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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

STRESS, CORTISOL CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MISCARRIAGE

CAN STRESS CAUSE MISCARRIAGE AND PREGNANCY LOSS?

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

HOW TO HAVE A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE, NO SURGERY

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

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

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.

Dong Quai Capsules

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 

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.
See The 8 acupuncture points below:

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

MISCARRIAGE: 10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

TEN THINGS (AND MORE) YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE

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 in....how 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

GETTING PREGNANT AFTER ECTOPIC TUBAL PREGNANCY

ECTOPIC PREGNANCY AND GETTING PREGNANT AGAIN

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

DOES BODY TEMPERATURE INDICATE A MISCARRIAGE?

BODY TEMPERATURE, BBT, MISCARRIAGE AND PREGNANCY LOSS


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 www.usmomssite.com)

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