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Friday, July 31, 2015


Miscarriage and EMF's

Every time I do a post on electromagnetic fields, I'm always frightened about our safety.
 This article gives even more information on how some of our new appliances and electrical accessories may even be worse than the older models. Read more:

Do you feel tired or suffer from sleepiness, depression, increased irritability, unexplained aches and pains, headaches, skin rashes, ringing in the ears, numbness, an irregular heart beat, increased blood pressure, or a foggy brain?

If so, you may be suffering from “electrosensitivity.” Dr. Magda Havas, a renowned international expert on electromagnetic radiation (EMR), says “dirty electricity” is a growing worldwide health concern.


Today, few of us would want to discard our electronic devices. But before researching this, I never realized how modern electrical gizmos generated so much dirty electricity.

Dr. Havas says clean electricity originally powered our homes and workplace using a safe frequency of 60 Hertz (Hz). Today, transformers convert 60 Hz to low-voltage power for electronic devices. This creates micro surges of dirty electricity that contain up to 2,500 times the energy of a conventional 60 Hz electrical system. In effect, we’ve created electrical pollution, a contamination that’s not good for us.

I discovered it’s easy to get fooled by dirty energy if you’re not an electrical engineer. For instance, our home has several dimmer devices. I naively believed this was a prudent move, but these devices along with fluorescent lights, energy-saving light bulbs, electrical entertainment centers, and computers generate dirty electricity. In fact, they generally emit more electromagnetic exposure than power lines.

If you want to get a major dose of dirty electricity, use a hair dryer. This device produces up to 500 times more dirty EMR than microwave ovens, electric ranges, and washing machines.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Miscarriage-Recurrent Miscarriage, How Some Niceness May Help

I always thought that I didn't need a good bedside manner from my doctor, I just wanted the best medical care.  
However, as this article below talks about, TLC may be the best medicine.  Read more:

The Amazing Benefits of TLC After Recurrent Miscarriage

Guest Post By Annemarie Miner
When I had my third consecutive miscarriage, I joined the ranks of approximately 1% of fertile couples who experience recurrent early pregnancy losses--defined as three or more miscarriages in a row. It is an elite club that no one wants to be a member of. My husband, Kirk and I underwent every test imaginable to try to find out why this kept happening, but much to our dismay no medical explanation was found.


One of my lowest moments came shortly after my third miscarriage when I was walking alone to the lab to get some more blood work done. As I glanced down at my medical chart I noticed under my problem list the phrase "habitual aborter". It took me a moment to understand that I was the "habitual aborter" in question. I had read that recurrent miscarriage is also called "habitual abortion" and had been repulsed by the term but had naively never expected to be labeled in this way. That label conjured up all sorts of negative images in my mind. I was already consumed with self-loathing and blame over my miscarriages. To be labeled in a way that made me feel that the medical professionals I trusted viewed me as someone who was "habitually" and purposefully doing away with my pregnancies felt intolerable.
It was the final straw in my dealings with a physicians' practice that I felt had treated me with disrespect and disdain for the last time. As low as I felt in that moment, that spark of anger I felt on that miserable day was my first step towards taking my power back. I vowed to myself that when I felt strong enough to try to get pregnant again, I would find a Doctor who I felt respected by, listened to, and who would work in partnership with me rather than view me as a problem to be fixed.
I spent the next six months doing a ton of grief work and inner work. The book "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" by Dr. Christiane Northrup, was a huge help to me during this time. I also did a lot of research on what types of treatments can help create a positive pregnancy outcome for women who have suffered multiple miscarriages when no medical explanation can be found. I found much exciting work in this area but perhaps the most amazing research findings were the small number of studies showing incredibly positive results for women given strong positive support in early pregnancy.
Dubbed the TLC (Tender Loving Care) Approach, the results were staggering. One study showed that among couples who experienced recurrent miscarriage where no medical cause could be determined, women receiving supportive counseling and psychological support during pregnancy had a subsequent pregnancy success rate of 86%, as compared with a success rate of 33% for women who received no specific pregnancy counseling or support. Another study found that TLC support in early pregnancy resulted in the women receiving such support as having a 26% miscarriage rate in their next pregnancy, compared with a 51% miscarriage rate for those women who did not receive TLC support.
I was buoyed by these results and became determined to find a doctor overflowing with TLC. I was blessed to find a gem of a doctor who spent over an hour with me on my initial consultation visit. He let me cry as I explained the pain of enduring three miscarriages and he gently pointed out that it was actually a strength that I could get pregnant so often and easily. I truly believe my work with him, and a small practice of Nurse-Midwives also abundant with TLC-- were huge factors in my fourth and fifth pregnancies being successful.
Clifford K, Rai R, and Regan L (1997) Future pregnancy outcome in unexplained recurrent first trimester miscarriage. Human Reproduction 12, 387-389.
Jauniaux E, Farquharson R G, Christiansen O B, and Exalto N (2006) Evidence-based guidelines for the investigation and medical treatment of recurrent miscarriage. Human Reproduction 21, No.9 2216-2222.
Stray-Pedersen B and Stray-Pedersen S (1984) Etiological factors and subsequent reproductive performance in 195 couples with a prior history of habitual abortion. American Journal Obstet Gynecol 148,140-146.
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Monday, July 27, 2015


I live in an area of the country with one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis. Maybe that's why I know so many people who've been diagnosed with the condition including a close relative. So many women in their childbearing years are diagnosed with MS that it's important to know how some of the drugs used to treat this disease might affect you in pregnancy. Here is an article that explains more:


Beta interferon therapy is the most commonly used therapy for treating relapsing-remitting MS. Based on a protein found naturally in the body that helps to regulate the immune system, it is known to help decrease the formation of lesions, reduce the frequency of relapses and help affect the course of the disease.
The research team discovered that in a study of 36 women, continued use of interferon therapy throughout pregnancy resulted in a 39 per cent increase in miscarriages, a 30 per cent increase in non-live births and a lower overall birth weight in live births.
"In light of this new data, women with MS who become pregnant while taking beta interferon should talk to their physicians and consider discontinuing the drug until delivery," said Dr. Gideon Koren, the study's principal investigator, a senior scientist and director of the Motherisk Program at SickKids, and a professor of Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Medicine and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. "Most importantly, we recommend that women with MS who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant speak with their neurologists." 

Friday, July 24, 2015


Miscarriage and Your Diet

It has been well publicized that trans-fats can contribute to infertility.
However, according to this article, trans-fats can also contribute to miscarriage. Read more:

From the article:

After categorizing the study population according to average trans fat intake, the investigators found the rate of fetal loss increased from 30 percent among those with the lowest intake of trans fat in the diet (2.2 percent of total calories on average) to 52 percent among women with the highest intake of trans fat (defined as 4.7 percent of total calories).

As the percent of calories from trans fat increased, so did the risk of having one or more fetal losses, Glueck and colleagues report. This association was independent of body mass, insulin and glucose levels, and other factors potentially associated with risk for fetal loss.

See Also, Fertility Foods To Help You Conceive (

Further research is necessary to confirm the association between fetal loss and trans fatty acid intake, but Glick and colleagues speculate limiting trans fats may be beneficial during pregnancy.

Current dietary recommendations suggest limiting trans fat intake to less than 1 percent of total calories, the researchers note.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Night Shift and Miscarriage

Recent reports have claimed that night shift workers have a higher miscarriage rate.[1]  The reason why is unknown, however, some possibilities include the increased light exposure has an effect on hormone levels.  It’s also possible night shifts may be more stressful in terms of the type and hours of work.

from the study: 
The team, based at the Princess Anne Hospital, assessed the impact of non-standard working schedules, which included night and mixed shifts, on the reproductive outcomes of 119,345 women.   
They found almost a third of women (29%) who worked night shifts only had an increased rate of miscarriage, while 22% who worked alternate or changing shifts suffered menstrual disruption, which can cause fertility problems.
Additionally, shift workers had an 80% increased rate of subfertility, which is the term used to describe prolonged inability to conceive.


"Many women work and we already know that working shifts is a risk factor for health and social wellbeing as shift workers adopt poor sleep hygiene, suffer sleep deprivation and develop activity levels that are desynchronised from their daily routine," explained Dr Stocker, who is a clinical research fellow at the Princess Anne Hospital.
"But the adverse health impacts of shift work in early reproductive function is a new, additional finding and it provides strong initial evidence that women who are trying to conceive would benefit from assessing their work patterns."
Dr Cheong, clinical director of the Princess Anne Hospital's Complete Fertility Centre Southampton and a senior lecturer at the University of Southampton, added: "Our findings may have implications for women attempting to become pregnant as well as employers.

[1] Fertility experts say night shift workers 'more likely to suffer miscarriages' (2013, July 9). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from:

Monday, July 20, 2015


Miscarriage and Your Faith

Boy, isn't that true? If you've experienced one or more miscarriages or a stillbirth, you wonder why we live in such a cruel universe.
 If you believe in a God or a higher power, you feel abandoned. How or why did this happen...what did I do to deserve this? Why am I not as worthy as everyone else who has their babies and big happy families?

As I've mentioned before, I have readers from all over the world with a whole host of religious beliefs, however, I think we all have one thing in common...we wonder why this is happening to us. Here is an article about one woman's struggle with her faith after her pregnancy loss:

 As sad as I was, I don’t remember asking God, “Why me?” I just floundered around trying to keep my head above the wave of emotions that threatened to drown me at times.
“Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.” Psalm 42:5 (NIV)

See Also: Infertility In The Bible ( 

 Finally, I mentally ended up in the bottom of a big, black hole faced with the very basic question of whether I really believed in God or not. It was actually a very simple decision at that point. Deep in my heart, I knew that there was hope with Jesus and chaos without Him. I chose hope, I asked God to become “personal” to me…to teach me about what a relationship with Him really means…to be my “hope-giver” and allow my life to reflect Him.

Friday, July 17, 2015


When I finally succeeding in getting pregnant with my daughter, I had a flood of emotions. I was ecstatic, guarded, but mostly scared. Every time I had an ultrasound (and I had many) I was just waiting for the consolation speech when they told me there was no heartbeat. I spent many days dreaming about what my baby would be like but then catching myself for getting my hopes up again. Who was I kidding to think I was worthy of this special gift?

I guess as the pregnancy progressed and I started to feel my baby move (and move she did) the pregnancy became real. There really was a baby in there. When the pregnancy finally came to term and I delivered her, I absolutely couldn't believe it, I DID IT (well it may have more to do with her than me!)


When we took our baby home, we were the proverbial first-time neurotic parents (and I'm sure more so than others). I had this overwhelming fear that she was going to die. I guess it was because I lost a total of six pregnancies before having my daughter that I had this irrational fear. My daughter was totally perfect. She ate well, slept well, and hit all her milestones right on. It's just that when you suffer so many losses, you don't know what "normal" is. You're always operating in the "worst case scenario" mode, just to be prepared. In a wierd kind of way, that seems to lessen the anxiety. Afterall, miscarriage deals with death and that's probably the worst fear most of us will ever face.

Anyway, my message is this: Even if you have a bad pregnancy history behind you, it doesn't mean you will never have a baby. It doesn't mean that you will always suffer from miscarriage or infertility. I hope that I can give others what I wish someone would have given me---peace of mind: past performance doesn't predict future results.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


I've done a number of posts about progesterone to prevent miscarriage. There seems to be a debate in the medical community about whether or not progesterone supplements help. Here is another article about a drug called "Prometrium" and it's possible benefits:


Prometrium is basically a progesterone supplement sometimes used in conjunction with estrogen supplements but not to be used while you're pregnant or nursing. This is because of the inconclusive evidence regarding its effects on a developing baby. It's used to help keep the uterine lining ready for the implantation of a fertilized egg. Using Prometrium to prevent miscarriage is done prior to conception-—not afterward.

How It's Used
Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropriate schedule for using Prometrium as an infertility treatment. It has to be prescribed by a physician, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to set up an ideal treatment schedule with your health care provider. You will also be able to discuss which method works best for you: pills, vaginal suppositories, or injections.

Generally, it is meant to be taken at night, once a day for the first twelve days of your twenty-eight day cycle. Other uses for Prometrium (such as restoring your period) require a different schedule.

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Monday, July 13, 2015


Stress May Lower Progesterone 

I've posted numerous articles which support the connection between stress and infertility. However, the following article makes the connection not only between stress and the release of the stress hormone cortisol, but it also talks about how this can affect your progesterone levels. Read more:
See also
Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage ( 

Short Menstrual Cycles and Fertility (


Natural Ways To Increase Progesterone (

From the article:

When you are constantly in that “fight or flight” mode because of stress, your adrenal glands will produce additional cortisol and adrenaline. This is a normal bio-chemical process. The problem is that in order to make cortisol, your adrenal glands need progesterone. This causes your progesterone to be used in making your stress hormones, as opposed to what it is designed to do —support your pregnancy. 

The adrenal glands cannot make cortisol without progesterone. Often referred to as the ‘progesterone steal,’ your body will steal however much progesterone it needs to make cortisol. 


Saturday, July 11, 2015


What supplements can help prevent miscarriage?

Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated for pregnant women.  Prior to conception,  I took a multivitamin and some additional supplements.  When you do become pregnant, ask your doctor about taking a prenatal vitamin.  Here are some important components of multivitamins and/or prenatal vitamins to look for to help prevent miscarriage:

Folic Acid

Folic acid can help prevent some birth defects and women with low folate levels have a higher rate of early miscarriage ( folic acid is also especially important to take before you conceive).


Women with low selenium levels also have a higher miscarriage rate.[1]  Selenium supplements have not necessarily been proven to reduce miscarriage, however it’s probably a good idea to make sure your vitamin has selenium in it.   Selenium has found to be most effective when taken with magnesium, so check for both in your prenatal vitamin.


Zinc deficiency can cause chromosomal changes in both men and women which could lead to miscarriage.



[1] Abdulah R, Noerjasin H, Septiani L, Mutakin, Defi IR, Suradji EW, Puspitasari IM, Barliana MI, Yamazaki C, Nakazawa M, Koyama H.
Reduced serum selenium concentration in miscarriage incidence of Indonesian subjects.,Biol Trace Elem Res. 2013 Jul;154(1):1-6. doi: 10.1007/s12011-013-9701-0. Epub 2013 May 22.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


The Majority Of Women With Recurrent Miscarriage Have A Baby

If you're experiencing recurrent miscarriage, it may be helpful to know that the statistics are on your side.
According to the study sited below, two thirds of women with recurrent miscarriage go on to have a live birth. 
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From the article:

The researchers studied the records of 987 women with a minimum of three consecutive miscarriages, who had been referred to a specialist RM clinic between 1986 and 2008. Using data from the National Danish Birth Register they were able to see how many of the women had achieved a live birth after referral to the clinic. They also looked at the impact of maternal age at the time of referral, and the number of previous miscarriages as prognostic markers for future live births. The ages of the women at referral to the clinic ranged from 20 to 46 years.

"We found that, of all the women included in the study, 66.7% had achieved a subsequent live birth within five years after their first consultation in our clinic, and that this increased to 71.1% within 15 years after the first consultation," study leader, Professor Ole Christiansen, said. "The next step will be to compare the fecundity (ability to get pregnant resulting in live birth) of women with RM to that of an age-matched group of women from the general population with an equally strong wish to conceive since we are not, from the present study, able to conclude with regards to that."  (excerpted from

Monday, July 06, 2015


Stress and Miscarriage Can Be Connected

The word "stress" is used so often and can mean so many things that I think people just dismiss it as "oh, here we go again...stress can adversely affect your health, pregnancy etc."
 The medical community has a hard time actually measuring stress, so it's hard to make the connection with miscarriage and other conditions. However, this article and many others do think there's probably some association between miscarriage and physical and/or emotional stress. Read more:


Grandle did not identify herself as having a particularly stressful life before her miscarriages, but researchers are recognizing that there are two facets to the link between stress and miscarriage. One is that a stressful life can contribute to miscarriage. The other is that the stress of multiple miscarriages can make subsequent miscarriages more likely.

A study published in New Scientist concluded that stress releases a "cascade of hormones" that can lead to spontaneous abortion. It followed 864 pregnant women – 55 of whom miscarried. Those who miscarried were more likely to have identified themselves as experiencing stress before or during pregnancy.

"We don't know it, but it's fair to say that the daily stress probably affects most of our bodily systems, including the reproductive tract," says Dr. Leondires. "There is data from research showing that stress can lead to menstrual dysfunction, which would indicate a probable link between stress and either infertility or miscarriage."

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Thursday, July 02, 2015


Pregnancy After Miscarriage

I've posted a number of studies about pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage.
I, myself, had six miscarriages before having a totally natural conception and normal pregnancy and deliver. Here is a study that looked at not only the pregnancy success rate, but also the length of time it took to conceive naturally. Read more:

213 women became pregnant during the period February 2004 to July 2009. 139 had a live birth, 69 a miscarriage, two an ectopic pregnancy, two a termination of pregnancy and one had an intra-uterine foetal death. The median time to a subsequent pregnancy, irrespective of outcome, was 21 weeks. The cumulative incidence of natural conception was 56% after six months, 74% after 12 months, and 86% after 24 months of which 65% resulted in a live birth.


"These women were all randomised to receive one of the treatments or placebo, but further analysis showed that these made no difference to the outcome. Even such factors as maternal age, BMI, the number of previous miscarriages and the presence or absence of a previous live birth did not alter results significantly...

..."Our results mean that women with RM can be reassured that their time to a subsequent conception is not significantly longer than that for fertile women without a history of miscarriage. RM is extremely stressful for these women and we hope that our study will give them hope and encourage them to keep trying for the baby they want so much," he concluded."


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