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Saturday, February 28, 2015

PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS: MORE FERTILE AFTER MISCARRIAGE?

Most women have heard that they might be more fertile after a miscarriage or that it's easier to get pregnant while the hormones are in their system.  Is this truth or is it an old wives tale?  Well, like most areas of research, there is conflicting information.  The sources that say you may be more fertile believe that the increased progesterone in your system may aid implantation.

Unless you have had surgery like a D&C or surgery to remove an ectopic, or if you have been given drugs like methotrexate (which can cause birth defects), there is no need to wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage. 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT FERTILITY AFTER MISCARIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PROGESTERONE SUPPLEMENTATION IN PREGNANCY, SAFE?

Does Progesterone Decrease The Risk Of Miscarriage?

I recall having my progesterone tested when I was going through fertility treatments. It did test a little low on the last half on my cycle. When I underwent fertility treatments, I received progesterone shots, but I miscarried anyway.

 See Also: Natural Ways To Increase Progesterone (www.getpregnantover40.com)


 When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I was somehow able to carry my pregnancy to term with no medical intervention. I guess that's one illustration why progesterone supplementation is controversial. Here is a site which reports on a study regarding the use of progesterone to support a pregnancy:

The conclusion reached upon extensive study of this topic at the Pope Paul VI Institute, specifically as it relates to the naturally-occurring hormone progesterone, is the following: There is no credible evidence to suggest that its use to support pregnancy, whether that support be in the early days or months of pregnancy or later in pregnancy, is, in any way, teratogenic or responsible for any genital malformations. In fact, all of the available evidence strongly supports it safety when used in pregnancy.

www.naprotechnology.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE: CHROMOSOMAL PROBLEMS FOUND TO BE CAUSE

This research study draws a connection between  recurrent miscarriage and "chromosomal rearragements" in the parents.
It may be worth having genetic testing to see if this could be at the root of continually miscarrying.  The authors of this study include four different couples experiencing repeated miscarriage and they were found to have underlying chromosomal problems contributing to their pregnancy loss.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 


 Result: Balanced translocation was observed in the male partner in one case and in the female partners in the three other cases. Conclusion: Couples with recurrent miscarriage should be investigated for chromosomal rearrangements, thus helping in genetic counseling and providing the options for future pregnancies.
 excerpted from www.ijhg.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DOCTORS CAN BE WRONG ABOUT MISCARRIAGE

Woman Still Pregnant After She Was Told She Had A Miscarriage


Miscarriage can be very confusing. The symptoms of pregnancy can continue even after the pregnancy is no longer viable. However, this article is about a woman who was told her baby had died, but in fact, she was still pregnant. It just goes to show you that the medical community isn't perfect and if there is any doubt in your mind, seek a second opinion before undergoing any type of procedure.


SEE ALSO: DETERMINING A MISCARRIAGE FROM BODY TEMPERATURE (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:
A woman was told that she had suffered a miscarriage only to find that her baby was still alive a month later.
Catherine Kent, 27, and her partner Kevin Gray, 28, were devastated when they were told that their unborn baby had died at eight weeks and she was offered an abortion or pills to shorten the miscarriage.
But Catherine chose to wait for the baby to pass naturally - and a month later she was stunned when a scan revealed that her child was still alive.
The couple were delighted that their baby was still alive but furious that the the hospital, the Sunderland Royal Hospital, had made a mistake that had caused them so much grief.
Catherine said: "What if I had taken the tablets they offered me? They could have left my baby severely disabled, or it could have died?
"They could've aborted my baby while it was alive, how can the hospital make a mistake like that?
"How many other people have taken the tablets or had an abortion when their baby was alive all the time?
"The nurse should have got another doctor to check me properly.
"You can't just rule a baby's life out without getting it double-checked."


   (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Monday, February 16, 2015

MISDIAGNOSED ECTOPIC PREGNANCY LEADS TO DEFORMITIES

Wow, this story really hit home with me.  It is about a woman who had an ultrasound and was incorrectly diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.  Since ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening, and if they are caught early enough, women can be given a drug called methotrexate to stop the pregnancy from growing so that it will eventually expel.  When all goes right, this is a good alternative to surgery.  I was given methotrexate after one of my ectopic pregnancies which was in my one an only remaining fallopian tubes.

 SEE ALSO: ECTOPIC PREGNANCY AND GETTING PREGNANT AGAIN (getpregnantover40.com)

  I'm happy I was given the option of using this drug, because without it, I probably would have had surgery and I would not have been able to get pregnant naturally with my daughter.
However, when things go wrong, it's another story.  The women in the article received methotrexate, but the pregnancy was NOT ectopic.  Methotrexate is one of the absolutely prohibited drugs to take in pregnancy because it is known to cause birth defects.  What a nightmare for this poor woman whose pregnancy was misdiagnosed as ectopic.  Read more:

abcnewsgo.com

Saturday, February 14, 2015

MISCARRIAGE PREVENTION: ORGANIC FLOWERS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

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:

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DETOX, ENVIRONMENTAL DETOX (getpregnantover40.com)

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
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
floriculture.

from: 
organicconsumers.org

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CAN STRESS REALLY CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?

Much has been written about the stress and infertility connection.  Many sources say that stress doesn't cause miscarriage.  However, it's all how we define "stress".  This term can mean a lot of different things, but what I do know is that the stress hormone, "cortisol" when elevated can cause hormonal changes in the body.  Stress has been associated with everything from heart disease, headaches, stomach ulcers, asthma, depression, diabetes, obesity among other health conditions.  I don't know why anyone would think that stress can't affect fertility, pregnancy and miscarriage.

Everyone responds to stressors differently, and everyone has episodes of acute stress where your fight or flight system is activated.  But when your are under a constant state of stress, you get used to it (as I did when I worked in a corporate pressure cooker job).  The stress response releases cortisol. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, and the reproductive system.

 Studies have associated elevated cortisol with miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth retardation, premature birth, and other negative birth outcomes....

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON STRESS AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

HOW TO RECOVER AFTER A MISCARRIAGE

If you have a miscarriage or if you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, you may feel completely devastated.  Here are some things that I found helped me recover:
  • Have a memorial service.  This may be just for yourself in private.  Light some candles play some music and you might even want to have a small doll that represents the baby you lost.  I did this after my miscarriages and it was helpful to actually say goodbye and acknowledge the life that was lost.
  • Think twice about who you share this information with.  If the miscarriage was very early in the pregnancy and you have not told very many people, you may just decide to keep it private.  Beware of insensitive comments like:  "It was probably for the best" or "At least you weren't very far along" or "you can always try again".  If you've had multiple miscarriages, people frequently blurt out, "Have you considered adoption?" GRRRRRR!
  • Find someone you can trust to talk to about it.  If you have decided not to let others know about your miscarriage, you should at least talk to someone about it.  I had been attending (and running) an infertility support group and I was able to talk about my miscarriages there.

SEE ALSO: THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

  •  After you are over the physical trauma, you might want to do something fun...something you couldn't do if you were pregnant.  It seems like we always went out of town after I miscarried and yes, I did have a drink!  A change of scenery can really help to clear your mind and get away from the depressing thoughts that go through your head.
  • Even though I didn't want others to tell me....I knew I could try again.  After my periods returned to normal, we did start trying to get pregnant again.  Recent research shows that there is no need to wait.  The only exception might be if your had surgery like a D & C or if you had an ectopic (I did have two ectopic pregnancies...the first one resulted in the removal of a fallopian tube and I had to wait 3 months for everything to heal and the second one I was give a drug called Methotrexate which takes a full 3 months to get out of your system or it can cause birth defects)
Miscarriage is probably more common than any of us know because many women miscarry before they even know they are pregnant.  I did find some comfort in knowing that I was not alone and that most women who miscarry (even those with recurrent miscarriage) go on to have a healthy pregnancy.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

STILLBIRTH FROM UTERINE ABNORMALITIES

Miscarriage and Stillbirth from Fibroids

I am all too familiar with fibroids since I had some fairly big ones back in my late 20's.
Although fibroids are quite common, it may be wise to have them removed if they might interfere with a pregnancy. This article talks about an increased likelihood of stillbirth in women with fibroids:

From the article:

Research being presented at a conference in America found that women who had fibroids, non cancerous lumps in the womb or surrounding area, were almost twice as likely to have a stillborn child.
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SEE ALSO TTC WITH ARCUATE UTERUS (www.getpregnantover40.com)

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A study examined the ultrasound results for 64,000 women and compared them with birth records.

They found women who had fibroids at the time of their scan, taken between 16 and 22 weeks into their pregnancy, were 80 per cent more likely to have gone on and had a stillborn child.

In the study 1.6 per cent of women with fibroids had a stillbirth compared to 0.7 per cent of those without the condition.

The research was conducted by Washington University in St. Louis and presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in Chicago.
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When women had fibroids and a baby that was not growing well in the womb, the risk of stillbirth was two and half times that of healthy women.

Lead author Dr Molly Stout said: "This may lead to a future recommendation for serial growth scans to monitor fetal growth in women with fibroids."

from: telegraph.co.uk

Friday, February 06, 2015

TRIPLE RISK OF MISCARRIAGE WITH HIGH IMPACT EXERCISE

Miscarriage Over 40 Prevention - Go Easy On Exercise

 I have always suspected that too much exercise will not only affect your ability to get pregnant, but also your ability to stay pregnant (especially in early pregnancy). I actually address this in my book. I don't know the science behind it, but it just makes logical sense to me that if your body is bouncing around with high impact exercise, it would be harder for an embryo to "take hold" and implant the way it should. So many sources basically dismiss any association between exercise and miscarriage. However, this article talks about a study that was done on exercise in early pregnancy and how it does seem to increase the risk of miscarriage:


After collecting the data about the participants, the researchers compared women who did not take any exercise at all with those who exercised more than seven hours a week or played “high-impact” sports, such as ball games and racket sports. 
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See Also Stress, Miscarriage, and Infertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

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It was found that women who played "high-impact" sports or who exercised for more than seven hours a week were approximately three-and-a-half times more likely to miscarry.

The researchers also found that miscarriage was far rarer later in pregnancy, and that the association between exercise and miscarriage disappeared after the 18-week mark.

"The results of this study suggest that leisure time exercise during pregnancy, and particularly high-impact exercise, is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in the early stage of pregnancy," the BBC quoted the authors of the study as writing in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

However, the study has also shown that swimming, which is one of the most popular exercises among pregnant women, does not increase the risk of miscarriage. 


excerpted from:
Med-India.net


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

CAN FISH OILS HELP PREVENT MISCARRIAGE?

If you are a typical American, you probably aren't getting the recommended amount of fish oils in your diet.  In pregnancy, this is critical because omega 3 oils are necessary for neurological and visual development of the baby.  According to the NIH, fish oils seem to help prevent miscarriage and live birth rates in women with antiphospholipid syndrome (when your immune system attacks normal tissue).  Fish oils can help prevent conditions like pre-eclampsia as well as other pregnancy complications...

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT HOW FISH OILS CAN HELP PREVENT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

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