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Thursday, May 28, 2015

CAN EXERCISE CAUSE EARLY MISCARRIAGE?



Exercise and Miscarriage

You should always talk with your doctor about the appropriate level of exercise if you are pregnant.  Some exercise is good during pregnancy as long as your cervix hasn’t been found to be weak.  Most of the research I’ve read recommends moderate exercise.  Try to avoid anything that is going to raise your core temperature or anything that might involve falling or other trauma (such as skiing).    I did very little exercise when I was pregnant mainly out of fear and first trimester nausea.  However, I probably could have benefited from getting at least some exercise.

There does seem to be some conflicting information about whether or not exercise is associated with miscarriage.  However, according to one study, women who engage in high impact exercise in early pregnancy (more than 7 hours per week) were three times more likely to miscarry.[1]  I actually had a PA in my OB’s office say that I could run a marathon after becoming pregnant and it wouldn’t make a difference.   I don’t believe that and I think women should be cautioned to take it easy.  It just makes sense that it would be harder for an embryo to implant and take hold properly if your body is bouncing around.



[1] Madsen M, Jørgensen T, Jensen M, Juhl M, Olsen J, Andersen P, Nybo Andersen A. Leisure time physical exercise during pregnancy and the risk of miscarriage: a study within the Danish National Birth Cohort. BJOG 2007;114:1419–1426

Monday, May 25, 2015

CAN SPERM CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?

I've read quite a bit of research about how lower quality sperm may be responsible for some miscarriages as explained in this article:

It almost seems counterintuitive to tie miscarriage with male fertility, but if you think about it, half of that embryo's DNA comes from the man. It certainly is something to investigate, especially if you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage.

From the article:

 SEE ALSO: 10 THINGS AND MORE YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE (Getpregnantover40.com)

 
Results of the two groups showed that sperm counts for the abortion/late miscarriage group was 110.2 million per cubic centimeter, while the sperm counts for the control group was 138.7 million per cubic centimeter. The investigators classified this as "highly significant statistically." Of even more concern, it was found through microscopic examination of sperm samples that approximately 48% of the sperm were "abnormal" in the miscarriage group while only 4% of the sperm were "abnormal" in the control group who produced normal children.
In summary, the researchers stated,
"In the group of abortions (miscarriages) there was a highly significant increase in the percentage of abnormal spermatozoa as well as a highly significant decrease in the absolute number of normal spermatozoa. The conclusion is reached that defective semen may be an important factor in the etiology of abortions (miscarriages)."
from: chem-tox.com

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NOW IN PAPERBACK! YOU CAN GET PREGNANT OVER 40 NATURALLY, OVERCOMING MISCARRIAGE

 I am excited to announce that the new expanded edition is now available as a paperback (with free shipping in the USA).  The 2015 version was previously only available as an ebook while the paperpack was being printed. This edition cites hundreds of research articles not only on getting pregnant, but overcoming miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage. I have had quite a few inquiries so it couldn't come soon enough!  Click on picture for more information on how to order:

http://www.getpregnantover40.com/purchasehardcopy.htm


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

OTHERS DON'T UNDERSTAND MISCARRIAGE


I found this posting  regarding miscarriage and how other people may perceive it. Obviously, when you're the one going through it, you preceive it much more emotionally and personally. Read more:

From the article:

For starters, by being recurrent miscarriers, we've often already fallen out of statistical favor. When statistics suggested we shouldn't be in this position in the first place, statistics start to lose their power. After all, if I can be that 1 in 100 women that has three miscarriages in a row, why should I feel comfort that I'll be one of those 6 out of 10 (hardly an overwhelmingly reassuring number) that will carry to term without treatment?

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE AND RECURRENT MISARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

But more importantly, the reason I hate these statistics so much is that they are used to justify an exceedingly cavalier attitude toward miscarriage. Doctors and researchers seem to want us to view pregnancy as a roll of the dice. And it doesn't bother them to just shrug off a failed roll and have us pick up the dice again. We are required to go through a certain number of failed rolls before we can get any help with our throwing technique or have our dice examined for problems (to continue the metaphor). Yes, even with if we keep rolling the dice, even if they're flawed, we might roll the right number eventually. But for me, each time I get pregnant, that is a child to me. It is not dice.
 (www.bellaonline.com)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RISK OF DEPRESSION AFTER MISCARRIAGE



Depression and Miscarriage

Does miscarriage cause depression, or does depression cause miscarriage?  Well…maybe both.  Studies have shown a higher rate of miscarriage in depressed women[1].   
If you are currently on antidepressant medication or if your doctor recommends medication for your depression, you should discuss your plans to get pregnant and how your medications will affect your pregnancy.  One study showed a higher rate of pre-eclampsia in women on anti-depressants.[2] Treatment doesn’t always involve medication.  It may be helpful just to talk to a professional.

The depression and anxiety experienced by many women after a miscarriage can continue for years, even after the birth of a healthy child.  According to a study published online by the British Journal of Psychiatry:

“Depression and anxiety associated with a previous prenatal loss shows a persisting pattern that continues after the birth of a subsequent (healthy) child. Interventions targeting women with previous prenatal loss may improve the health outcomes of women and their children.”
“Given the adverse outcomes of persistent maternal depression on both child and family outcomes, early recognition of symptoms can lead to preventive interventions to reduce the burden of illness, provide coping strategies to reduce anxiety and depression and promote healthy adjustment of the mother, family and child.”[3]

In my case, I do think I experienced some depression after my miscarriages (especially the first two) although I never received a clinical diagnosis.  I don’t think I had long lasting effects of depression, but I will say that all through my pregnancy and even after my daughter was born, I had irrational fears that she was going to die either in utero or from SIDS after birth.  Even now that she is older, I tend to catch myself worrying about all the possible things that could harm her. You just can’t go through that much loss without some type of psychological trauma.



[1] Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara, Toshiaki A. Furukawa, Yumi Nakano, Shiro Hori, Koji Aoki, and Toshinori Kitamura, Depression as a potential causal factor in subsequent miscarriage in recurrent spontaneous aborters Hum. Reprod. (2002) 17 (10): 2580-2584 doi:10.1093/humrep/17.10.2580
[2] Kristin Palmsten, Soko Setoguchi, Andrea V. Margulis, Amanda R. Patrick and Sonia Hernández-Díaz, Elevated Risk of Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women With Depression: Depression or Antidepressants?, Am. J. Epidemiol. (2012) doi: 10.1093/aje/kwr394 First published online: March 22, 2012
[3] Previous prenatal loss as a predictor of perinatal depression and anxiety
Emma Robertson Blackmore , Denise Côté-Arsenault , Wan Tang , Vivette Glover , Jonathan Evans , Jean Golding , Thomas G. O’Connor   
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.083105 Published 27 April 2011

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MISCARRIAGE IS NOT A BLESSING!

Miscarriage Is Not A Blessing

"Something was probably wrong, it was a blessing".
Anyone ever say that to you?

That has to be one of the all time worst things to say to someone after a miscarriage and, yes, it was said to me. What about the lost pregnancy where I had genetic testing on the fetal tissue after a D & C? It was a boy and it was chromosomally normal. The only blessing would have been to have a baby. That statement seems like a nice easy way for others to just sweep this awful messy thing under the rug.

See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on reasons for and prevention of miscarriage


In all fairness, people don't know what to say to others when tragedy strikes. Even after all I've been through, I still struggle to know the right thing to say. I had a friend who I went to high school with whose son recently died in his sleep (he was only 8 years old and the autopsy was inconclusive - he had a diagnosis of autism, but nobody knows why he died). I found myself completely at a loss for words.

I've come to the conclusion that the best thing people can say is "I'm sorry" perhaps with a sincere offer to help if the person needs it. People who've never struggled with infertility or miscarriage just have no clue what it's like. Many younger people haven't even had to deal with losing a loved one before. This is one reason why I decided to keep much of my struggle with infertility and miscarriage private. Sometimes it's easier to go it alone rather than dealing with the well-meaning condolences that make you feel worse. It's a personal decision on how much information you decide to share with others, but if you do share, maybe it's a good idea to tell people right up front how much you do or do not want to talk about it.

Friday, May 15, 2015

MISCARRIAGE JEWELRY

Miscarriage Jewelry

By Cora Lee

The loss of a baby through miscarriage, birth, or infancy is a tragedy felt by the entire family. It is the grieving mother, however, that knows a mental, physical, and spiritual loss of this soul, even unborn, who asked to experience love and life through her. Part of the grieving process is to be able to name your loss and associate a physical object with the love of your child which will never go away. This is the time that discreet and simple miscarriage jewelry and infant loss jewelry can assist right now, as time heals the emptiness.
For some mothers a tiny reminder that she can always wear and yet remain unnoticed is an uncomplicated way to remember her unborn or still born loved one with the love of the original joy of conception. Miscarriage jewelry speaks to the heart and a copper heart with a delicate six petal flower charm overlay with an optional single initial engraved in the center threaded on a silver snake chain will remind her gently of the love and beauty represented by the precious soul who graced her life for just a short time. The healing quality of copper adds to the message of this infant loss jewelry.
A simple copper cuff that can be inscribed "to my angel" or "forget me not" either on the inside or out is another form of memorial jewelry or infant loss jewelry that can be worn everyday without drawing attention to the nature of the gift, and yet at the same time remain close to the woman who will forever feel the loss of her child.

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY JEWELRY (getpregnantover40.com) 

Naming your child and celebrating the life and joy given, albeit brief, is a significant step in the grieving process. Distinctive and yet still discreet, infant loss jewelry can provide a framework of love with a silver square charm that can be hand engraved with a personalized message or the name of baby, framing a gold disc imprinted forever with a delicate heart.
Miscarriage jewelry is sensitive. To know when and how to talk about the loss is a difficult thing, but communication is a very positive step. Choose a gift that is lovely and will warm the tender heart of the grieving mother whenever she touches it and feels it against her skin. Hand made gold vermeil memorial jewelry is the perfect touch. A slender heart imprinted with baby's foot prints, coupled with a tiny heart charm that can be hand engraved with a single initial will delicately and lovingly convey your message of support and understanding.
Memorial jewelry, infant loss jewelry, and miscarriage jewelry can provide a lasting token of love and remembrance. A charming little pendant in 14K gold with the name of baby hand engraved on the face with the date of the conception, birth, or death on the reverse will be treasured always. Swarovski crystals can be added to represent the month of birth or conception of the treasure who graced your life with no less joy and love.
Cora Lee is the owner of Neckcharms, widely known for a huge selection of miscarriage jewelry including unique infant loss jewelry, custom mother's jewelry, designer diaper bags, and exclusive baby gifts. Neckcharms.com has been featured in US Weekly and People Magazine's Celebrity Babies and Pregnancy Magazine, and has been listed as one of the highest rated sites by the Better Business Bureau, with double AA ratings, for five years in a row.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HOW STRESS CAUSES MISCARRIAGE: CORTISOL

Stress, Miscarriage and Cortisol

I've come across conflicting information in the literature about whether or not stress causes or contributes to miscarriage.    We all know that stress can affect fertility, but the jury seems to be out on whether or not it can cause miscarriage.
 I'm not a researcher, but Ive read enough convincing articles to conclude (at least in my own mind) that stress can contribute to miscarriage. Here is another article which seems to support that conclusion:

SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

Maternal stress is commonly cited as an important risk factor for spontaneous abortion. For humans, however, there is little physiological evidence linking miscarriage to stress. This lack of evidence may be attributable to a paucity of research on maternal stress during the earliest gestational stages. Most human studies have focused on "clinical" pregnancy (>6 weeks after the last menstrual period). The majority of miscarriages, however, occur earlier, within the first 3 weeks after conception (5 weeks after the last menstrual period). Studies focused on clinical pregnancy thus miss the most critical period for pregnancy continuance. We examined the association between miscarriage and levels of maternal urinary cortisol during the first 3 weeks after conception. Pregnancies characterized by increased maternal cortisol during this period (within participant analyses) were more likely to result in spontaneous abortion (P < 0.05). This evidence links increased levels in this stress marker with a higher risk of early pregnancy loss in humans. 

  (www.pnas.org)

Monday, May 11, 2015

MISCARRIAGE: DIDN'T MY BABY WANT ME?

 Let's face it, part of miscarriage involves the feeling like you were rejected by your baby.  I couldn't help but have feelings like I was somehow unworthy or being punished for something in my past.  Miscarriage hits every woman (and sometimes men) on a very personal level.  Somehow your body just won't cooperate no matter how much you want your pregnancy to succeed.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PREGNANCY LOSS (getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, May 08, 2015

MOTHER'S DAY AFTER MISCARRIAGE: YOU ARE A MOTHER TOO

I do remember mother's day after many of my miscarriages.  I should have been part of the celebration, but my dreams of becoming a mother were yanked away from me.  I posted some tips for handling mother's day on my infertility blog and I thought I'd also post an article here which gives some other helpful suggestions. Read more:

Here are some tips from the book that can help:

- You Are a Mother.
The best gift you can give yourself on Mothers Day is the acknowledgement that you are a mother. You may not have a baby to hold in your arms, but you do have one in your heart.

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

- Let Your Family Know What You Need.
If you feel uncomfortable being recognized as a mother at a banquet or other function, substitute an activity you would feel good about. If you would rather not receive or wear a flower, then wear an item that helps you to connect with your baby, such as a piece of jewelry that includes the babys birthstone.

- Remember Your Baby.
Mothers Day can be a great time for a husband and wife to talk about their baby and what the baby meant to them. Take a walk, have a quiet dinner, or just set aside some time to remember your baby together.

- Decide Ahead of Time.
The way you chose to spend Mothers Day should be your decision- and one you make ahead of time. Setting time aside to remember and talk about your baby will make you feel" more like a mom on the very day designed to do that. Church also reminds women that their spouses may experience similar feelings on Fathers Day, so be sure to ask how he would like to spend the day." 


 from:
www.emediawire.com

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

IMMUNE SYSTEM RELATED TO MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage and Progesterone

I've heard the theory that miscarriage may be caused by the immune system attacking the embryo, but this article talks about how miscarriage may be caused by a lack of immune cells which may lead to progesterone deficiency. Read more:

Washington: A new study has shed fresh light on why some women are infertile and why some pregnancies end in miscarriage, after researchers found that immune cells have an important role to play in both the cases.

An international team has examined the role of a type of immune cells known as macrophages or white blood cells within the ovary, which are found in abundance near developing eggs and in hormone-producing structures within the ovary.


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

The researchers conducted experiments on mice and found that when these cells are depleted there's a significant reduction in the amount of progesterone the ovary produces.

Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovary which is essential for the maintenance of early pregnancy.

"We know that the ovary requires a vascular network in order to deliver the high levels of progesterone the body requires to maintain early pregnancy. The formation of this network occurs very quickly following ovulation, and macrophages may be involved in establishing that blood supply.

"It appears that the ovary has its own specialist pathway to achieve this and that macrophages have an essential role in building the blood supply that we hadn't previously appreciated. 

from:
www.zeenews.com

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