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Friday, January 29, 2016


Miscarriage In Early Pregnancy

When I read articles like this one, I'm amazed.
 Not only do they state that a huge number of conceptions miscarry before women even know their pregnant, but elevated cortisol (stress hormone) is a trigger for the body to miscarry. Read more:

Previous studies have reported that up to 90 percent of all conceptions result in miscarriage. This high figure reflects the fact that most women notice they are pregnant about six weeks after conception, but most miscarriages are known to happen during the first three weeks of pregnancy.

It was this critical three week initial period of pregnancy that researcher Pablo Nepomnaschy decided to investigate. "The only way to capture the first three weeks of pregnancy is to begin collecting their urine from before they become pregnant. That is extremely labor intensive and expensive," he explained. 

  See Also: Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage (

In the study, Nepomnaschy found that 90 percent of the women with elevated levels of cortisol miscarried during the first three weeks of pregnancy, compared to 33 percent of those with normal levels. "Maybe increased cortisol is understood by the body as a cue that the context is uncertain, changing, or the quality of the environment is deteriorating," Nepomnaschy said. "The body's response is to stop any extra activity and go back to its most basic functions." 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Before one of my miscarriages, I had an ultrasound and they found a heartbeat, but they said it was slow.  My doctor at the time thought it might have been a problem with poor implantation.  This article talks about how the process of implantation can either go right or wrong and either lead to pregnancy or miscarriage:


from the article:
In the study, researchers found that human embryos typically produce a chemical called trypsin, which signals the womb to prepare its lining for implantation. But in embryos with significant genetic abnormalities, this chemical signal was altered, and it produced a stress response in the womb that could make implantation unlikely, the researchers said...
... The researchers likened this process to an "entrance exam" set by the womb — an embryo needs to pass this test in order to implant. But sometimes, the womb may make this exam too difficult or too easy, which could lead to the rejection of healthy embryos, or the implantation of embryos with development problems, the researchers said.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


"It was probably a blessing"
"At least it wasn't a baby yet"
"At least it was early"
"At least you can get pregnant"
"Have you considered adoption"

I heard many of these responses when I was experiencing recurrent miscarriage.  After realizing these things made me feel worse on top of the devastation of losing a pregnancy, I finally decided that keeping my pregnancies secret was the way to go.  This article talks about some of the insensitive remarks women must endure after miscarriage:


The #miscourage campaign aims to encourage people who have been affected to speak out and share their experiences, in order to change the lack of awareness around the subject.
It is supported by writer Viv Groskop and broadcaster Lisa Francesca Nand, who have both suffered miscarriages.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I did not try to conceive while breastfeeding my daughter, but I have often read that while it is not impossible to conceive while breastfeeding, your chances are reduced. It is probably for the same reason that if you have recently had a baby and are breastfeeding, you may be at a higher risk for early miscarriage if you become pregnant again.


From the article:

"...after not menstruating for so many months, it takes the body a few tries to get the delicate hormone balance back up to speed again. The first few cycles either don’t release an egg, or if an egg is released, the corpus luteum, which is responsible for secreting enough progesterone to maintain the pregnancy until the placenta can take over, isn’t quite up to the task. This is called a luteal phase defect, and it’s a very common cause of early miscarriages. In women who are breastfeeding, the process of returning to normal ovarian cycles takes even longer."

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I did take baby aspirin while I was trying to conceive because I had heard about the benefits of aspirin on the uterine lining.  This study found that there may some benefit to taking aspirin after a miscarriage for the subsequent pregnancy.  Read more:

Women with one documented miscarriage at less than 20 weeks gestational age during the past year were 9.2 percentage points more likely to have a live birth if they took a daily aspirin rather than placebo while trying to conceive (P=0.039), Enrique Schisterman, PhD, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Rockville, Md., and colleagues found...


...The hypothesis is that aspirin reduces inflammation and improves blood flow to the uterus and other key structures, Schisterman explained.
One of the key messages is how important the preconception period is for pregnancy outcome, Menard said.
"This really opens up our eyes even greater that our opportunity for improving maternal and neonatal outcomes is not necessarily only during pregnancy but prior to pregnancy," she said.


Sunday, January 17, 2016


Environmental Toxins and Miscarriage

When I was pregnant, walking through a parking lot would immediately make me gag and sometimes throw up.
 The smell of car exhaust was obviously quite toxic to my body. There may be a good reason why as this article explains how traffic pollution can increase the risk of miscarriage. Read more:

The study, which included 400 women having IVF treatment in Brazil, found that those who became pregnant in winter, when pollution levels are particularly high, were twice as likely to miscarry in the first eight weeks as those who conceived at other times of the year.


See Also:  Detoxify Your Environment for Your Fertility (

excerpted from:


Miscarriage Risk From Parents 

Here's more evidence that smoking can harm the reproductive system.
This article is especially interesting because it found a possible connection between the adult children of smokers and their chance of miscarriage. Read more:

four out of five women reported exposure to second hand smoke during their lifetime. Half of the women grew up in a home with smoking parents and nearly two-thirds of them were exposed to some second hand smoking at the time of the survey.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment For Your Fertility (

More than 40 percent of these women had difficulty getting pregnant (infertility lasting more than a year) or suffered miscarriages, some repeatedly.

"We all know that cigarettes and second hand smoke are dangerous. Breathing the smoke has lasting effects, especially for women when they're ready for children," said Peppone, who analyzed information in the Patient Epidemiology Data System, a well-studied cohort that has yielded information on a variety of cancers.


Friday, January 15, 2016


Pregnancy and Too Much Oxygen To The Fetus

I usually think of too little oxygen as a problem in pregnancy. However this article talks about how too much oxygen can be just as problematic - especially in early pregnancy.  It could even lead to miscarriage.  Read more:

Too much oxygen may be a significant cause of miscarriage in early pregnancy, say scientists.
One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage and 15% of miscarriages occur between eight and 12 weeks after conception.


Half of early miscarriages are thought to be due to abnormalities in the foetus, but little is known about what causes the other 50% or about late and recurrent miscarriages.

Researchers at Cambridge University say they believe a major reason for early miscarriages could be that foetuses receive too much oxygen at a time when they are not developed enough to withstand it.

Toxic effects

They think there are two stages to pregnancy and that in the first stage the oxygen supply to the foetus is deliberately restricted.

Women who miscarry in the first three months may pass to the second stage too quickly.

Dr Graham Burton, who is leading the research, said: "Oxygen can be quite toxic. It contains free radicals which cause premature ageing.

"It may well be that during the period of early development in the womb the tissue is particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of oxygen and that too much oxygen kills it. 


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


I just came across this article in the Daily Mail (UK) about a woman who repeatedly miscarried, but wound up having two children after trying reflexology.  Although she admits to being a skeptic, she was so sure that the reflexology help her through her pregnancies that she ended up studying reflexology and now practices and teaches.


From the article:

When she became pregnant for a third time, they were optimistic everything would be fine but she miscarried at seven weeks, leaving the couple facing fertility tests to determine what was wrong.
Then Mrs Lamplugh received an email from an old work colleague who had managed to have a baby with the help of reflexology.
She said: ‘As it had helped her, I thought, why not at least try it? She changed my life.’
The reflexologist checked her medical history and her ovulation cycle and worked out a tailor-made programme for her.
Mrs Lamplugh said: ‘It was a long, intense course but every day I thought that I was going to lose the baby and James supported me through everything massively.’ Baby Alfie, now two, was followed by Georgia who is now eight months old.
During Georgia’s birth, Mrs Lamplugh also employed her new skills to help her endure the mammoth 36-hour labour. She has since set up classes in local libraries to share her passion for the therapy.

Monday, January 11, 2016


There are many sources online that insist that it is a myth that lifting will cause a miscarriage.  However, there is some research that there is a small increase in miscarriage among women who repeatedly lift and bend on the job. Read more from the CDC:


Heavy lifting, standing for long periods of time, or bending a lot during pregnancy could increase your chances of miscarriage, preterm birth, or injury during pregnancy. High physical demands at work have also been associated with menstrual disorders, which might reflect reduced fertility. Here, you can learn more about physical factors and what you can do to reduce your exposure for a healthier pregnancy.
  • Jobs involving very high physical demands, for example bending at the waist more than 20 times per day or lifting objects more than once every 5 minutes, may increase risks for some adverse birth outcomes:
    • We know that prolonged standing or heavy lifting can cause an increased chance of miscarriage or preterm delivery (premature birth).
    • Pregnant women are at higher risk of an injury while lifting due to differences in posture, balance, and an inability to hold things close to the body because of her changing size.
    • Changes in a pregnant woman’s hormones have an effect on ligaments and joints in the spine (to accommodate the developing baby). These same changes can also make a pregnant woman more prone to injury from lifting heavy objects or patients.
    • This is a concern even before a woman “looks” pregnant or before she starts to show.

    from CDC

Friday, January 08, 2016


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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Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Your adrenals are important for many reasons.  You've probably heard of cortisol which is frequently referred to as the "stress hormone".  Elevated cortisol can lead to a number of problems which can contribute to miscarriage (SEE STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (

If your adrenals are overstressed, there is a syndrome called "adrenal fatigue" which can be caused by prolonged stress or prolonged illness.  If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, your whole body is affected due to the domino affect.  According to, these are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
  1. You feel tired for no reason.
  2. You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  3. You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
  4. You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  5. You crave salty and sweet snacks.
  6. You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.
Here is another article which explains more about adrenal fatigue and what you can do about it (

Monday, January 04, 2016


This is an amazing story of a woman who had multiple tubal pregnancies and lost both her fallopian tubes but somehow became pregnant with twins.  Apparently prior to her surgery to remove her one and only fallopian tube after being diagnosed with another ectopic pregnancy, another fertilized egg must have slipped through.  What are the odds of that?


Read more:

Scans showed the pregnancy was ectopic and she needed more surgery to have her second fallopian tube removed.
Natalie says: “I just felt like my world had fallen apart. I just wanted to curl up into a ball and never open my eyes again. But 24 hours later blood tests revealed that despite the fact that my last fallopian tube had been taken away, I was still pregnant. Somehow the embryo had travelled through into the womb.”
But despite being told there was a strong chance Natalie could miscarry, she went on to have Heidi and Halle in August 2013, by a planned Caesarean section. Heidi came first, at 4lb 7oz, and Halle soon after, weighting 5lb 0.5oz.

Friday, January 01, 2016


Happy New Year!

Sandy Robertson:
For some interesting history on New Year's celebrations, see here:

New Year's Day Holiday History

New Year's is one of the oldest holidays still celebrated, but the exact date and nature of the festivities has changed over time. It originated thousands of years ago in ancient Babylon, celebrated as an eleven day festival on the first day of spring. During this time, many cultures used the sun and moon cycle to decide the "first" day of the year. It wasn't until Julius Caesar implemented the Julian calendar that January 1st became the common day for the celebration. The content of the festivities has varied as well. While early celebrations were more paganistic in nature, celebrating Earth's cycles, Christian tradition celebrates the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ on New Year's Day. Roman Catholics also often celebrate Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, a feast honoring Mary. However, in the twentieth century, the holiday grew into its own celebration and mostly separated from the common association with religion. It has become a holiday associated with nationality, relationships, and introspection rather than a religious celebration, although many people do still follow older traditions.

 Wishing you a safe holiday.

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