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Sunday, December 31, 2017


Miscarriage and Stress Hormones

I have read some pretty convincing articles that link stress and miscarriage such as the one below. Women who are trying to concieve probably underestimate the importance of reducing their stress. Evaluate your life, if you are trying to conceive, try to create a more tranquil environment.Read more:
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That's according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study shows that miscarriages during the first three weeks of pregnancy were nearly three times as common among women with high cortisol levels, compared with women with normal cortisol levels.
Among the findings:

Miscarriages were 2.7 times more likely among women with increased cortisol levels.
Miscarriages happened after an average of about two weeks of pregnancy.
90% of women with high cortisol levels miscarried in the first three weeks of pregnancy.
33% of women with normal cortisol levels miscarried in the first three weeks of pregnancy"

from webmd

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Recurrent Miscarriage - Pregnancy Over 40 Still Possible

The odds are in your favor, even if you've suffered multiple miscarriages.
This study looked at women who conceived naturally and found that of those who had two or more miscarriages, 65% went on to have a baby. Read more

Researchers have discovered it can take between four months to two years to get pregnant naturally
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after losing a baby. This is not much longer than the time it takes women without a history of miscarriage, and nearly two thirds (65 per cent) will have a live birth...___________
...The research on recurrent miscarriage by the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in The Netherlands is the first to investigate conception in women who lose more than one baby.

The findings were based on 251 women who had all had at least two miscarriages in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Dr Stef Kaandorp, who led the study, said: "We hope our study will give hope to women with recurrent miscarriage and encourage them to keep trying for the baby they want so much." 


Saturday, December 23, 2017


Miscarriage During The Holidays

I had a number of miscarriage right around the holidays.  A couple of them were around Christmas, and one close to mother's day.  Wow, talk about rubbing salt in your wounds.  I remember putting on a stiff lip because there were a few times we didn't even tell people we were pregnant (for the very reason that I was afraid I would miscarry.
Holidays are hard enough when you're trying to conceive and throwing a miscarriage into the mix is
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almost too much to bear.  The article I've posted below deals with losing a child and dealing with the following  miscarriage. 


• Try to get enough rest
Emotionally, physically, and psychologically it is draining. You need every bit of strength.

• What you choose to do the first year you don't have to do the next.

• Try something different. One possibility for the first year may be to visit relatives, friends, or even go away on a vacation. Planning, packing, etc., keeps your mind somewhat off the holiday and you share the time in a different and hopefully less painful setting.

• How do we answer, "Happy Holidays?" You may say, "I'll try" or "Best wishes to you." You thing of many answers that you don't say.

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Vanishing Twin

You may have heard the term "vanishing twin" which is when a pregnancy starts out with two fetuses but reduces itself to one.
 This article, although technical in nature explains more:


With the advent of ultrasound, early loss of a member of a multiple gestation has been identified4,5
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and has been described as “the vanishing twin”6 or the “vanishing twin syndrome”7. The vanishing rate has been reported as being as high as 71% of twin gestations diagnosed sonographically before the 10th week of gestation8. When twins were diagnosed between weeks 10 and 15, the loss rate was 63% in this same series. In the 79 patients whose multiple gestation was diagnosed after the 15th week of gestation, the loss rate was 0%. Robinson and Caines reported a similar loss rate of 53% when twin gestation was diagnosed in the first trimesterfrom:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Chromosomes, Miscarriage, and What You Can Do 

Here is a great article by a geneticist who gives excellent information about chromosomal problems and it's important to make changes before you try to conceive.
It's interesting to note that many chromosomal problems are directly related to our lifestyle and exposure to toxins.  Read more:

Chromosome Abnormalities, Miscarriage, Age And Lifestyle

Guest Post By Judy Ford
All our cells have chromosomes which carry the blueprint for our structure - arms, legs etc - and for their function. Chromosomes are made up of DNA and protein. Chromosomes can be abnormal in
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three ways: there can be a gain in number, a loss in number or a change in structure. Almost all chromosome abnormalities cause serious problems. Most of these problems are lethal so that the cells carrying the abnormalities die. For this reason, most embryos carrying chromosome abnormalities die in the first few weeks. Chromosome abnormalities are the major direct cause of miscarriage.


Many couples who have a miscarriage are told that the laboratory tests have shown that there is a chromosome abnormality. This sounds very serious doesn't it? It is serious and these problems can lead to the birth of a handicapped child. Usually, however, the couple is completely normal and the chromosomal abnormality has only occurred in the gametes - either the woman's egg or the man's sperm. Occasionally the problem is present in all the man or woman's cells but blood tests can detect this.

Unfortunately there is still a great lack of understanding amongst doctors on how chromosome abnormalities arise. Doctors will usually reassure a couple who has normal blood chromosomes that the problem in the embryo will not reoccur. This is bad advice. I have spent many years studying the causes of chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriage and have proved that the problems occur because of problems in lifestyle. Until these are corrected the problems in the eggs and sperm can remain or reoccur.
Chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriages usually occur because either the man or woman has been exposed to chemicals or one or other of them has a dietary deficiency or a bad habit of some type. Bad habits include not drinking enough water, taking drugs, having too much alcohol, smoking heavily and in the case of the man, exposing his testes to too much heat. Infections, both of the common flu variety and of the STD - sexually transmitted variety - can also be involved. Viruses can break chromosomes in exactly the same way as chemicals, radiation and serious dietary deficiencies. Aging itself is associated with changes in body functions that cause a woman's eggs to misdivide.
Most people reading this article would know that the normal number of chromosomes is 46. So how can this change? The answer lies in the process of fertility and conception. Fertility in both the man and the woman involves a special form of cell division - called meiosis - in which the chromosome number is halved. Sometimes this very specialized division process makes errors and one or two chromosomes end up in the wrong place. The resultant egg or sperm then has one or two extra chromosomes. Fertilized eggs that result from eggs or sperm with extra chromosomes usually miscarry although those with an extra copy of one chromosome 21 might survive with Down's syndrome.
The other problem that can affect chromosome number is delayed ovulation. When the egg is over-ripe it can be fertilized by more than one sperm. In such cases the fertilized eggs has one or more extra sets of chromosomes. Fortunately, this problem can also be overcome by correcting poor diet and lifestyle.
If you have had a pregnancy in which a chromosomes abnormality was detected but you, yourselves are normal, make sure that you take the time and effort to correct your lifestyle. You will find a detailed lifestyle evaluation and specific advice on my websites. Once you adopt a healthy lifestyle, you will be rewarded by feeling much healthier and hopefully also by giving birth to a healthy baby.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites and
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Saturday, December 16, 2017


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I had many ultrasounds when I was trying to conceive.  Since I suffered from recurrent miscarriage, when I did get pregnant, I frequently had ultrasounds to see if "this one was going to make it".  When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I didn't even go to a doctor until I was about 8 weeks along because I didn't want more discouraging information...and wouldn't you know it, that was the only pregnancy that progressed normally.  However, if you have had an ultrasound and they tell you that you have a small gestational sac, what does that mean?
First, a small sac may just mean that the pregnancy was not dated correctly.  Many women's cycles
can be unpredictable and the pregnancy may not be as far along as originally predicted so the sac is appropriate given the correct date.  Many early pregnancies that have a small sac go on to develop normally.
However, it the pregnancy is dated correctly, a small sac could mean that the pregnancy is not progressing as it should  This could be due to low progesterone levels among other things.
On ultrasound, around 6 weeks, there should be a fetal pole and heartbeat, and if these are not present, the fetus may have never developed inside the sac and the remains of the pregnancy will eventually expel.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Can You Predict Miscarriage With A Blood Test?

If you've never heard of macrophage inhibitory cytokine 1 (MIC 1), you're not alone.  Apparently, when levels of  this placenta protein are low found through a diagnostic blood test may be predictive of miscarriage. Read more:

Researchers at Monash University looked at blood samples from 300 women in early pregnancy - 100 of whom went on to miscarry.

The researchers found that blood levels of a protein called macrophage inhibitory cytokine 1 (MIC 1) were much lower in the women who miscarried.

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If the findings are confirmed, they may lead to a diagnostic blood test that could predict miscarriage, or even a treatment to prevent it. The researchers say about 10 to 15 per cent of pregnancies miscarry, with no treatment available and no way of identifying women at risk.

The study's findings, a collaboration between the Monash team and researchers from St Vincent's
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Stephen Tong of Monash Medical Centre's obstetrics and gynaecology department said analysis of blood samples taken each week during the women's first trimester (six to 13 weeks) showed that the levels of MIC 1 in women who went on to miscarry were 70 per cent lower.

Researchers then looked at a group of women whose blood was taken one week before miscarriage was diagnosed, and found the same low level of MIC 1.

"But even more surprisingly, we were able to identify a group who had blood taken a full three weeks before they had their diagnosis that they had a miscarriage, and we were surprised to find that levels were just about, again, 70 per cent depressed compared to normal level," Dr Tong said.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


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Sunday, December 03, 2017


The Often Overlooked Parathyroid Gland and It's Relationship To Miscarriage

We frequently hear about the thyroid gland, but there is another gland called the parathyroid gland.
 It's not really related to the thyroid gland except it happens to be close by. However, the parathyroid gland controls our calcium levels and when a woman suffers from hyperparathyroidism, the miscarriage rate increases as calcium levels rise. This very informative site explains more:

Parathyroid disease (hyperparathyroidism) is not common and it usually affects people in their 50's and 60s and 70s... but some young people DO get hyperparathyroidism (see our graph of patient's ages on another page). Treating parathyroid disease almost always involves elective surgery that can be scheduled weeks or even months ahead of time. One of the few times when parathyroid disease is dangerous and requires expert care and thoughtful preparation is during pregnancy. The pregnant female is at risk for significant pregnancy problems and complications, but more importantly, the life of the baby is at risk. Furthermore, even a 'normal' pregnancy and delivery do not eliminate the the baby's risk for development problems within their endocrine system -- because of the mother's high
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calcium levels. Lets look at some of these problems individually.


parathyroid and pregnancy. Hyperparathyroidism and pregnancy
The Risk of Miscarriage

Parathyroid Disease During PregnancyThe data about miscarriage (loss of the fetus) in women with hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid disease) comes from the medical literature and from our leading experience in this field. The bottom line, there is a dramatic risk for miscarriage in a mother with hyperparathyroidism. Well over half of all babies will be lost if the mother's parathyroid tumor is not removed. Importantly, the risk is directly related to the calcium level in the mother. Mothers with a very high calcium level (above 12.0 mg/dl) have the highest risk of fetal demise and death. Our recent study (by far the largest in the world) shows that the risk of fetal death is over 50% in women with calcium levels above 11.5, and as high as 85% when the calcium levels get near 13. This graph shows how the risk of pregnancy loss (miscarriage) increases as the mom's blood calcium increases.

Monday, November 27, 2017


Get Your Folate To Reduce The Risk Of Early Miscarriage

The fact that we need folate in our childbearing years to prevent neural tube defects has been well publicized. However, folate can also help reduce the risk of miscarriage.
 Here is an article from the NIH website regarding an actual study that was done on folate levels in pregnant women and their outcomes:
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Pregnant women who have low blood levels of the vitamin folate are more likely to have early miscarriages than are pregnant women who have adequate folate levels, according to a study of Swedish women by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
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The finding suggests that a 1998 mandate by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fortify grain products with folic acid (the synthetic form of the vitamin) may prevent miscarriage in some women,
in addition to lowering their risk for having a child with a class of birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs include both spina bifida, in which a piece of the spinal cord protrudes from the spinal column, causing paralysis below the protrusion, and anencephaly, a fatal condition in which the brain fails to develop
from: NIH

Monday, November 20, 2017


Pregnancy Loss Due To Sperm Abnormalities

My husband was always told he had an excellent sperm count. However, according to the article below, even though sperm count and mobility may appear to be normal, there may be defects in sperm which could cause miscarriage.




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When a female faces miscarriage more than twice in a row, it's called recurrent pregnancy loss. In around 80 percent such cases, imperfect and inefficient sperms lead to a weak embryo formation, finally ending with miscarriage, say scientists at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW).

"We took the cases of 35 women who were facing recurrent pregnancy loss. As we did not find much problem with them, the samples of their husbands' semen were tested in our laboratory," said M.M. Misro, a scientist at NIHFW's department of biomedicine.

"Though the sperm count and mobility were almost normal, we found that 80 percent of the cases were because of defects in sperms," Misro, who carried out the study, told IANS

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


What happens to HcG levels after miscarriage?

After having six miscarriages, I learned a lot about the pregnancy hormone, HcG.  I was surprised to find out that even after a pregnancy has been determined to be nonviable, the pregnancy hormone can stay in your system.  This can lead to a number of symptoms and problems.  For me, it made me feel like I was pregnant - nausea, sore breasts, and overall fatigue.  Also, if your HcG is still high, it can prevent your body from expelling the pregnancy tissue that is still in your body.
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Also, if you happen to take a pregnancy test, it will come out positive because these tests measure HcG in your urine.
There's not an easy solution here, sometimes it's just a waiting game for the hormone to fall.  There were a few times that I had a D&C after knowing that my pregnancy wasn't viable.  That usually put an end to the symptoms.  Although I would have rather had a natural miscarriage, it certainly was a relief to feel like I wasn't pregnant anymore.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017


Chemical Pregnancy Explained

I remember thinking that the term chemical pregnancy sounded strange, almost as if it were something toxic. 
 When I was trying to conceive, I frequently came across the term "chemical pregnancy" in my research and one of my miscarriages was labeled a chemical pregnancy.

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This article explains more:

"Miscarriage Before You Know It

A chemical pregnancy refers to pregnancy loss very early on. In a chemical pregnancy, it is thought that an egg is fertilized but fails to implant. As a result, your body does not begin to produce the obvious signs of pregnancy. Because a chemical pregnancy occurs so early in a pregnancy, most women never even realize they are pregnant. When they receive their period, they just assume they
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were a few days late.

Women who have been pregnant before, though, may notice that they "feel pregnant" prior to starting their period. Additionally, performing a pregnancy test, either at home or at your doctor’s office, will likely produce an initial positive result. However, this will quickly become a negative as your period approaches and you miscarry.

Just how common a chemical pregnancy is is difficult to say. Because they occur so early on, causing most women to not even be aware that they are pregnant, and don’t produce the same miscarriage symptoms as one would normally experience, a great number of chemical pregnancies go undetected. However, it is estimated that as much as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage before a woman is aware that she was pregnant."


Wednesday, November 08, 2017


Miscarriage and Septate Uterus

Some women have a septate uterus and don't even know it until they have a problem with their pregnancy.
The following explains the condition and what can be done about it:
From the article:

"In the female embryo, uterine development is usually complete by 22 weeks' gestation, with the two müllerian ducts fusing together to form a single uterus. In one of the final events of uterine formation, the wall where the ducts fused dissolves, forming a single endometrial cavity. It is the failure of this last process that produces a septate uterus with two endometrial canals, reflecting either a partial or complete failure of the duct walls to dissolve, depending on the extent of the septum. Although there is some evidence of a weak genetic factor at work, researchers still do not know the exact cause of the failure of a septum to resorb.\
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While a septum is not thought to decrease fertility, it does seem to affect the course of a pregnancy, either through miscarriage or pregnancy complications. Early miscarriage is common within the septate uterus, because the blood-starved median septum is covered by a poorer grade of endometrium than that of the blood-rich sidewalls. An embryo implanting in the septum frequently fails to thrive because of lack of nourishment, and an early miscarriage is the result. Late miscarriage is also common, and its likelihood increases along with the extent of the septum. Some studies suggest that in a completely septate uterus, the prognosis of a live birth is as low as 10%. In a late miscarriage, the pregnancy outgrows available space and the cervix may give way, typically midway in the pregnancy, before the fetus is mature enough to survive. Other complications include premature labor, premature birth, intrauterine growth retardation, and fetal malpresentation at birth. One caveat to keep in mind is that women diagnosed with uterine septa tend to be the ones with the most problems conceiving or carrying to term; cases of septa that do not affect reproduction are probably under-reported"

from:  Congenital Uterine Anomolies (

Monday, October 30, 2017


Miscarriage more likely with low progesterone

I recently wrote on my infertility-fertility blog about how stress may cause progesterone deficiencies.  Progesterone levels are an important indicator for the health of a pregnancy.  Whether caused by stress or whether your progesterone levels are just naturally low, it can be a reason some women are more likely to miscarry.  This interesting article talks about how monitoring progesterone levels early in pregnancy can be a quick and apparently accurate way of assessing pregnancy risk.  Read more:



In the new study, Ioannis Gallos of the University of Birmingham in England and colleagues analyzed information from 26 previous studies involving 9,436 women who were less than 14 weeks pregnant  and had experienced abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding. About 2,300 women had an inconclusive ultrasound, while the rest had not undergone an ultrasound.
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Among women who had an ultrasound, 73 percent had nonviable pregnancies. But among women with progesterone levels below 3 to 6 nanograms per milliliter, the probability of a nonviable pregnancy rose to more than 99 percent.
Among women who did not have ultrasounds, 96 percent of those with progesterone levels below 10 ng/mL had a nonviable pregnancy, while the same was true of 37 percent of those with higher progesterone levels

Wednesday, October 18, 2017



Endometriosis can be a painful and difficult problem whether or not you are trying to conceive. It tends to get worse over time because small pieces of the endometrium (uterine lining) can implant outside the uterus causing monthly bleeding in the wrong places. This bleeding leads to scar tissue, adhesions and can be accompanied by pain, abnormal bleeding, and the list goes on. I've known a
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number of women who would miss a couple days of school or work every month because of the horrible pain associated with their endometriosis. Having said that, many women have endometriosis and don't even know it. I was one of these cases. I did not have pain with my endometriosis, and it was found (and removed) during a laparoscopy. So, why can endometriosis cause miscarriage? Endometriosis can throw your cycle off it's normal pattern. If you should have a very early pregnancy, your body may get the wrong signals and shed your uterine lining too early causing an early miscarriage...


Saturday, October 14, 2017


BBT and Miscarriage

I did try monitoring my body temperature when I was trying to conceive to help me pinpoint ovulation. I do recall with one of my pregnancies that miscarried, I continued to watch my body temperature. I do believe it changed, but probably not significantly...and I thought it might have been due to my error.  However, many women are very diligent about monitoring their BBT and they wonder if they can figure out if their pregnancy has miscarried based on a drop in body temperature.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017


Delayed Implantation Could Lead To Miscarriage

I've always thought there's quite a bit of luck and timing involved with having a healthy successful pregnancy.
This article discusses how timing is critcal.  Getting pregnant is an orchestration of events where everything has to happen on cue.  If the egg implants too late, the uterine lining may be starting to shed.  Or perhaps eggs that implant late may be defective in some way.  this article explains more:

Eggs are usually fertilised in the fallopian tubes and then travel to the uterus, where they embed themselves to grow. 

Those that implanted nine days after fertilisation had a 13% chance of being miscarried, the
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scientists found.

But if implantation occurred on the tenth day, the risk increased to 26%. On the eleventh day, it rose to 52%.

Any later and the risk of miscarriage was 82%.

However, the researchers could not explain why eggs that attach later are more likely to miscarry.

Possible defects

Publishing their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, they suggested eggs that take a long time to implant are defective in some way, and would be unlikely to last a full pregnancy.

"The uterus may be receptive to pregnancy only during a limited time-window, shutting out defective embryos that get there too late," they said.


Monday, October 09, 2017


 Standing at work, fetal growth affected

I'm a firm believer that women should take it easy when they find out they're pregnant.  Not only does it help at the beginning of pregnancy when the embryo is trying to attach, but, prolonged standing may also affect fetal growth.  Read more:

Study participants were surveyed on their work conditions as well as the physical demands of their jobs, including long working hours, lifting, night shifts, and long periods of standing or walking. In addition, the researchers frequently measured the development of their babies through ultrasound and again at birth.

The researchers found that:

 The researchers found that these babies had a head circumference that was 1 cm smaller and a weight that was between 148 and 198 g smaller, on average, than babies born to women working under 25 hours a week.
from medical news today

Friday, October 06, 2017


Severe pregnancy symptoms may be a sign that you're "allergic" to your pregnancy

Excessive vomiting during pregnancy could be a sign of a more severe underlying problem.
 Usually women need to be hospitalized to rehydrate and to get some nourishment to by-pass their over-active digestive system.  Although I did not have this problem, I suffered from fairly severe nausea and some vomiting the first three months of my pregnancy. I couldn't go anywhere for the entire first trimester.
This article talks about a woman you had a sever reaction to her pregnancy and how it was like an allergy.  Read more:
Andrea was suffering from severe hyperemesis gravidum (HG) - which acted like an allergic reaction
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to pregnancy.


Two weeks ago Andrea gave birth to 8lb Kurt and said her baby was worth the ordeal.

She said: 'It was absolute hell from the beginning until the end. But every second was totally worth it for him.'

Andrea started feeling ill when she was around three weeks' pregnant.
Andrea McEwan, 26,was admitted to hospital 10 times during her pregnancy

She said: 'I spent the first month of my pregnancy in hospital. I was admitted about 10 times in total, with the shortest stay two days, and some for longer periods.

'I was just constantly vomiting. I was sick 20 times a day and that was on a good day. I couldn't even drink water. I had to go to hospital to be put on a drip because I was so dehydrated.

'And when I came home it would only be a day or two before I was back in again. It was like an allergic reaction to being pregnant.


Monday, October 02, 2017


The Side Effects of Green Tea

Guest Post By Ian Finlayson

The side effects one finds quoted for green tea are generally minor. They can form a long list but are really little different from the side effects you would associate with drinking any tea or any beverage that has caffeine and/or acts as a diuretic.
For example, you might find that consumption close to bedtime will not help insomnia if you are prone to that. As a diuretic it will aggravate urge incontinence. Excessive consumption of green tea may also increase the amount of stomach acid.
The tannin content in green tea might bring about constipation and a rise in blood pressure and possibly heart rate and increased blood sugar.
It all sounds most alarming when you list all the possibilities, but many of these factors could be the consequence of other factors in your diet. Reports of heartburn, upset stomach, irritability, headache, constipation, diarrhea and so on are things that most of us experience from time to time and could be
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the result of the many different factors that constitute our total diet.


Of course regular consumption of massive doses of green tea - or any tea for that matter - will result in caffeine dependency and eventual toxicity and will lead to other psychological problems.
All of that has to be put into perspective, however. The caffeine content of green tea is relatively low, certainly much less than in coffee, and less than most other teas. You would really have to drinking abnormal quantities of it to end up with caffeine dependency, much more than you need to derive the benefit of its anti-oxidant properties.
When you weigh up that against the consistently reported benefits such as prevention of certain types of cancers, reduced the risk of heart diseases and lowering of total cholesterol levels together with improvement in the ratio of good and the bad cholesterol.
Add to this reports of its effectiveness as an alternative to other weight loss products by increasing metabolism without over stimulating the adrenal glands, and, of course, its anti-oxidant properties it is clear that the consumption of green in sensible, non excessive doses provides significant net improvement to our well-being.
Having said that, however, some reports discourage the consumption of green tea, certainly in large quantities, by women in the early stages of pregnancy, as the tannin, caffeine and catechins in green tea increase risk of miscarriage and neural birth defect in babies. Also high levels of caffeine have been linked to fertility problems
A study has also found that green tea can reduce estrogen levels however there is strong anecdotal evidence that green tea and other herbs have a beneficial effect on postmenopausal symptoms.
The answer surely is drink green tea in moderation and the benefits will far outweigh the negatives.
Ian Finlayson is the Webmaster and author of a number of websites and innumerable articles on medicinal and culinary herbs. More information on green tea effects, side effects and products may be found at his Green Tea website at []

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Thursday, September 28, 2017


Miscarriage and Defective Sperm

Fertility and miscarriage really is a two way street. Even though everything takes place inside a woman, the man's contribution is just as important.
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 If you're suffering from recurrent miscarriage, it could be due to defective sperm.   Sperm are very susceptible to environmental toxins and changes in body temperature This article explains why miscarriage can be affected by sperm quality:

From the article:

Although the medical literature has supported mixed opinions on this subject over the years, a recent review by Puscheck and Jeyendran (Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 2007;19:222-28) suggests that “the male contributes to recurrent pregnancy loss due to genetic factors, semen factors, or due to other factors such as age” and sperm morphology may reflect these underlying deleterious conditions. In 1991, Kobayashi and colleagues (Hum Reprod 1991;6:983-6) demonstrated in in vitro fertilization
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cycles that low percentages of normal sperm morphology were associated not only with lower successful fertilization rates and pregnancy rates per cycle, but also with a greater risk for miscarriages even if embryo transfer was successful.

Egozcue and colleagues (Hum Reprod Update 2000;6:93-105) reported that among infertile couples in which the males were chromosomally normal and there was no identifiable source of infertility in the females, there were greater frequencies of chromosomally abnormal sperm produced by the males as the result of ‘meiotic disorders’ – meiosis being the final stage of sperm production in which the normal chromosomal complement of 46 (23 pairs) is supposed to be halved to just 23 different chromosomes. Among these males they found a greater percentage of sperm with two copies (or none) of single chromosomes, such as chromosome 21 or other autosomes (non-sex chromosomes), two copies (or none) of sex chromosomes (rather than just one X or Y), and sperm that were still diploid, containing 46 chromosomes rather than 23. Obviously, under any of these circumstances, if these abnormal sperm got together with an egg that had a normal number of 23 chromosomes, the resulting baby would end up with too many or too few and the likelihood of miscarriage in early pregnancy would be high.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017


How to have a memorial service for your lost baby

I realize I have readers with different religious backgrounds and beliefs, so if you want to incorporate prayers into your service, by all means do so. The items I used for my service were as follows:

1. A small baby doll (I used one that was just 2-3 inches long to represent my lost baby)
2. A song of your choice (I used "In the Arms of An Angel by Sarah Maclachlan)
3. I used a small crib which fit the baby doll (these dolls and cribs should be available at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels) and I used a small blanket to cover the baby - a small piece of fabric in a baby pattern cut to size would work for this.
4. A white candle and candle holder

You may have this service alone or with your partner. I chose to be alone since I felt more
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comfortable by myself, but this is completely up to you if you want to have other people there. Select a time when you know you will not be interrupted and turn off all phones and technology.
Light your candle and play your music softly. Tell your baby what you feel in your heart. I told my babies that I loved them and that for whatever reason, the time was not right for them to come down to be with me. I said I was sorry that I was unable to carry them and they were welcome back when they felt the time was right. I told them I released them to the heavens because I did not want them to feel guilty for leaving me even though I was grieving. I visualized my baby flying up to the heavens with angel wings attached. I saw them smiling because they only know joy. I thanked them for choosing me as their mother and I let them know that no matter what happens, I will see them again.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Many women and healthcare providers underestimate the importance of the thyroid gland when evaluating women for infertility and miscarriage. A number of lifestyle factors can influence how the thyroid functions. For instance, poor nutrition, high levels of stress, infections, exposure to environmental radiation, toxins and even fluoride can throw the thyroid out of whack. You may also have a genetic predisposition to thyroid irregularities.

If the thyroid is underperforming (hypothyroidism), a woman may have the following problems:
-lack of ovulation
-short menstrual cycles
-hormone regulation problems like high prolactin, estrogen dominance, low progesterone

Hyperthyroidism (over-production)is less common and may require medication or possibly surgery. If it is left untreated and a woman becomes pregnant, it could lead to a number of pregnancy complications or miscarriage. If the thyroid is overproducing, you may be experiencing the following:
-feeling irritable or nervous
-weight loss
-rapid heartbeat

Based on my research, if you are experiencing the more common “hypothyroidism” there are ways you can treat it naturally. These include:
-Yoga poses that increase circulation to the area around the thyroid. The “Shoulder stand” is one example This helps to increase metabolism and counteract weight gain.
-Sunlight and/or 2000iu of
-Fish Oils (about 2 grams per day)
-Make sure you are getting enough iodine (iodized salt and seaweed may be sources)
-Selenium as found in Brazil nuts, peanuts, brown rice and supplements
-Herbs such as black cohosh, hypericum and cayenne
-Drink plenty of water
-Reduce your intake of soy foods which are thought to disrupt the thyroid

Thursday, September 21, 2017


If you've never heard of bee propolis, it is a mixture that bees use to seal up openings in their hives.  It can be beneficial to women experiencing recurrent miscarriage due to autoimmune factors.  This is when the woman's immune system attacks the fetus because it recognizes it as a foreign invader).  Bee propolis may also help with women who have an allergic-type reaction to sperm.  This is when women have antisperm antibodies which attack sperm. Even men can have antibodies to their own sperm especially after a vasectomy

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Friday, September 15, 2017


Fertility and Pregnancy jewelry has multiple purposes.  Not only is it fun and beautiful to wear, but it's meaningful and has healing stones.  If you have experienced miscarriage, the Fertile Turtle bracelet can help:

White Turquoise brings calmness, aligns the chakras and unites male and female energy. It reduces acidity which is good for female fertility. It has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps to alleviate pain and cramps. Turtles are also thought to be protective, so if you are concerned about miscarriage, the turtle may protect your pregnancy. In Feng Shui, Turtles symbolize good luck and longevity. They also can strengthen energy and provide stability and protection.  Read more and click through on the picture:

Monday, September 11, 2017


Miscarriage: Eating Antioxidants Can Help Increase Oxygen To Your Baby

Here's more support that a diet high in fruits and vegetables (and their antioxidants) could help prevent miscarriage.  The antioxidants are associated with increased blood flow and increased oxygen to the fetus  Read more:

Burton and his colleague Eric Jauniaux, of University College London, placed a tiny monitor in the placentas of 30 women and studied the oxygen levels during their first three months of pregnancy. Most embryologists have traditionally thought that oxygen levels gradually increase during pregnancy.

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 But Burton and Jauniaux's research found that oxygen levels in the blood flowing through the umbilical cord tripled between the eighth and 15th week of pregnancy. 'There is in fact very little blood flow to the placenta before about 10 weeks of pregnancy, and in cases which are about to miscarry then there is an excessive and early onset of maternal blood flow,' Burton said.

'We know that these tissues are very susceptible to oxygen and the high levels of oxygen associated with that blood flow cause the tissues to degenerate and hence to miscarry. 'There's a wide spectrum of conditions associated with miscarriage, and I wouldn't say necessarily this causes all, but I think it may be associated with a significant number.'

The research suggested that cells called cytotrophoblasts, which anchor the placenta in the womb and invade the blood vessels to limit oxygen intake, dissipate at about eight to 10 weeks, allowing more of the gas in. A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins C and E could help protect the foetus from this sudden change in their environment, Burton said.


Monday, September 04, 2017


Misdiagnosed Miscarriage 

With all of the "allied health professionals" seeing patients nowadays, I've often wondered how well trained they are. Many insurance plans encourage the use of "physician extenders" who are people with limited training - especially on equipment like ultrasounds.
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 Some physicians aren't that well trained on OB ultrasounds either. I had quite a few ultrasounds when I miscarried...some were done by ER physicians, some done by Nurse practitioners, some done by physician assistants and some done by ultrasound technicians. It's understandable that some of these people just aren't trained as well as others. This article talks about how some viable pregnancies are misclassified leading to procedures which may take out a viable pregnancies. Read more:

Professor Tom Bourne, from Imperial College London, said 400 viable pregnancies a year could be "misclassified" as a miscarriage.

"These numbers are significant and relate to pregnancies that would be highly likely to reach term," he said.

"I don't think women should be anxious, but I do think we should get it right so we don't make any mistakes."

Prof Bourne led a new study of 1,000 women who were thought to be miscarrying.

"I don't think women should be anxious, but I do think we should get it right so we don't make any mistakes."

Professor Tom Bourne from Imperial College London

If women experience pain or bleeding during pregnancy doctors scan the gestational sac inside the
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womb. If there is no embryo or the foetus has no heartbeat they diagnose a miscarriage.

But where there is doubt doctors are advised to measure the size of the gestational sac seven to 10 days later. If the sac has not grown, a miscarriage is assumed to have occurred.

However, the researchers warn that there can be a natural variation in the size of gestational sac of up to 20%.

The researchers are now calling for more research and improved medical guidelines to reduce the chances of misdiagnosis.


Friday, August 25, 2017


Xenoestrogens and How to Minimize Your Exposure

Guest Post By Elizabeth Allard

Our modern world is full of wonderful conveniences that many of us can't imagine being without. Automobiles, cell phones, computers, and television, as just a few examples, benefit our lives in many positive ways. We love the convenience of microwaving a meal, grabbing a bottle of water on the way to the gym, and choosing from endless products on supermarket shelves. But, as time goes on, we are beginning to recognize the drawbacks that accompany our modern conveniences, especially those in the form of harmful chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals known as xenoestrogens offer a prime example.
Estrogen, like every hormone naturally produced by the body, is a vital chemical messenger that transports a signal from one cell to another. However, xenoestrogens, a group of chemicals present in
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the environment and the products we use every day, mimic the effects of estrogen and compromise normal hormone function. Combined with the estrogen naturally produced by the body, these foreign chemicals create an excess of estrogen. Since we know that breast cancer develops in the presence of estrogen maintained over a prolonged period of time, this puts both women and men at risk for developing the disease.
Research shows that xenoestrogens are not only linked to high rates of breast cancer, but also contribute to endometriosis, precocious puberty (unusually early onset of puberty), infertility, and miscarriages. In men, xenoestrogens are believed to contribute to decreased sperm counts, and prostate and testicular cancers. Other health problems such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, and behavioral abnormalities in children, may also be linked to xenoestrogens interfering with the estrogens naturally produced by the body.
In relation to breast cancer, organochlorines are among the most concerning of the xenoestrogens. Organochlorines, or compounds which contain chlorine and carbon, do not easily breakdown in the environment and accumulate in high concentrations in the fat of humans. Organochlorines are produced as by-products of industrial processes involving chlorine, organic matter and heat, such as bleached paper, burning of hazardous, municipal and medical waste, and chemical production. They are also found in pesticides, pharmaceuticals, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and much more.
Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are yet another class of endocrine disrupting chemicals. They are commonly used as detergents in many industrial processes (including the production of oil, pulp and paper, synthetic and natural textiles and leather) and common household products. NPE'S are used as additives in latex paints and cosmetics, as anti-oxidants and stabilizers in some plastics and in some pesticides. Nonoxynol-9, a form of NPEs, is the active ingredient in contraceptive spermicides.
Clearly, we are constantly exposed to endocrine disrupting xenoestrogens making them impossible to avoid altogether. However, with education and awareness, each and every step taken to identify and minimize our exposure to these and other toxic chemicals will contribute to our future health and that of the planet. Simple steps can make a huge difference, like choosing a food-grade stainless steel water bottle over plastic and/or switching to chemical free personal care products. Each positive choice we make, no matter how small, matters. Now is the time to begin.
What can you do right now to make a positive impact on your health and reduce your risk for developing breast cancer and other diseases? Begin by examining the products you use on a daily basis. Check the ingredients in your personal care products like shampoo, conditioner, facial care products, deodorant, etc. where many xenoestrogens are commonly found. Reduce your exposure to chlorine by using a chlorine filter shower head and choosing unbleached products. Limit your use of plastics, especially drinking from plastic water bottles and microwaving in plastic containers. Learn to identify and minimize as many xenoestrogens as possible.
Identifying chemicals shown to have estrogenic effects:


o Alkylphenol

o Atrazine (weedkiller)

o 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)

o Butylated hydroxyanisole / BHA (food preservative)

o Bisphenol A (monomer for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin; antioxidant in plasticizers)

o Chlorine and chlorine by-products

o Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (one of the breakdown products of DDT)

o Dieldrin (insecticide)

o DDT (insecticide)

o Endosulfan (insecticide)

o Erythrosine / FD&C Red No. 3

o Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill)

o Heptachler (insecticide)

o Lindane / hexachlorocyclohexane (insecticide)

o Metalloestrogens (a class of inorganic xenoestrogens)

o Methoxychlor (insecticide)

o Nonylphenol and derivatives (industrial surfactants; emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization; laboratory detergents; pesticides)

o Pentachlorophenol (general biocide and wood preservative)

o Polychlorinated biphenyls / PCBs (in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints)

o Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as preservatives in personal care products.

o Phenosulfothiazine (a red dye)

o Phthalates (plasticizers)

o DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)

o Propyl gallate
Guidelines to minimize your personal exposure to xenoestrogens:
o Choose chlorine-free products and unbleached paper products.

o Avoid all pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

o Use filtered water to drink and bathe in to avoid chlorine.

o Whenever possible, choose organic foods.

o Buy hormone free meats and dairy products to avoid hormones and pesticides.

o Use chlorine free tampons, menstrual pads, toilet paper, paper towel, coffee filters, etc.

o Reduce the use of plastics whenever possible.

o Do not microwave food in plastic containers.

o Avoid the use of plastic wrap to cover food for storing or microwaving.

o Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food.

o Do not leave plastic containers, especially your drinking water, in the sun.

o If a plastic water container has heated up significantly, throw it away - do not drink the water.

o Don't refill plastic water bottles.

o Avoid freezing water in plastic bottles to drink later.

o Buy food grown locally and in season, organic if possible.

o Peel non-organic fruits and vegetables.

o Use chemical free, biodegradable laundry and household cleaning products whenever possible.

o Use chemical free soaps and toothpastes.

o Avoid creams and cosmetics that have toxic chemicals and estrogenic ingredients such as parabens and stearal konium chloride.

o Minimize your exposure to nail polish and nail polish removers.

o Use naturally based fragrances, such as essential oils.

o Read the labels on condoms and diaphragm gels.

o Minimize X-rays whenever possible.

o Be aware of noxious gas such as from copiers and printers, carpets, fiberboards, and at the gas pump.
Guidelines to protect the environment:
o Share this information with family and friends.

o Insist on your right to know before chemicals are used in your neighborhood, schools and work.

o Ask your local grocery to carry non-toxic products and non-bleached products.

o Demand action from politicians, industry and environmental regulators to phase out known endocrine disrupting chemicals.

o Press for disclosure of information on endocrine disruptors in consumer products, packaging, industrial emissions, pesticides and food.

o Support groups that are working for the phase-out of harmful chemicals in the environment.

o Maintain a strong immune system. Exercise regularly and eat well. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables-reduce consumption of animal protein. Reduce stress in your life as much as possible.

o Minimize car and energy use; walk, bicycle, bus or car pool instead.

o Recycle cell phones and other electronic devices and rechargeable batteries to keep estrogenic heavy metals from leaching into the environment.

o Use biodegradable detergents that use plant- or vegetable-based surfactants, since these types of ingredients don't form estrogenic chemicals that can contaminate the environment.
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Monday, August 21, 2017


One of the ways I dealt with my fear of miscarriage was to visualize a white light around my pregnancy. Not only did the visualization process help my pregnancy, but it also helped to decrease my stress level.
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 Here is a site that explains how the "white light" may help protect you and others:
Simply visualize yourself bathed in a radiant white light. You can imagine it streaming down on you from heaven, or you can imagine it simply radiating out from you like your aura. Some teachers recommend that you visualize it impermeable like an egg shell. Others suggest you make it your own by adding any details that appeal to you, like purple stars or white diamonds, etc. You can also see yourself guarded by an invisible force field that is endless: it extends indefinitely above you, below you, and all around you. I like to BECOME the light, to imagine I'm so pure and bright that nothing shadowy can get anywhere near me. There really is no wrong way to do this, for the whole purpose is simply to get you focused AWAY from whatever is making you afraid or nervous, and focused ON well-being. The exact appearance of the white light is irrelevant; the important thing is the feeling of well-being that it generates within you.

As you're visualizing yourself surrounded by white light, remember that you are ever watched over by divine beings such as guides, angels, etc. Affirm that well-being abounds, and that no matter how bad things may look at the moment, miracles happen every day. "Know" deep down that one way or another, you will always find your way to well-being. Then project yourself into the future, vividly visualizing yourself as you desire to be.


Thursday, August 17, 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.
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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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