You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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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:

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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.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


I came across this website about a product called YONO.  It uses an earpiece that can chart your body temperature (BBT) so you can track your cycle.  I am not being paid to promote their product, but I thought it might be helpful for anyone who wants to conceive naturally especially after a miscarriage.  Read more:


Trying to conceive after going through a miscarriage can be emotionally draining, as you simultaneously experience feelings on opposite ends of the spectrum, such as loss and hope. Regardless if you have a strong support system or not, it’s a very difficult experience to go through. On your toughest days, just remember that after miscarriage most women go on to have healthy pregnancies that turn into beautiful babies. YONO can help reduce stress and increase accuracy
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YONO is a comfortable earpiece worn while you sleep at night. You don’t even know it’s there, but all the while it’s tracking your daily basal temperature with superior accuracy. The earpiece easily syncs with your smartphone and displays all data on a sleek graph. The YONO App analyzes data collected by the earpiece in order to create a personalized prediction of your monthly fertility window. By pairing the power of technology with an ongoing collection of your natural basal temperature, YONO predicts ovulation patterns and increases  your chances of conceiving. 

Monday, July 23, 2018


Miscarriage and Septate Uterus

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

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

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Friday, July 20, 2018


Miscarriage and Its Relationship To Stress

I don't need any convincing that stress and miscarriage may be and probably are related. Another factor, especially for women under stress is low progesterone levels. Although treatment with progesterone to prevent miscarriage is controversial, it may be most effective when given to women under stress. This article explains more:

Stress really can cause miscarriages, a series of studies suggests. The good news is that extra doses of progesterone might safeguard the pregnancies of women at risk. 

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While the cause of most miscarriages is never established, doctors usually attribute them either to abnormalities in the fetus or to illness or health problems in the mother. Most obstetricians dismiss the idea that healthy women can lose healthy babies solely because of stress.

But a series of studies by a team in Germany might change their minds. "We can clearly say that stress has a major impact on pregnancy maintenance," says team leader Petra Arck of Charité, an institute of the University of Berlin. 

"...That leads to rejection of the fetus because the blood supply can't be sustained," says Arck. The chain of events uncovered by her team starts with the release of stress hormones such as cortisol. As cortisol levels rise in the bloodstream, they suppress the production of progesterone, a hormone that is crucial to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Gluten Sensitivity and Miscarriage Over 40

I have written about gluten on a number of my blog posts.  There seems to be a gluten free craze going on right now and companies are using this to market their products and boost sales.  Some people really don't need to be on a gluten free diet, however, many people are sensitive to gluten but they don't even know it.  They may have vague symptoms that are attributed to other conditions. However, gluten sensitivity can be a cause of infertility and recurrent miscarriage. Here is an article about one woman's story of celiac disease and miscarriage:

From the article:

Unlike food allergies, coeliac disease develops over a long period. Misdiagnosis is common - patients are often treated for indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome, for instance. The average time it takes to receive the correct diagnosis is 13 years, according to charity Coeliac UK, which is launching an awareness campaign next month.



There are 125,000 coeliacs in the UK but research suggests just 12 per cent of those who have the disease have been diagnosed; this means half a million of us don't realise we have it.

'The problem is that it often causes symptoms not specific to the bowel, such as lethargy and weight loss,' says Peter Howdle, professor of clinical medicine at Leeds Medical School and chair of the charity's advisory council. 'This means other options, such as chronic fatigue and depression, are explored long before anyone thinks of coeliac disease.

'Some people suffer no symptoms at all. Left untreated, as well as causing osteoporosis, it can occasionally affect fertility. I'd say if anyone is having problems with conceiving or recurrent miscarriage, it could be worth mentioning coeliac disease. It's only a slight risk, but it's there all the same.'

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Sunday, July 15, 2018


how to have a natural miscarriage
If you've had a miscarriage, you probably know that it doesn't always expel from your body right away.  This can be emotionally and physically devastating.  First, if you know that your baby is not viable, and when it continues to stay in your body it's a constant reminder of what you've lost.  It's hard to move on when your body may still feel pregnant.  From a physical standpoint, you may want to try again, but you can't until your uterus has cleared out all of the remains of the pregnancy.  If you're over 40, you also feel the time pressure to try to get pregnant again.  Retaining a non-viable pregnancy can also be dangerous.  There is something called a molar pregnancy which is when the cells go bad and can even turn malignant.
So, for all these reasons, you might want to encourage your body to expel the pregnancy naturally.  Of course, you should talk with your doctor about this as a D&C may be recommended under certain circumstance.  Here is an article on my website which summarizes natural ways to encourage a miscarriage.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

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Prayer for a Woman Who Has Had a Miscarriage   

O God of love, source of life,
hear our prayers for _____.
Her baby died before it ever came to birth.
The blessing of your love
was torn from her body,
leaving her empty and devastated.
Comfort her now in her sorrow.
Restore her hope for a child to come.
Give her courage and new delight
in the days ahead.
In good time, grant her a new life
that her soul may rejoice
and her body give birth;
in Christ's name we pray. Amen.

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 Prayer to Heal the Pain of Infertility

Dear Lord, the pain of infertility is so deep. All of our lives, we dream of being mothers, of raising children with loving hearts to do your will on this earth. Month after month when that dream does not come true, it so painful, Lord. We feel like our dreams die each month with empty arms. Please guide us to trust in your plan for us. We desperately need you in our lives. Thank you for all the blessings we do have, knowing through you all things are possible. Amen.

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Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings in my life. Help me to remember them as I face the challenges of infertility. I pray that I can surrender myself into your hands. Let me accept the reality of this situation and have the wisdom and courage to take action where I can. Strengthen my body, mind and spirit to endure the trials of infertility. Keep me ever mindful of the needs of others and grant us your peace. Amen.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


I've always said that miscarriage knows no boundaries.  Even though celebrities seem to have it all and the media is constantly talking about who is pregnant in Hollywood with endless pictures of baby bumps, these celebrities struggle just like the rest of us.  It's probably much harder since they are in the public eye too.  Read more:

During the PBS special “American Masters: The Women’s List,” Wendy Williams said she “fought tooth and nail to be a mother.”

“I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months,” the talk show host said in the 2015 special. “That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation.”
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Williams, who has one son, added, “We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband. So our Kevin is a hard-won child. I would’ve loved to have had more children but I don’t want to test my blessing.”

 ...actress Kirstie Alley opened up about her miscarriage, an experience she said led to her weight gain.

“When the baby was gone, I just didn’t really get over it. Neither did my body,” she wrote. “I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children ... that’s when I began to get fat.”  

Monday, July 09, 2018


Miscarriage and What Women Want Or Need Afterward

Some women may find it helpful to read about a realistic description of things that help and things that don't in terms of your emotional health after miscarriage. If others ask if there is anything they can do, this site may give you some ideas what to tell them.  This article includes quotes from actual women who described what would have helped.  Some women want the company of others and some want to be alone.  Read more:

What helped when miscarrying was happening?
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While you are miscarrying, or just after, give yourself time. Most of us realised we shouldn't go back to work to soon, but equally, being alone was a scary prospect.
"Not being on my own for about a week afterwards. I had to make sure I was doing stuff in the evenings or days cos otherwise I would brood too much."

"Having company - various family members rearranged their lives so I wasn't on my own for 10 days."

"Not being left on my own for the first week."

"Firstly, I needed to be alone - whether that was because my 3 miscarriage were quite painful and I was doubled over I don't know, but I needed to be by myself and not do anything."

"Having a day in bed alone to cry with my cats and going away the week after to see family."

"I think I should have taken more time off work, a whole week at least. Both times I went to work on 4th day after finding out about the miscarriage and 2 days after D&C. I felt good initially to be doing something, but since I hadn't told work about the pregnancies, I didn't tell them about the miscarriages and it was very hard trying to be as if everything was ok. I also think I might have gotten over the weekly crying bouts sooner if I had given myself more time in the beginning." 


Friday, July 06, 2018


Pregnancy and Bacterial Vaginosis - The Added Dangers

Guest Post By Marie Ackland
It goes without saying that pregnancy is perhaps one of the most delicate and fragile states that a woman will ever find herself in during her life. Having to care for herself and her unborn child becomes the utmost priority for many cases of pregnancy nowadays, especially since there are an increasing number of physical and health hazards that may threaten the well being of a pregnant woman, including illnesses and infections, which is particularly difficult since pregnant women cannot readily take the medications normally prescribed for people suffering from the same form of illness or infection. Any chemical or foreign substance introduced into the body of the pregnant mother will inevitably also affect the unborn child, which is why special care must be taken in finding and taking any form of medication during this very fragile state.



Intensive studies and research done on pregnant mothers and bacterial vaginosis have shown that the infection can actually raise the risk of preterm labor and birth, which is quite dangerous for the infant. The infection is also held as highly responsible for a number of miscarriages, and even preterm premature rupture of the amniotic membrane. Studies show that bacterial vaginosis accounts for 31.6% of all miscarriages in women. An alarming fact, however, is that the same study also revealed that 10% to 30% of all pregnant women will experience bacterial vaginosis during their pregnancy. The same metabolic changes that occur in the woman's body during pregnancy is being eyed as being primarily responsible for this fact. Bacterial vaginosis is normally caused by the imbalance of the naturally-occurring bacterial flora in the vagina, and once this gentle balance has been upset, it will allow one or more of the bacterial culture in the flora to multiply beyond the point where it is beneficial, and it then becomes an infection.
For pregnant women found to have bacterial vaginosis, there are several treatments specially formulated so as not to affect or upset the delicate nature of the pregnancy, including oral medications and topical treatments. Tablets and foodstuff rich in lactobacillus acidophilus is also being recommended for pregnant women, as the natural ingredients in acidophilus makes it a very safe alternative, plus the natural benefits it does for the body is also quite favorable. Most doctors, however, will recommend a thorough preventive strategy. They will suggest that a consultation and check up be done before any plans of conception are undergone.
'Bacterial Vaginitis' can be treated with antibiotics but these will kill of the vagina's own good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria and will not stop the Bacterial Vaginitis coming back. If you are pregnant you may not want to take antibiotics or prescription drugs anyway. You really need to get smart with your body and build you own bodies natural bacteria balance to help prevent bacterial vaginosis. This can be done with probiotic supplements such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus and natural yogurt containing live cultures amongst other things. After suffering with recurrent bacterial vaginitis (BV) for over 3 years I eventually found a totally natural cure that did not involve any antibiotics or creams. If you have bacterial vaginitis for the first time or have had recurrent bacterial vaginitis for some time this is something you really should consider looking at Bacterial Vaginosis Help.
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Thursday, July 05, 2018


The Sly Masquerader - Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN

A 26 year old, newly-pregnant woman sits on the exam table in her obstetrician's office. She is excited about her pregnancy and does not want to complain about her nausea, vomiting, weight loss, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. The obstetrician can tell just by looking at her that she seems to be suffering the normal symptoms of pregnancy and is not overly worried. After all, nausea and vomiting occur in 50-80% of all pregnant women, especially between the 5th and 13th week. The doctor reassures the patient that this is normal, and encourages her to hydrate and rest. Sometimes the physician will suggest a medication, or a supplement, to reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Is it possible that this woman is experiencing something more severe than the normal, early pregnancy symptoms?
One of the great masqueraders for pregnant women is thyroid disease. Many of the symptoms that women experience in the early stages of pregnancy are the exact symptoms that occur with thyroid problems. Women will commonly experience fatigue, weight gain, constipation, insomnia, and lethargy. Health care providers will often reassure patients that this is normal and these symptoms are due to the hormonal and physiological changes that one expects with the early stages of a healthy pregnancy. However, one must be on the alert that these same symptoms could be representative of a much more serious underlying problem; one that could have major, negative ramifications on the pregnancy and the newborn infant. Left undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) could result in serious, high-risk conditions during the pregnancy. Prematurity, preeclampsia, placental separation (abruption), and/or serious consequences in the child such as congenital cretinism (mental retardation, deafness, muteness).
This weeks article will focus only on hy-PER-thyroidism (when you have too much thyroid hormone.)



Next week we will review hyp-O-thyroidism. (when you have too little thyroid hormone) and its effects on pregnancy.
Who should get screened for thyroid disease in pregnancy?
The current American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines state that thyroid functions should be checked only in women with a personal history of thyroid disease or symptoms of thyroid disease. It is NOT universally recommended to test all pregnant women even though there are cases of women who have disease that do not have symptoms (subclinical cases).
How does maternal thyroid hormone effect the fetus?
The fetal brain is completely dependent on maternal thyroid hormone until about 12 weeks gestation. At that time, the fetus is able to manufacture its own thyroid hormone in conjunction with the maternal hormone that crosses the placenta. Diminished levels of thyroid hormone in the mother impair fetal brain development. Elevated levels can also cross the placenta and cause excessive production in the fetus. (Graves disease.)
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What is hyperthyroidism?
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the neck that controls metabolism. It receives a message (TSH) from an area in the brain called the pituitary which releases thyroid hormone (T4).
When the gland produces more hormone than it is supposed to, hyperthyroidism is diagnosed (elevated thyroid hormone T4 and low TSH.) This can occur in about.2% of all pregnancies. The most common form of the disease is Graves disease where certain antibodies are made by the body that stimulate thyroid hormone production. Other causes can be multinodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, an extra thyroid source of hormone production (certain tumors of the ovary or pituitary), thyroid adenoma.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

  • nervousness
  • tremors
  • tachycardia
  • frequent stool
  • excessive sweating
  • heat intolerance
  • weight loss
  • goiter
  • insomnia
  • palpitations
  • hypertension
  • eye changes-lagging of the eyelid and retraction of the eye lid
What are the risks to the mother and the fetus if hyperthyroidism is left untreated?
If left untreated, hyperthyroid can cause:

  • preterm delivery
  • severe preeclampsia
  • heart failure
  • fetal loss
  • low birth weight infants
  • stillbirth
  • fetal hyperthyroidism
How do you treat hyperthyroidism in the mother?
A classification of drugs called thioamides are used to treat hyperthyroidism.

  • PTU
  • methimazole
These drugs prevent the manufacture of the thyroid hormone by preventing a needed substrate iodine from attaching to the thyroid molecule and it also blocks the the manufacture of of another active form of the hormone T3.
These drugs do cross the placenta and can effect the fetal thyroid, although it is generally transient. Generally, these drugs are safe to use in pregnancy but rare side effects of the drug can include fever, sore throat, hepatitis, rash, nausea, loss of taste and smell, loss of appetite and a very serious and rare side effect called agranulocytosis (less than 1%) which is an abnormal condition of the blood characterized by a severe reduction of white blood cells (fever, prostration and bleeding ulcers of rectum, mouth, and vagina.)
Infants must be observed carefully after birth with mothers on antithyroid medication since newborns have been known to have neonatal hypothyroidism and goiter in mothers who have been treated. Babies are ultrasounded during pregnancy looking for fetal goiter and growth problems which can present problems at delivery due to the hyperextension of the neck.
It is generally considered safe to breast feed on these medications.
Other drugs used to treat hyperthyroidism are beta-blockers (propranolol) which act to reduce the rapid heart rate that can occur. Side effects from this drug can include growth retardation in the fetus, fetal bradycardia (slowed heart rate) and hypoglycemia in the infant (low blood sugar).
Radioactive iodine is never used in pregnancy since it can ablate the fetal thyroid. A patient was treated with radioactive iodine prior to becoming pregnant, should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 4 months. If all medications fail, or allergy to the medications exist, thyroidectomy, or surgical excision of the thyroid is recommended.
What is subclinical hyperthyroidism?
In about 1.7% of women there are asymptomatic women with normal thyroid hormone but a low TSH. This condition generally has been found to have no effect on the pregnancy since it is the maternal T4 level that is critical for fetal brain development, regardless of what the TSH level is. However, these women should be observed for osteoporosis, cardiovascular morbidity and progression to overt disease or thyroid failure in the future.
What is thyroid storm?
Thyroid storm is an acute obstetrical emergency that occurs in about 10% of women with hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include a change in mental status, seizures, nausea, diarrhea, and cardiac arrythmias. Patients are placed in the intensive care unit for constant monitoring and observation since there is a high risk of maternal heart failure. Thyroid storm can be precipitated by an acute surgical emergency, infection, diabetes. anesthesia, and noncompliance with thyroid medications. In addition to the usual treatment of hyperthyroidism as described above, steroids are commonly given.
Can thyroid disease present itself right after delivery?
About 6 to 9% of women with no history of thyroid disease can present with disease after delivery, generally within the first year postpartum. This is common in women that have previously known thyroid antibodies that are not activated until after the delivery, or women with a strong family history of diabetes or other autoimmune disorders. Most women have transient hyperthyroidism which then converts to hypothyroidism requiring treatment. About 77% of women will completely recover but 30% will continue with thyroid disease permanently. Many women that recover will develop this disorder again with subsequent pregnancies.
Because of the close similarity of symptoms that occur with a normal early pregnancy, be sure to ask your health care providers if you should be screened for thyroid disease. Discovery and correction of this condition can have beneficial ramifications to ensure a happy, healthy mother and baby. As stated in many previous articles, pregnancy can be the crystal ball of future medical conditions and by being vigilant, pregnancy can help a woman avoid diseases and conditions from surfacing later in life.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Heavy Work Schedule May Contribute To Miscarriage

Here's another article that might support the stress-miscarriage connection.
 According to this article, women who worked more than 45 hours per week had a higher miscarriage rate. Although no direct link between stress and miscarriage was proven, it just makes sense that stress is the reason. Read more:

And stress may be the culprit: The more hours a woman worked, the more likely she was to report feeling stressed, although there was no direct connection between stress level and miscarriage, according to a report in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

"Working more than 45 hours per week on the job was a strong predictor of stress and was associated with a three-fold higher rate of miscarriage, even after taking into account other factors such as age,
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smoking, alcohol intake, and previous miscarriage," said lead study author Dr. Marc B. Schenker of the University of California-Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.

Women who reported drinking seven or more alcoholic drinks a week in the first trimester had five times the risk of miscarriage. 


The survey included 584 female attorneys, and compared those who worked more than 45 hours a week, about 42% of women, to lawyers who worked less than 35 hours a week, about 10% of those surveyed.

Women who were partners or associates in a law firm were more likely to report stress, as were those in criminal law and litigation. Several other factors could contribute to a stressful work environment, including "the existence of political intrigue and 'backbiting', lack of opportunity for advancement, advancement not determined by quality of work, and lack of respect by superiors," the authors wrote. Sexual harassment on the job was also widely reported in a survey conducted by the American Bar Association in 1990, the authors noted.

The results need to be confirmed by future studies. If female lawyers who suffered a miscarriage were more likely to respond to the survey, the results could be misleading. About 75 percent of the female lawyers surveyed responded to the questionnaire. The new study also relied on a woman's ability to recall events that happened sometimes months or years earlier, a method that is susceptible to errors.

However, the findings are not surprising, said Dr. Paul Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress in Yonkers, New York.

"There are a lot of studies out that show that stress during pregnancy raises the risk of complications," he said. "There's certainly nothing new about the fact that job stress is the leading source of stress for American adults, and lawyers are particularly high on the list. And a lot of reasons for that might specifically apply to women."


Sunday, July 01, 2018


Fetal Cells - Preventing Miscarriage

I've heard a number of theories about how a woman's body may actually attack the fetus in pregnancy.  The immune system recognizes the pregnancy as a foreign body and goes into attach mode.
See also: for more on miscarriage research, prevention and how to deal with recurrent miscarriage
Although the study cited below was done on mice, it may lead to new findings which could help prevent miscarriage. Read more from
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From the article:

IT'S an enduring biological mystery - how a fetus survives in the uterus without being attacked by the mother's immune system. Now it seems that in mice at least, a cellular "reception committee" gathers to welcome and guard each potential fetus that might be created during the menstrual cycle. The finding could reveal new ways of combating miscarriage in women.

Alexander Betz and Marinos Kallikourdis of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, discovered the process by exploring links between certain chemical shifts and menstrual cycles in mice. They knew the wombs of pregnant mice are especially rich in regulatory T-cells (Treg cells), which dampen the activity of other immune cells, and women who miscarry often have lower numbers of these cells.

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