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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

GETTING YOUR PERIOD AFTER MISCARRIAGE

It seems like my period was rather variable after having a miscarriage.
Sometimes the bleeding would start right away, and other times it would take 6-8 weeks. It probably depends how far along the pregnancy was since hcG can stay in your system for quite a while.   One of my pregnancies had an HcG level that kept rising, even thought he pregnancy itself was not viable.  In this case, they suspected the worst:  a molar pregnancy (this is when the cells can turn malignant and keep growing).  Fortunately, I did not have a molar pregnancy, but they did recommend that I have a D &C.

 Here is an article that addresses how long it can take to resume your regular cycle:

Every woman is different, but generally you can expect to get your period in four to six weeks. Some women get their period just a couple weeks later, while some women do not get their period for three or more months. Your specific situation will be different than any other womans. So, when do I start counting from now until four weeks, you might ask? You should expect to get your period about four weeks after a D&C and you might expect to see your period around six weeks after a miscarriage that did not require a D&C. Remember that what is normal really varies widely, but if something doesnt feel right or it has been more than 12 weeks you might want to put a call into your doctor to be sure that all is well.
See Also: Determining A Miscarriage By Body Temperature (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Also, you need to remember that if you are having unprotected sex, you can become pregnant again soon after having a miscarriage. It is generally thought that you are not fertile for four to six weeks after a miscarriage, but many women have conceived as little as two weeks after a miscarriage. If it has been a few weeks since your miscarriage and you havent see your period and you have symptoms of pregnancy, it wouldnt be out of the question to buy a home pregnancy test to be sure that you are not pregnant, stranger things have happened! 

from: 
www.laboroflove.com

Monday, June 27, 2016

COUPLE'S CAFFEINE INTAKE MAY CAUSE MISCARRIAGE

I think most of us have heard by now that caffeine is a "bad guy" when it comes to your fertility and during pregnancy.  However, this is the first study I've read that shows a possible association between men, caffeine and miscarriage.  Read more:

from the article:

caffeine may harm fertilityBoth male and female consumption of more than two caffeinated beverages a day also was associated with an increased hazard ratio: 1.74 for females and 1.73 for males. Earlier studies, the authors noted, have documented increased pregnancy loss associated with caffeine consumption in early pregnancy.

 

SEE ALSO: THINGS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

 

Because their study found caffeine consumption before pregnancy was associated with a higher risk of miscarriage, it's more likely that caffeinated beverage consumption during this time directly contributes to pregnancy loss.
"Our findings also indicate that the male partner matters, too," Dr. Buck Louis said. "Male preconception consumption of caffeinated beverages was just as strongly associated with pregnancy loss as females'."

from: sciencedaily.com 

Friday, June 24, 2016

WHAT IS THE VANISHING TWIN SYNDROME?

The Vanishing Twin Syndrome

Guest Post By Denice Moffat
The Vanishing Twin Syndrome is personified by certain personality characteristics, gestational features and spiritual lessons. There is a higher incidence of this syndrome in healers. The theory is that if they could not save their own twin, their destiny is to dedicate themselves to saving others in the world. Do you have a vanishing twin?
Lawrence Wright's article, Double Mystery published in the New Yorker, August 7, 1995 explained that one out of eighty or ninety live human births produces twins. With the advent of ultrasonography it has been determined that at least one-eighth of all natural pregnancies begin as twins. This is evident when the first ultrasound detects twins and the second one does not. So what happens to these twins? Often, one external sign of a vanishing twin is vaginal bleeding. Using emotional clearing, I often detect vanishing twins.

 

 SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE AND TEN THINGS TO KNOW (getpregnantover40.com)


It seems to be more common with people in "care-giving" fields. Here are some of the findings and similarities I have put together over the years with Vanishing Twin Syndrome patients:
Typical Personality Characteristics of the Surviving Twin:
Control Issues: The surviving twin often has control issues and it may be based on the premise that since they couldn't control what happened in utero, they are doing everything in their power to do so now.
Survivor's guilt: There is a lot of survivor's guilt for taking the nutrition from the vanishing twin, not being able to help prevent the death of the twin and viewing this resorption process in utero. Once identifying this occurrence, the patient must go through the grieving process like in any death of someone that means a great deal to them. They experience loss, guilt, grief and anger at being separated from the twin. Sometimes the survivor does not care if they live or die and may occasionally have thoughts of suicide.
No competition: Survivors don't usually like competitive sports unless they are competing against themselves. They subconsciously feel that if they compete with others, death may result. They want everyone to get along and work together.
Sabotaging relationships: Sabotaging happens when relationships start going too well. The superconscious/subconscious thinking is that if they get close to someone that they will be in danger and might die from the actions of the surviving twin. Because they love this person so much, they will push them away to protect them. They also seem to self-sabotage to make sure they have paid for what their role was that caused their twin to depart in utero.
Not deserving: The survivor often feels they don't deserve all the good this world has to offer so they find ways to exclude themselves from receiving good. They are major givers, but not very accepting takers.
Money issues: These are motivated people. Because they do such good in the world, often money follows. The problem is that Vanishing Twins don't seem to be able to hold onto the money because they self-sabotage. Survivor's guilt prevents them from using the money for their own care. They give it away or let it flow through their hands, not keeping any of it for themselves.
Fascination with or friends with twins: Twins have a special energetic bonding with each other which lasts their entire lives. Just because your twin left you in utero, doesn't break that energetic bond. And if you don't feel your twin still around you, naturally you will be attracted to twin energy.
Feeling abandoned, left out, and excluded: These are the kids who get picked last for the team, who don't make friends easily and feel like other's can't relate to what they are going through. They are searching for close relationships but can't seem to find them. Often they would rather spend time with older people than kids their own age.
Low self-esteem, lack of self-love: This is one of the major Spiritual lessons that the survivor must work through before they can fully be the gift to the world that God intends. Low self esteem is intertwined with Unconditional Love of Self, Trust and Discernment, and Worthiness lessons. See handout on Spiritual Lessons for more on this.
Vanishing Twins are often in the Healing Field: Since they could not heal the situation in utero, they are intent on healing the world and saving others. There are lots of surviving twins who are massage therapists, doctors and nurses.
Vanishing Twins say or think, "I wish I could find somebody like me."
Other Weird Stuff: I actually had one woman I was working on take out a picture from her wallet to show me who her vanishing twin was. She explained that she believed in reincarnation and that she somehow felt attached to this man. When I asked her if she had ever met the man she said she hadn't, but that she felt compelled to cut his picture out and carry it around with her. At the time she had had the picture in her wallet for over two years.
How much do you know about your gestation and birth? The following items are clues in determining if you have a vanishing twin:
Trauma to the mother: Three to four months in utero is about the time the twin "checks out" and is being reabsorbed by the body. What are some causes? Some include getting hit in the stomach, car accidents, falling down a flight of stairs, emotional trauma, experiencing high fever from an illness, violent vomiting, etc.
Did your mother smoke? Studies show that smoking lowers the oxygen content of the blood so less oxygen is available to the fetus. Smoking is also associated with low birth weights. So does that mean there is less available nutrition for two fetuses?
History of twins in the bloodlines: Are there twins in the family? If so, there is a greater chance of repeating that within the same family lines.
Long labor: Here's how this works--when you have one baby ready to come out, the placenta (the sac that contains the fetus) and the pituitary gland produce a certain amount of a hormone called oxytocin (also called pitocin). The function of oxytocin is to cause muscular contractions to push the baby out. So, if there are two babies, then there is a proportionately larger amount of oxytocin. But, if one of the fetuses dies, there is not enough oxytocin to push out the extra residual placenta associated with the dead fetus, and the birthing process takes much longer. These days, a cesarean section is performed when the shutdown occurs to take the stress off the fetus.
No ultrasound background: If you were born before the 60's, most likely your mom did not have an ultrasound so twins could easily be missed. An x-ray was only rarely taken because we didn't want to expose the baby to radiation unnecessarily.
Giving birth in a hospital before the 70's: There used to be a time when doctors only gave their patient the information they thought they needed to know at the time. If the mother had a difficult birth or there was extra placenta or a resorbed fetal membranes, the doctor gave these to the nurse who disposed of them and did not tell the mother about it. I think midwives were a little more open to this miracle and included mothers in the information they gathered about their birthing and findings. Many midwives I've talked with have these placentas in their freezers and use them to educate other midwives about the process. Also, some midwives would save these extra placental tissues for the mother for a special burial ceremony later.
Many eggs released, few fertilized: A woman's ovaries produce hundreds of thousands of eggs from the ovarian tissue over her reproductive lifetime. Only a few of these are released each month. It takes the influence of several million sperm surrounding the egg for one to finally penetrate the egg and fertilize it. It seems as we get older, that twins are more common. Maybe it's our body's last ditch effort to procreate.
Imperfections or improper nutrients reaching both feti: It would make sense that not every egg is perfect and not every sperm is perfect. When the imperfection is too great, problems can occur in regards to the available nutrition for one or both of the babies. When this happens, the fetus starves and is then resorbed back into the body. The remaining fetus then has enough nutrition to grow to full-term.
Do you have any dermoid cysts? This is a little tumor made of every conceivable type of cell from skin cells, hair cells, tooth cells and more. Evidence of a resorbed fetus or a vanishing twin? I think so.
Life Lessons associated with the Vanishing Twin Syndrome:
These are the typical issues that the surviving twin must work through to live a full, happy, and productive life. Although many other people without twins also have to work through these issues, I see these lessons every time with those who have a vanishing twin.
o I love and accept myself unconditionally.
o I am important and a gift to our world.
o I deserve all the good this world has to offer.
o I am worthy.
o I forgive myself.
o I forgive God/Jesus/My Higher Power.
o God loves me.
If you relate to some of this information, you may have a vanishing twin. I would recommend the article: Life in the Womb: Dangers and Opportunities by David B Chamberlain, Ph.D.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

HOW ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS MAY CAUSE MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage and EMF's

I've written before about EMF's (eletromagnetic fields)and their possible association with miscarriage.
 But you may be unaware of some of the sources of EMF's that you're around every day in your home. One big one is your cordless phone...which may be worse than your cell phone! Read more:

The research suggests that certain EMFs might affect the pineal gland's secretion of melatonin at night. Melatonin is one of our bodies' most potent natural cancer fighters, as well as the vital hormone that regulates our wake/sleep cycle. Lowered levels of melatonin have been linked with breast, ovarian, prostate and melanoma cancers, as well as with psychological disorders such as depression and suicide. We all know what happens if we do not sleep well — not only are we more tired and grumpy, but we're also much more likely to catch a cold or sickness because our immune function is low. So, rather than initiate any specific disease like leukemia, it seems that EMFs may simply cause long-term stress and interference with our sleep and immune functions — weakening the body’s natural ability to maintain health and fight a variety of illnesses.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment (www.getpregnantover40.com)

For many people, the largest single source is from electrical wiring as well as lights, appliances and other electrical devices in the home. In particular, electrical wiring near the bedrooms can emit high EMFs all night long. Clocks and radios near the bed may also contribute. Exposures to EMFs from cordless phones, cell phones, wireless computer equipment, Wi-Fi, etc., are also increasing. Another common source is from power lines — both the high-voltage power lines on metal towers and the neighborhood distribution lines on wooden poles or buried underground. Computers, fluorescent lights and other equipment at work are another important source. And a strong EMF source that is usually overlooked is the automobile.


from:  
namastepacific.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

HOW VITAMINS CAN HELP MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage Prevention:  Vitamins May Help

I've written before about how certain vitmins and supplements can help prevent miscarriage. The study cited below showed a 57% decrease in miscarriage among women who took vitamins before and after conception.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more natural ways to prevent miscarriage
I always took a high quality multivitamin and actually took additional folic acid while I was trying to conceive.  I always think of vitamins as an "insurance policy"...if you don't get certain things from you diet.  Read more:

Between 2000 and 2008, Hasan's team interviewed 4752 women during their first trimester of pregnancy to determine their use of prenatal vitamins and multi-vitamins.

Overall, 95 percent of the women reported using prenatal vitamins or multivitamins at some point during the first three months of pregnancy. About half the women reported taking vitamins prior to conception.

There were 524 miscarriages among the subjects. The researchers found that the risk for miscarriage was 57 percent lower among women who took vitamins, compared to those who did not.

This reduced risk was not altered by other factors including age, hormone use, the number of prior pregnancies, smoking status, race/ethnicity, educational level, and marital status, note Hasan and colleagues.

"Because miscarriage occurs very early in pregnancy, it is important for women of reproductive age, who may become pregnant, to eat a balanced diet and use vitamins." Hasan advised.

from:.foxnews.com

Friday, June 17, 2016

CLEANING PRODUCTS AND MISCARRIAGE

Cleaning Agents - Cause of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Birth Defects

Guest Post By Judy Ford

A modern home is likely to retain a range of highly toxic chemicals for cleaning. They often come with tantalising labels that offer protection from infections and illness. In addition there are often toxic air fresheners, room deodorisers and toilet sanitisers, all of which claim to remove noxious smells and contaminants from the indoor environment. In reality these sophisticated cleaning agents are usually far more dangerous to health than the infectious agents they purport to remove. They frequently contain several toxic chemicals Many affect reproduction as well as seriously compromising general health.

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DETOXIFICATION OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT (getpregnantover40.com) 

 

I was alerted to the dangers of bathroom cleaners to reproduction after giving talks about my research results on lifestyle and reproduction. One woman told me that every time she cleaned her shower she would become dizzy and nauseous. Apparently her technique was to get into the shower, spray her cleaner on the tiles and then wash it off with very hot water. The heat plus the fumes were a dangerous combination. She was not alone. I soon discovered that many women regularly had reactions to their zealous cleaning. Many of these women had been told they had unexplained infertility. Others, who worked as cleaners, spoke about the disturbances in their menstrual cycles that occurred soon after taking up cleaning work.
The medical literature has many studies on the health risks of working with cleaning agents. These risks commonly include high rates of asthma and general high disability rates. Studies from Mexican American and Dutch women show increased rates of neural tube defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) in the children of female cleaners. Even fathers who are exposed to moderate to high levels of cleaning agents have increased numbers of children with neural tube defects.
The chemical p-dichlorobenzene is an example of a chemical frequently found in sanitisers, especially toilet bowl deodorisers and mothballs. This is an extremely dangerous chemical. A group of animals repeatedly exposed to 798 ppm of p-dichlorobenzene developed eye irritation, marked tremors, weakness, and loss of weight. Some died. In five cases of human exposure to p-dichlorobenzene in mothballs, one person with only moderate exposure complained of severe headache, swelling of tissues around the eyes and profuse rhinitis. These symptoms subsided 24 hours after cessation of exposure. However, the other four persons who had more prolonged exposure developed anorexia, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and liver involvement with jaundice. Two of these people died. A third developed cirrhosis of the liver.
From a reproductive perspective, the most dangerous chemicals found in cleaning agents are formaldehyde, toluene and ethylene glycol butyl ether. Formaldehyde is commonly used to suppress the central nervous system smell receptors so that we cannot smell bad smells. It is used in most air fresheners. As well as causing cancer, it disrupts the menstrual cycle hence causing infertility, miscarriage and birth defects. Toluene is a solvent used in many different types of cleaning agents. It is also a reproductive toxin. Ethylene glycol butyl ether (2-butoxyethanol) is a solvent in carpet and specialist cleaners. It causes reproductive problems as well as blood disorders, liver and kidney problems. Ammonia may also cause problems. It is a natural fertility inhibitor and is also a respiratory irritant.
Books on safe cleaning methods advocate using bicarbonate of soda on a cloth for lightly soiled surfaces and bicarbonate and a brush for more difficult stains. Vinegar or lemon juice or vinegar with bicarbonate will remove most stains including baked on grease. In my experience you can really achieve a great deal with any one of these alone or with mixtures of them. Lemon juice is particularly good in shower recesses. Vinegar and bicarbonate will have your toilet shining. Eucalyptus Oil or Vanilla will give it a pleasant smell. These natural products are safe, effective and cheap and won't compromise fertility.
It amazes me that clever marketing convinces us to fill our homes with toxic chemicals when simple, old-fashioned techniques are as, if not more effective. Many women needlessly suffer reproductive problems all in the mistaken belief that they are improving their own and their family's health.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage [http://www.itsnatural.com.au/miscarriage.shtml], causes of infertility and birth defects [http://www.itsnatural.com.au/infertility.shtml]. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website http://www.itsnatural.com.au.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MOONSTONE TO HELP WITH MISCARRIAGE

Fertility and Miscarriage Jewels, Gems, Stones and Symbols

fertility necklace
Fertility necklace with Moonstone and Rose Quartz
Have you ever wondered if there are protective gems and stones for miscarriage? There is something called "Moonstone" which is supposed to be tied to the moon. It is said to help women regulate their cycles and it is supposed to be good for receptivity (in terms of getting pregnant, this would refer to helping your body accept the implanted embryo since some women experiencing recurrent miscarriage develop antibodies against their pregnancy resulting in miscarriage)

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON FERTILITY GEMS AND STONES (getpregnantover40.com)


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Fertility Goddess Moonstone Necklace


Monday, June 13, 2016

HOMOCYSTEINE AND MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage and Homocysteine 

Homocysteine is an amino acid which, when elevated, can be an indication of a number of health conditions.
 Here is an article which discusses the relationship between pregnancy complications, folic acid and homocysteine. Read more:

From the article:

Conclusions: This is the first longitudinal study to
show that homocysteine concentrations increase in late
pregnancy toward nonpregnant values; an increase that
can be limited by enhancing folate status through continued
folic acid supplementation.


See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com) 

 These results indicate
a potential role for continued folic acid supplementation
in reducing pregnancy complications associated
with hyperhomocysteinemia.


from: 
www.clinchem.org

Friday, June 10, 2016

THYROID DISORDERS, DANGER IN PREGNANCY

The Sly Masquerader - Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN

A 26 year old, newly-pregnant woman sits on the exam table in her obstetrician's office. She is excited about her pregnancy and does not want to complain about her nausea, vomiting, weight loss, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. The obstetrician can tell just by looking at her that she seems to be suffering the normal symptoms of pregnancy and is not overly worried. After all, nausea and vomiting occur in 50-80% of all pregnant women, especially between the 5th and 13th week. The doctor reassures the patient that this is normal, and encourages her to hydrate and rest. Sometimes the physician will suggest a medication, or a supplement, to reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Is it possible that this woman is experiencing something more severe than the normal, early pregnancy symptoms?
One of the great masqueraders for pregnant women is thyroid disease. Many of the symptoms that women experience in the early stages of pregnancy are the exact symptoms that occur with thyroid problems. Women will commonly experience fatigue, weight gain, constipation, insomnia, and lethargy. Health care providers will often reassure patients that this is normal and these symptoms are due to the hormonal and physiological changes that one expects with the early stages of a healthy pregnancy. However, one must be on the alert that these same symptoms could be representative of a much more serious underlying problem; one that could have major, negative ramifications on the pregnancy and the newborn infant. Left undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) could result in serious, high-risk conditions during the pregnancy. Prematurity, preeclampsia, placental separation (abruption), and/or serious consequences in the child such as congenital cretinism (mental retardation, deafness, muteness).
This weeks article will focus only on hy-PER-thyroidism (when you have too much thyroid hormone.)

SEE ALSO: THYROID, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (Getpregnantover40.com) 

 

Next week we will review hyp-O-thyroidism. (when you have too little thyroid hormone) and its effects on pregnancy.
Who should get screened for thyroid disease in pregnancy?
The current American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines state that thyroid functions should be checked only in women with a personal history of thyroid disease or symptoms of thyroid disease. It is NOT universally recommended to test all pregnant women even though there are cases of women who have disease that do not have symptoms (subclinical cases).
How does maternal thyroid hormone effect the fetus?
The fetal brain is completely dependent on maternal thyroid hormone until about 12 weeks gestation. At that time, the fetus is able to manufacture its own thyroid hormone in conjunction with the maternal hormone that crosses the placenta. Diminished levels of thyroid hormone in the mother impair fetal brain development. Elevated levels can also cross the placenta and cause excessive production in the fetus. (Graves disease.)
What is hyperthyroidism?
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the neck that controls metabolism. It receives a message (TSH) from an area in the brain called the pituitary which releases thyroid hormone (T4).
When the gland produces more hormone than it is supposed to, hyperthyroidism is diagnosed (elevated thyroid hormone T4 and low TSH.) This can occur in about.2% of all pregnancies. The most common form of the disease is Graves disease where certain antibodies are made by the body that stimulate thyroid hormone production. Other causes can be multinodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, an extra thyroid source of hormone production (certain tumors of the ovary or pituitary), thyroid adenoma.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

  • nervousness
  • tremors
  • tachycardia
  • frequent stool
  • excessive sweating
  • heat intolerance
  • weight loss
  • goiter
  • insomnia
  • palpitations
  • hypertension
  • eye changes-lagging of the eyelid and retraction of the eye lid
What are the risks to the mother and the fetus if hyperthyroidism is left untreated?
If left untreated, hyperthyroid can cause:

  • preterm delivery
  • severe preeclampsia
  • heart failure
  • fetal loss
  • low birth weight infants
  • stillbirth
  • fetal hyperthyroidism
How do you treat hyperthyroidism in the mother?
A classification of drugs called thioamides are used to treat hyperthyroidism.

  • PTU
  • methimazole
These drugs prevent the manufacture of the thyroid hormone by preventing a needed substrate iodine from attaching to the thyroid molecule and it also blocks the the manufacture of of another active form of the hormone T3.
These drugs do cross the placenta and can effect the fetal thyroid, although it is generally transient. Generally, these drugs are safe to use in pregnancy but rare side effects of the drug can include fever, sore throat, hepatitis, rash, nausea, loss of taste and smell, loss of appetite and a very serious and rare side effect called agranulocytosis (less than 1%) which is an abnormal condition of the blood characterized by a severe reduction of white blood cells (fever, prostration and bleeding ulcers of rectum, mouth, and vagina.)
Infants must be observed carefully after birth with mothers on antithyroid medication since newborns have been known to have neonatal hypothyroidism and goiter in mothers who have been treated. Babies are ultrasounded during pregnancy looking for fetal goiter and growth problems which can present problems at delivery due to the hyperextension of the neck.
It is generally considered safe to breast feed on these medications.
Other drugs used to treat hyperthyroidism are beta-blockers (propranolol) which act to reduce the rapid heart rate that can occur. Side effects from this drug can include growth retardation in the fetus, fetal bradycardia (slowed heart rate) and hypoglycemia in the infant (low blood sugar).
Radioactive iodine is never used in pregnancy since it can ablate the fetal thyroid. A patient was treated with radioactive iodine prior to becoming pregnant, should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 4 months. If all medications fail, or allergy to the medications exist, thyroidectomy, or surgical excision of the thyroid is recommended.
What is subclinical hyperthyroidism?
In about 1.7% of women there are asymptomatic women with normal thyroid hormone but a low TSH. This condition generally has been found to have no effect on the pregnancy since it is the maternal T4 level that is critical for fetal brain development, regardless of what the TSH level is. However, these women should be observed for osteoporosis, cardiovascular morbidity and progression to overt disease or thyroid failure in the future.
What is thyroid storm?
Thyroid storm is an acute obstetrical emergency that occurs in about 10% of women with hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include a change in mental status, seizures, nausea, diarrhea, and cardiac arrythmias. Patients are placed in the intensive care unit for constant monitoring and observation since there is a high risk of maternal heart failure. Thyroid storm can be precipitated by an acute surgical emergency, infection, diabetes. anesthesia, and noncompliance with thyroid medications. In addition to the usual treatment of hyperthyroidism as described above, steroids are commonly given.
Can thyroid disease present itself right after delivery?
About 6 to 9% of women with no history of thyroid disease can present with disease after delivery, generally within the first year postpartum. This is common in women that have previously known thyroid antibodies that are not activated until after the delivery, or women with a strong family history of diabetes or other autoimmune disorders. Most women have transient hyperthyroidism which then converts to hypothyroidism requiring treatment. About 77% of women will completely recover but 30% will continue with thyroid disease permanently. Many women that recover will develop this disorder again with subsequent pregnancies.
Summary:
Because of the close similarity of symptoms that occur with a normal early pregnancy, be sure to ask your health care providers if you should be screened for thyroid disease. Discovery and correction of this condition can have beneficial ramifications to ensure a happy, healthy mother and baby. As stated in many previous articles, pregnancy can be the crystal ball of future medical conditions and by being vigilant, pregnancy can help a woman avoid diseases and conditions from surfacing later in life.
Dr. Michele Brown, OBGYN, and founder of Beaute de Maman - Beaute de Maman recognizes the importance of folate supplementation during pregnancy. Often women having severe nausea and vomiting in the first trimester of pregnancy can be at greater risk of folate deficiency. In addition to providing supplementation of folate through prenatal vitamins, controlling the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy with the Beaute de Maman's natural dietary herbal supplement can help prevent having a deficiency in this important vitamin. The Beaute de Maman Product contains ginger and Vitamin B6 as a first line natural remedy as per the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

SHOULD YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR MISCARRIAGE PUBLICLY?

 I was very private about both my infertility and my repeated miscarriages.  I really didn't want unsolicited advice and I just felt that it was a bit humiliating to continually fail at something that other people take for granted.  I was also a bit sensitive about my age and I didn't want anyone to raise their eyebrows at the fact that I was over 40 and trying to conceive.  People in the fertile world don't always understand what it is like to fail at something that hits you to the core of your being.  This article is about someone who saw both sides of the issue.  Read more:


SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

 

Couples of a certain age, and at a certain stage in their relationship, can expect to be asked if or when they plan on having children. Last year, writer Emily Bingham urged her Facebook friends in a viral post to stop with the intrusive line of questioning. "You don't know who is struggling with infertility or grieving a miscarriage or dealing with health issues," she wrote. But Dan Majesky, who works at the University of Cincinnati, took a different approach. 
from: bbc.com

Monday, June 06, 2016

CAN AIRPORT SCREENING HURT PREGNANCY?

Miscarriage and Airport Scanning

If you only fly once a year on vacation, you probably don't have anything to worry about.
 However, if you're a frequent flyer or a flight attendant, you may unknowingly be exposed to quite a bit of radiation. This article explains more about radiation levels used in airport security screening:

From the article:

How about reproductive safety? As far as I could tell from the existing research referenced in the FDA report, no specific fertility studies were cited. The dearth of fertility studies is hardly surprising since you couldn’t ethically use human subjects and animal studies are frequently criticized as not being relevant. Robert Brent, MD, PhD of the Health Physics Society published a summary of radiation exposure during pregnancy.

The Health Physics Society report states that to cause a miscarriage, exposures above 200 mSv are usually necessary. Most diagnostic procedures deliver less than 50 mSv, according to Dr. Brent. A airport scan delivers less than 0.25 µSv. Remember in the metric system, one thousand micro (µ) units equal one milli (m) unit. So an airport scan is tens of thousands of units less than needed to induce a miscarriage. Developmental abnormalities are another concern and can be induced by radiation exposure in later weeks of pregnancy (after the first two weeks) if exposures over 200-300 mSv occur.

The Health Physics society has issued its own policy statement about the “Use of Ionizing Radiation for Security Screening Individuals” which you can read here. Briefly, the society states that:


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The practice of using radiation to scan people should be limited to those applications that result in an overall net benefit to society.
When the practice is used to screen members of the general public, the effective dose delivered should not exceed 0.25 µSv (25 microrem) per screening, or 250 µSv (25 millirem) in a year. (Doses achieved with about 1000 scans)
Subjects should be informed of the radiation exposure.

The John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory performed an engineering study for the TSA to measure exposures from radiation produced by the RapiScan brand of security scanner. Exposures were determined from radiation detected by sensors- no humans were harmed in this study! The heavily redacted study report can be accessed from the TSA site. I am not an engineer so I can’t evaluate the report, but the conclusion of the report is that the delivered dose from the scan would be less than the maximum allowed 0.25 microSv, if the scanner is functioning correctly.


from: 
fertilitylabinsider.com

Friday, June 03, 2016

HOW MISCARRIAGE CHANGES NEXT PREGNANCY

I certainly could relate to the following article about how women react to their next pregnancy after miscarriage.  Since I had recurrent miscarriage, by the time I had my successful pregnancy, I really didn't believe I was going to walk away with a real live baby when it was over.  Even the day I went in for delivery, I couldn't grasp the concept of actually having a baby.  But, I did, and that should be encouraging to anyone who is feeling hopeless.  As I frequently say, "If I can have a baby, anyone can!".  Read more:


SEE ALSO: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)


In a 2014 Dutch study, women described their first pregnancy as “living on a cloud” — they fantasized about life with their little one, mulled over names, and obsessively search every aspect of pregnancy on the Internet. But their post-miscarriage pregnancies were different. They performed multiple pregnancy tests out of an insistent need for proof that they were still, in fact, pregnant. Exercise was abandoned. They hesitated to bond with their unborn child.   
In fact, these anxious mothers-to-be may try to squelch all emotions and even forgo any behaviors associated with their previous pregnancy. “A lot of women decide that they have to do it differently the next time around, so they hold back,” said Joanne Paley Galst, a psychologist who specializes in pregnancy loss. This is what psychologists call “emotional cushioning,” a way for the woman to protect herself from pain, often by refusing to prepare for her child’s arrival. “It’s not because they don’t care,” Galst said. “It’s because they value this pregnancy so much.”
from:yahoo news

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

THE LONLINESS OF MISCARRIAGE

Even if you've been open about your pregnancy with others, miscarriage can be a lonely experience. I was very private about my pregnancies - that made the miscarriage experience even more lonely and isolating (I guess there is a tradeoff between having your pregnancies fail publicly and having access to support). Here is an article where one woman shares her emotions after miscarriage:

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 OR ANY AGE, WHAT TO KNOW (getpregnantover40.com)


When a friend dies, you can seek solace in the company of other mourners. Miscarriage, by contrast is an entirely private grief. There's me and my partner, and he's generally so intent on protecting and comforting me that it's hard for him to make space for his emotions. "How are you?" a friend will ask, in a conversational tone, and I wonder, do they really want to know the blackness of my mood? Every time it happens, I find it harder to struggle through, and yet I fear that, for my friends, this drama has become repetitive and boring. With each miscarriage I need help more, yet I feel I can ask for it less.

I am a mother. I have a child, conceived after my third miscarriage. In an earnest attempt at consolation, I am repeatedly told "Well, at least you have got him". And it's true, and I love my son dearly: he is perfect, wonderful and amazing. I am aware that the pain of other women who never carry a child must be greater than mine. But that doesn't mean that I'm not hurting. Having had a baby, I know exactly what it is I've lost. I know what it feels like to give birth, to breast-feed and to raise a child. The stack of baby clothes that I have in the attic is slowly diminishing, pragmatically distributed to women who are actually having babies, not ghosts.

And alongside the helplessness and hopelessness there is another, even darker emotion. It could be politely described as bitterness. How it actually feels to me is hatred. I hate pregnant women. This is nuts. I have been heavily pregnant myself and I know it's no fun. What I should feel is sympathy. Envy would be understandable, but hatred? What's going on here?

There's generally no point trying to bury your emotions. It's only by feeling them and naming them that you can get through them. And if you try to run away from them, they have a habit of catching up with you. Jealousy and hatred are impolite, socially unacceptable emotions, but they could serve a purpose. Throughout the animal kingdom, there are examples of bereaved mothers attempting to steal babies. Maybe I'm just part of a bigger picture here. The survival of the species is best achieved if there is a mechanism for matching up thwarted parents with unwanted babies. And I have reached the point where I've thought, "She's got my baby. That's my baby that she's growing." Insanity, I know, but possibly evolutionarily useful insanity. 

from: www.independent.co.uk

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