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Monday, April 24, 2017


Recurrent Miscarriage Pregnancy Loss Can Be Helped With Chinese Medicine

 I really like the Chinese Medicine philosophy when it comes to getting pregnant over 40 or any age.
They look at the whole person rather than just giving drugs and medications to force your body to ovulate whether it's ready or not.  Treating some of the underlying causes of miscarriage will help  you carry to term.  This site does a good job of explaining the Chinese philosophy of treating infertility and the underlying cause of miscarriage:

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 From the principles TCM, our body must be in an “optimized” state of  balance before one can conceive.  To maintain a pregnancy, one must maintain the same balance.
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But such balance is not as clear as black and white, on and off, or zero and one state.  Instead, it is a bell-shaped curve with the highest point on the top as the state of optimal balance.  In other words, a woman can and often does get pregnant when she is in a suboptimal state.  But, it is this group of pregnancies that are often subject to the greatest chance of miscarriage after becoming pregnant without acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments.  When the body’s condition deviates too far from the optimal balance point, there will be no more pregnancy.   The process of maintaining a pregnancy past the 1st trimester is much like driving on a paved country road for 3 months without veering off onto the soft shoulder.   Being pregnant with suboptimal balance is much like driving a car with two wheels on the soft unpaved shoulder of a road.  If all four wheels get on and stay on the paved road, the pregnancy will go on.  But, there is higher chance for all four wheels to slide off onto the unpaved soft shoulder and get stuck, or for the patient to miscarry.  

Let us look at the genetic factors.  When fetal tissues from miscarriages are analyzed, approximately 70% will have chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomies 13, 16, 18, 21 and 22.  In most cases, the couple is chromosomally normal.  Therefore, the fetal chromosomal abnormality is considered a “random” event.

This event is the result of a failed division of a pair of chromosomes.  Under normal circumstances, only one branch of the pair is copied  instead of the whole pair.   This condition occurs more frequently with the increased age of a couple.  As we age, optimal balance is harder to maintain and more is needed to restore balance for both partners of a couple in order to prevent miscarriages.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments help achieve this balance.  When eggs or sperm develop under an optimized condition, there is less chance of environmental damage to an otherwise genetically normal egg or sperm.
  The process of maintaining a pregnancy past the 1st trimester is much like driving on a paved country road for 3 months without veering off onto the soft shoulder.   Being pregnant with suboptimal balance is much like driving a car with two wheels on the soft unpaved shoulder of a road.  If all four wheels get on and stay on the paved road, the pregnancy will go on.  But, there is higher chance for all four wheels to slide off onto the unpaved soft shoulder and get stuck, or for the patient to miscarry. 

Endocrine factors.  Thyroid hormones TSH, T3, T4, Estrogen, and Progesterone all have a profound influence on the state of the optimal balance and vise versa.  Abnormal balance will in turn lead to hormonal imbalance.  Luteal phase defect is just an example of inadequate progesterone level or progesterone receptor response to the hormone.  

Circulatory factors.  This is one of the major factors in recurrent miscarriages.  Blood circulation to the pelvis is crucial in achieving and maintaining a pregnancy.  It delivers the necessary nutrients, hormones and oxygen, and removes the metabolic waste products.  Hormones FSH and estrogen need to communicate between the pituitary and the ovaries.  Such communications are done thru the blood flow and carry these hormones.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Uterine Fibroids

Guest Post By Dr. Miriam D. Martin

Fibroid tumors are benign growths originating in the uterus. The incidence of uterine fibroid tumors increases as women grow older, and they may occur in more than 30 percent of women 40 to 60 years of age. (American Family Physician 2007) Most women have no symptoms related to these tumors. However, there are some, who unfortunately, face a myriad of signs and symptoms related to fibroids.
The most common symptom is abnormal uterine bleeding. The periods may be heavier and/or longer. Spotting may occur between the normal menstrual cycle. There may be severe pain (dysmenorrhea) associated with fibroids as well. If the bleeding is excessive or prolonged, iron deficiency anemia may develop.
Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, additional symptoms and conditions may develop.
These may include:
  • pelvic pain
  • abdominal pressure
  • back pain
  • urinary obstruction
  • painful defecation
  • infertility
  • miscarriage
It is not known why uterine fibroids develop. Research done by the Mayo Clinic suggests:
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  • Genetic alterations. Many fibroids contain alterations in genes that code for uterine muscle cells.
  • Hormones. Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate development of the uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy, appear to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and estrogen receptors than do normal uterine muscle cells.
  • Other chemicals. Substances that help the body maintain tissues, such as insulin-like growth factor, may affect fibroid growth.
Other potential risk factors which are being studied are:
  • Obesity. Some studies have suggested that obese women are at higher risk of fibroids, but other studies have not shown a link.
  • Oral contraceptives. So far, strong data exist showing that women who take oral contraceptives have a lower risk of fibroids. This is generally true for all women, except those who start oral contraceptives between ages 13 and 16.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth. Researchers have also looked at whether pregnancy and giving birth may have a protective effect, and so far pregnancy and childbirth seem to have a protective effect.
According to a new study, African-American women whose diet is largely comprised of foods that spike blood sugar levels may be at an increased risk of developing uterine fibroids. (Infertility and Miscarriage Examiner)
Diagnosis of uterine fibroids is generally made during gynecologic physical examination. The examiner may feel a mass or note enlargement of the uterus. Confirmation of the diagnosis can be made with ultrasound.
In general, uterine fibroids cause no symptoms and require no treatment. Until recently, the mainstay of treatment for fibroids was hormonal therapy or surgery. Since uterine fibroids are stimulated by estrogens, anti-estrogen hormones are used to shrink the tumors. However, there are many side affects to hormone therapy, i.e., osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms. As a result, hormone therapy is only used for a short time and the fibroids tend to recur once the therapy is discontinued.
The two main surgical interventions are hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), and myomectomy (removal of the tumors). Newer advances in the treatment of fibroids and their symptoms are uterine artery embolization (blocking of blood flow to uterine vessels leading to shrinking of the tumors) and endometrial ablation (destruction of the uterine lining).
If you are experiencing symptoms from uterine fibroids, discuss your options with your health professional. There are many options, other than hysterectomy available. Undoubtedly, with continued research, other techniques are on the horizon as well.
Dr. Miriam Martin is the Medical Director of MD Medical, Inc. located in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Her areas of specialization include Emergency Medicine/Family Practice, and Bariatric (weight loss) Medicine. The center focuses on the the physical, psychological, and nutritional health and well-being of individuals and families.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Miscarriage:  Where Does The Baby Go?

I've talked to a number of women who've experienced miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage. When these women do succeed in having a baby, many wonder if one of their miscarried baby's souls "came back" into their baby.

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Obviously my official answer to this is "I don't know". All I can give you is my experience and my pick me) is she knew that I had the maturity and patience to deal with her strong personality. I frequently joke around and say "Any baby that can survive in my uterus must be pretty strong willed".
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opinion. Before my daughter was born, while I was pregnant with her, she moved around like crazy. I would feel her kick more than 40 times in one hour. After she was born she was and still is VERY active and has a real zest for life. She wants to participate in everything and she isn't one that needs a lot of reassurance or cuddling (I wish she liked to cuddle more). I think one reason she picked me as her mother (and I think she did

So in answer to whether or not one of my six miscarried babies came back as my daughter, I would have to say no. I think my daughter held on so tight there's no way I could have ever lost her pregnancy. I'm not saying that my babies who miscarried didn't have the will to live (and I try not to blame myself for not being able to give them life), it's just that my "gut" feeling is that they were all different souls.

I often wonder where they are and who they are. My daughter would have loved a sibling (and we're so happy with one, we never even coNsidered having another). Maybe we'll all meet again someday.

Monday, April 17, 2017


What The Bible Says About Having A Miscarriage?

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Author: Albert Seal

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18 ESV
A miscarriage is especially damaging on the mother. Simply put, there is no more devastating experience than carrying a child—your child—in your stomach for nine months, nourishing it with your own body, singing it to sleep, only to give birth to a stillborn or a dead baby. But the miscarriage is painful to the father as well, of course, but it's still the mother that suffers the most from the experience. A miscarriage can really break a woman's spirit.
The trauma brought on by a miscarriage is one the reason why a pregnancy following a miscarriage has become a sensitive issue of debate for both Christian and non-Christian couples. It is not only the emotional bond of the mother to her new child that is at stake here – but also the Lord's stand on pregnancy following a miscarriage?
When is the right time to try again? What does the inspirational Bible verses say about having children following such a tragedy?


"Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might
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continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—" Romans 9:11 ESV

As the father and breadwinner, it is understandable that you'd want to have children with your wife. But after a miscarriage, the situation becomes completely messed up.
First things first, you must consider her feelings. Is the pain still fresh in her mind and in her heart? Losing your child is no simple thing. You must be certain the wife is ready to take on the task of another pregnancy.
As the father, next you must consider her health. Is her body ready for another pregnancy? You need to talk to your family doctor about this issue. There are several reasons why women have miscarriages, and make sure the same reasons don't spill over to your next attempt at a baby. If the miscarriage was due to malnutrition, then be certain your wife is healthy and in good shape before you guys try again.
Here's an inspiring Bible quote:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5 ESV
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Ectopic Pregnancy and IVF Frozen Embryos

Wow, I was astounded to read this article about how frozen embryos increase the chance of ectopic pregnancy.
I had two ectopics, which both were the result of IVF. Statistically, there is a higher risk of ectopic with IVF, but frozen embryos have a 17 times greater risk! If ectopic pregnancies rupture, it can be life threatening. Read more:



Using frozen embryos in fertility treatment raises the risk of a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy by 17 times, researchers have found.

Using frozen embryos in fertility treatment raises the risk of a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy by 17 times, researchers have found.

Scientists had thought that the risk of ectopic pregnancy was only slightly increased for frozen embryos compared with the use of "fresh" embryos. The American researchers said they had been surprised by the results and were not sure of the reason.

Alison Cook, a spokeswoman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which regulates fertility treatment in Britain, said the study was a "serious concern". "We have never come across these figures before. We will be studying the research," she said.

When a woman first has IVF treatment, doctors usually transfer between one and three "fresh" test-tube embryos into the uterus.
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In the past 10 years technology has meant that increasing numbers of couples are choosing to freeze some of the created embryos, giving them a chance of trying further IVF cycles if the first one fails. After the first attempt, women can use the frozen embryos without having to go through the painful process of hormone treatment, egg retrieval and fertilisation for a second, third or even fourth time.

Frozen embryo storage also allows patients having chemotherapy treatment and other women to create fertilised embryos and delay motherhood until they want to try for a family.

Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned at the effect of the freezing process on embryos. Last month, the fertility expert Lord Winston called for more research, and warned that some women were, in effect, being experimented on before the dangers were known.

A study carried out by Lord Winston's team at the Hammersmith Hospital in west London has shown that some types of embryo freezing may alter behaviour of a gene that supresses tumours. Delaying the transfer of embryos to a mother - another technique used in some clinics - also seemed to interfere with genes in animal experiments, he said.

The new study by scientists at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, to be presented to the annual confe- rence of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Texas today,has revealed more concerns. The researchers compared 2,452 cycles of IVF using fresh embryos, with 392 using frozen transfers. They found that 1.8 per cent of the fresh cycles led to an ectopic pregnancy, compared with 31.8 per cent of the frozen attempts.


Monday, April 10, 2017


Miscarriage Rates Are Hard To Quantify

It seems we keep hearing about higher miscarriage rates, but the rate of miscarriage may just appear to be higher because women have the ability to detect pregnancy so early.  I've seen statistics that up to 20% of pregnancies may miscarry - and on top of that, there are many unconfirmed conceptions and pregnancies which miscarry and are taken as a period.

I do believe however, that there are factors that may contribute to miscarriage that can controlled naturally - such as stress, exposure to toxins, use of certain medications, diet, etc.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017


Miscarriage and Uterine Lining Enzyme

I suffered six miscarriages before I had my daughter.  I frequently wonder if my change in diet and lifestyle might have changed my body chemistry to a point where I was able to conceive and carry to term.  All of my doctors put me in the "unexplained" category...and some just called me "too old".  But there may be more to the story.
If you've never heard of SGK1, you're not alone, I hadn't either. But, apparently, this enzyme in either high or low quantities may explain both infertility and miscarriage. Read more:


From the article:

Researchers from Imperial College London looked at tissue samples from the womb lining, donated by 106 women who were being treated at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust either for unexplained infertility or for recurrent pregnancy loss.

The women with unexplained infertility had been trying to get pregnant for two years or more and the most common reasons for infertility had been ruled out. The researchers discovered that the womb lining in these women had high levels of the enzyme SGK1. Conversely, the women suffering from recurrent pregnancy loss had low levels of SGK1.

Monday, April 03, 2017


Sharing news of your pregnancy

Many people are so excited about their pregnancy, that they share it with the world on social media like Facebook and other sites.  The problem is, if things don't go as planned and a woman miscarries, it creates a dilemma as to how to handle it.

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  I was pregnant before I ever had a facebook account, however, we were very careful not to tell anyone about my pregnancy until I had finished my first trimester and we were fairly certain the pregnancy would make it.   Here is one woman's story:

"Facebook made it infinitely harder," says Jenna Lemaster of Palm Desert, Calif., who miscarried at 18 weeks. "I chose to take down the pictures and my postings about the pregnancy," but then she felt guilty. "I didn't want to pretend like it never happened, but I had to remove it so I could heal and not have a constant reminder."
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Miscarriage can lead to depression that can last from a few months to several years, experts say. And women tend to feel they are being observed in their grief, even if a miscarriage is not announced online, says Julianne Zweifel, a clinical psychologist in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. "That feeling of being observed is only expanded when women share in the social space," she says. "Women don't want to appear as oversad or judged as melodramatic. But if they are doing OK, they wonder if they come off as cold or uncaring."
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Saturday, April 01, 2017


I have a DVD called "Fertility Bodywork" where I demonstrate the acupressure points to help enhance fertility, but can acupressure help prevent miscarriage? This article explains how it may help prevent pregnancy loss.  Read more:
  • Acupressure treatment for pregnant women is generally initiated in the first week through to the twelfth. It is beneficial for mothers to be as it facilitates absorption of nutrients and hormones, cutting down the risk of miscarriage.
  • Capitalizing on what the body is already doing right, acupressure points encourage correct positioning of the baby, promote lactation and reduce post-partum pain. In fact, there are points which can be stimulated in order to induce labour naturally.
  • A point located at the top of the head on the skull is actually one of the acupressure points to prevent miscarriage and stop bleeding.
  • However, there are certain points that an acupressure practitioner must avoid on a pregnant lady. While dull pressure is ok, pinpoint pressuring must be avoided at all times.
  • Acupressure points near ankles, the SP6 located at three fingers’ width above the ankle and
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    Hegu on the hand should be avoided under all circumstances. If manipulated, this point can lead to preterm contractions, resulting in premature birth.
  • Points on the lower abdomen and lower back should be avoided to prevent any injury to the foetus. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

This article is tragic but inspirational. This woman tried to build a family for 18 years.
She suffered multiple miscarriage and the loss of her son. But she finally had a normal pregnancy after 18 years. Good things can happen, even after so much loss. Read more:


On October 31, three weeks before their baby was due, Tina noticed she’d lost some blood. She got to
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hospital and six pushes later was holding her perfect baby daughter and counting her fingers and toes. They called her Kara Jacqualene after the doctor who helped them so much.

“When I held Kara for the first time it didn’t seem real,” says Tina.

“All the years of sadness make us love her more. No matter what she asks for, she’ll probably get it. Jack could never ask for anything – I can’t wait for her to ask for things.”

They have bought Kara lots of toys and have been inundated with baby clothes. “She has a better wardrobe than me,” jokes Tina.

“Jack would have adored her. He loved children. When she’s old enough we’ll tell her all about her amazing brother and how we never gave up on her.

“She is our dream come true."


Sunday, March 26, 2017


A Willingness to Live - A Clairvoyant's View of Baby Psychology and Parent Psychology

Guest Post By Jean Mastellone

I am a clairvoyant with an unusual ability to see deeply into the human subconscious. I have worked as a clairvoyant researcher for over 20 years in a project whose objective was to discover the root cause of negative human experience. During that time, while tracking child, teen, and adult destructive behavior patterns, I have recorded hundreds of segments detailing the psychological
experience of the person's womb life. The following are some of my clairvoyant observations relating to prenatal psychology and life inside the womb.
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Baby psychology and parent psychology are interconnected. We have much to learn about baby psychology and positive parenting. What typically goes on subconsciously and psychologically between babies and their parents is extremely influential and often shocking.



Willingness to live and grow
In order to stay and grow, an embryo body has many developmental obstacles to get through. There are zillions of connections that have to be made perfectly. This takes a degree of physical and mental health on the part of both baby and mother. The embryo consciousness, from conception, is participating in making those connections with his or her willingness to live and grow. The embryo's cooperation is a definite factor in personal health and development.
This participation and cooperation became apparent to me while I was clairvoyantly reading a mother who had had two miscarriages and desperately wanted to keep her current baby. At first, I thought the embryo consciousness was "dormant" or sleeping, but later I saw that she in fact was actively and subconsciously communicating with her mother by expressing her willingness to live. The mother was "willing" her baby to stay and grow and the embryo was "willing" the same. Together, they were getting through places of potential danger where certain hook-ups could have been weak or flawed. I sensed at that time that if people could consciously tap-into their full memory files, they would be able to remember exactly how their embryo body had been formed.
While observing a four-week-old embryo, I saw that the baby's mother had subconsciously put negative thought energy on her baby because she was extremely upset about being pregnant. Amazingly, I saw the natural energies in the DNA that were sustaining life and creating physical growth begin to push the mother's negative psychological energy out of the embryo's body, aura, and living space. This energetic activity clearly seemed to be a natural, spontaneous repelling action. It allowed the embryo to continue growing unimpeded by her parent's abrasive negative mental and emotional energies that were being directed toward her. I saw the same phenomena on several other occasions with different embryos. Nonetheless, this natural protective response seemed to occur only within the first eight weeks after conception.
Moving up in the womb world
The physical position of an unborn baby in the womb has psychological dimensions. I have repeatedly seen that an embryo's physical growth and psychological development were related to the mother's "energy centers" (Chakras) that are located in the lower portion of her physical body. In particular, the first, second, and third energy centers play a significant role during pregnancy and prenatal development. I found this remarkable.
I saw that conception occurred in the aura of the first energy center, the "survival center," at the base of the mother's spine. As the embryo grew and developed, the baby moved up into the area of the second center, which is the "feeling center." This is the area where emotional and sexual energies are felt, exchanged, and stored as "memory."
Waking up to feelings
When I observed an embryo first waking up to feelings, the baby was positioned in the mother's feeling center (second energy center) and was becoming a "feeling human."
The two-week old unborn babies in my studies began feeling and responding to their mothers' conscious and subconscious feelings and emotional states. As they grew and matured, they moved into the aura of the mothers' third energy center, which is the "activity center." At this point, the babies had become substantially larger, more physically developed, and more active,
The willingness to live is important at any stage in life. It means a willingness to be alive in the truest sense of those words. It means ongoing health on a mental, emotional, and physical level. This kind of aliveness requires right choices that we can all, anytime we are willing, naturally sense and choose that goal.
Prenatal psychology is a controversial topic primarily because of the abortion issue. Scientific studies directed toward identifying facts about prenatal psychology (conducted mainly outside the U.S,) have been ongoing for the past 40 years. Many scientific findings coincide with what I see when I look inside the womb.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017


Clomid and Pregnancy Loss

Clomid is a commonly prescribed drug to help stimulate ovulation. I'm sure many women who've miscarried and previously taken Clomid may wonder whether or not this drug which initially was taken to help them get pregnant could possibly have contributed to their miscarriage.


Here is an interesting article which may draw a connection between Clomid, the uterine lining, and miscarriage. Read more:

When things go wrong, chances are great that the problems had nothing to do with the Clomid. However, there have recently been some reports of paradoxical responses to Clomid that cause the uterine lining to be thinned. This can be measured by ultrasound in the second half of your cycle. I've read reports that baby aspirin treatment may improve the thickness of thin uterine linings. Clomid can indirectly raise your risk of miscarriage because it causes you to ovulate more eggs than you normally would, possibly including imperfect eggs that your body might normally censor. Since there is a greater likelihood of ovulating eggs that are defective (along with the healthy ones) there is a greater risk of miscarrying. The imperfect eggs are what might cause the pregnancy loss
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Music For Pregnancy Loss

Music seems to be such a positive force in life. I found music to be very comforting during the tough times - especially after having a miscarriage. I had a small memorial service (by myself) for each baby I lost, and music was a part of that.


 Here is an article about how music can help couples through miscarriage:

For weeks after her first miscarriage, the only notes that could escape the throat of liturgical music minister Monica Perz-Waddington belonged to the traditional Quaker tune "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Calling this effort "somewhat of a lament and an affirmation at the same time," Perz-Waddington used this song to surface from underneath her "rock" of depression. Then, armed
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with a strong, soulful voice and a love of God, the music minister at Arlington?s 11:15 a.m. Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church and 6 p.m. Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church, leaned on her faith and found healing through the power of music.

In the fall of 2003, Perz-Waddington released "Truly Loved," a self-funded compact disc filled with 10 songs and one Scripture reading designed to bring peace to families who have lost children through miscarriages.
The title track of the compilation was written entirely by Perz-Waddington, sketched out in 1999 when a friend miscarried her baby and completed in 2001 when she lost a baby of her own. With its clear lyrics and simple instrumentation, "Truly Loved" tugs at the heart of the grief that miscarriage brings but concurrently embraces the peace of knowing that the miscarried child knew only love.
"Losing a baby before it is born is just as real as losing a baby after it?s born," said Perz-Waddington. "My song and my CD are very affirming about the value of that life. It acknowledges that, and that it?s okay to grieve."


Sunday, March 19, 2017


Miscarriage Over 40 Prevention - Go Easy On Exercise

 I have always suspected that too much exercise will not only affect your ability to get pregnant, but also your ability to stay pregnant (especially in early pregnancy). I actually address this in my book. I don't know the science behind it, but it just makes logical sense to me that if your body is bouncing around with high impact exercise, it would be harder for an embryo to "take hold" and implant the way it should. So many sources basically dismiss any association between exercise and miscarriage. However, this article talks about a study that was done on exercise in early pregnancy and how it does seem to increase the risk of miscarriage:

After collecting the data about the participants, the researchers compared women who did not take any exercise at all with those who exercised more than seven hours a week or played “high-impact” sports, such as ball games and racket sports. 

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It was found that women who played "high-impact" sports or who exercised for more than seven hours a week were approximately three-and-a-half times more likely to miscarry.

The researchers also found that miscarriage was far rarer later in pregnancy, and that the association between exercise and miscarriage disappeared
one of the three mafter the 18-week mark.

"The results of this study suggest that leisure time exercise during pregnancy, and particularly high-impact exercise, is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in the early stage of pregnancy," the BBC quoted the authors of the study as writing in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

However, the study has also shown that swimming, which is one of the most popular exercises among pregnant women, does not increase the risk of miscarriage. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


Miscarriage:  Supportive Tender Loving Care May Help

I used to think that a doctor or nurse's "bedside manner" really didn't mean much. I just wanted good care.  I recall dealing with a number of different healthcare professionals who just did not know what to say to a woman who suffered this type of loss.  I got everything from, "You can always adopt", to a blank stare and a fast exit out of the room.  I was surprised because people who work in OB/GYN must see quite a few women who experience miscarriage.  You would think they would know better.

See also: for my section on overcoming miscarriage

But this article talks about how support from your health professionals can actually have an affect on future pregnancy success
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rates. Read more:

In the first study, researchers screened 195 couples with recurrent miscarriages and found identifiable causes of the miscarriages in 56%. In the remaining couples with no abnormalities, 86% of couples receiving counseling and support carried their pregnancies to term as compared to 33% who received no special care. 
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Miscarriage Pevention with Raw Food

This article is from a woman who experienced repeated miscarriage, especially as she got older.
 Her philosophy and the actions she took sound very similar to mine. Eating the right foods does wonders for your body and can help balance hormones to get you back on track. Read more:

From the article:

I am a big believer in what the right food can do for us, and if we are a woman experiencing miscarriages, eating more raw live food could never hurt your present situation....only improve it. So many fertility issues can be improved by changing to a raw diet as well as implementing exercise. Certainly not all of them, but many can. In my case it was age related infertility that was the culprit.
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The raw food improved my endocrine function as well as my egg quality which therefore made it possible to successfully conceive. In the case of endometriosis, raw food can improve liver function and therefore better rid the body of the excess estrogen that is the culprit in that disease. In the case of PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, the endocrine system is in such chaos, raw food can only improve and better regulate this condition, more than anything processed or from store shelves. Whenever possible eat from the ground, so to speak.

Eating this way won't solve any miscarriage issues overnight. It takes a number of months to see the benefits of living this way depending on what conditions are causing the miscarriages. Its not like taking pharmaceuticals that have a sudden aggressive impact. These are nutrients that our bodies were made for and are familiar with. They work gently, but make no mistake, just because you may not suddenly feel different, doesn't mean that it's not working it's magic. This food is effective for so many conditions, infertility is just one of them. The condition of our endocrine system that regulates reproduction, as well as our egg quality are profoundly affected by diet. Improving the nourishment that these are getting over the course of some months will have a favorable outcome on your reproductive potential to maximize conception success. If a strong healthy conception takes place, you will then carry to term. So much of preventing miscarriage happens in the time prior to the conception by way of what we are eating and our lifestyle as a whole.

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Friday, March 10, 2017


10 Things About Anniversaries Post-Loss

Guest Post By Nathalie Himmelrich
1. Anniversary reactions are normal
Even years after the loss you may have emotional reactions to anniversaries. You might feel sad, angry, contemplative or any other emotions. Remembering them as being normal can help you understand and take them as healing opportunities.
2. Do whatever feels right for you
Take it in your hands, take responsibility to make the day meaningful / helpful / healing-ful for you. Healing is YOUR choice, remembering too.
There are many ideas and suggestions out there: search Google to find many more ideas. Read up on ideas and make your choice.
If you have done something special please share it in the comments for others to read and benefit.


3. Manage your expectations of others
This might sound harsh but no one is required to remember your loved one. Thinking that others
should/need to... will turn into disappointment. Everyone is doing the best they can, some remember but prefer not to talk about it and some don't remember. In addition, they are not mind readers and therefore do not know whether you prefer to talk about your child or not. In general, society does keep quiet for 'fear' of the potential emotional reaction they might trigger.
4. Speak up
Say what you need. Involve those that are important to you. On the first birthday of my daughter I asked the family to bring something from nature, like a stone, feather etc. to remember Amya. We held a small circle and each person was invited to speak. This is what I needed and by letting people know, it happened. On the girls 2nd birthday, I made a memorial video of Amya. Just for myself - the way I wanted to honour Amya.
5. Be true to yourself
What you feel like doing, or not doing, is not necessarily what another mother or father chooses to do. Stay true to yourself. There is no guideline on what needs to happen on anniversaries.
6. Guilt
Please remember guilt is reserved for a purposeful act intended to harm someone physically or emotionally. This is not the case if you don't feel like doing something but think you should... Be gentle with yourself and - you're doing it right by doing what feels right.
7. My partner does think about him/her
Generally speaking, more often women feel that their man does not think or remember the child's birthday or anniversary. Even though it might be true that men more often forget special dates, be aware of what you imply: Have you asked him (or her)?
More often than not, men tend to internalise their processes and women externalise them. Having interviewed many bereaved parents, both fathers and mothers I do know that it is not true that they don't remember. They do. They just have different ways to do it.
8. Let people know
As mentioned before, people do not know unless you tell them. Help people understand what it is you need by letting them know.
9. A word about self-expectations
Beside the expectation we have of others, we also consciously or unconsciously internalise what we have heard or read. Expecting yourself to be, react or experience different that you are leads to self imposed stress. Notice if that is what is happening. Let go. Allow yourself to be the way it is.
10. Any day can be a 'remembrance' day
Any day you have loaded with meaning can trigger beautiful or stressful memories. As in life in general, so in post-loss life. If you have too many days loaded with stressful triggers of grief, maybe it's time to off-load them and re-load them with more helpful meaning. I will show you how in a future post. Stay tuned.
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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 forthcoming book 'Grieving Parents - Surviving Loss As A Couple'.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Should You Give Your Miscarried Baby A Name?

I never thought about actually naming the babies I lost through miscarriage - especially since I had so many. Here are some reasons you may want to name your baby:

  • Naming your baby will give you a specific way to remember them.  Because I had so many miscarriage, there are times that I forget the days, years and so on.  Granted, there are parts of me that want to forget those painful memories, but it can be very healing to acknowledge the pregnancy before trying to move on.
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  • If you have other children, it may help them understand that the miscarriage was the loss of an actual person and a family member
  • Naming your baby gives them respect.  Your miscarriage was not just a cluster of cells, it had the potential to be a member of society and a person with a full life.
  • Giving your lost baby a name will help others who are having difficulty communicating with you about your loss.  It give you and them a way to refer to your pregnancy without having to avoid the subject.

Sunday, March 05, 2017


Miscarriage and Your Drinking Water

Arsenic in your water? It's almost unthinkable, however according to the article below, some areas in the United States could have contaminated water which could affect genes in the fetus. Read more:

From the article:

(HealthDay News) -- Children of women exposed to arsenic-contaminated water during pregnancy
have gene expression changes that may result in cancer and other diseases later in life, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study suggests.

The researchers, who said their work is the first documentation of widespread genetic changes caused by prenatal exposure to an environmental contaminant, analyzed umbilical cord blood from the children of 32 mothers in an area of Thailand with heavy mining-related arsenic contamination.
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Similar levels of arsenic are found in many other parts of the world, including the U.S. Southwest.


Children who were exposed to arsenic in the womb had about 450 genes that were either significantly more active (in most cases) or less active than the same genes in unexposed children.

Most of the gene expression changes detected in the exposed children are associated with inflammation, which can lead to increased cancer risk. It's not clear how long these gene expression changes may last, and the researchers plan to continue testing the children.

The researchers also found that a subset of 11 of these genes could be used as a highly reliable test for determining whether a child had been exposed to arsenic while in the womb.

The study was published in the Nov. 23 issue of the journal PLoS Genetics


Thursday, March 02, 2017


Miscarriage:  10 Things You May Not Know

There are some misconceptions about miscarriage. Many women haven't ever gone through a miscarriage so when they have one, they rely on what they have heard which many times isn't accurate or may not be applicable in their case.  Here are some things I wished I had known or that I
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learned after having so many miscarriages of my own:

1.  It may take HcG over a month to get out of your system:
Even though a miscarriage has expelled from your body, HcG (the pregnancy hormone) takes a while to completely get out of your body.  This can lead to feeling pregnant even though you are not.  It can also cause a positive result on a pregnancy test.

2.  Bleeding or Spotting Doesn't Always Lead To Miscarriage.  I spotted with all my pregnancies, including my completely normal pregnancy which led to the birth of my daughter.  Spotting can be caused my a number of factors, and not all of them will lead to a miscarriage...
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Sunday, February 26, 2017


Miscarriage and Toxic Chemicals

Most of us love the idea of new carpet and furniture, however, according to this article, these items may be treated with flame retardants which can adversely affect pregnant women - even to the point of miscarriage. Even some clothing is treated with these chemicals. Read more:

This is the first study with a sufficient sample size to evaluate the association between PBDE flame retardants and thyroid function in pregnant women," said the study's lead author, Jonathan Chevrier, a UC Berkeley researcher in epidemiology and in environmental health sciences. "Normal maternal thyroid hormone levels are essential for normal fetal growth and brain development, so our findings could have significant public health implications. These results suggest that a closer examination between PBDEs and these outcomes is needed."...


...Low TSH and normal T4 levels are an indication of subclinical hyperthyroidism, which is often the first step leading toward clinical hyperthyroidism," said Chevrier. "Though the health effect of subclinical hyperthyroidism during pregnancy is not well understood, maternal clinical hyperthyroidism is linked to altered fetal neurodevelopment, increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth and intrauterine growth retardation."

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Monday, February 20, 2017


Miscarriage, How Folic Acid and CoQ10 May Help Prevent Miscarriage and Lower Homocysteine

We all have heard the importance of folic acid to help prevent birth defects, but folic acid deficiency has also been associated with miscarriage. This article also talks about the importance of CoQ10.

From the site:
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The following therapies may help to prevent miscarriage:

Folic Acid:


Women who are deficient in folic acid have up to three times the risk of miscarriage compared with non-deficient women.

One of the causes of miscarriage is elevated levels of the toxic amino acid, homocysteine. Folic acid reduces homocysteine levels.


400 – 800 mcg per day.



Several human studies have found that women who experience a miscarriage have significantly lower serum selenium levels compared with pregnant women who do not miscarry.

A study conducted on sheep found that selenium supplementation helped to prevent miscarriages.

Selenium’s protective effect against miscarriage is believed to occur via its antioxidant properties (especially its role in the generation of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase).


200 – 400 mcg per day.

Coenzyme Q10:


Two clinical studies have demonstrated that women with low plasma coenzyme Q10 levels have an increased incidence of miscarriage.


50 - 100 mg per day.

Vitamin B6:


Elevated homocysteine levels increase the risk of miscarriage. Vitamin B6 supplementation helps to lower elevated homocysteine levels and may thereby reduce the risk of miscarriage.


50 – 250 mg per day.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017


How To Deal With Miscarriage Grief

Sometimes after a miscarriage, women don't really know what to do. You're left feeling very empty and a little lost.
For More On Dealing With Miscarriage, and how to have a memorial for your lost baby, click here 
 Here is an article about some things you can do and some steps you can take to aide in the healing process:
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Create a Tangible Memory

It's often very difficult to move beyond an experience that has no tangible marker. If you've miscarried, there isn't a grave to visit or pictures of the baby to look at. Try to think of a tangible marker that will help you in your grief. You might want to create a memory book of your pregnancy. Maybe you want to plant a tree in your backyard where you can sit, in years to come, to think about the baby.

Take Care of Yourself

While grieving, it's important to pamper yourself and to remember to take care of your physical needs. Try to eat well, to exercise regularly and to get enough rest. Exercise can greatly help your emotional state and your energy level. While one woman might enjoy the calming effect of yoga, another will love the high energy of aerobics. Whatever you enjoy - do it and get out of the house!

Work on Gratitude

We all have areas of our lives that are depressing, and we all have areas that are wonderful. While grieving, it can be very helpful to focus on your gratitude. If you already have children, it's important to concentrate your energy on them and to be grateful for what you have. This doesn't diminish your grief, but it's very helpful to focus your energy on positive, concrete gratitude when you can. If you don't have children, try to focus your energy on other areas of your life where you are grateful. Try to keep a gratitude journal and write down things each day that you are grateful to 

Monday, February 13, 2017


Miscarriage and Processed Foods

I remember reading about how nitrates can be unhealthy to a developing fetus when I was pregnant. I totally avoided any type of processed meat (processed meats are preserved with nitrates).
 Also, depending on your location, well water may be contaminated with nitrates. Read more:

Therefore, if you choose to eat nitrate-containing foods, do so in a manner that minimizes the conversion. For example, you will want to avoid using bacon dripping for cooking, or frying processed ham. It just makes sense to avoid exposure to any potentially cancer-causing compounds

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whenever possible, but most certainly when you are pregnant. 
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Although nitrates in some foods may not be a problem, high levels of nitrates in well water can be. Consuming well water contaminated with nitrates, chemicals or bacteria is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and young infants. There has been some evidence that well water contaminated with high levels of nitrates has caused miscarriages in some women. 


Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Pregnancy, Stress and Miscarriage

Here's another one...another article about how stress may affect pregnancy hormones leading to miscarriage.
 I know this topic has a lot of conflicting information...some sources say there's no connection between stress and miscarriage and other sources, like this one, connect the two. I'm a firm believer
in the mind-body connection. Control your stress levels if you're trying to conceive - numerous studies have shown that higher cortisol levels may be associated with miscarriage. Read more:

Arck monitored the progress of 864 pregnant women. She took blood samples at the start of their pregnancies, and asked them to fill in standard questionnaires to measure their own perceptions of stress.

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She found that the 55 women who miscarried were more likely to have reported stress than the others. And these women were also more likely to have had lower progesterone and lower PIBF levels, Arck told a meeting of the British Society for Endocrinology in London last week.

The results are not conclusive proof that stress increases the risk of miscarriage. "But it's bound to make it more scientifically plausible," says Alison Douglas of the University of Edinburgh in the UK, who chaired the conference session.

Monday, February 06, 2017


Spotting, bleeding and miscarriage

When you find out you're pregnant and you start spotting it is horrifying!
 You automatically think the worst. Although spotting isn't necessarily a good sign, it certainly doesn't mean you are miscarrying or going to miscarry. 

Spotting during pregnancy can be caused by a number of things including implantation and infection. It could be a sign of something more serious so it's a good idea to have it checked out. But don't always expect the worst. Spotting during pregnancy can be quite common. I spotted for three months during my successful pregnancy which otherwise was completely normal.
 Reasons for spotting include:
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Implantation bleeding.You may experience some normal spotting within the first six to 12 days after
you conceive as the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus. Some women don't realize they are pregnant because they mistake this bleeding for a light period. Usually the bleeding is very light and lasts from a few hours to a few days.

Miscarriage:  Because miscarriage is most common during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, it tends to be one of the biggest concerns with first trimester bleeding. About half of women who bleed in pregnancy eventually miscarry, but that doesn't necessarily mean that if you're bleeding you've lost the baby, especially if you don't have any other symptoms.


Friday, February 03, 2017


I have always said, "Miscarriage knows no boundaries".  Even the rich and famous who supposedly have it all can suffer from miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage.  One of the most famous singers in the world has announced her twin pregnancy, but she also spoke of her miscarriage.  Read more:


“Being pregnant was very much like falling in love,” she said about her first pregnancy. “You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone.”
But before she could share the good news, the singer had complications in the early stages. “I flew back to New York to get my check up – and no heartbeat,” she said. “Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.”
This led the singer to go into the studio and write “the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life.” 

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Toxic Chemicals and Miscarriage

With the holiday season here, many people have company and spend quite of bit of time cleaning and tidying up.  I didn't do a lot of cleaning in my first trimester since I was so nauseated day and night.  When I was pregnant with my daughter, my sense of smell was incredibly heightened.  The smell of any type of cleaner or any scent that was added to "freshening" products absolutely turned my stomach.
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 I believe this was my body's way of telling me to stay away from harmful and possibly toxic substances.  Everything from cosmetics to cleaning products were a problem for me.  I ended up using a lot of baking soda and vinegar to clean and I used unscented lotion.

Some basic household cleaners could lead to pregnancy problems or miscarriage

 I frequently turned to "The March of Dimes" for information on Pregnancy and Miscarriage.  They are an objective source of factual information. Here is a good resource on environmental toxins and how they may affect your pregnancy:

This article has information on everything from mercury exposure, chlorinated water, lead, metals, solvents and pesticides. Sometimes we are unknowingly exposed to substances which may harm an unborn baby or even lead to miscarriage. We probably can't completely eliminate these toxins from our environment, but at least we can minimize our exposure.

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Do household cleaning products pose a risk in pregnancy?
While some household cleansers contain solvents, there are many safe alternatives. Pregnant women should read labels carefully and avoid products (such as some oven cleaners) whose labels indicate they’re toxic.

Products that contain ammonia or chlorine are unlikely to harm an unborn baby, though their odors may trigger nausea in a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman should open windows and doors wear rubber gloves when using these products. She should never mix ammonia and chlorine products because the combination produces fumes that are dangerous for anyone.

A pregnant woman who is worried about commercial cleansers or bothered by their odors can substitute safe, natural products. For example, baking soda can be used as a powdered cleanser to scrub greasy areas, pots and pans, sinks, tubs and ovens. A solution of vinegar and water can effectively clean many surfaces such as countertops.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


Some Miscarriages Can Be Prevented

It seems like all we hear about or talk about is the danger signals in pregnancy and impending miscarriage.
Well, not all pregnancies miscarry even when there are danger signals. Here is a story about a woman who was told she would most likely miscarry, but with a little luck and a little treatment, she carried to term and realized her dream.
Odom heads a program - called pregnancy loss evaluation and prevention at St. Joseph's/Candler Telfair Reproductive Center - that specializes in preventing "preventable" miscarriages.

The program's goal is not to prevent miscarriages that are the result of chromosomal abnormalities, but those that could, with some medical intervention, have resulted in healthy babies.

Stefanie had started going to Odom, a reproductive endocrinologist, because of the difficulties she had becoming pregnant. She believes divine guidance led her to his specialized practice since the threat of miscarriage turned out to be more of a problem.

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 Stefanie recalls asking Odom what the chances were the pregnancy would continue. He sadly held up his hand, indicating maybe five pregnancies with hormone levels like hers had been successful in his
20 or so years of practice.

Even Stefanie's medical paperwork didn't give much hope. It was filled out to indicate the most likely outcome: "spontaneous abortion" the medical term for miscarriage.

Odom advised the Reeders to cancel their travel plans that weekend and told them the signs of a miscarriage. He also told the Reeders he would pray for them. They asked loved ones to do the same.

That night Stefanie did what she had done since finding out she was pregnant. She read "Goodnight Moon" aloud to her unborn baby.

Sean put his hand on Stefanie's belly and prayed.

"We decided this is our baby as long as he's with us," Stefanie said.

Stefanie and Sean knew that medically speaking, their baby didn't have much chance. But they hoped God had other plans.

Turned out, He did.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017


Pregnancy Loss and Vanishing Twin

I recall hearing the phrase "vanishing twin" from my fertility doctor.
 Although I lost a twin pregnancy, I never experience this particular syndrome (although I know a women who had some fluctuating HcG levels and they suspected that her pregnancy may have started with two but spontaneously reduced down to one.) Here is an article that explains more:

From the article:
  Experts currently estimate that one-eighth of pregnancies begin as twins. But of course, the percentage of pregnancies that make it to term is smaller. Fertility specialist Dr. Carolyn Givens of
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the Pacific Fertility Center estimates that between 15 and 20 percent of all twin pregnancies will miscarry one fetus. "That's what happens what happens with a vanishing twin," she says, "You have an early miscarriage of the twin." Those estimates are supported by a 1986 sonogram study of 1,000 pregnancies. Exactly 21.9 percent of the women carrying twins in the first trimester experienced a "vanishing twin" event. 

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Due to the increased use of fertility drugs and assisted fertility techniques like in vitro fertilization, there's been a spike in multiple pregnancies and an accompanying rise in early gestation ultrasounds, so what used to be an almost unheard of phenomenon is rapidly becoming a hot topic among mothers.

What Happens?

When our twin disappeared, I found myself wondering if I'd done something wrong to cause the embryo to die. Did I sleep in the wrong side? Inhale someone's second-hand smoke? Lug my heavy one-year-old daughter around too much? The fact is that most of the time a twin vanishes during the first trimester for the same reason a single baby miscarries: There's a fatal genetic problem with the embryo and it couldn't continue developing into a full-fledged fetus. Dr. Givens explains, "This usually happens within the first eight weeks because that's when the organs form, and if there's a problem, this is when it will occur. If there's a chromosomal problem, some important gene doesn't turn on or do what it's supposed to do and the heart will stop developing."


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