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Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Prevent Miscarriage With Organic Flowers

Most of us have heard about the benefits of organically grown food.
But I never thought about organically grown flowers. It's scary and sad that many workers in the flower industry are exposed to harmful chemicals which can increase the rate of miscarriage and birth defects. So, in honor of these workers and Valentine's day, think about going organic with your next purchase of flowers. Read more:


Statistics on pesticide use in the industry are hard to obtain, but flower

growers use a variety of fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, nematocides
and plant growth regulators. In the U.S., flower imports are not inspected
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for pesticide residues because they are not edible; however, since flowers
are considered an agricultural product, they must be pest-free when
imported. As a result, trade regulations in countries like the U.S. and
Japan actually promote use of the highly toxic fumigant methyl bromide, a
potent ozone depleter, for some flower imports.

Worker exposure to pesticides is of particular concern in greenhouses, where
up to 127 different chemicals are used in enclosed spaces -- increasing risk
of exposure through the skin and by inhalation. According to one study, some
flower greenhouses in Mexico's state of Morelos, use 36 different
pesticides, including the persistent organochlorines DDT, aldrin and
dieldrin. A study of fern and flower workers in Costa Rica found that over
50% of respondents had at least one symptom of pesticide poisoning, such as
headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, skin eruptions or fainting.

In Ecuador, nearly 60% of flower workers surveyed showed poisoning symptoms,
including headaches, dizziness, hand-trembling and blurred vision.
Reproductive problems are also a concern; studies of the largely female
workforce in Colombia found moderate increases in miscarriages and birth
defects among children conceived after either parent started working in

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Helped With The Tender Loving Care Factor

Sometimes, all we need is a little tender loving care, especially when we've experienced recurrent miscarriage.
 This interesting article talks about not only some of the medical treatments for miscarriage, but also
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how some women just do better once their pregnancy is monitored - even without medical interventions. Read more:
In addition to the wealth of research that goes on at St Mary's, there is one strange phenomenon that seems to bear no relation to the scientific facts it gathers. Yet its existence has been written about in medical papers around the world and contributes to the clinic's amazing results.

It sounds ridiculous but it's called the Tender Loving Care factor. "Of all the women that come to us, half of them are there because of bad luck. We do the tests and then have to say that there's nothing wrong with them. Our research, and studies published in Scandinavia and New Zealand, has found that once someone has come to us, the next pregnancy will fare better. It seems that once a woman is part of a programme where she is being looked after and monitored, the pregnancy goes better. So it can be the case that after three miscarriages, the fourth pregnancy results in a take-home baby."

And that is the other reason why the clinic must raise the money it needs.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019


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.
4. A white candle and candle holder


Monday, December 31, 2018



If you are experiencing miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss, how can you protect your pregnancy? Many women wonder if there are natural ways to prevent miscarriage using the principles of Chinese Medicine, Alternative Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. Please remember to talk with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. This article is for the information of our site visitors, but should not take the place of medical diagnosis, treatment and medical advice.

Guest Post By Dr John Anne

Miscarriage is one of the worst things that a couple has to face. The loss of the anticipated bundle of
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joy is something that cannot be described in mere words. But in many cases, miscarriage occurs due to ignorance or carelessness on part of the woman. When a woman becomes pregnant, she must realize that she is no longer alone; she is carrying another life within her womb. So she must take adequate precautions to protect and nourish the baby inside her womb. There are many guidelines in Ayurveda on how a woman must protect her pregnancy. Precautions begin right from the time when the fertilization between the sperm and the egg take place. Any deficiency in either of these gametes during fertilization can lead to a miscarriage later. Even when the pregnancy occurs, the woman must take a great deal of precaution during the first trimester, as this is when the fetus is developing. Women who have had miscarriages earlier must take extreme precaution when dealing with a new pregnancy.

(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Miscarriage 1. Asafetida (Ferula fetida) Asafetida is the common solution to most women's problems. It must be taken during the pregnancy months to prevent the risk of a miscarriage. 2. Asparagus (Asparagus racemosus) The asparagus is known as the women's ashwagandha for no mean reason. It is effective in treating most problems related to the female reproductive system. It is popularly known as shatavari in India. This herb can treat infertility and threatened miscarriages, among other benefits.
(2) Dietary Treatments for Miscarriage During pregnancy, a woman must be very particular about what she eats. Precautions must be taken in the first trimester. The following are points must be observed:-
1. All foods that can aggravate the pitta must be avoided. This will lead to an improper digestive fire, leading to constipation. Constipation must be prevented during pregnancy at all costs.
2. Foods that increase the heat of the body must be avoided. Sharks are the leading foods in this category. Other sea foods like prawns, lobsters, crabs, shellfish, etc. must also be avoided.
3. Papaya is extremely harmful for the growing fetus. It must be avoided at all costs. Pineapple is another food to be avoided.
4. Cooling fruits such as watermelons, oranges, apples, etc. are good. But it must be remembered not to have any one type of food in excess during a pregnancy.
5. Eating outside must be avoided as far as possible. When going out for a while, the woman must carry her own homemade lunchbox, or must subsist on 'safe' foods such as biscuits. Even water must be boiled and then consumed.
6. It is not advisable to experiment with tastes when a woman is pregnant, especially in the first three months. It is better to consume foods that the stomach is familiar with.
(3) Ayurvedic Treatments for Miscarriage Among the many of the most important is the Triphala choorna. This is a mixture of three important herbs - amalaki (which balances pitta dosha), bibhitaki (which balances kapha dosha) and haritaki (which balances kapha dosha). Hence the Triphala is given to correct all the doshic imbalances in the body of the woman.
(4) Home Remedies for Miscarriage
1. Take some amount of asafetida and dissolve it in water. This must be consumed once every day during the months of pregnancy. If a woman has a miscarriage before, then this asafetida water must be certainly given in that particular month. This is considered to be a very effective precaution against miscarriage.
2. Have a spoonful of fresh juice of vitamin C mixed with honey every morning.
3. In order to lower the heat in the groin area, a towel must be dipped in cold water and compressed on the area. This must be done once a day.
4. Prepare a decoction of black gram in water. This will reduce the fear of a miscarriage. There some important tips and pointers to be kept in mind. These are:-
a. No antibiotics must be taken during the pregnancy at all. This includes aspirin. Antibiotics can increase the heat of the body, which could be very harmful to the developing fetus. If there is some problem like headache, cold or fever, then natural remedies must be adopted instead of using antibiotics.
b. Tobacco is absolutely dangerous during a pregnancy. Not only must the expecting mother avoid smoking, she should also not go in the vicinity of other people who are smoking. Passive smoking contains toxins that are more harmful to the fetus than direct smoking.
c. Stressful exercises must be avoided. Especially activities that strain the groin area, such as lifting heavy weights, must be avoided. This could physically damage the fetus.
d. Some women are tempted to take antibiotics in order to stop the vomiting and the giddiness in the first trimester. This should not be done at all. If any antibiotics need to be taken, then they must be done in consultation with the gynecologist. Even there, the gynecologist may suggest alternative therapies.

Read more on miscarriage treatment by ayurveda at Read more about Ayurveda at World's Largest Portal on Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Remedies: - The Free Ayurvedic Encyclopedia Article Source:,-Home-Remedies-for-Miscarriage-Treatment&id=473522

Friday, December 21, 2018



GMO stands for genetically modified organisms and they are being produced like never before. Why should you avoid GMO's if you're trying to conceive? There are some scary statistics out there, here are a few:

-Hamsters Fed GMOS became sterile by the third generations
-More than half of baby rats died after their mother's ate GMO's (and they were smaller)
-Female rats who ate GMO's had changes in their reproductive system, including ovaries and uterus
-Male rats had changes in testicles and sperm development
( for more)
I will admit, however, there have been plenty of studies that concluded that GMO's have not been proven to be a threat to health and some scientists actually think they have been helpful in eliminating pesticides from our food supply because the plants can repel insects naturally.  You be your own judge!

The Truth About Genetically Modified Food
By Dr. Chad Laurence
GMOs, or "genetically modified organisms," are plants or animals created through genetic
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engineering, which merges and alters DNA from different species, creating different types of foods not found in traditional nature. Consumers are fearful that GMO's are unhealthy, and can lead to future ailments and health issues.
Proponents and GMO manufacturers such as Monsanto corporation (whose first manufactured product was Saccharin) argue that there are several reasons that many companies have chosen to use GMO's, such as longer shelf lives, less insecticides, more tolerance to adverse weather conditions, less crop disease, and more sales, which boosts our economy. Adversaries argue much differently. Some say that a rise in auto-immune disease, fertility issues, inflammatory diseases, digestive disorders, and chronic illness are elevated partly because the body's natural immune system and its DNA make-up is not prepared for adverse DNA in food from genetically altered plants, animals, and seed. In fact, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food in the US alone. Here are some other startling statistics:
  • The USDA reports in 2010 that 80% of corn, 90% of soybeans, 94% of cottonseed, 90% of Canola seed (used in canola oil), and over 50% of sugar beet crops (used to make sucrose and food colorings) are genetically modified.
  • Over 60 countries, including Australia, Japan, and all countries in the European Union have banned or restricted GMO seeds and food. The US government has approved GMO sales, based upon studies performed by the actual manufacturers of the GMO companies.
  • According to ISAAA, "28 different countries grow genetically modified crops. The top three countries in 2012 were: United States grows 69.5 million hectares of corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, and squash, Brazil grows 36.6 million hectares of soybeans, corn, and cotton, and Argentina grows 23.9 million hectares of soybeans, corn, and cotton"
  • "ISAAA also notes that GM crops are commonly used as feed for livestock. reports the following statistics:
  • 90% of the soy grown around the world goes into animal feed.
  • 48% of American soybeans are used for poultry feed.
  • 26% of American soybeans are used to feed swine.
  • 12% of American soybeans are used to feed beef cattle.
  • 9% of American soybeans are used to feed dairy cattle."
  • Many dairy products also contain genetic modifications, such as rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone). In fact, 17% of dairy cattle are injected with rBGH. It is best to buy your dairy products from a local farm or a trusted source that serves non-GMO offerings.
When it comes to labeling, the US is behind most of the world, such that 64 countries have GMO labeling laws, yet the US does not currently have a label law (although approximately 20 states are trying). The USDA does regulate which companies can claim that they use non-GMO foods. Polls show that the majority of Americans overwhelmingly want non-GMO foods and supplement labeling, to the tune of 91%, according to a recent poll.According to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified, should they be informed.
Many national and international companies are committed to serving foods that are non-GMO in nature. Some of these companies include: Chipotle, Amy's Organics, Applegate Farms, Ciao Bella Gelato, Earthbound Farm, Organic Valley, Pacific Foods, Stoneyfield Organics, Wild Harvest, and most recently General Mills has removed all GMO's from its original Cheerios cereal (however, not the rest of the Cheerio lines).
There are several Non-GMO advocacy groups and labels, including GM Action Alliance, GMO Free USA, and Citizens for GMO Labeling, should you like to learn more information about this growing shift in food processing and health.
Dr. Chad Laurence is one of fewer than 500 doctors in the world to be recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of Chiropractic Biophysics. Dr. Laurence can help relieve symptoms for individuals suffering with many physical problems, including neck and low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, arthritis, and extremity pain. Dr. Laurence practices at Corrective Chiropractic, 7503-A Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE. Contact him at 302.234.1115, or by email, at
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Monday, December 17, 2018



Many women and healthcare providers underestimate the importance of the thyroid gland when evaluating women for infertility. A number of lifestyle factors can influence how the thyroid functions. For instance, poor nutrition, high levels of stress, infections, exposure to environmental radiation, toxins and even fluoride can throw the thyroid out of whack. You may also have a genetic predisposition to thyroid irregularities.

If the thyroid is underperforming (hypothyroidism), a woman may have the following problems:
-lack of ovulation
-short menstrual cycles
-hormone regulation problems like high prolactin, estrogen dominance, low progesterone

Hyperthyroidism (over-production)is less common and may require medication or possibly surgery. If it is left untreated and a woman becomes pregnant, it could lead to a number of pregnancy complications or miscarriage. If the thyroid is overproducing, you may be experiencing the following:
-feeling irritable or nervous
-weight loss
-rapid heartbeat
-General Exercise: This helps to increase metabolism and counteract weight gain.
-Sunlight and/or 2000iu of -Fish Oils (about 2 grams per day)
-Make sure you are getting enough iodine (iodized salt and seaweed may be sources)
-Selenium as found in Brazil nuts, peanuts, brown rice and supplements
-Herbs such as black cohosh, hypericum and cayenne
-Drink plenty of water
-Reduce your intake of soy foods which are thought to disrupt the thyroid

Here is an article about how BBT may be an indicator of thyroid problems:

Basal Temperature Charts Measure Thyroid Function As Well As Ovulation
By Judy Ford
Basal temperature is frequently measured by women wishing to discover when and if they are ovulating normally. Women also use this to discover the best time to have sex and there are various products that promise success.
Keeping a basal temperature chart can be a very informative exercise and is a far cheaper alternative than expensive hormonal tests. Strangely enough, although it is so 'low tech' the humble temperature
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chart can reveal a great deal more useful information than many laboratory tests. One of these outcomes is the diagnosis of previously unsuspected thyroid problems. Despite being quite common, thyroid disease can often remain undiagnosed for many years and can be a source of general health, psychological and reproductive problems. Clinicians other than Endocrinologists seem to be generally tuned out to the possibility of thyroid problems despite its prevalence and importance.

Women suffering from thyroid problems have reduced fertility. The thyroid gland is the controller of our metabolism and its normal functioning is critical to the health of our bodies. In some ways we can think of the thyroid as the conductor of the orchestra of the body, in the sense that it sets the correct time and rhythm. One of its critical functions is to control body temperature. Low thyroid function is characterized by tiredness, weight gain, feeling the cold, depression, slowed reflexes, coarsening and dryness of the skin and deepening of the voice especially when tired.
My first experience of diagnosing hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) happened thirty years ago when I was asked to counsel a woman who was both infertile and depressed. She had been receiving treatment for her conditions from both a psychiatrist and fertility specialist. When she arrived I noticed that she had a large goiter and asked who was treating her thyroid problem? She in turn said "What thyroid problem"? Neither specialist had observed this most obvious symptom because it was not in their area of specialization!
Another case came when I was jointly advising an infertility client with a naturopath. In this case I observed low temperatures on the basal temperature chart and asked whether the thyroid function had been tested. The naturopath had no idea that these low temperatures indicated a thyroid problem so was pleased that we had shared the information as a learning experience.
Low thyroid function can be caused by iodine deficiency, which is correctable by supplementing the diet. If the temperature is only slightly low and no other symptoms are present then the condition might be cured by eating seaweed and eating Sushi is a great way of doing this. However low thyroid function is often the result of an inherited autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's thyroiditis and must be treated with medication by a Specialist.
It is important to recognise the early signs of thyroid disease as it can lead to both infertility and miscarriage. When a woman is hypothyroid it is still possible for her to become pregnant. If she does, maternal antibodies against the thyroid can cross the placenta and destroy the baby's thyroid gland. Babies affected in this way are born with hypothyroidism, which causes a condition known as cretinism. If not treated at birth, the child will have deformed growth and mental retardation.
The other extreme of thyroid disease is the overactive thyroid. The symptoms are loss of weight, feeling hot, profuse sweating and eyes that appear to be about to pop out of their sockets. This is a potentially very dangerous illness and needs immediate treatment. However it is not usually picked up in basal temperature charts.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage, causes of infertility and birth defects. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites and
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Thursday, December 13, 2018



Endometriosis is when the lining of your uterus called the endometrium is found outside the uterus in your tubes and abdomen. How does endometriosis contribute to infertility and miscarriage? When I was trying to conceive and experiencing recurrent miscarriage, my research uncovered a group of hormones called prostaglandins which play a critical role in menstruation, conception, pregnancy and sometimes miscarriage. There are different types of prostaglandins, some are helpful and some are harmful. Some prostaglandins assist the uterus and the fallopian tubes to contract which moves the egg to the portion of the tube where fertilization is most likely to occur. Additionally, overproduction of prostaglandins could cause contractions so powerful that the egg moves too fast before conception can occur.

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What are signs that you might have endometriosis?

Endometriosis may be difficult to find on a pelvic exam. Depending on the severity of the condition,
a women may be completely asymptomatic. I had endometriosis (stage II) and I didn't have any direct symptoms of the condition. I did have some menstrual cramps the first day of my period, but nothing that I would consider to be “a problem”.

However, in more severe cases, endometriosis may be found on a pelvic exam. For example, if the uterus cannot be moved or can be only slightly moved during an exam, this might be an indication that scar tissue is present and adhering the tissue together. Ovaries may also be painful and difficult to move if endometrial implants are present.

Here are some causes and treatments for endometriosis:

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Did you know that in cultures where women wear loose fitting garments that endometriosis is seen much less frequently. The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that in India where women wear saris, the condition is practically nonexistent.

Pycnogenol (Pine Bark)

There's promising hope for women who suffer from endometriosis, one of the most common causes of infertility and pelvic pain. A new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine reveals that Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, significantly reduces symptoms of endometriosis by 33 percent...

...Patients were randomized to two groups: Pycnogenol and Gn-RHa. Patients who supplemented with Pycnogenol took 30 mg capsules orally twice daily for 48 weeks immediately after morning and evening meals. Patients who received the Gn-RHa therapy received injected leuprorelin acetate depot, 3.75 mg intracutaneously, six times every four weeks for 24 weeks. (Leuprorelin treatment completely blocks estrogen in the body and must be discontinued after 24 weeks because of side effects).

Both treatment groups showed no differences at start of treatment and reported severe pain, pelvic tenderness and pelvic indurations. After four weeks, Pycnogenol slowly but steadily reduced all symptoms from severe to moderate. Treatment with Gn-RHa reduced the scores more efficiently but after 24 weeks post-treatment a relapse of symptoms occurred.

"As expected, Gn-RHa suppressed menstruation during treatment, whereas no influence on menstrual cycles was observed in the Pycnogenol group. Gn-RHa lowered estrogen levels drastically and in contrast, the estrogen levels of the Pycnogenol group showed no systematic changes over the observation period," said Dr. Kohama. "In addition, five women in the trial taking Pycnogenol actually got pregnant," he said.

Excerpted from: Nimrodi, M. (2007, March 13). "Pine Bark Significantly Reduces Endometriosis, New Study Finds." Medical News Today. Retrieved from


American Society of Reproductive Medicine reported that a diet rich in lycopene may help with adhesions caused by endometriosis. Dr Tarek Dbouk, a researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, said the amount used in the experiments was compatible with consumption of a lycopene-rich diet. He said the nutrient could potentially be used to treat endometriosis, scars caused by surgery and fibroids (benign tumours in the womb). 'What we found in our laboratory study is that lycopene can help with the adhesions that these conditions cause,' he said. 'One of the major complications of endometriosis is that it causes inflammation which induces adhesions. The inflammation basically causes scarring. 'What we did was to look at protein markers that could help us trace the activity of the abnormal cells that cause these adhesions. The lycopene worked to reduce the abnormal activity of these cells. 'This means that you would not get the adhesions which suggests that lycopene could work to mitigate the complications and ailments of endometriosis. So, hypothetically speaking, we might be able to reduce the adhesion effects of endometriosis.' Dr Dbouk said it was not possible at this stage to advise women on the amount of lycopene they should eat, but levels used in the study were similar to those that could be got from a diet packed with tomatoes and other lycopene-rich foods. 'There are many studies showing it plays a positive role in cancer and chronic inflammation, it's a nutrient and it can't do any harm,' he added. The latest finding follows evidence that lycopene may protect against some forms of cancer, heart disease and male infertility.

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When I was trying to conceive and experiencing recurrent miscarriage, my research uncovered a group of hormones called prostaglandins which play a critical role in menstruation, conception, pregnancy and sometimes miscarriage. There are different types of prostaglandins, some are helpful and some are harmful. Some prostaglandins assist the uterus and the fallopian tubes to contract which moves the egg to the portion of the tube where fertilization is most likely to occur. Prostaglandins also surge at the end of a menstrual cycle causing the corpus luteum of the ovary to shrink down which tells the body to start a new cycle. When a woman has endometriosis, she needs to help her body manufacture the good prostaglandins by eating a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These can be found in foods like flaxseeds, salmon and walnuts. Read more here.

A study cited in Human Reproduction found that the intake of “trans fats” or hydrogenated oils can increase the incidence of endometriosis and they should be removed from your diet. Hum. Reprod. (2010) 25 (6): 1528-1535. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deq044 First published online: March 23, 2010

Birth Control Pills

Although this is not completely a natural remedy, birth control pills stop ovulation and can help with endometriosis by stopping the monthly surge of hormones which can aggrevate endometriosis and the pain it causes.

Monday, December 10, 2018



My treatments after my miscarriages varied by the situation. I did have a couple of D&C's since
two of my miscarriages did not expel by themselves, but most of them just came out on their own
as a heavy period. One of my D&C's was done after fertility treatments left me with a twin pregnancy
where one became ectopic (lodged in my fallopian tube) and one was in my uterus but was non-viable.
Talk about a big mess!
I was rushed into surgery to have a laparoscopic removal of my tube and a D&C in my uterus.

There are pros and cons to having a D&C rather than a natural miscarriage. Some women really do need a D&C because a non-viable pregnancy is continuing to grow and in some rare cases, it can become a molar pregnancy (cells turn malignant). However, for many women, it is quite traumatic to have a non-viable pregnancy but continue to have pregnancy symptoms. In these cases, you and your doctor may decide on surgical removal of the pregnancy

So What is a D&C like?

First of all, D&C stands for "dilatation and curettage". This procedure is usually done as an outpatient
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in a hospital or other surgical center. You should be given some light anesthesia (once I was given IV Valium which worked fine).
Ahead of time, they may insert something called a Laminaria stick (which is a seaweed stick)to help dilate your cervix.
This stick absorbs water and grows which should expand your cervix when in place.
You will be placed on a gynecological type examining table with your feet in stirrups.
The doctor will use an instrument called a "curette" which is metal and has a curved shaped loop. The walls of the uterus are scraped to remove what remains of the pregnancy so it may expel.
This may also be called a surgical evacuation of the uterus or a D&E.
The risks of the procedure include:

1. perforation of the uterus or other abdominal structures

2. scarring and adhesions

3. infections

4. damage to the cervix

5. complications with anesthesia

After the procedure, there may be some mild bleeding and cramping. Your doctor will give you instructions on what to do if the bleeding
is more severe. Even though I never wanted surgical intervention for fear that I would
be left with scarring, it was a relief to have the pregnancy tissue removed along with the symptoms.

Thursday, December 06, 2018



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 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.

Some higher risk women get HcG levels monitored every 48 hours
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Whenever I found out I was pregnant (even though most miscarried), I would have my HcG levels drawn immediately and every 48 hours thereafter to see what the numbers were doing.
For me, many times, the levels looked great and other times, they were sluggish and not doubling like they should. Unfortunately, I miscarried all of those pregnancies. Some doctors may recommend
coming in periodically after a miscarriage to make sure that your HcG levels are falling, however, many times they don't. I should mention that on one of my miscarriages, my HcG levels kept rising and they thought I might have a molar pregnancy. This is where the pregnancy cells keep growing almost like a malignancy. as it turns out, I did not have a molar pregnancy, but I did go ahead and have a D & C to be on the safe side.Interestingly, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I decided not to have any bloodwork nor did I see a doctor until I was over 7 weeks. I didn't want a blow by blow accounting of my numbers. If I was going to miscarry, then so be it (and of course, that was the one pregnancy that made it). It makes me wonder why I put myself through all blood draws and the subsequent waiting and wondering for the results.

Some women with low HcG levels go on to have healthy pregnancies 

 I know a number of women who had HcG's drawn and they were told the results were low but they went on to have healthy pregnancies. Sometimes I think we just get too much information. If you are wondering what the normal HcG levels are in pregnancy, this chart should give you some guidelines which are followed by the medical community:

hCG Levels
Days from LMP Weeksfrom LMP Events Avg hCG mIU/ml Range hCG mIU/ml
26 3w+5d
25 0-50
27 3w+6d
50 25-100
28 4w+0d Missed period 75 50-100
29 4w+1d
150 100-200
30 4w+2d
300 200-400
31 4w+3d
700 400-1,000
32 4w+4d
1,710 1,050-2,800
33 4w+5d
2,320 1,440-3,760
34 4w+6d
3,100 1,940-4,980
35 5w+0d
4,090 2,580-6,530
36 5 1/7
5,340 3,400-8,450
37 5 2/7
6,880 4,420-10,810
38 5 3/7 yolk sac appears 8,770 5,680-13,660
39 5 4/7 yolk sac appears 11,040 7,220-17,050
40 5 5/7 yolk sac appears 13,730 9,050-21,040
41 5 6/7 yolk sac appears 15,300 10,140-23,340
42 6 heartbeat appears 16,870 11,230-25,640
44 6 2/7 heartbeat appears 24,560 16,650-36,750
45 6 3/7 embryo appears 29,110 19,910-43,220
43 6 1/7 heartbeat appears 20,480 13,750-30,880
46 6 4/7 embryo appears 34,100 25,530-50,210
47 6 5/7 embryo appears 39,460 27,470-57,640
48 6 6/7 embryo appears 45,120 31,700-65,380
49 7
50,970 36,130-73,280
50 7 1/7
56,900 40,700-81,150
51 7 2/7
62,760 45,300-88,790
52 7 3/7
68,390 49,810-95,990
53 7 4/7
73,640 54,120-102,540
54 7 5/7
78,350 58,200-108,230
55 7 6/7
82,370 61,640-112,870
56 8
85,560 64,600-116,310

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Monday, December 03, 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.

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
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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.

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