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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!
Trudy-Ann Ewan, Founder and Director of Create Your Passion Enterprises, LLC, is a Motivational Speaker, Creative Life Coach, Author, Freelance Writer and Travel Writer/Photographer specializing in the art of helping individuals to create their passion by defining and acknowledging who they are. To learn more sign up for her monthly newsletter on: [] or join her social network where you can participate in her exclusive discussions at:
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Friday, December 25, 2015


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.


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