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Thursday, June 29, 2017


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


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.


Thursday, June 22, 2017


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.


Sunday, June 18, 2017


Healing After Miscarriage

I was happy to see a study like this one about how women felt about their miscarriage from the time they know something is wrong with their pregnancy until a year after their miscarriage. The study is done from a nursing standpoint and I only hope that nurses and doctors learn how to deal with patients who miscarry in a more compassionate way.

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 After having six miscarriages, I dealt with some rude and completely unequipped healthcare professionals who said the wrong thing and added to my stress and sorrow. I heard everything from "Have you considered adoption?" to being completely ignored. Really, how much extra time does it take for these people to stop for one minute to say "I'm sorry for your loss?"  I'll admit, recurrent miscarriage can lead to frustration, disappointment, feeling like an unworthy person, and anger.  My anger was with health professionals, other pregnant women and probably the world.

The conclusion of the study was that there are different routes to healing for different women.  Women need to identify what they lost and let go of anger.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017


How PCOS And Miscarriage Are Linked

I did not suffer from PCOS, however, when I ran an infertility support group, a number of women in the group had PCOS.

Many women have this condition and don't know it.  It can be linked with insulin resistance as well.  Here is an article in its entirey about PCOS and miscarriage:
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Guest Post by Author: Jennifer Koch

As if it was not hard enough to get pregnant when you have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary
syndrome there is also a link between miscarriage and PCOS that you need to worry about.

There is no single culprit but rather a combination of factors that lead to this incresed risk:

Blood Clots

A major cause of PCOS is an imbalance in hormones and thids may lead to the formation of clots. If clots are choking the arteries, there is a chance that the embryo will get far less nutrition from the blood than it needs and a miscarriage may occur.

Luteinizing Hormone Hypersecretion

All this means is that there is too much of a certian hormone being produced. This happens when the egg is being released from the ovary and causes it to happen too soon which results in defects in the egg which the body rejects during pregnancy causing a miscarriage.

Protein Deficiency

It has been discovered that the levels of two specific proteins tend to be lower in women diagnosed with PCOS. Where PCOS has been linked to miscarriages in studies done, a common element was found to be low levels of these two particular proteins. For the healthy development of the embryo it is important that mothers maintain normal levels of these 2 proteins

To prevent a miscarriage from PCOS there are a range of natural treatments that will help you alleviate the symptoms by targeting what actually causes the problem.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Is Your Baby Growing Normally?

You may have heard about intrauterine growth retardation or restriction.
 This is when a baby is not developing or growing at the rate it should. The following article explains how this condition is diagnosed and treated.  Usually IUGR is identified by measurements taken on ultrasound.   Read more:


How is IUGR diagnosed?

One of the most important things when diagnosing IUGR is to ensure accurate dating of the pregnancy. Gestational age can be calculated by using the first day of your last menstrual period
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(LMP) and also by early ultrasound calculations.

Once gestational age has been established, the following methods can be used to diagnose IUGR:

Fundal height that does not coincide with gestational age
Measurements calculated in an ultrasound are smaller than would be expected for the gestational age
Abnormal findings discovered by a Doppler ultrasound

How is IUGR treated?

Despite new research the optimal treatment for IUGR remains problematic. Most likely the treatment will depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

If gestational age is 34 weeks or greater, health care providers may recommend being induced for an early delivery.
If gestational age is less than 34 weeks, health care providers will continue monitoring until 34 weeks or beyond. Fetal well-being and the amount of amniotic fluid will be monitored during this time. If either of these becomes a concern, then immediate delivery may be recommended.
Depending on your health care provider, you will likely have appointments every 2 to 6 weeks until you deliver. If delivery is suggested prior to 34 weeks, your health care provider may perform an amniocentesis to help evaluate fetal lung maturity.


Saturday, June 03, 2017


Miscarriage Over 40, How Greens And Folic Acid Can Help

So what is homocysteine and what does it have to do with miscarriage?  Homocysteine can be toxic to your body and it is something that I have read about in my fertility research over the years.  This blog talks about the importance of folic acid (found in greens) to control homocysteine levels. Read more:

From the article:

Homocysteine (also referred to as Total Homocysteine, or abbreviated as tHcy on lab forms) is a toxic amino acid produced by your liver and usually counterbalanced by healthy cleansing processes in your liver. High levels of tHcy are associated with risk for stroke, heart attack, and clot formation in your cardiovascular system. And in early pregnancy, elevated tHcy is associated with miscarriage.

Your body needs B vitamins, specifically folate, B12 and B6, for the conversion of tHcy into a non-toxic substance...

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...Studies have shown that folic acid supplementation before conception and in pregnancy is
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associated with increased birth weight and longer gestational length. Folic acid also has an immensely important role in the development of your baby’s spinal cord and brain and helps prevent spinal cord problems, also known as neural tube defects.

Some things that can drive up your Homocysteine (tHcy) levels:

Vitamin B deficiency (Folate, B12, and B6)
Excessive alcohol intake
Lack of exercise
Excessive coffee intake

What helps if your Homocysteine (tHcy) is high?

Supplement with B-Vitamins (Folate, B12, and B6)
Incorporate foods which are high in B-Vitamins into your daily diet
Address the lifestyle activities noted above

Foods high in B-Vitamins

Folate - Leafy greens such as spinach, turnip greens, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin B6 - Poultry, seafood, bananas, leafy green vegetables, potatoes.
Vitamin B12 - Animal foods are the only natural source of vitamin B12; but many products are fortified with vitamin B12. Shellfish, such as clams, mussels, crab. Fin fish, beef.

Facts about having Homocysteine (tHcy) blood levels drawn:

Ideally check tHcy levels before you get pregnant. However it’s never too late to supplement with B Vitamins. They are safe, inexpensive and easy to digest.
Draw blood first thing in morning after having fasted from food and fluids for at least 8 hours.
For menstruating women: tHcy levels are most accurately assessed prior to ovulation and not in the luteal part of your menstrual cycle (The luteal phase of your cycle is the second half which is from ovulation through menses). Ideally draw sometime on Days #1-#7 of your cycle

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