If you are someone who has experienced miscarriage(s), you will know that having a miscarriage is really, really hard.Not only would you have to deal with the feeling of loss, confusion, and sadness, but also would have to work through the resentment towards your pregnant friends that would “fall” pregnant every time they sneezed.
Today, I want to share with you five steps you can take (and have been shown through scientific studies) to decrease your chances of having another loss and prevent miscarriage by creating a healthy, baby-friendly body. But before we dive into the therapies, let’s take a look at the causes of recurrent miscarriages so you can understand more about what could be going on…
Causes of Recurrent Miscarriages
There are many possible causes of miscarriage, the most common is a random genetic problem with the developing fetus, which the body rejects since the baby would not be a viable, healthy person. There is nothing that can be done for this type of miscarriage as it is natures way of creating healthy human beings. Many women experience this type of miscarriage and go on to have a healthy, uneventful pregnancy later.
Recurrent miscarriages on the other hand are when someone has had two, three or more miscarriages in a row. Below are the most common causes of recurrent miscarriages and following are the steps that can be taken to avoid and prevent miscarriages in the future.
Common causes of recurrent miscarriage:
This sometimes looks like a misshaped uterus, a weakened Cervix, large Fibroids, or dramatic scarring within the uterus.
Sometimes recurrent miscarriages are due to genetic defects in either the egg or the sperm. Women and men over 35 have a greater chance of this problem occurring as the eggs and sperm may not be as healthy as they were in their younger years. Most western doctors will say there is not much you can do about this, but we disagree. While we can not affect all genetic causes, we have seen changes in sperm and egg health of our clients after they changed to a healthier, nutrient dense, natural fertility lifestyle. This included specific supplements and therapies to help protect the egg and sperm DNA as well as provide the ingredients for a healthier reproductive system. We will cover all of this later in this article.
Blood that is overly thick or has a tendency to clot (like in the case of a blood clotting disorder) can cause a miscarriages.
As small blood clots begin to develop in the uterus, the placenta can be cut off; leaving the fetus void of the oxygen and nutrient supply it needs to survive. This can induce a spontaneous abortion, otherwise known as miscarriage. In the event your pregnancy develops past the 24th week before the clotting develops, a stillbirth or premature birth can result. With no tests available to check for these clots and no other warning signs offered by the body, the danger often remains unseen until it is too late.
High Homocysteine Levels
If you have suffered at least one miscarriage, or your doctor has indicated that you are at a higher risk for miscarriage than most women, you may want to find out what your Homocysteine levels are.
Homocysteine is a common sulfur-containing amino acid found in the body. While it is not harmful in normal levels, when those levels get too high (especially during pregnancy), it can cause a condition called hypercoagulability. What does this mean? In general, your blood clots much more easily than it should. Not only can it put you at a higher risk for a heart attack and stroke, but it can put your baby in danger as well.
For reasons unknown to doctors and scientists, the body sometimes will attack the fetus or sperm; sometimes caused by elevated natural killer cells or HLA incompatibility. This is called a immunological disorder or immune system based miscarriage. In the past the only options available for this were the same treatments and medications organ transplant patients receive (which most doctors won’t even perform), but thank goodness there are natural therapies that offer some hope in this area that have been shown to be successful through human studies.
There are many links between hormonal imbalances and recurrent miscarriages. The hormonal system is an intricate orchestra of hormones that run on a very specific schedule. If one of these hormones is out of balance, it can affect the rest of the cycle, possibly impacting early pregnancy. Some of these imbalances may be:
Progesterone is necessary for pregnancy for many reasons, but one of the main ones is that it preserves the uterine lining so the new embryo can attach and be nourished while the placenta is being formed. If progesterone is low the lining will shed, causing menstruation to begin.
If estrogen levels in the body are high, this can cause many issues but specifically it can cause low progesterone.
Prolactin is a hormone in the body that is abundant during lactation. But beyond promoting milk flow for the new mother, it also may repress ovulation.
Insulin resistance (PCOS)
Insulin resistance causes a hormonal imbalance because the body is always in fight-or-flight causing the hormones to become out of balance. High estrogen, elevated testosterone and low progesterone. It also has been found that women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus.
Undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease can be a cause for infertility, recurrent miscarriage and second/third trimester loss. You can easily get testing done to determine if hypothyroidism is causing your miscarriages.
Luteal Phase Defect
The luteal phase is the time period after ovulation in which the embryo is making its way down the fallopian tubes and implanting itself into the uterine lining. If this phase is too short for the embryo to implant and attach properly, a miscarriage could occur. Many women will not know this is happening unless they do fertility charting and can tell how long their luteal phase is.
5 Steps to Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages
Natural therapies are a great option for helping to support your body and prepare for pregnancy. Preparing ahead of time for your pregnancy is also important for decreasing the chances of a miscarriage, these steps must be in practice for at least 2-3 months before you become pregnant again. If you are currently experiencing a miscarriage contact your doctor or midwife right away.
1. Prepare for Conception
The first step is to prepare your body with fertility cleansing. Fertility cleansing helps to support the liver in cleansing the body of old toxins and excess hormones while encouraging the uterus to cleanse itself of ‘old’ contents, increasing uterine circulation and tone.
2. Eat a Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet
The next step is to nourish and build up your body to be a healthy, baby-friendly body. This can easily be done through eating a nutrient dense Fertility Diet. What you eat has an impact on:
- The health of your eggs
- Your hormonal balance
- Creates a healthy placenta
- Decreases chances of a miscarriage
- Builds nutrient storage for baby
- Creates healthy reproductive system
You will want to make sure you are eating a fertility diet consistently for at least 60-90 days before you begin trying to conceive for your best chances of creating a healthy pregnancy.
3. Build a Healthy Foundation
One of the major foundational steps to increasing your changes of having a healthy pregnancy is to take some basic vitamins and minerals. There are specific vitamins and minerals that are necessary for a healthy reproductive system, hormonal balance, and ovulation.
Building a healthy foundation is a two punch step. You will want to be taking a multivitamin and omega 3 supplements. But the key here is not to just take any multivitamin. The best multivitamin to take for fertility and pregnancy is a prenatal multivitamin. But be careful when you are choosing which one to take. NOT ALL SUPPLEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Make sure you are taking a whole food prenatal multivitamin. You also need to make sure your prenatal vitamin contains B6, B12 and folic acid (folate). This combination has been shown to help prevent miscarriages due to high homocysteine levels.
Essential fatty acids are also extremely important for miscarriage prevention through creating a healthy body. EFA’s, specifically omega 3’s, are responsible for many fertility actions. But specifically for preventing miscarriage – they help to reduce inflammation, aiding in hormone production and hormone balance.
4. Apply Fertility or Abdominal Massage
Another important element of promoting a healthy conception is to increase the circulation to the uterus. From our daily lifestyles of not exercising enough and sitting at a desk all day decrease the circulation to the uterus. The left leg and the uterus share the same major artery with most of the blood going to the legs, especially when we live in a stressful state of fight or flight (our bodies sends all the blood to the muscles and brain in preparation for running away or fighting), the circulation to the uterus will be compromised.
Through applying a simple massage method called Self Fertility Massage you are able to increase the circulation to the uterus, clear adhesions, clear congestion (if you have endometriosis, PCOS, clotty and dark periods, and heavy cramps during your period, I am talking to you). You will want to add this technique to your program.
5. Herb & Supplement Program for Recurrent Miscarriage
Most miscarriages are meant to happen due to issues with the fetus. Herbs will not stop a miscarriage that is meant to happen because the miscarriage is necessary. Herbs are only helpful with miscarriages that are caused from stress, poor diet, trauma, weak uterine muscles, or low progesterone levels and so on. Herbs help to provide extra nourishment and strength needed to nourish a depleted body.
GENERAL TIPS FOR PREVENTING MISCARRIAGE
- Bed rest and removal of stress factors is the most important first step to take. Get off of your feet.
- Vitamin E in amounts up to 600I.U per day (use only 50 IU if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes)
If your recurrent miscarriages are due to any of the three reasons below,be hopeful as there are natural remedies that have been shown to help decrease the chances of recurrent miscarriages;
* Hormonal ( low progesterone)
* Chromosomal (you could have some impact, it matters if it is the egg)
The best and natural way to avoid miscarriage is to make use of the Female Infertility Remedy Kit which works by naturally preparing a woman for pregnancy and make sure the pregnancy is safe. The Kit contains natural health products that will get rid of Fibroid, balance all reproductive hormones, improve the health of the eggs and supply all the necessary vitamins and nutrients for a woman to conceive and overcome miscarriage.
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