You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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Thursday, April 28, 2016


It's no wonder so many women experience miscarriage. If early detection methods are used, many women are pregnant, miscarry and don't even know it. Here is a study that tells how the miscarriage rate is actually quite high if all conceptions were taken into account:

The study used a particularly sensitive and accurate measurement technique that Dr. Wilcox said ''was at least 50 times more sensitive'' than methods used in previous studies.



But Dr. Wilcox said that even this method underestimates the miscarriage rate by an unknown amount since some embryos are so defective that they never make human chorionic gonadotropin and are miscarried within days of fertilization. #221 Women Studied The researchers studied 221 women who were trying to become pregnant. The study showed, as have previous studies, that there is about a 25 percent chance each month that a woman who is trying to become pregnant will conceive. But once an egg is fertilized, according to the study, the pregnancy has a 31 percent chance of ending in a miscarriage. In the study, 22 percent of the women who had miscarriages never had any clinical signs of pregnancy, such as a growing uterus.

Experts said that it was important to have reliable information on early miscarriages to assess the success of in vitro fertilization, a method in which a woman's eggs are removed from her body and mixed with sperm in the laboratory; the growing embryo is then implanted in her uterus.

Dr. Joseph Schulman of the Genetics and IVF Institute of Fairfax, Va., a private clinic that specializes in in vitro fertilization, said he and others have found that about 30 percent of the embryos they implant are miscarried, a rate that is close to the natural rate detected by Dr. Wilcox.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Vanishing Twin and Ectopic Pregnancy

I have heard the term "vanishing twin" before. This is when one twin survives, but the other does not.
 This article talks about a woman who had an ectopic pregnancy, but she also had one in her uterus that survived. This was a surprise to everyone! Read more:


A woman who suffered a miscarriage was stunned to discover that she was still pregnant six weeks later with the baby's undetected twin.

Claire Hunter, 20, was told she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy and had an operation to remove the foetus and an ovary.

But her pregnancy pains later returned and she was informed by doctors that she was still pregnant with her baby's surviving twin.

Ryan was born on August 17, weighing a healthy 7lb 3oz. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Research Doesn't Always Support Bedrest To Prevent Miscarriage

Women wonder whether or not bedrest will help prevent miscarriage.  Even though many medical professionals and allied professionals will recommend bedrest for spotting or bleeding, there isn't medical research to support it in early pregnancy.

I've read numerous articles on this subject and most sources seem to agree that once a miscarriage is in motion, bedrest probably won't make much difference.  After having six miscarriages myself, I can tell you that once I started spotting and bleeding, bedrest didn't stop the miscarriage.   However, I should also note that my successful pregnancy did have some spotting for reasons unrelated to pregnancy loss.



Bedrest may prevent miscarriage if you have a weak cervix

On the other hand, if your pregnancy is threatened because of a weak cervix, then staying off your feet and keeping pressure off your uterus and cervix might be helpful, but this would be a little later in the pregnancy. 

From NIH:

Only two studies including 84 women were identified. There was no statistically significant difference in the risk of miscarriage in the bed rest group versus the no bed rest group (placebo or other treatment) (relative risk (RR) 1.54, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.92 to 2.58). Neither bed rest in hospital nor bed rest at home showed a significant difference in the prevention of miscarriage. There was a higher risk of miscarriage in those women in the bed rest group than in those in the human chorionic gonadotrophin therapy group with no bed rest (RR 2.50, 95% CI 1.22 to 5.11). It seems that the small number of participants included in these studies is a main factor to make this analysis inconclusive.


There is insufficient evidence of high quality that supports a policy of bed rest in order to prevent miscarriage in women with confirmed fetal viability and vaginal bleeding in first half of pregnancy.

Monday, April 18, 2016


Bleeding Gums Could Indicate Stillbirth Risk

I've written before about how good dental hygiene can be good for fertility and even help with miscarriage.
 Here is an article about how bleeding gums could be a danger signal if you're pregnant:


Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to bleeding gums, with an estimated 75 percent of pregnant women experiencing the problem, the study authors noted. But, they explained, bleeding in the gums allows bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and potentially infect a fetus unless it is stopped by the immune system.

In the case of this patient, postmortem tests suggest that bacteria from the mouth entered the bloodstream, traveled to the placenta and infected and killed the fetus, according to the report in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016


This is a breakthrough study done on women who have suffered recurrent miscarriage.  Through sampling the uterine lining of women who had multiple miscarriages, they found a lack of stem cells in their uterine lining.  There are possible treatments for this and new studies are underway.  Although I did experience recurrent miscarriage, I was able to have a successful pregnancy naturally without any additional treatment, so there are many cases of women who do succeed without medical intervetion.  Read more:

Researchers at the University of Warwick found that a shortfall of stem cells is the likely cause of accelerated ageing of the lining of the womb, which results in the failure of some pregnancies.
Jan Brosens, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology who led the team, said: “We have discovered that the lining of the womb in the recurrent miscarriage patients we studied is already defective before pregnancy.



“I can envisage that we will be able to correct these defects before the patient tries to achieve another pregnancy. In fact, this may be the only way to really prevent miscarriages in these cases.”
Siobhan Quenby, a co-author of the study and University of Warwick professor of obstetrics, said that the real challenge now was to develop strategies to increase the function of stem cells in the womb lining and that new interventions to improve the lining of the womb would be piloted in the spring of 2016.
“Our focus will be two-fold. First, we wish to improve the screening of women at risk of recurrent miscarriage by developing new endometrial tests,” added Quenby, who is also an honorary consultant at University hospital Coventry.
from the guardian

Thursday, April 14, 2016


 I have done previous posts about tap water and miscarriage. This article explains how the chlorine in tap water may be responsible for a higher miscarriage rate.  When I was pregnant, I drank bottled water for this reason.  However, you may need to do some type of analysis on where your bottled water comes from also!  Read more:

Trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and chlorodibromomethane) are common contaminants of chlorinated drinking water. They form when chlorine reacts with decomposing plant material, which is often found in water from surface sources.

Although animal data suggest some of the trihalomethanes may interfere with reproduction at high doses, little information exists on the relationship between trihalomethane exposure and miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) in humans.

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We examined exposure to trihalomethanes in relation to miscarriage in a study of 5,144 pregnant women living in three areas of California (centered in Santa Clara, Walnut Creek and Fontana). These women were interviewed early in pregnancy about their water consumption and a variety of other factors that may influence pregnancy outcome. (That study is discussed in further detail in Swan et al, an analysis conducted on the same data).

Eighty-five drinking water utilities served the pregnant women’s homes. These utilities provided records of distribution system measurements of total trihalomethanes (TTHM) and, where available, the four individual trihalomethanes. The TTHM level in a participant’s home tap water was estimated by averaging all measurements taken by her utility during her first trimester. Tap water levels of the individual trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromoform, etc.) were estimated in the same manner.

Women who drank five or more glasses per day of cold home tap water containing at least 75 ug per liter of TTHM had a miscarriage rate of 15.7%. Among other women (those who drank less than 5 glasses per day and/or had tap water containing less than 75 µg per liter of TTHM) the miscarriage rate was 9.5% (Adjusted odds ratio for miscarriage of 1.8, 95% confidence interval 1.1-3.0).


Monday, April 11, 2016


Group B Streptococcus Can Be A Problem In Pregnancy

If you've never heard of group B streptococcus, it is a common intestinal organism but it can also be found in a woman's vagina in some cases.
 It can cause problems in babies and cause miscarriage is some rare cases. Read more:


What is it?
Group B Streptococcus, also known as GBS or Strep B, is the most common cause
of life-threatening infections in newborn babies in the UK.
GBS is a normal organism which can be found in the intestines of a third of all
healthy men and women, and in the vaginas of a quarter of all women, who often
show no symptoms. However, it can cause infection in newborn babies, before,
during or shortly after birth.
There are 2 types of infection:
• Early-Onset – occurring in the first 2 days of life and usually apparent at birth.
It is usually characterised by the rapid development of breathing problems,
associated with blood poisoning.
• Late-Onset – which occurs after 2 days and before 1 month (and rarely, up to
3 months). It can present as GBS Meningitis.
Most babies will not be harmed if their mother is infected, but GBS can cause early
birth, stillbirth, late miscarriage and complications.
Of the babies infected with GBS, over 80% will develop symptoms such as breathing
problems and blood infection in the first two days after birth. Most of these will make
a full recovery.
Some babies develop symptoms later, and these babies usually get a type of
meningitis called GBS meningitis. One in eight babies infected with GBS will die. Of
those that survive GBS meningitis, up to a third are left with long-term mental and
physical problems. 

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Saturday, April 09, 2016


Many of my readers have expressed interest in knowing which saints to pray to for a healthy pregnancy and to prevent miscarriage.  Here are some links to my website which has information of saints for fertility and pregnancy and links to St. Gerard and St. Rita which can help look over your pregnancy:


Wednesday, April 06, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage Over 40, Vitamins C and E May Help

The first thing I should say before you read the following article is that you should check with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy.
 The article talks about the value of vitamin C and E especially in preventing pregnancy complications which lead to miscarriage. Read more:


From the article regarding vitamin C:

Several friends, who are Catholic missionary sisters, asked me if vitamin C supplementation would help the people they work with in the South American rainforests. Since I think supplemental C is valuable for all humans, I said “yes.” They took it from there, and for several years now have been giving multi-thousand-milligram doses of ascorbic acid powder to the natives daily. The result is that miscarriage and infant mortality rates have plummeted...

From the article regarding vitamin E:

Since the word "tocopherol" is taken from the Greek words for "to carry offspring" or "to bring forth childbirth," it is easy enough to see how Evan Shute and other obstetricians were drawn into the work. As early as 1931, Vogt-Moller of Denmark successfully treated habitual abortion in human females with wheat germ oil vitamin E. By 1939 he had treated several hundred women with a success rate of about 80%. In 1937, both Young in England and the Shutes in Canada reported success in combating threatened abortion and pregnancy toxemias as well. A. L. Bacharach's 1940 statistical analysis of published clinical results "show quite definitely that vitamin E is of value in recurrent abortions." 

Monday, April 04, 2016


Mass for Healing the Unborn

Guest Post By Cathy Chapman, Ph.D.

About 25 years ago I began talking to the pastor of the Catholic Church for which I was parish counselor to have a Mass of healing for women who had lost children due to miscarriage, neonatal death and abortion. Holding the title of Parish Counselor gave me an insight into problems that the priests only heard listed in the confessional. I knew there were many women struggling with grief due to the loss of a child, either by acts of nature or by their own hand.
It took many discussions for him to reluctantly agree. The primary reason being that he thought only woman who had aborted their children would be interested in coming. He didn't want to have anything publicly that would cause shame.


We had many interactions about the pain of women who had miscarriages. He agreed after I assured him of the following:

  • We would announce it as "healing the unborn"
  • It would be for anyone who lost a child due to any pre-natal or neo-natal reason
  • The Mass would give women an opportunity to mourn when they hadn't been allowed to
  • People needed a chance to have closure and say "good-bye" so they could move on
  • It would provide deep healing for people, especially woman, who have been hurting

We used the liturgy for the death of a child. I also used many of the suggestions found in Healing the Greatest Hurt by Dennis Linn, Matthew Linn and Sheila Fabricant (now Linn). Before we began the liturgy, the priest welcomed everyone and explained why we were having this special liturgy. He told them I would be leading everyone through a guided imagery prayer experience. In this experience, each person or couple would be given an opportunity to name their child if the child was nameless. They wrote the name on a piece of paper and brought the names up at the Offertory Procession.
During the Mass there were tears from most of the about 50 people, mostly women, who attended. There was a tremendous vulnerability in each person as she came and placed the name of her child on the table in front of the altar.
After Mass was over and people had left, the priest came up to me with a look of wonder on his face. He couldn't believe the number of women there in their 60s who tearfully thanked him. One said, "No one ever let me grieve for my miscarriage."
Cathy Chapman, PhD, LCSW has her doctorate in Mind-Body Psychology. She assists people in achieving their dreams of health, wealth and abundance. Learn how to access your personal power by reading the Special Report "7 Methods for a Practically Impenetrable Immune System." Go to
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Friday, April 01, 2016


I'm not one who relies heavily on statistics, but if you are, you may be happy to know that the odds are in your favor to have a healthy pregnancy even after repeated miscarriage.
This study explains more:

The first - a Danish study that involved nearly 1,000 women - found two-thirds went on to have at least one child, mostly within five years of being diagnosed and referred to a recurrent miscarriage clinic, but often within a year of being seen. 

See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? ( 

The second study, carried out in the Netherlands with 213 women, found more than 70% became pregnant after a year of trying for a baby, rising to over 80% or eight out of 10 after two years of trying.
And over half of all the women in the study gave birth to a healthy baby, within an average wait of 41 weeks to conceive.


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