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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CAN ENDOMETRIOSIS CAUSE PREGANCY LOSS?

PREGNANCY LOSS DUE TO ENDOMETROSIS

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...

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

DETERMINING A MISCARRIAGE FROM BBT

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

IMPLANTATION TIMING CAN CAUSE MISCARRIAGE

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. 
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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.

 (news.bbc.co.uk)

Monday, October 09, 2017

PROLONGED STANDING IN PREGNANCY MAY HURT FETAL GROWTH

 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.
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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

CAN YOU BE ALLERGIC TO YOUR PREGNANCY?

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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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.

 from: dailymail.co.uk

Monday, October 02, 2017

CAN GREEN TEA HARM PREGNANCY?

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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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 [http://www.green-tea-site.com]

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

MISCARRIAGE CAUSED BY DEFECTIVE SPERM

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.

from:
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HOW TO HAVE A MEMORIAL FOR BABIES LOST THROUGH MISCARRIAGE

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

MISCARRIAGE, INFERTILITY AND YOUR THYROID GLAND

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:
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-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
-sweating
-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

BEE PROPOLIS AND OTHER BEE PRODUCTS FOR PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY

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

HEALING STONES AND SYMBOLS FOR MISCARRIAGE

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:
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Monday, September 11, 2017

MISCARRIAGE HELPED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS

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.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

THE MISDIAGNOSED MISCARRIAGE

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

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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.

from:
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Friday, September 01, 2017

SAINT RITA FOR MISCARRIAGE

Saint Rita of Cascia

Even if you are not Catholic, you may be comforted by praying to the saints.  Saint Rita is known as the saint for seemingly impossible causes. If you are struggling with infertility or miscarriage, getting pregnant seems like the impossible dream. Every month that goes by without a

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pregnancy or every miscarried baby adds to the desperation and feeling of hopelessness that you will never achieve the one thing you want the most: a child. Yet, many women who have gone through the throes of infertility do get pregnant naturally. I am a perfect example of someone who had every strike against me. I was 44, I had multiple miscarriages, I only had one fallopian tube but somehow I succeeded. I said many prayers on the road to parenthood and there were times I wondered if anyone was listening. But, prayers are answered in their own time and babies seem to come when they are ready. Eventually all my prayers were answered and I look back now and know that the timing was perfect. Hopefully, this page and prayer will help you through your journey.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

PROTECT YOUR PREGNANCY AND YOUR BODY FROM XENOESTROGENS

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:


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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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Medical Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for the advice, diagnosis or treatment of a medical professional. If you suspect the possibility of any physical or psychological disorder, please seek expert medical care.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

WHITE LIGHT VISUALIZATION TO PROTECT PREGNANCY

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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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.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

MISCARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY: 10 THINGS TO KNOW

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.

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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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Monday, August 14, 2017

MISCARRIAGE AND EFT: EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE TAPPING

Can EFT and Tapping Help You Through Miscarriage?

So what is EFT? It stands for "emotional freedom technique". I learned about it years ago from an article in our local paper about how this technique can help with everything from emotional hang-ups to physical pain.
It is based on the principles of acupuncture where certain points on your body are tapped while you recite certain statements which are specific to your situation.  The following link describes how EFT
works and how to do it:
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Monday, August 07, 2017

COMPASSION MAY BE THE BEST TREATMENT FOR MISCARRIAGE

No Standard Treatment For Miscarriage, But TLC May Be Best

I never thought I was the type that needed compassion from my medical providers.
Even though I was devastated by repeatedly miscarrying, I held a stiff upper lip and went on to try again. However, according to the article below, TLC may be one of the most effective treatments for miscarriage. Read more:

So, what's a conscientious obstetrician or midwife to do when faced with a patient who can get pregnant but who can't stay that way? Often nothing, in terms of simple medical intervention. (One exception to the rule is a proven treatment for women with antiphospholipid syndrome, who can increase their chances of carrying a baby to term with aspirin and the complex sugar heparin.) But if doctors and clinicians can't rush to write prescriptions, that doesn't mean they have nothing to offer their patients. In researching his book, Cohen learned of a dozen clinics around the world that specialize in caring for women who repeatedly miscarry. What seems to help many of their patients most is restraint, patience, and compassion. As Mary Stephenson at the University of Chicago Hospitals tells Cohen, "It's OK to want to phone a nurse every day."

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And perhaps paradoxically, such non-clinical attentiveness has shown better results than any other treatment Cohen describes. One study in Norway of women who had miscarried at least three times (and some had miscarried as many as 13) found that 86 percent of those who received weekly medical exams and psychological support during a post-miscarriage pregnancy carried to term, as

compared to 33 percent who did not. A separate New Zealand study replicated those results. Which
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may mean that, at least as a medical matter, hand-holding is the best intervention going for serial miscarriers.

The numbers of patients in the two studies is small, and Cohen expresses discomfort with a treatment that sounds, well, mushy—it goes by the cloying name of "tender loving care." But his wife, herself a miscarriage veteran, identifies strongly with the researchers' conclusion that the clinics succeed by confronting their patients' despondence, fatalism, and panic. One of the specialists Cohen shadows, Danny Schust at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, doesn't even diagnose a specific problem in a third of his patients. That's OK: Until the science advances, a lot of women will settle for a knowledgeable hand to hold.

from 
www.slate.com

Friday, August 04, 2017

SURPRISING STUDY: FIBROIDS DON'T INCREASE MISCARRIAGE RISK

This study was very surprising to me.  Years ago, when I was in my 20's I had fibroid surgery.  Even though I was not trying to conceive at the time, I was told by my surgeon that this could preserve my ability to get pregnant.  Even though the study below disputes that fibroids contribute to miscarriage, I'm glad I had the surgery.  Fibroids can get quite large and mine were growing quite fast.  Read more about the study on Fibroids and miscarriage:


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Investigators from Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, accrued the largest prospective cohort to date to investigate the association of fibroids with miscarriage, said Hartmann, the study's principal investigator.
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Of the more than 5,500 women enrolled, ultrasound detected uterine fibroids in 11 percent, while 89 percent of the study participants did not have fibroids. The chance for miscarriage in both groups was 11 percent.
"The key message is that fibroids don't seem to be linked to miscarriage," said Hartmann.
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

SHORT CERVIX SCREENING TO IMPROVE SUCCESSFUL PREGNANCY RATES


I'm sure most women have no idea whether or not they have a short cervix. However, screening for this could prevent pre-term birth and premature delivery.  There are some treatments that can be given to women with this condition that may prolong the pregnancy and prevent prematurity.

This article talks about how screening for a short cervix is not only cost effective but it could prevent long-term disorders in infants and prevent neonatal death. Read more:

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"Since only 10 percent of preterm birth occurs in women with a history of preterm birth, cervical length screening may be the best way to decrease the number of babies born prematurely," said Werner.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

IS MISCARRIAGE HIGHER IN HIGHLY FERTILE PEOPLE?

 Could people with recurrent miscarriage be super fertile?

Here's an interesting theory...perhaps women who have recurrent miscarriage have a uterus that's just not selective enough about which embryos will implant.   This certainly makes a lot of sense because there are some women who have had over 10 miscarriages.  Read more:
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However, the cells of women who had recurrent miscarriages started to grow towards both kinds of embryo.
Prof Nick Macklon, a consultant at the Princess Anne Hospital, said: "Many affected women feel guilty that they are simply rejecting their pregnancy.
"But we have discovered it may not be because they cannot carry, [but] it is because they may simply be super-fertile, as they allow embryos which would normally not survive to implant."
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Friday, July 28, 2017

AROMATHERAPY FOR MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage Healing With Aromatherapy

I have never used aromatherapy and I never really thought about how it could help after a miscarriage.
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 This interesting site gives some instructions on how to use aromatherapy after a miscarriage:

The essential oils recommended for use after a miscarriage not only help to bring the body back into

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its pre-pregnancy state, but they also heal on the emotional and spiritual levels. Choose a single oil or make yourself a blend using those given below, adding 5 drops of essential oil to each 1 teaspoon of base vegetable oil for a body oil and 6-8 drops in a bath:

POST-MISCARRIAGE ESSENTIAL OILS

# Rose
# Geranium
# Grapefruit
# Roman Chamomile
# Narcissus
# Frankincense
# Palma rosa
# Patchouli
# Bois de rose

POST-MISCARRIAGE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

# Frankincense - 9 drops
# Roman Chamomile - 9 drops
# Geranium - 5 drops
# Grapefruit - 7 drops
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

VANISHING TWIN EXPLAINED

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:

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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 trimester

from:
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Monday, July 24, 2017

CAN YOU TAKE MEDICAL LEAVE AFTER MISCARRIAGE?

Miscarriage and Medical Leave

I saw this article which answers a question that most people probably don't think about when they've suffered a miscarriage.
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 Are you entitled to medical leave? This article explains how miscarriage fits in to the Family Medical Leave Act. Read more:

Entitlement
According to the Department of Labour, currently more than 69 million women are working in the United States. With so many women making up the workforce, it is important for working women to have some sort of guarantee that they will not lose their jobs should they be faced with a pregnancy complication or suffer from a pregnancy-related condition. Unfortunately, the United States, along with Australia and New Zealand, are among the few countries in the industrialized world that do not
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have legislation in place to provide women with guaranteed paid maternity leave. Instead, rights regarding an extended leave due to pregnancy are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act
In 1993, the U.S. Congress signed into law the FMLA. This act guarantees both men and women unpaid, job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks after the birth of a child; adoption of a child; taking care of an ill relative or tending to one’s own medical condition. It also considers a miscarriage to be a serious health condition, and therefore allowing for a recovery period. However, there are several stipulations to this law. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

WOMAN SPEAKS OF 5 MISCARRIAGES (AND BABY!)

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Can Be Overcome

This  writer does a good job of explaining the trauma of recurrent miscarriage while trying to function in the rest of your life. Even though you may put on a tough face or a happy face, there's a lot going on in your personal and emotional life after experiencing a miscarriage.
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 She did have a daughter in between all of her miscarriages, but losing a baby is traumatic whether you have kids or not.   Even now that I have my daughter and I am no longer trying to conceive, I still remember the pain and hopeless feeling after losing a pregnancy.  It will probably affect the way I view things for the rest of my life.  Read more:

And there was the time I flew abroad for my Christmas party - just days after my fifth loss. Putting on the brave face and painting on the party mood to ensure that team got the party they deserved was
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difficult but necessary.

So the public face is one key challenge. Another is the blame game. Having had all the tests there is nothing actually wrong with me - so why five? The blame inevitably falls on you. Am I doing something wrong? Am I too stressed? Why am I constantly rejecting the thing I want so much? But no one lives in a vacuum. No one can 'check-out' of his or her work life to live in a zen-type bubble. Also - this busy person is who I am, right? RIGHT?

Those observant amongst you will have spotted the 'baby' bit in the title. This tale does have a happy ending. Maggie is fast approaching two and is the joy of my life. I've had three of my five miscarriages since she was born so the struggle isn't over, but I've come to appreciate how lucky I am. I have what so many people want but never actually get - an incredible daughter, a loving fiancĂ© and a supportive family that have shared and absorbed my pain where they could (thank-you all). 

from: 
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

D&C: WHEN TO TRY TO CONCEIVE AGAIN

D and C After Miscarriage, Don't Rush Into Another Pregnancy

D&C's are frequently performed on women who have not spontaneously expelled their miscarriage. I had a few D & C's, but then wondered what my chances were of getting pregnant again and when to start trying.  My doctor had actually told me to wait three months after the surgery for my body to heal.
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Even though that sounded like a long time, it's probably good advice.  This article explains what happens after a D&C and what you should keep in mind before trying again.

From the article:

Once the hCG levels fall, your pituitary gland begins secreting the stimulatory hormones LH and FSH, and ovulation resumes. If the hCG levels were low at the time of the D&C, normal ovulation can return about two to three weeks after the D&C. Alternatively, if the fall in hCG is delayed, the first ovulation may occur three to six weeks later. As ovulation occurs two weeks before the menstrual period, you can, in fact, get pregnant before your first post-D&C menstrual period. If you do not
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ovulate, and your menses were irregular before the pregnancy, all bets are off.

Is it safe to get pregnant immediately? That depends. Pregnancy without an intervening menstrual period can make managing the pregnancy more difficult, as your obstetrician will need to follow you more closely to accurately determine your due date. Additionally, after a D&C, there can be a low-grade inflammatory response in the uterus that may interfere with pregnancy, making the risk of repeat miscarriage a bit higher in the first post-D&C cycle.

If you have had miscarriages before, it is important that you and your physician try to determine the cause before you attempt to get pregnant again. Many women are discouraged after a miscarriage and rush to try again, without taking the necessary steps to avoid a subsequent miscarriage. In their haste to conceive again, these women condemn themselves to more suffering and potentially another pregnancy loss. The most difficult part of managing recurrent pregnancy loss is to address the emotional aspects that often interfere with completion of a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.

from:
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Monday, July 17, 2017

GETTING THROUGH MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage and The Emotional Turmoil

I found this Dear Abby question and answer about a woman who had experienced miscarriage. A number of readers wrote in who had also experienced miscarriage. Some of their replies such as this one may be helpful for you:
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DEAR ABBY: “Anonymous in the North” needs to realize that her anger and bitterness are normal. You don't get “over” a miscarriage, but you do get through it – and life does get better.

What she needs to do is take care of herself, be gentle with herself. If that means avoiding or limiting her time with her brother and pregnant sister-in-law, or friends and family with babies, so be it! They need to understand that it isn't about them. It's a self-care issue. Unfortunately, family and friends
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can be a part of the problem.

Things not to say to someone who has miscarried:

1. “You'll get pregnant again.” (Not everyone does.)

2. “You can always adopt.” (That's a personal decision and should not be rushed into as second best.)

3. “It was for the best because it was defective, it was God's will, etc.” (Unforgivable, even if it were true.)

I will never forget my disbelief and rage when a “friend” who knew of my miscarriage, and the emotionally and financially exhausting fertility treatments I was undergoing at the time, complained of her morning sickness and said, “Aren't you glad you're not going through this?”

If you don't know what to say about a friend's miscarriage, say “I'm so sorry,” and then shut up. Don't try to “fix it,” any more than you'd try to “fix” a widow by fixing her up.

– Dana in Springfield, Mo. 

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

CAN FISH OILS HELP WITH MISCARRIAGE?

Fish Oils To Prevent Pregnancy Loss

It seems like I'm hearing more and more about fish oils for just about everything.  They are recommended for their "anti-inflammatory" affect on the body so they are great for a number of the auto-immune disorders that seem to be more prevalent in our society.  Even recurrent miscarriage, in some cases, may be attributed to the immune system.   Fish oils contain the all powerful Omega-3 fats which are essential not only for the nervous system, but they also help your body manufacture
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Sunday, July 02, 2017

STILLBIRTHS CONNECTED WITH FIBROIDS

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Fibroids


Long before I was trying to conceive, I had some fibroids removed because they were growing rapidly. Many fibroids cause no problems and some women aren't even aware that they have them.
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However, they can be somewhat of a problem in pregnancy and this study talks about how they may cause growth restriction leading to stillbirth. Read more:

From the article:

The study was a retrospective cohort study of 64,047 women. Data were extracted on maternal sociodemographics, medical history, and obstetric outcomes. Pregnancies with any fetal anomalies were excluded. Women with at least one fibroid detected at the time of fetal anatomic survey were compared to women without fibroids. The primary outcome was IUFD after 20 weeks gestation. Univariate and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to estimate the risk of IUFD in women with fibroids, and subgroup was conducted by presence or absence of fetal growth restriction
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(IUGR).

The study found that of 64,047 women, the incidence of fibroids was 3.2% (n=2,058). The incidence of IUFD was significantly higher in the fibroid group than in the no-fibroid group (1.6% v. 0.7%, aOR 1.8, 95%CI 1.3-2.7) even after adjusting for factors including black race, tobacco exposure, chronic hypertension, and pregestational diabetes. In subgroup analysis, the risk relationship between fibroids and IUFD only persisted within the IUGR subgroup.

"Our results showed that women with a combination of fibroids and fetal growth restriction were at two-and-a-half times the risk of having a stillbirth, though the absolute risk remained rare," said Dr. Alison G. Cahill, another of the study's authors. "This may lead to a future recommendation for serial growth scans to monitor fetal growth in women with fibroids."

from 
sciencedaily.com

Thursday, June 29, 2017

PROLONGED STANDING AND MISCARRIAGE CONNECTION

Dealing With Pregnancy On The Job - Especially After Miscarriage

When I was pregnant, I taught a couple of classes at the local community college.
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 Even though I was never put on restrictions, I did not stand while I was teaching. I sat facing the class and used an overhead projector and transparencies instead of a blackboard. That may have been a wise choice because according to this article, excessive standing can contribute to miscarriage. Read more:

Long hours of standing at the workplace may increase the risk of miscarriage in some women, according to a new study.

"Women with a history of two or more previous spontaneous abortions who stood at work more than 7 hours per day had an elevated rate (31.6%) of spontaneous abortion," say researchers at the California Department of Health Services in Berkeley. This rate is four times the average, say study authors.

They interviewed over 5,300 pregnant women, questioning them on such subjects as job type, length
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of work shift, heavy lifting at work, amount of housework, and previous medical history.

Of the women surveyed, 499 of the pregnancies ended in miscarriage, 32 of the fetuses were stillbirths.

Researchers believe the added risk of miscarriage caused by standing may be due to the action of catecholamines, secreted by the adrenal glands. During long periods of standing, the pregnant woman's blood pressure can fall, and catecholamines are produced to increase heart rate and restore essential blood flow to the brain and heart. But the same substances also work to reduce blood flow to the uterus, and may cause uterine contractions -- and increased risk for miscarriage. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

YES, THERE IS HOPE OF NORMAL PREGNANCY AFTER MISCARRIAGE!

Miscarriage And Real Women's Experiences

Here is an article from a local paper about many women's experiences with miscarriage. It may not be the end of your dream since the odds are in your favor that you will have a live birth.
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 However, after a miscarriage, women have a flood of thoughts and feelings about their pregnancy and what they could have done differently.  It's hard not to feel some guilt or some responsibility for losing the pregnancy.  Read more:

Baudoin said it may be normal when a woman feels like an outsider or is ashamed after having an miscarriage, not understanding just how common miscarriages occur.

"I certainly know that it's not something a woman did wrong or can be prevented," she said. "As a women's health care provider, I want to try and help educate women and empower women to not feel ashamed because miscarriage is something that universally cannot be prevented."

Baudoin said it is common, and not surprising, many women don't want to talk about miscarrying as a way to not have to relive a traumatic event, but talking about it may open doors with those who have had miscarriages at some point in their lives, as well.

"I know many times where it's helpful for women to talk about it," she said. "When you have a miscarriage or you lose a pregnancy at any stage, you join a club that you never knew existed and you never wanted to join."

Additionally, Baudoin said the grieving process is a big part of having a miscarriage, as the woman


begins to have hopes and dreams for that baby.

"As soon as you know that you're pregnant, you can't help but to have big thoughts," she said. "Whether you want to or not, you picture the baby being born, the baby rolling over or the child going to school."

For many women, bouncing back and getting pregnant after a miscarriage is not only possible, statistically, the next pregnancy has a high probability of working out. Although it doesn't happen all the time, many women who have had a miscarriage go on to have a healthy next pregnancy.

Baudoin suggests waiting for another cycle after a miscarriage to let the body reset before trying again. The most likely outcome of a pregnancy following a miscarriage is a healthy pregnancy, she said.

"Statistically, if you think about pregnancies 20 to 25 percent of the time ending in miscarriage, the next time around with the same statistics, you've got a 75 to 80 percent chance to have a normal pregnancy," she said. "The odds are in your favor of having a better outcome or a non-miscarriage the second time around.

from: miningazette.com
 
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

MISCARRIAGE CAUSED BY BALANCED TRANSLOCATION

Chromosomal Abnormalities and Miscarriage

A number of miscarriages can be traced to chromosomal abnormalities.  I had never heard of balanced translocation until I received an email from a woman whose husband has the condition.
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 I looked it up and thought it might be of interest to some of my blog readers. This article explains what the condition is and how it may affect conception and pregnancy:

To better understand the difference between balanced and unbalanced translocation, imagine a part of chromosome 21 has attached itself to chromosome 14. In a balanced translocation, the person has a smaller than normal chromosome 21 with a piece broken off, a normal second chromosome 21, a
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chromosome 14 with the broken piece of 21 attached, and a normal chromosome 14. The person appears completely normal and suffers no related health problems. If this person wants to have children, however, there are several possibilities that could affect the outcome of the pregnancy.

Both normal chromosomes - The normal chromosomes 21 and 14 may be passed on, resulting in a normal baby.
Broken 21, affected 14 - The broken chromosome 21 and affected chromosome 14 (with the broken piece from chromosome 21 attached) may be passed on, resulting in a baby with the same balanced translocation as the parent, but no related.
Normal 21, affected 14 - The normal chromosome 21 and affected chromosome 14 may be passed on, giving the child extra DNA from chromosome 21, resulting in unbalanced translocation and Down's Syndrome.

The cause of translocation is not well understood, though it has been linked to radiation exposure. There are a wide range of medical problems that may result from the condition, including leukemia, breast cancer, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophy and Down's Syndrome. The related health problems suffered by a person with translocation depend on which part of which chromosome is moved to where.

from: 
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