You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018



Please don't dismiss the connection between increased cortisol due to your stressful lifestyle. Many of us don't even know how much stress we are under until we get away from it.
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Reduce stress if you want to get pregnant. I'm not telling you anything you haven't already heard right? It's been written and rewritten to the point that everyone just says, I do yoga, I deep breathe, now why aren't I pregnant?! When I was first trying to conceive, I had what I now call a “corporate pressure cooker” job. I worked up to 10-12 hours per day, I was continually feeling a time pressure trying to meet deadlines, I battled rush hour traffic, I gulped my not-so-healthy lunch between meetings....need I go on? I recall going to doctor's appointments during my work day and having high
blood pressure readings. I rationalized it by saying, “oh, I had to run over here, I'm sure it will go down in a minute”.
In addition, I never got enough sleep with my overcrowded mind racing when I went to bed. Like many career women, I grew up in a family with a strong work ethic, I thought this was the way it was supposed to be. Although I would not admit it at the time, much of my self worth was wrapped up in my job. I felt like a “worthy” person when I got accolades at work and the hardest workers got the most recognition. I often look back at those days and wonder, how on earth did I think I could get pregnant under those circumstances?

Some Evidence That Stress Does Affect Fertility and Can Be Related to Miscarriage

Why does stress affect fertility? When your body is under stress, it's natural fight or flight response produces cortisol (the stress hormone). To make cortisol, your body needs progesterone. Progesterone is considered to be the “pro-gestation” hormone and is needed for a successful pregnancy. If your body is using progesterone to make cortisol, it's not available to support your reproductive system. One study found that women who were of normal weight but had not had a period in six months had high cortisol levels. Although these women felt that they were handling their stress well, when they were given behavioral therapy, 80% started ovulating again. Additionally, stress-related hormones and chemicals produced by your body may target uterine cells causing a chain reaction ending in miscarriage. Even the tissue of some miscarried fetuses has shown the presence of these stress related hormones and chemicals. Stress can also cause high blood pressure which may have an association with muscle injury resulting in uterine fibroids.

What Does It Mean To Reduce Your Stress?

Take an inventory of your lifestyle: Are you getting 8 hours of sleep per night? There is a natural cycle of light and dark which helps to regulate your circadian rhythms, melatonin, and reproductive hormones.  If you're not getting enough sleep, this can disrupt hormonal balance. Do you frequently feel pressed for time? Are you constantly saying there aren't enough hours in the day? Do you feel a constant pressure to perform at work? Are you in a continual state of worry about your job security? Are you able to eat your meals in a leisurely fashion? Do you have the time to prepare/eat a healthy meal including fruits and vegetables? Is your normal blood pressure below 120/80? Although some individuals have high blood pressure not necessarily associated with stress, for many, it can be reduced with lifestyle and dietary changes.

If you are trying to conceive, you need to take an honest inventory of your life. For me, the only way to reduce my stress was to quit my high-stress job. Yes, I gave up a good salary and all the “golden shackles”, but now I have my daughter which beats a salary and benefits hands down.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Much has been written about how to have a natural miscarriage. Is there any way to encourage your body to expel a miscarriage? I had six miscarriages before I had my daughter. Of course you want to try again, but it can take quite a while for the pregnancy to expel from your body. I thought it would be helpful to share the information I have gathered on how to have a natural miscarriage. As always, you should check with your doctor to confirm that your pregnancy is not viable (baby has died) and consult a qualified practitioner before trying these methods which are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
Please note: the information on this page is not intended to induce an abortion for a live pregnancy, it is meant as a resource for women who have already experienced a miscarriage which has not expelled from their body
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If you have learned that your pregnancy is not viable, you have a few options.  Your doctor may recommend a  D & C under certain circumstances, or you can wait for your body to expel the remains of your pregnancy naturally.  I know how uncomfortable and emotionally draining it is to
know your baby has died but you still feel pregnant.  At least in my case, I wanted to expel the pregnancy as soon as possible - partly because it was so uncomfortable to have symptoms with no pregnancy, and partly because I wanted to try again.  Additionally, D &C's can leave uterine scarring which could cause additional problems getting pregnant.

Although I did not try these methods of inducing a miscarriage, I found these methods through my research. 

Vitamin C

Many sources claim that Vitamin C can start uterine contractions and bring on menstruation.  Based on my research, you should not take more than 6000 mg per day but you can break it up and take it throughout the day. Vitamin C in these high doses is thought to keep progesterone away from the uterus and will eventually induce a period. You should also drink plenty of water. As mentioned before, you should check with a doctor before taking high doses of Vitamin C because there could be side effects, some of which could affect the baby should the pregnancy be viable. The use of vitamin C has not been proven medically, but there are many testimonials online of women who feel vitamin C helped to expel their pregnancy.


Cinnamon is also popular to use to help with a natural miscarriage. and can be purchased as a quill (the tube shape) or as ground powder. It stimulates the uterus and can cause contractions.  Cinnamon supplements may be best as they are already measured in safe doses. Too much cinnamon can cause liver toxicity. Cinnamon may also be helpful after a miscarriage because it can help stop bleeding and encourage healing because of its affect on blood platelets.


Parsley can be used inside the body as well as consumed orally.  To use  vaginally, it is recommended to get a sprig of fresh and organic parsley and insert it deep into the vagina.  You should change it every 12 hours. It is recommended to also consume parsley by boiling about two cups of water, adding the parsley after removing it from the heat and steep it for about 20 minutes and consume it throughout the day.

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These may stimulate uterine contractions:  up to 1000mg every 4 hours is recommended.  This should be used with caution or not used if you have bleeding disorders or if you are on aspirin therapy or on any type of blood thinners or anti-clotting medication.  Again, you should consult your doctor, or qualified herbalist before taking this amount.


Acupuncture points can help stimulate delivery in women, but these same points can also help induce a miscarriage.  Here is an excerpt from: mobility-massage.blogspot which talks about acupuncture/acupressure points that may stimulate delivery and miscarriage:

 Pregnancy massage is one massage modality that is experiencing high growth. In fact, it is often one of the most-requested services at any massage clinic or individual business. However, there are some areas that should not receive deep pressure due to the chance of causing a miscarriage. Chinese medicine has held that these eight acupuncture or acupressure points are key to avoiding miscarriage; conversely, practitioners may press them with the intent of causing delivery in an overdue pregnancy.
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The eight points are:
1 - Kidney 1 is on the sole of the foot, about on the midline vertically, and just below the level of the ball of the foot.
2 - Large Intestine 4 is located between thumb and forefinger, in the fleshy part just above the knuckle of the first finger.
3 - Spleen 6 is located 2-3 inches above the ankle bone, on the inside of the leg.
4 - Spleen 10 is located about three inches above the knees, on the inside of the leg.
5 - Liver 3 is located between the first and second tarsal bones on top of the foot, about an inch past the gap between the toes (going toward the ankle).
6 - Bladder 67 is is on the outside edge of the nail on the little toes.
7 and 8 - The uterus reflex and the ovary reflex are located on either side of the heel, one on the inside surface and one on the outside surface. They are just below the ankle bone, and between the ankle bone and the Achilles tendon.
Just casual or accidental pressure on these points will not cause a miscarriage. It requires deep sustained pressure and also the actual INTENT on the part of the practitioner to effect a miscarriage using these points.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018



Are you over 40 and have you had a miscarriage or are you experiencing recurrent miscarriage? There are some misconceptions about pregnancy loss. Many women haven't ever gone through a miscarriage so when they have one, they rely on what they have heard which many times isn't accurate or may not be applicable in their case.  Here are some things I wished I had known or that I learned after having so many miscarriages of my own:

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

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

3.  Just like it takes HcG a while to get out of your system, it may take a while for the actual pregnancy tissue to expel from your body.  I had one miscarriage that took over a month to expel and my doctor finally recommended a D&C.  It was a relief to have the D&C because it is very traumatizing to continually feel pregnant when you know it is not viable.

4.  Early miscarriage may be referred to as a "blighted ovum" or "chemical pregnancy".  These fancy sounding medical terms basically refer to a pregnancy which started with fertilization, but either failed to develop or failed to develop after implantation.

5.  The Emergency Department of your local hospital (from my personal experience) may not be the best place to go for a miscarriage unless you think you have an ectopic.  Emergency Room physicians are generalists, and I found many of them are not good at performing ultrasounds.  However, if you are having abdominal pain, and your OB physician is unavailable, you should have it checked out.
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6.  The loss women suffer through miscarriage feels like the loss of a child.  Although friends and family members may not always understand, you have already envisioned and planned for this child in your life.  You may need to explain that you need time to grieve after this traumatic event.

7.  The medical community may refer to a miscarriage as "spontaneous abortion".  This term is demeaning and adds insult to injury.  The word "abortion" has so many meanings attached to it.  Many medical professionals have started using different terminology, but don't be surprised if it's in your records after a miscarriage.

8.  Men suffer too.  Be kind to the father of the lost baby.  Most friends and family shower condolences on the woman, however it's a loss for the man as well.

9.  Most women who have a miscarriage go on to have a healthy happy baby.  This includes women with recurrent miscarriage.  I'm a perfect example.

10.  Recent research suggests that there is no need to wait to get pregnant again after a miscarriage assuming you did not have surgery or a D&C.  Make sure, however, you are emotionally ready to try again.

11. Bedrest will not stop a miscarriage if its already in motion. Bedrest can help prevent miscarriage if you have an incompetent cervix and it's usually recommended that women who undergo IVF stay inactive immediately following the procedure. But once a miscarriage has started or if the fetus is no longer viable, bedrest will not stop it.

More On Miscarriage

What a cruel universe we live could this happen? Was it something I did? Did I exercise too much? Did I not want this baby enough? Did my baby not want me?

When you've had a miscarriage, all of your dreams with your baby come crashing down. No it wasn't just a cluster of cells, this was your child, your family, your hope for your future. On top of that is a feeling of failure. Why won't your body cooperate? How come every other woman out there can get pregnant just like that, have their family and live happily ever after? Bad enough, it happens once, but then when it happens over and over again it adds insult to injury.

Women over 40 feel a sense of urgency to get pregnant because they feel their time is running out fast

Women over 40 have probably read all of the dismal statistics about conceiving over 40 and having a successful pregnancy over 40. You feel like you've got to spend every waking second on getting pregnant and monitoring every bodily function to maximize your chances of getting pregnant. But hold on. Yes, it may take women over 40 longer to get pregnant than a 20 year old, but its not impossible. Long before there was birth control and sterilization procedures, it was quite commonplace for women to get pregnant well into their 40's. Unless you've been diagnosed with a specific form of infertility, there's no reason to think you won't get pregnant.

When I had a miscarriage, even though I was devastated, I saw it as a sign of hope. After all, I did get pregnant. It was a sign that my body was functioning well enough to ovulate, to get an egg fertilized, for the egg to move down to my uterus and start growing. Well, that's not so bad! I knew that one embryo would stick eventually. Even though I was over 40, I kept telling myself..."there's one good egg in there somewhere!" I'm going to be good and ready when it shows up!"

Honestly, that's the attitude you need to have when you have a miscarriage. Dare to dream again. Don't tell yourself that you're not going to get your hopes up again. Remember, you attract to yourself what you think. If your mindset is one of failure and "I can't have a baby", you may be setting yourself up more disappointment.

Give yourself time to grieve the loss of your baby. Have a little memorial service. Light a candle and perhaps get a little doll to symbolize the child you lost. Say goodbye and let them know that you will see them again. I do believe that miscarried souls are real. They will either come back into your next pregnancy, or you will meet up with them again in the afterlife. They are not gone or forgotten. See this as a source of comfort. Know that it's okay to move forward and to try again. Miscarriage is quite common. I'm always surprised at the number of women of all ages who have had at least one miscarriage and go on to have one or more children. Even most women who experience recurrent miscarriage go on to have successful pregnancies.

You can do this. You are no different. You deserve everything life has to offer no matter what your age.

Monday, November 05, 2018



Have you had an ectopic or tubal pregnancy? If you have, you are not alone. One of the most devastating experiences on my journey to motherhood was having an ectopic pregnancy. Before I conceived naturally, my husband and I underwent fertility treatments including IVF. Yes, we got pregnant, but the joy and elation tragically ended when the ultrasound showed I had tubal pregnancy. It's not always stressed by fertility clinics, but IVF pregnancies have a higher risk of implanting in the fallopian tube. The reason isn't always clear, but it could have something to do with the location in the uterus where the embryos are transferred. Other risk factors include pelvic inflammatory disease, adhesions, and previous tubal ligation.
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How Is Ectopic Pregnancy Treated?

Ectopic pregnancies can implant in the abdomen, but most often occur in the fallopian tube. In some
cases, the tube can be salvaged, but if the damage is severe, it must be surgically removed along with the pregnancy growing inside of it. Most of the time, this can be done laparoscopically to minimize recovery time. If an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed early enough, it is possible to treat it medically. Medical management typically includes a drug called "methotrexate" (sold under the names Trexall and Rheumatrex). This drug deprives cells of essential nutrients which stop the pregnancy from growing so it can expel on its own. After an ectopic pregnancy, you are usually told to wait three full menstrual cycles before having unprotected intercourse. When you're trying to conceive, that sounds like an eternity. Even if your ectopic pregnancy is treated medically with methotrexate, you are warned not to conceive for a full three months because it could cause birth defects if you conceive while it is in your system. If you've experienced infertility or you feel your biological clock ticking, you may be saying to yourself, "I don't have time for this!”

You Can Still Have A Successful Pregnancy After An Ectopic

If you are trying to get pregnant naturally, the removal of one of your fallopian tubes is a setback, but as long as you have one tube, you can still get pregnant. According a recent study published in Human Reproduction, your chances of getting pregnant after an ectopic may be as high as 70%. [1] Interestingly, my mother's first pregnancy was ectopic and she went on to have three children. Even though I was over the age of 40, I conceived naturally multiple times with only one fallopian tube. So, optimally it would great to have both tubes, but you can still do fine with just one.

Dealing With Grief and Depression After Pregnancy Loss

Most women who have a miscarriage experience grief and depression and having an ectopic only adds to the emotional turmoil. Get support by joining a support group or an on-line support forum. There are many women out there who've gone through this experience. It is very comforting to talk to others who know what you're going through and it's encouraging to see others in your situation succeed. When I ran an support group for my local chapter of Resolve (the national infertility organization), there were two of us who had prior ectopic pregnancies. Both of us went on to have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. This should be encouraging no matter what your age!

So what should you do if you've had an ectopic pregnancy? First, know you can try again with the knowledge that the odds are in your favor. Second, use this recovery time to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Third, look for the support of other women and/or mental health professionals who deal with infertility and pregnancy loss. The Resolve website has a number of resources and organizes support groups around the country.

[1].Hervé Fernandez, Perrine Capmas, Jean Philippe Lucot, Benoit Resch, Pierre Panel, and Jean Bouyer for the GROG Fertility after ectopic pregnancy: the DEMETER randomized trial Hum. Reprod. 2013 : det037v1-det037.

Saturday, November 03, 2018



What Temperature Indicates a Miscarriage

What are the BBT signs of a miscarriage?
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Yes, you can use your basal body temperature to determine a miscarriage in the first trimester. If you do continue to chart your basal body temperature during your first trimester and it goes down to pre-ovulation temperature(below cover line) this could be an indication you are about experience a miscarriage. If your temperature drops to below your cover line, (if you tracked your basal body temperature you know what your cover line is), for more than two mornings than you should give your doctor a call as he or she may decide to use progesterone supplements to attempt to void off a miscarriage. If you do not know your cover line the average is about 97.5F, meaning if your temperature is lower than 97.0F and you do not know what your cover line is than you should also
give your doctor a call.

When Will My Temperature Not Indicate a Miscarriage

You can not, however, use this technique to determine a missed miscarriage(this is when you don't have a viable pregnancy but it has not expelled) because your progesterone levels are still high and your temperature may still be higher too. Remember here that it is when your progesterone levels fall that your body knows to start shredding your uterine lining(bleeding) . During a missed miscarriage your body does not yet know that the pregnancy is not viable. Missed miscarriages are usually determined via ultrasound where no heart beat is detected. Your progesterone and temperature would still be elevated during this situation. Your doctor will only recommend taking a progesterone supplement if he or she suspects that the miscarriage is caused by low progesterone. If that is not the cause the chances of saving the pregnancy is slim as genetic factors can not be fixed with progesterone. If genetic factors are the case you need to just remember that miscarriages are extremely common; happening in about 75% of pregnancies, known or not. You also need to remember that taking progesterone supplements against what your doctor recommends could just be slowing down the process. (excerpted from

Monday, October 29, 2018


 Many women decide not to tell others that they are pregnant until they have safely passed the first trimester.  It is probably true, that if you can progress through the first twelve weeks, your pregnancy has a much greater chance of successfully carrying to the point of a live birth.  The overall miscarriage rate is 17-22% (including early pregnancy losses), so miscarriage is quite common.

For women with no danger symptoms, and a confirmed heartbeat on ultrasound, the risk of miscarriage is as follows:

"The risk fell rapidly with advancing gestation; 9.4% at 6 (completed) weeks of gestation, 4.2% at 7 weeks, 1.5% at 8 weeks, 0.5% at 9 weeks and 0.7% at 10 weeks" (from

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Sunday, October 21, 2018


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.


Monday, October 15, 2018



Here is an article from a UK publication (mirror online) about miscarriage.
 It gives some good advice about how to deal with the aftermath and when to start trying again. Read more:

The truth about miscarriage
Up to one in four women lose their unborn child during pregnancy. Often they feel to blame and worry it will happen again.


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1 Talk to each other. Many women say they need to talk about their experience over and over again.

2 Acknowledge the loss. The baby may have represented your hopes and dreams for the future. Try not to pretend they never existed.

3 Don't be afraid to cry or to see your partner cry - it's sometimes just what's needed.

4 Accept your differences. Your feelings may be different now or change in time. Be understanding.

5 Take stock. Accept that your relationship may be affected by what has happened but remember that you can influence whether it is for better or worse.


Sunday, October 07, 2018


The Sensitivity Of The Doctor's Role After A Miscarriage

Guest Post By Uruakanwa Ekwegh

As a medical doctor and also a woman who has experienced a miscarriage, I have been on both the giving and receiving of care after a miscarriage. My experience of a miscarriage exposed me to a whole gamut of emotions that I had no idea were associated with this kind of loss. In fact, I was totally unprepared for how hard it hit me. This made me to wonder: if, as a medical professional, there was so much I did not know about miscarriage - how common it was and how devastating and alienating it could be - then there was a possibility that lay women would know much less than I did.
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In much of civilized society, particularly in the Western world, there is a lot of credence given to doctors ensuring that their patients are well informed; even when time does not permit in-depth conversations, reading materials are made available to answer questions and highlight key issues for patients to consider. In the United Kingdom, for example, the Miscarriage Association has leaflets that are usually given to women after a miscarriage by the nursing staff. These leaflets answer so many typical questions associated with this kind of loss and offer follow-up support.


In the study I conducted among Nigerian women, the need for such support was made clear in some questions that were addressed by the study. When women who had admitted to having experienced a miscarriage were asked if the medical and nursing staff that handled their miscarriage treated them with sympathy and understanding, the overwhelming response, with 84% of the votes was, "Yes". This however reveals an unacceptable number of women who do not remember being treated with sympathy and understanding: approximately 1 in 6 women who had had a miscarriage.
Why are these figures important to any healthcare professional that wants to deliver quality care? In establishing the main sources of support these women have after a miscarriage, my study revealed that doctors and nurses were a more important source of support than even their parents, extended family or personal faith. In fact, the only source of support that had marginally higher votes was the spouse (or partner). If the healthcare staff is this important at such a scary, lonely and miserable time of their lives, then it is appalling that any one in such a capacity should be anything less than sympathetic or supportive.
However, the doctor's role goes beyond hand-holding or platitudes. The woman needs, as I have already hinted at earlier, to understand what happened to her: the possible causes, the reasons for the decisions that were taken in the course of her care and the possible emotional aftermath of her experience.
It is interesting that even though 84% remember being treated with sympathy and understanding, only 56% did not blame the doctors for their loss. This is proof that poor communication between doctor and patient is risky, giving rise to uninformed blame-placing. Paternalistic health care delivery does not work, especially when it is an issue as sensitive as pregnancy loss. Furthermore, it may affect future health-seeking behaviour; in the developing world where maternal mortality is a major problem, this is a risk that cannot be taken.
The role of the doctor in times of loss is very sensitive; we are not taught how to handle such roles in medical school. Some of us learn from personal experience; like me, we learn to do to other patients what we wish had been done for us. However, we all need to appreciate our importance in times like these and rise to the occasion.
Dr. Uruakanwa Ekwegh is a Medical Doctor with a Masters degree in Public Health. She is the founder of the Miscarriage Support and Information Centre, committed to educating women and their carers on the effects of pregnancy loss on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the woman, while also offering encouragement and support when needed.
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018


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
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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.
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Friday, September 28, 2018


Miscarriage and Stress

I've written countless posts on stress, infertility and miscarriage.  The medical community frequently denies a link between stress and miscarriage, although most sources now acknowledge that stress can affect hormones.
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The stress hormone "cortisol" can rob the body of progesterone, which is needed not just to get pregnant and maintain your uterine lining, but it is needed throughout pregnancy ("progesterone = pro-gestation"
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researchers are recognizing that there are two facets to the link between stress and miscarriage. One is that a stressful life can contribute to miscarriage. The other is that the stress of multiple miscarriages can make subsequent miscarriages more likely.

A 2004 study published in New Scientist concluded that stress releases a "cascade of hormones" that can lead to spontaneous abortion. It followed 864 pregnant women – 55 of whom miscarried. Those who miscarried were more likely to have identified themselves as experiencing stress before or during pregnancy.

"We don't know it, but it's fair to say that the daily stress probably affects most of our bodily systems, including the reproductive tract," says Dr. Leondires. "There is data from research showing that stress can lead to menstrual dysfunction, which would indicate a probable link between stress and either infertility or miscarriage."

Finding a Link-Finding a Link Between Stress and MiscarriageDr. Leondires emphasizes that there are many known causes of miscarriage that have nothing to do with stress. In addition, a definitive cause for miscarriage can be found in only about 40 percent of cases. Still, the research on the link between stress and miscarriage is valid and ongoing.


Sunday, September 23, 2018


D and C After Miscarriage Or The Natural Way

After having so many miscarriages, I can say that I would rather have a natural one, however there
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are times that a D & C is indicated.  For example, if your body has not expelled the nonviable pregnancy after waiting longer than six weeks (statistically, 80-90% of women will naturally expel a miscarried pregnancy within two to six weeks).  When I was trying to conceive, I was worried about scarring after a D and C and it meant that I had to wait to try to conceive again.
 Some of my miscarriage expelled so suddenly that a D & C wasn't even a consideration. This article discusses some pros and cons of surgical intervention:


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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

Guest Post By Jean Mastellone

I am a clairvoyant with an unusual ability to see deeply into the human subconscious. I have worked as a clairvoyant researcher for over 20 years in a project whose objective was to discover the root cause of negative human experience. During that time, while tracking child, teen, and adult destructive behavior patterns, I have recorded hundreds of segments detailing the psychological
experience of the person's womb life. The following are some of my clairvoyant observations relating to prenatal psychology and life inside the womb.

Baby psychology and parent psychology are interconnected. We have much to learn about baby psychology and positive parenting. What typically goes on subconsciously and psychologically between babies and their parents is extremely influential and often shocking.


Willingness to live and grow
In order to stay and grow, an embryo body has many developmental obstacles to get through. There are zillions of connections that have to be made perfectly. This takes a degree of physical and mental health on the part of both baby and mother. The embryo consciousness, from conception, is participating in making those connections with his or her willingness to live and grow. The embryo's cooperation is a definite factor in personal health and development.
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This participation and cooperation became apparent to me while I was clairvoyantly reading a mother who had had two miscarriages and desperately wanted to keep her current baby. At first, I thought the embryo consciousness was "dormant" or sleeping, but later I saw that she in fact was actively and subconsciously communicating with her mother by expressing her willingness to live. The mother was "willing" her baby to stay and grow and the embryo was "willing" the same. Together, they were
getting through places of potential danger where certain hook-ups could have been weak or flawed. I sensed at that time that if people could consciously tap-into their full memory files, they would be able to remember exactly how their embryo body had been formed.
While observing a four-week-old embryo, I saw that the baby's mother had subconsciously put negative thought energy on her baby because she was extremely upset about being pregnant. Amazingly, I saw the natural energies in the DNA that were sustaining life and creating physical growth begin to push the mother's negative psychological energy out of the embryo's body, aura, and living space. This energetic activity clearly seemed to be a natural, spontaneous repelling action. It allowed the embryo to continue growing unimpeded by her parent's abrasive negative mental and emotional energies that were being directed toward her. I saw the same phenomena on several other occasions with different embryos. Nonetheless, this natural protective response seemed to occur only within the first eight weeks after conception.
Moving up in the womb world
The physical position of an unborn baby in the womb has psychological dimensions. I have repeatedly seen that an embryo's physical growth and psychological development were related to the mother's "energy centers" (Chakras) that are located in the lower portion of her physical body. In particular, the first, second, and third energy centers play a significant role during pregnancy and prenatal development. I found this remarkable.
I saw that conception occurred in the aura of the first energy center, the "survival center," at the base of the mother's spine. As the embryo grew and developed, the baby moved up into the area of the second center, which is the "feeling center." This is the area where emotional and sexual energies are felt, exchanged, and stored as "memory."
Waking up to feelings
When I observed an embryo first waking up to feelings, the baby was positioned in the mother's feeling center (second energy center) and was becoming a "feeling human."
The two-week old unborn babies in my studies began feeling and responding to their mothers' conscious and subconscious feelings and emotional states. As they grew and matured, they moved into the aura of the mothers' third energy center, which is the "activity center." At this point, the babies had become substantially larger, more physically developed, and more active,
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Prenatal psychology is a controversial topic primarily because of the abortion issue. Scientific studies directed toward identifying facts about prenatal psychology (conducted mainly outside the U.S,) have been ongoing for the past 40 years. Many scientific findings coincide with what I see when I look inside the womb.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018


I'm not one who relies heavily on statistics, but if you are, you may be happy to know that the odds are in your favor to have a healthy pregnancy even after repeated miscarriage.
This study explains more:

The first - a Danish study that involved nearly 1,000 women - found two-thirds went on to have at least one child, mostly within five years of being diagnosed and referred to a recurrent miscarriage clinic, but often within a year of being seen. 

See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? ( 

The second study, carried out in the Netherlands with 213 women, found more than 70% became pregnant after a year of trying for a baby, rising to over 80% or eight out of 10 after two years of trying.
And over half of all the women in the study gave birth to a healthy baby, within an average wait of 41 weeks to conceive.


Monday, September 10, 2018


What happens to HcG After a Miscarriage?

If you become pregnant, especially after infertility, you may "live and die" by your HcG numbers. Do you need more information about HcG levels in pregnancy and what the normal levels are? HcG stands for "human chorionic gonadotropin" - otherwise known as the pregnancy hormone. Women who have normal pregnancies may never deal with having HcG levels monitored (except to confirm a
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pregnancy). However, if you've undergone fertility treatments, you will probably have this test done after every cycle. There are a number of things which can affect HcG levels especially on home pregnancy tests. This is why most doctor's offices will use a blood test which is more sensitive and more accurate.


Tuesday, September 04, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage Over 40, Vitamins C and E May Help

The first thing I should say before you read the following article is that you should check with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy.
 The article talks about the value of vitamin C and E especially in preventing pregnancy complications which lead to miscarriage. Read more:


From the article regarding vitamin C:

Several friends, who are Catholic missionary sisters, asked me if vitamin C supplementation would
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help the people they work with in the South American rainforests. Since I think supplemental C is valuable for all humans, I said “yes.” They took it from there, and for several years now have been giving multi-thousand-milligram doses of ascorbic acid powder to the natives daily. The result is that miscarriage and infant mortality rates have plummeted...
From the article regarding vitamin E:

Since the word "tocopherol" is taken from the Greek words for "to carry offspring" or "to bring forth childbirth," it is easy enough to see how Evan Shute and other obstetricians were drawn into the work. As early as 1931, Vogt-Moller of Denmark successfully treated habitual abortion in human females with wheat germ oil vitamin E. By 1939 he had treated several hundred women with a success rate of about 80%. In 1937, both Young in England and the Shutes in Canada reported success in combating threatened abortion and pregnancy toxemias as well. A. L. Bacharach's 1940 statistical analysis of published clinical results "show quite definitely that vitamin E is of value in recurrent abortions." 

Sunday, September 02, 2018


I have heard many times that it might be easier to get pregnant after miscarriage.  There seems to be differing opinions on the subject.  I have devoted a page on my website (click here

Are you more fertile after a miscarriage?
There are many so called old wives tales that claim it’s easier to get pregnant after a miscarriage
(probably because of increased progesterone levels). Is it true? Well there may be some evidence that
you are more fertile after pregnancy loss, but the research is limited. One study conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine found a positive relationship between early pregnancy loss and subsequent fertility.[1]

[1] Wang X1, Chen C, Wang L, Chen D, Guang W, French J.
Fertil Steril. 2003 Mar;79(3):577-84. Conception, early pregnancy loss, and time to clinical pregnancy: a population-based prospective study
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018


 I have done previous posts about tap water and miscarriage. This article explains how the chlorine in tap water may be responsible for a higher miscarriage rate.  When I was pregnant, I drank bottled water for this reason.  However, you may need to do some type of analysis on where your bottled water comes from also!  Read more:

Trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and chlorodibromomethane) are common contaminants of chlorinated drinking water. They form when chlorine reacts with decomposing plant material, which is often found in water from surface sources.

Although animal data suggest some of the trihalomethanes may interfere with reproduction at high doses, little information exists on the relationship between trihalomethane exposure and miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) in humans.

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We examined exposure to trihalomethanes in relation to miscarriage in a study of 5,144 pregnant women living in three areas of California (centered in Santa Clara, Walnut Creek and Fontana). These women were interviewed early in pregnancy about their water consumption and a variety of other factors that may influence pregnancy outcome. (That study is discussed in further detail in Swan et al, an analysis conducted on the same data).
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Eighty-five drinking water utilities served the pregnant women’s homes. These utilities provided records of distribution system measurements of total trihalomethanes (TTHM) and, where available, the four individual trihalomethanes. The TTHM level in a participant’s home tap water was estimated by averaging all measurements taken by her utility during her first trimester. Tap water levels of the individual trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromoform, etc.) were estimated in the same manner.

Women who drank five or more glasses per day of cold home tap water containing at least 75 ug per liter of TTHM had a miscarriage rate of 15.7%. Among other women (those who drank less than 5 glasses per day and/or had tap water containing less than 75 µg per liter of TTHM) the miscarriage rate was 9.5% (Adjusted odds ratio for miscarriage of 1.8, 95% confidence interval 1.1-3.0).


Sunday, August 26, 2018


Occupational hazards and miscarriage

There's quite a bit of conflicting information out there about what causes miscarriage and what doesn't. This article seems to do a good job of addressing some real workplace hazards for pregnant women - not just chemical hazards, but physical ones as well. Read more:

Physical Hazards
Women working in the manufacturing, agriculture, and service industries as well as those who work
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as firefighters or nursing assistants often must perform tasks that are physically demanding. Because of the physiological changes that take place during pregnancy, including increased stress on the musculoskeletal system, intensive job-related physical demands have been associated with an increased risk for miscarriage, especially among women who have had 2 or more spontaneous abortions.______________
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 In addition, a growing body of research has linked heavy lifting, prolonged standing, working the night shift, and working long hours during pregnancy with impaired fetal growth and preterm delivery.  Researchers have suggested several reasons for this: pooling of blood in the lower extremities when standing for prolonged periods, less blood returning to the heart because of the demands of the growing uterus, and interference with circadian rhythms, which ultimately affect hormone levels.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


There are a number of uterine abnormalities which may impede conception and possibly lead to miscarriage.
Some of these abnormalities include an arcuate uterus, bicornate uterus, a septate uterus among others.  I was told I had an arcuate uterus when I underwent a hysterosalpingogram.  This test is where they inject dye through your uterus and into your fallopian tubes.  Usually this is done to see if
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your tubes are open, but it also gives a nice outline of the shape of your uterus.

Many women do not even know that their uterus may not be normal shaped until they try to conceive and have some of these tests done.

Click Here To Read the Full Article on getting pregnant and staying pregnant with an arcuate uterus and other uterine abnormalities (

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Fish oils have been in the media for quite some time as a method to improve overall health by reducing inflammation.  I have a page on my website devoted to how fish oils can prevent miscarriage by improving the function of the placenta (

Here is another article about how fish oils can benefit pregnant women by reducing inflammation

The study by scientists at the University of Western Australia examined the impact of fish oil on pregnant rats and found that it addresses numerous medical disorders by reducing inflammation of the placenta.
While it has long been known that fish oil helps to enhance the development of the brain of the foetus, the study is the first to show that fish oil improves the functioning of the placenta.
The researchers found that consuming fish oil led to higher levels of resolvins in the placenta. Resolvins are formed from omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to address inflammatory conditions.
About a third of women suffer from inflammatory conditions during pregnancy.
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Friday, August 17, 2018


I had six miscarriages before I conceived my daughter and carried to term without complications.  I learned a lot along the way.  If you've never had a miscarriage before, it can be a confusing and scary experience.  There are signs that you may be having a miscarriage such as cramping (mild or severe), bleeding and spotting (although I had spotting with all my pregnancies, including my successful one), and changes in body temperature if you are monitoring your BBT. 
I devoted a page on my website to educating women on what they may not know about miscarriage (especially if you're over the age of 40 - but these things are true at any age).  This includes common terminology used by the medical community, how HcG levels are monitored and a number of other situations you may encounter if you are going through a miscarriage.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


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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This article explains whether or not you can determine a miscarriage:

Monday, August 13, 2018


I was always baffled by the term "chemical pregnancy"...actually it sounds kind of like something out of a Frankenstein movie - as if it is a pregnancy that was produced chemically.  Well, actually theres a much simpler explanation.  A chemical pregnancy simply means that conception did occur, but the pregnancy did not progress.  Here is an explanation from medical news today:


Doctors call it a chemical pregnancy because levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are initially elevated enough to produce a positive result on a pregnancy test but dip again before a doctor can see the gestational sac on an ultrasound.
Many women may not even know that they have experienced a chemical pregnancy if they are not regularly taking pregnancy tests.
In this article, learn more about chemical pregnancies, including the signs and symptoms, causes, and outlook.

A negative pregnancy test after a positive one may be a sign of a chemical pregnancy. The clearest indication of a chemical pregnancy is a positive pregnancy test result that is followed by a negative one.
These tests can take place either at the doctor's office or at home.
A chemical pregnancy does not always cause symptoms.
If it does, they may include:
  • mild spotting a week before an expected period
  • abdominal cramping, which is usually mild
  • vaginal bleeding that occurs close to the time of an expected period or shortly afterward
Advances in pregnancy tests mean that women can now identify pregnancies as early as the first day of embryo implantation.
However, research shows that up to 25 percent of pregnancies result in miscarriage before a woman has any pregnancy symptoms or misses a period.
from medicalnewstoday
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Saturday, August 11, 2018


Explanation of How Chromosomal Abnormalities Result In Miscarriage

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Wow... the more I read articles like this one, the more I realize how much of getting pregnant and staying pregnant involves luck.
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 The study mentioned below looked at egg formation and the arrangement of chromosomes. It isn't a perfect process and getting the right number of chromosomes almost seems like a "hit and miss" process. Read more:
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During meiosis, fibres called microtubules attach themselves to the centre (kinetochore) of the chromosomes. The microtubules act like fishing lines and once a chromosome is 'caught' it is pulled to the opposite side of the cell from its partner.

But, before the microtubules hook the chromosomes, the researchers noticed that they herd them together into the centre of the cell. Despite this repositioning, almost 90 per cent of chromosomes were let off the hook only to be re-caught.

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"We saw that they [the microtubules] have to go through several tries before getting the connection right," says Ellenberg.
Third time lucky

In fact, some chromosomes were released up to six times, though most averaged three. Ellenberg says this means that the pathway that corrects the errors by uncoupling the chromosome and the microtubule is therefore heavily used and thus more prone to making mistakes — resulting in too few or too many chromosomes in the egg.

"Our findings provide a plausible explanation for the high rate of errors during egg formation."

Ellenberg adds that their observations make error correction proteins good candidates for age-related infertility.

"They form the basis to focus our future work on age-related female infertility, as it seems very likely that a component of the pathway that corrects these errors will be involved. The individual proteins that make up the machinery to correct the errors may simply not have a sufficiently long life-span to function well in very old oocytes," he says.


Thursday, August 09, 2018


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.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


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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Sunday, August 05, 2018


Superfertility and Recurrent Miscarriage

This article makes a really good point about women who habitually miscarry.  Rather than being labeled infertile, they may actually be "super-fertile".  The problem is their bodies aren't selective enough about the embryos they allow to implant.  If you are familiar with my story, I did get pregnant quite a few times naturally (even with only one fallopian tube) in my 40's.  Perhaps my body just was not selective enough.
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But we have discovered it may not be because they cannot carry; it is because they may simply be super-fertile, as they allow embryos which would normally not survive to implant.'
Prof Macklon, working with colleagues at University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands, compared cells from the lining of the wombs of women who have suffered recurrent miscarriage and those with normal fertility cycles.
They found cells from those with recurrent miscarriage move towards embryos, encouraging implantation regardless of quality, but those from normally fertile women were selective.
Prof Macklon explained: 'Only around 30 per cent of every 100 natural conceptions makes it to a baby and the rest are lost early in pregnancy. Mercifully, most women remain unaware of these losses because they happen before they miss their period.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40, Environmental Threats

Here's a good reason to leave housework to your husband while you're pregnant (or to take a break from a job with high EMF exposure).
 Some appliances may negatively affect your pregnancy and child if they have high levels of electromagnetic fields. Read more:
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The findings, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, show that youngsters whose mothers had been exposed to high levels of magnetic energy in pregnancy could be at three times higher risk of asthma.

See Also: Dextoxify Your Environment To Get Pregnant

It is the first time scientists have shown that using hairdryers, microwaves or even living near power cables during pregnancy could affect the incidence of asthma.
Dangerous: Pylons are a source of potentially harmful magnetic energy

Researchers have already shown that this type of magnetic energy can increase the risk of miscarriage and some types of cancer.


Monday, July 30, 2018


Recurrent Miscarriage Pregnancy Loss Can Be Helped With Chinese Medicine

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

 See also: for alternative medicine and home remedies for miscarriage
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 From the principles TCM, our body must be in an “optimized” state of  balance before one can conceive.  To maintain a pregnancy, one must maintain the same balance.

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

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

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

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

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

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