A miscarriage can be simply described as the loss of a baby/ fetus before he is born, mostly during early stages of pregnancy.
It could be a genetic problem with the developing fetus which the body must reject because it would eventually not be a viable, healthy person. This is nature’s way of ensuring the creation of a healthy human being. But when the miscarriage becomes recurrent, where a woman has 2 or more miscarriage in a row , it becomes an issue that needs to be looked into.
Some common causes of recurrent miscarriage are:
Age – Women and men over 35 years of age have a greater chance of this occurrence as the egg and sperm weakens with age
Hormonal imbalance – a typical example of this is Luteal phase defect, which is the time it takes for an embryo to implant itself into the uterus after ovulation, other examples among many are thyroid disorders and high estrogen.
Blood clotting – Blood that has the tendency to clot can cause a miscarriage.
High homo-cysteine levels – Where sulfa containing amino acid in the body gets too high, causing the blood to clot more easily than it should.
TESTS YOU SHOULD DEMAND FOR WHEN VISITING YOUR DOCTOR
It can be really scary not finding the actual cause of your recurrent miscarriage, but bear in mind that majority of couples who couldn’t find a cause, do go on to have a successful pregnancy.
During your next visits to the doctor, demand that the following tests be carried out until you have been able to locate the source
- Thyroid Panel Test – This checks for thyroid disorders which have been linked to miscarriage. A balance TSH number for successful pregnancy is between .3 to 2.0
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) – An x-ray of the uterus to see the shape, blockage of tubes, growth and other abnormalities that could cause miscarriage. Though an invasive one, it is a very important test that must be carried out.
- Anti phospholipid syndrome testing – An auto immune test to check if the body’s immune system reacts to certain normal substances in the blood, which increases the chances of causing blood clots.
- Progesterone – A hormone test, normally done around day 21 of a 28 day cycle to determine if the progesterones are low or normal. A low progesterone level has been linked to recurrent miscarriage.
- Prothrombin Time – T his test helps to show/determine how fast the blood clots
- Fetal tissue testing – This can be done at the time you are having a miscarriage or D&C. Tissues are collected and a chromosomal test is done to rule out genetic disorders.
When a woman is ready to get pregnant, she should begin to take certain measures to prepare the body for conception. We know that getting pregnant is like a breeze for many women, but if you fall into that category you wouldn’t be on this page in this first place.
The first step to preparation is with what we call UTERUS CLEANSE. When we clean the uterus it becomes free of old contents,leaving enough room for conception. This should be done at least 3 menstrual cycles before getting pregnant. To try any of our uterus cleansing diets, please visit the UTERUS CLEANSE page.
Hormone balancing is another crucial step to take before getting pregnant, and even while pregnant.Hormone imbalance is a common condition in our society today, but since we are dealing with miscarriage here, we will focus on hormone imbalance in women, even though it also occurs in men.
Hormone imbalance in women as regards fertility is usually pointed towards PROGESTERONE and ESTROGEN levels. Usually, when estrogen level is higher than progesterone level, it causes so many malfunctions in the body, one of which is miscarriage.
The following have been known to help balance the hormones in the body:
Brown oats, millet, tapioca, fresh corn, Sweet potato (purple skin preferably), green beans, red pepper, onions(red), ginger, thyme and garlic, quail eggs.
Fruits and vegetables -
Lemon/ lime, grapes, pawpaw, watermelon, guava, avocado pear, and carrots.
Herbs and vitamins –
2000iu of vitamin E taken daily, wild yam supplement, high dose of vitamin C eg 1000mg daily( note also that extremely high dose of vitamin C from 3000mg upward daily,can cause miscarriage), zinc supplements, chasteberry also known as vitex is a very good herbal supplement for fertility.
Another crucial step to take when pregnant is to strengthen the cervix if a weakened cervix has been the cause of your previous miscarriages. The best way to strengthen the cervix before getting pregnant is by performing the kegels exercise, while during pregnancy a great herb to strengthen the cervix is the False unicorn root. It is even proven to have stopped miscarriages even after contractions have begun.
I hope this information helps women who are trying to conceive out there, we do all we can, but eventually it is God who gives and we can only be hopeful on him.
What has been your experience with pregnancy? please share with us your tips towards health delivery. Baby dust to all TTC
post By : Jennifer Okonji Simeon