can help a couple start the emotional healing process, moving past the question of "Why did this happen to me?".

Chromosome testing can be especially important for patients with repeated miscarriages, as it can either give clues to an underlying chromosomal cause for the miscarriages or rule out chromosome errors as the reason for the miscarriages and allow their doctor to pursue other types of testing. For couples with multiple miscarriages determined to have a chromosomal cause, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing may be able to help increase their chances of having a successful healthy pregnancy.

For more information about microarray genetic testing for miscarriage tissue or IVF with PGD visit

About Gene Security Network
Gene Security Network's miscarriage testing is specifically designed for products of conception (POC) analysis to provide as much or more information than a standard karyotype. In order to obtain the most comprehensive results possible, Gene Security Network requests a sample of mother's blood at the same time the POC sample is sent. This allows the results of the miscarriage tissue to be compared with the mother's DNA data to rule out maternal cell contamination.

Ms. Maisenbacher is a board-certified genetic counselor who has worked in pediatric genetics for the past nine years at both the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Florida.

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Monday, April 06, 2015


My heart goes out to Giuliana Rancic and her husband.  She has been through so much not only with her struggle to get pregnant, but also her breast cancer diagnosis.  She did happily have a son through a surrogate and tried for another, but sadly her surrogate has miscarried, not once, but twice.  Read more:

She told People magazine: 'We were so optimistic about the last embryo. It was really tough news to be dealt.'   
However, the brunette beauty is keeping things in perspective, considering the long and tumultuous journey that finally resulted in the birth of their son via a surrogate in 2012.
‘If I don’t ever have another kid, I have to remind myself that I’m very fortunate to have what I have,’ she said in an interview with Life & Style after the first miscarriage.
 from: DailyMail

Friday, April 03, 2015


Miscarriage Over 40, Three Consecutive Miscarriages May Not Be The "Rule"

I have frequently heard about the "three miscarriage rule" which says the cause of miscarriage should be investigated after three pregnancy losses.
 However, that whole concept is somewhat outdated. This article explains more:


Dissatisfied with her obstetrician's response, Arnold set out to find a doctor to do testing to find a cause for her miscarriages. She says doctor after doctor refused, citing the same three-consecutive-miscarriage "rule."

"This theory about three consecutive miscarriages was promulgated back in the 1930s, based on no evidence and no research," Grimes says, adding that even so, there are still doctors who believe it...

...Not only is there controversy about when to test, but also what testing should be done on women who've had miscarriages, and what treatment, if any, should be given based on the results of those tests.

After a woman miscarries, some doctors suggest that a chromosomal analysis be done on the fetal tissue to check for abnormalities.

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