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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CAN BIRTH DEFECTS BE CAUSED BY OBESITY?


One of my previous posts talked about how obesity may be a factor in miscarriage. Another article from the same site talks about how obesity may also be a factor in birth defects and other pregnancy complications:

SEE ALSO: THE REAL RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS OVER AGE 40 (getpregnantover40.com)


"Weight before pregnancy matters much more than people realize, even health professionals," says Richard J. Deckelbaum, M.D., Professor of Nutrition at Columbia University, New York, and chairman of the March of Dimes Task Force, speaking at a press conference. "For the moms, there are serious complications such as gestational diabetes, dangerously high blood pressure, and hospitalization; and for the babies, prematurity, serious birth defects and other severe problems. And when these babies grow up, they are more likely to suffer from obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health problems. Obesity is particularly dangerous for women of childbearing age because it creates a life cycle of serious problems that can be passed from generation to generation."
 from:
 aphroditewomenshealth

Monday, February 08, 2016

MEN'S DRINKING CAN LEAD TO WOMAN'S MISCARRIAGE

Pregnancy Over 40, Men's Alcohol Consumption Important

We all know women aren't supposed to drink alcohol if they're trying to conceive or if they're pregnant.
 Now, it seems that the same holds true for men.
I found it astounding that if a woman had a male partner who consumed ten or more drinks per week, she was five times more likely to miscarry. So it's not just women who can help lessen the likelihood of miscarriage.

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE, WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW AND HOW TO DEAL WITH RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 


from the article:

 The partners of men who consumed 10 or more alcoholic drinks per week at the time of conception were five times as likely to miscarry as women whose partners did not drink any alcohol, according to the researchers. Recommendations Although physicians typically advise women attempting to become pregnant to avoid drinking alcohol, the study findings suggest that their male partners also should be advised to eschew alcohol during this time, Reuters Health reports. "It was quite surprising that we found such a strong association; no study has ever been able to show this previously," Henriksen said.

from: 
christianliferesources.com

Friday, February 05, 2016

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE HAVING A MISCARRIAGE?

Loss of Pregnancy Symptoms and Other Ways To Know If You're Having a Miscarriage

The thought that something might be going wrong with your pregnancy is mortifying. If you've never had a miscarriage, you may not know what to look for.
 I had spotting with all my pregnancies, even my successful one, so spotting alone doesn't mean that you are going to lose the pregnancy.  Usually the spotting was "old" blood, so it was dark, but when the spotting turned brighter red or got heavier, I knew I was probably going to lose the pregnancy.  In addition, when I lost my pregnancy symptoms, especially the fairly severe nausea, I knew there was a problem.

This article explains more:

SEE ALSO: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:

1.Pregnancy symptoms can fluctuate even in a normal pregnancy. Remember that loss of pregnancy symptoms does not equal a miscarriage, although you may want to mention this to your doctor.

2.In early pregnancy, do not try to figure out whether you are miscarrying by taking home pregnancy tests to see if the line gets darker. Home pregnancy tests cannot accurately judge how your hCG levels are rising and the darkness of the line can vary based on the time of day and amount of water you've been drinking.

3.If you are Rh negative and believe you are having a miscarriage, remember that you may need a RhoGAM shot. Be sure to mention this to your doctor.

4.Note that this list assumes you are concerned about first-trimester miscarriage symptoms; if you are in a later stage of pregnancy and worried about miscarriage, your first step should always be to call your doctor.

 miscarriage.about.com

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

MISCARRIAGE AND ENDOMETRIOSIS, CONNECTED

It seems most experts agree that endometriosis can be a definite cause of infertility, but once you get pregnant, can it cause or contribute to miscarriage? I've read differing opinions, but  this article on my website about endometriosis and miscarriage may explain why the two are connected...click here:

Miscarriage and Endometriosis (www.getpregnantover40.com)

 Here is another resource on why endometriosis can result in pregnancy loss:

Half of women with endometriosis will have problems with infertility. Many of these women, up to fifty percent, also miscarry when they do finally become pregnant. In comparison, the rate of spontaneous miscarriages for the general population is about ten percent. So why do women with endometriosis have so much more trouble becoming and staying pregnant? There are several factors related to endometriosis that make it difficult for women with this condition to conceive and carry to term.
Abdominal Adhesions

The blood and tissue leaked by endometrial tissue into the abdomen can be harmful. In an attempt to protect itself, the body surrounds these patches with fibrous scar tissue. This scar tissue, combined with the blood from the implanted endometrial tissue, can cause these patches to stick to other organs in the vicinity.

Depending on which organs become glued together, effects may vary. If the fallopian tubes become stuck to the ovaries, or if the fallopian tube is pinched off in some way, this will prevent the egg from traveling from the ovary down through the fallopian tube. This, of course, results in infertility.

Depending on which organs are connected and how, these abdominal adhesions can also result in miscarriages. Ectopic pregnancies, pregnancies outside the uterus, are also more common in women with abdominal adhesions.
Implant Secretions

The endometrial tissue secretes many important hormones that help facilitate pregnancy. The endometrial implants secret these same hormones, but instead of secreting them into the uterus where they belong, they’ll secrete them into the abdominal cavity or other parts of the body. These misplaced hormones may interfere with the pregnancy process.

In addition, the implants often secrete hormones later than the cells lining the womb. This may cause the body to become confused, and continue ovulating even though a fertilized egg has already been implanted. When this occurs, the uterus sheds the old lining, including the egg, and a very early miscarriage results.
The Immune System

It is possible that the immune system may also play a role in the high infertility and miscarriage rates in women with endometriosis. The developing embryo is a foreign organism. A healthy immune system can identify it as not being a threat, but since the immune system of women with endometriosis is not functioning properly, it may not be able to make this distinction, and might attack the embryo, resulting in miscarriage.

 excerpted from:  smart living network

Monday, February 01, 2016

57 YEAR OLD THOUGHT TO HAVE MISCARRIAGE WAS PREGNANT

Very strange things can happen in our reproductive systems.  Here is a story about a 57 year old woman who underwent IVF, and thought she had miscarried.  Fast forward months later, an "abdominal mass" is thought to be ovarian cancer.

SEE ALSO: WOMEN WHO CONCEIVED NATURALLY OVER AGE 50 (getpregnantover40.com)

 It is later found that the woman is indeed pregnant from her IVF procedure.  She went from having a death sentence to a having the joy of a new life.   Unfortunately, many older women have a misdiagnosis when it comes to pregnancy because doctors thing they're too old.
 Read more:

Not only is she about to become a first-time mother at the age of 57, but she found out she was pregnant just eight weeks ago.
Referred to hospital as an emergency after a physical examination by a private GP had revealed a "hard abdominal mass", she had been bracing herself for the worst.
Clutching a paper with the suspected diagnosis "Ovarian Cancer?????" on it, she burst into tears as she waited for a scan.
"I was lying on the examination table thinking, 'I'm going to die' when the sonographer turned round to me and said 'Congratulations'," says Susan.
"My initial reaction was to think, 'What a terrible way to tell me I've got ovarian cancer'. When he then said, 'You're pregnant' I was literally speechless.
"I still couldn't believe it when he showed me the screen and said, 'Here's the head, here are the arms and here are the legs'. I was even more shocked when they told me I was almost 30 weeks gone."

Friday, January 29, 2016

CORTISOL TRIGGERS MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage In Early Pregnancy

When I read articles like this one, I'm amazed.
 Not only do they state that a huge number of conceptions miscarry before women even know their pregnant, but elevated cortisol (stress hormone) is a trigger for the body to miscarry. Read more:

Previous studies have reported that up to 90 percent of all conceptions result in miscarriage. This high figure reflects the fact that most women notice they are pregnant about six weeks after conception, but most miscarriages are known to happen during the first three weeks of pregnancy.

It was this critical three week initial period of pregnancy that researcher Pablo Nepomnaschy decided to investigate. "The only way to capture the first three weeks of pregnancy is to begin collecting their urine from before they become pregnant. That is extremely labor intensive and expensive," he explained. 


  See Also: Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com)

In the study, Nepomnaschy found that 90 percent of the women with elevated levels of cortisol miscarried during the first three weeks of pregnancy, compared to 33 percent of those with normal levels. "Maybe increased cortisol is understood by the body as a cue that the context is uncertain, changing, or the quality of the environment is deteriorating," Nepomnaschy said. "The body's response is to stop any extra activity and go back to its most basic functions." 

from:
www.aphroditewomenshealth.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

WHY SOME FERTILIZED EGGS WON'T IMPLANT

Before one of my miscarriages, I had an ultrasound and they found a heartbeat, but they said it was slow.  My doctor at the time thought it might have been a problem with poor implantation.  This article talks about how the process of implantation can either go right or wrong and either lead to pregnancy or miscarriage:

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 OR ANY AGE AND WHAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW (getpregnantover40.com)


from the article:
 
In the study, researchers found that human embryos typically produce a chemical called trypsin, which signals the womb to prepare its lining for implantation. But in embryos with significant genetic abnormalities, this chemical signal was altered, and it produced a stress response in the womb that could make implantation unlikely, the researchers said...
... The researchers likened this process to an "entrance exam" set by the womb — an embryo needs to pass this test in order to implant. But sometimes, the womb may make this exam too difficult or too easy, which could lead to the rejection of healthy embryos, or the implantation of embryos with development problems, the researchers said.
 from livescience.com

Sunday, January 24, 2016

INSENSITIVE REMARKS ABOUT MISCARRIAGE

"It was probably a blessing"
"At least it wasn't a baby yet"
"At least it was early"
"At least you can get pregnant"
"Have you considered adoption"

I heard many of these responses when I was experiencing recurrent miscarriage.  After realizing these things made me feel worse on top of the devastation of losing a pregnancy, I finally decided that keeping my pregnancies secret was the way to go.  This article talks about some of the insensitive remarks women must endure after miscarriage:

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 AND WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW (getpregnantover40.com)

The #miscourage campaign aims to encourage people who have been affected to speak out and share their experiences, in order to change the lack of awareness around the subject.
It is supported by writer Viv Groskop and broadcaster Lisa Francesca Nand, who have both suffered miscarriages.

dailymail.co.uk

Thursday, January 21, 2016

EARLY MISCARRIAGE AND BREASTFEEDING

I did not try to conceive while breastfeeding my daughter, but I have often read that while it is not impossible to conceive while breastfeeding, your chances are reduced. It is probably for the same reason that if you have recently had a baby and are breastfeeding, you may be at a higher risk for early miscarriage if you become pregnant again.

SEE ALSO: 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PREGNANCY LOSS (Getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

"...after not menstruating for so many months, it takes the body a few tries to get the delicate hormone balance back up to speed again. The first few cycles either don’t release an egg, or if an egg is released, the corpus luteum, which is responsible for secreting enough progesterone to maintain the pregnancy until the placenta can take over, isn’t quite up to the task. This is called a luteal phase defect, and it’s a very common cause of early miscarriages. In women who are breastfeeding, the process of returning to normal ovarian cycles takes even longer."

studentmidwife.org

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ASPIRIN AFTER MISCARRIAGE MAY HELP NEXT PREGNANCY

I did take baby aspirin while I was trying to conceive because I had heard about the benefits of aspirin on the uterine lining.  This study found that there may some benefit to taking aspirin after a miscarriage for the subsequent pregnancy.  Read more:

Women with one documented miscarriage at less than 20 weeks gestational age during the past year were 9.2 percentage points more likely to have a live birth if they took a daily aspirin rather than placebo while trying to conceive (P=0.039), Enrique Schisterman, PhD, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Rockville, Md., and colleagues found...

 SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 OR ANY AGE, THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW (getpregnantover40.com)

...The hypothesis is that aspirin reduces inflammation and improves blood flow to the uterus and other key structures, Schisterman explained.
One of the key messages is how important the preconception period is for pregnancy outcome, Menard said.
"This really opens up our eyes even greater that our opportunity for improving maternal and neonatal outcomes is not necessarily only during pregnancy but prior to pregnancy," she said.

from: medpagetoday.com

Sunday, January 17, 2016

HOW POLLUTION CONTRIBUTES TO MISCARRIAGE

Environmental Toxins and Miscarriage

When I was pregnant, walking through a parking lot would immediately make me gag and sometimes throw up.
 The smell of car exhaust was obviously quite toxic to my body. There may be a good reason why as this article explains how traffic pollution can increase the risk of miscarriage. Read more:

The study, which included 400 women having IVF treatment in Brazil, found that those who became pregnant in winter, when pollution levels are particularly high, were twice as likely to miscarry in the first eight weeks as those who conceived at other times of the year.

_________

See Also:  Detoxify Your Environment for Your Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)
__________


excerpted from: www.medindia.net

SECOND HAND SMOKE, FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE


Miscarriage Risk From Parents 

Here's more evidence that smoking can harm the reproductive system.
This article is especially interesting because it found a possible connection between the adult children of smokers and their chance of miscarriage. Read more:

four out of five women reported exposure to second hand smoke during their lifetime. Half of the women grew up in a home with smoking parents and nearly two-thirds of them were exposed to some second hand smoking at the time of the survey.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment For Your Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

More than 40 percent of these women had difficulty getting pregnant (infertility lasting more than a year) or suffered miscarriages, some repeatedly.

"We all know that cigarettes and second hand smoke are dangerous. Breathing the smoke has lasting effects, especially for women when they're ready for children," said Peppone, who analyzed information in the Patient Epidemiology Data System, a well-studied cohort that has yielded information on a variety of cancers.


from  sciencedaily.com

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