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Sunday, March 29, 2015

INFECTIONS, PREGNANCY, MISCARRIAGE AND FERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage Over 40, How Infections May Affect Pregnancy

It seems like pregnant women are more susceptible to infections.  I've heard that your immune system may be "down" a bit because it's the body's way of protecting the baby from attack if your immune system perceives it as a "predator".
    The article addresses everything from colds & flu to vaginal infections & STD's. In rare cases, some of these conditions could lead to pregnancy complications and miscarriage. Read more:

SEE ALSO: INFECTIONS THAT CAUSE INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


Urinary tract infections (UTI's) are more common during pregnancy than at other times, mostly because of a slowing down of the urine flow on its way from the kidney to the bladder. Around 1 in 25 women get a UTI during pregnancy, the common symptoms being a discomfort or burning sensation on passing urine, an aching pain over the bladder or needing to pass water very frequently. This last symptom is unfortunately very common in pregnancy anyway and is not very reliable in making the diagnosis. If the infection passes up to the kidneys and into the blood stream (pyelonephritis or septicaemia) it causes loin pain, vomiting, a fever and can even start premature labour.
By treating early UTI's, kidney infections and their complications can be prevented. The infection is diagnosed by looking at the urine under a microscope and seeing if a bug can be grown from the sample. This can also confirm which antibiotic is the best to use. A mild infection is treated with a course of antibiotic tablets for at least a week, but a more severe one would need admission to hospital, intravenous antibiotics and rest. After one UTI, further infections are more common and monthly checks on the urine are suggested to see if one is developing even before symptoms appear.
 Thrush
Pregnancy makes a woman more likely to get a thrush infection, most commonly caused by the yeast Candida albicans. This yeast is commonly found in the vagina in up to 16% of non-pregnant women and 32% during pregnancy. It does not always cause symptoms and only requires treatment if it causes troublesome itching, soreness or the typical thick, white discharge. It is more common in second and subsequent pregnancies, in the third trimester, during summer months, following a course of antibiotics and in diabetic women. Treatment with Clotrimazole (Canesten) vaginal suppositories is usually effective. The tablet treatment Fluconazole (Diflucan) is not advised during pregnancy.

from:  (www.womens-health.co.uk)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

MISCARRIAGE: LOSS OF PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS?

When Pregnancy Symptoms Go Away, Is It A Sign Of Miscarriage?

Even though loss of pregnancy symptoms can be a relief physically, it's scary if you have a history of miscarriage.
Sometimes, it means nothing at all, but other times it could be a sign of trouble.
 Most women usually feel some relief of their nausea after the first trimester.  On my successful pregnancy with my daughter, my nausea and vomiting magically went away almost like clockwork when I hit the three month mark.

Some fluctuation in symptoms is normal

I recall when I was pregnant, I had good days and bad days when it came to nausea and vomiting.  I was told by my OB-GYN doctor that it is normal to have some fluctuation in symptoms.
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See also  Strange Early Pregnancy Symptoms
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When I miscarried a few of my pregnancies, I knew deep down there was a problem when early in the pregnancy, my nausea seemed to vanish overnight.  I would usually start bleeding or spotting right around the same time.  These factors together confirmed my greatest fears.
If you do lose your symptoms suddenly early in your pregnancy, most doctors are willing to do an ultrasound.  There's probably not much that can be done if the pregnancy isn't viable, but sometimes it just helps to know so you can be prepared.  If the pregnancy is continuing normally, it's helpful to put your mind at ease.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

FOURFOLD INCREASE IN STILLBIRTH AFTER IVF/ICSI

Miscarriage Over 40, Stillbirth After IVF and ICSI

I have heard that IVF and ICSI does have a slightly higher rate of newborn complications that naturally conceived pregnancies.
 This article talks about how the stillbirth rate may increase fourfold with this procedure. Read more:


From the article:

Out of a total of 20,166 singleton, first-time pregnancies, 16,525 (82%) were conceived spontaneously after less than 12 months, 2,020 (10%) after more than a year of trying (classified as sub-fertile), 879 (4%) conceived after non-IVF fertility treatment and 742 (4%) conceived after IVF/ICSI. There was a total of 86 stillbirths, giving an overall risk of stillbirth of 4.3 per thousand pregnancies.

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

The risk of stillbirth in women who conceived after IVF/ICSI was 16.2 per thousand; in women who conceived after non-IVF fertility treatment it was 2.3 per thousand; in fertile and sub-fertile women, the risk was 3.7 per thousand and 5.4 per thousand respectively.

Dr Wisborg said: "After adjusting for maternal age, body mass index, education, smoking habits and alcohol and coffee intake during pregnancy we found a significant, four-fold increased risk of stillbirth in women who conceived after IVF/ICSI compared with fertile women. The risk of stillbirth in sub-fertile women and women who conceived after non-IVF fertility treatment was not statistically significantly different from the risk in fertile women. 


 www.medicalnewstoday.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

CHOCOLATE MAY DECREASE MISCARRIAGE RISK

There's good news and bad news about this time of year. The good news, according to this article that one of the "forbidden" foods may actually help prevent miscarriage...the bad news is that most of the "Easter" chocolate sold out there is the bad kind "milk chocolate". Just make sure your chocolate is "dark" and has a high cocoa content. Read more:

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

(NaturalNews) If you're pregnant, you may be happy to know that chocolate cravings may be good for you. New research shows morning sickness lowers the risk of miscarriage by almost 70 percent -- and eating chocolate daily also appears to lower the risk of miscarriage.

"Chocolate is a genuine healing food," said Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate and holistic nutritionist. "It helps prevent cancer, boosts liver function and improves moods and energy. The key, though, is getting real cacao, not the candied chocolate that's mostly sugar and milk fat. When shopping for a chocolate bar, look for a cacao content of 75 percent or higher, and always buy organic chocolate," Adams said. 

 www.naturalnews.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

STRESS HORMONES AFFECT PROGESTERONE AND MISCARRIAGE


Miscarriage and Its Relationship To Stress

I don't need any convincing that stress and miscarriage may be and probably are related. Another factor, especially for women under stress is low progesterone levels. Although treatment with progesterone to prevent miscarriage is controversial, it may be most effective when given to women under stress. This article explains more:

Stress really can cause miscarriages, a series of studies suggests. The good news is that extra doses of progesterone might safeguard the pregnancies of women at risk. 

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

While the cause of most miscarriages is never established, doctors usually attribute them either to abnormalities in the fetus or to illness or health problems in the mother. Most obstetricians dismiss the idea that healthy women can lose healthy babies solely because of stress.

But a series of studies by a team in Germany might change their minds. "We can clearly say that stress has a major impact on pregnancy maintenance," says team leader Petra Arck of Charité, an institute of the University of Berlin. 




"...That leads to rejection of the fetus because the blood supply can't be sustained," says Arck. The chain of events uncovered by her team starts with the release of stress hormones such as cortisol. As cortisol levels rise in the bloodstream, they suppress the production of progesterone, a hormone that is crucial to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. 
 from: www.newscientist.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MEMORIES AND MISCARRIAGE REMINDERS


Miscarriage Triggers Memories

I remember my first miscarriage vividly. This was the one where I lost a twin pregnancy after IVF. I remember the time, place, month, and year. I must say, the more years that go by, the less painful it is, but I will always have a scar.
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 The first is always the worst...I didn't have a chance to build up my "emotional armor". Even though that was many years ago, and I have since had my daughter, I am still reminded of that experience with certain "triggers". Here is an article about coping with reminders after a loss:


When grief returns
The memories and emotions rekindled through reminders are called anniversary reactions. These reactions, which can last for days or weeks at a time, often give rise to a host of emotions and physical problems.

You may experience sadness, loneliness, anger, anxiety, nightmares and lack of interest in activities, just as you did when you first grieved. You may weep unexpectedly or replay images or scenes related to your loved one. You might have trouble eating or sleeping, or develop headaches, stomach pain or intestinal upset.

Anniversary reactions can also evoke powerful emotional memories — experiences in which you vividly recall the feelings and events surrounding the death. You might remember in great detail where you were and what you were doing, for instance.


from: 
(www.mayoclinic.com)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

MISCARRIAGE TRAUMA LONG LASTING

Long Lasting Trauma From Miscarriage

I think it's no coincidence that I'm an overprotective parent and that I was very anxious during my pregnancy.
 After so many miscarriages, you are consumed with a fear of death. Here is an article that shows that women who experience miscarriage and repeated miscarriage are more likely to experience anxiety even after giving birth. Read more:

The researchers studied 13,133 pregnant women in the United Kingdom who were taking part in a long-term study known as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. The women were asked to report the number of previous miscarriages and stillbirths they had experienced. They were assessed for symptoms of depression and anxiety twice during their pregnancy and four times after giving birth, at 8 weeks, 8 months, 21 months and 33 months. The majority of women reported no miscarriages. But 2,823 women, or 21 percent, reported having one or more previous miscarriages, while 108 reported having one previous stillbirth and three women had two previous stillbirths.

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

"We found no evidence that affective symptoms associated with previous prenatal loss resolve with the birth of a healthy child. Rather, previous prenatal loss showed a persisting prediction of depressive and anxiety symptoms well after what would conventionally be defined as the postnatal period," the researchers concluded.
from 
sciencedaily.com

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

FIFTHS DISEASE AND PREGNANCY/MISCARRIAGE

Pregnancy Over 40, Fifths Disease:  How It Can Cause Miscarriage

Fifths disease is caused by a viral infection and is common in children.
 Most adults have developed immunity, but it can cause a problem in pregnancy.   Although it's rare, the virus involved in fifths disease can cause miscarriage.   Read more:

SEE ALSO BIRTH DEFECTS AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:

How Common Is Miscarriage After Fifth Disease?
In rare cases, a miscarriage after fifth disease can occur. It appears that miscarriages happen in less than 5 percent of all women who are infected with parvovirus B19 while they are pregnant. A miscarriage after fifth disease appears to be most common during the first trimester. Such a miscarriage is most commonly due to nonimmune hydrops fetalis, a condition which causes severe anemia (low red blood cells) and congestive heart failure.

There is no evidence that parvovirus B19 infection in the mother, while she is pregnant, causes birth defects or mental retardation.

 kids.emedtv.com

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

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