As someone who has experienced an early miscarriage, I can say that the loss was more than anything I’ve ever experienced.
Not only did I have to work through the feeling of loss and sadness, but I also had to recognize my resentment towards anyone enjoying pregnancy or having kids – bleh – those were tough emotions to work through!
So that is why I’d like to share with you the steps you can take (proven by scientific studies) to decrease your chance of miscarriage and help create a healthy baby-making body.
First let’s talk about the Causes of Miscarriages:
-random genetic problem with developing fetus (the increase in age along with unhealthy diet and lifestyle increase this risk)
-anatomical structural issue (examples are misshapen uterus, incompetent cervix, fibroids, etc and most likely cannot be solved with natural therapies)
-high homocysteine levels (excessively high levels of this sulfur-containing compound can cause hypercoagulability which can cause a stroke or cut off blood flow to placenta resulting in immediate abortion)
-Immunological disorders (the body can attack the fetus or sperm which is observed by high natural killer cells or HLA incompatibility)
-hormone imbalances (thyroid disorders, insulin resistance, elevated prolactin, low progesterone, high estrogen)
Testing for the Causes of Miscarriage:
-Hysterosalpingogram (SHG) – x-ray of the uterus to see any blockages, growths, or other abnormalities affecting fertility)
-Autoimmune testing – speak to your doctor about referring you to a specialist for an antiphospholipid antibody (APA) test to determine if you have this autoimmune condition
-Prothrombin Time – test to see how fast blood clots and rule out hypercoagulability
-Thyroid Panel – ask your doctor for a full panel including TSH, Total T3 & T4, Free T3 & T4, reverse T3, TBG (thyroxine binding globulin), TPOAb & TGAb (thyroid antibodies to rule out Hashimotos)
-Sex Hormone Panel – get your progesterone, testosterone, estrogen, and prolactin tested 7 days after you confirmed ovulation (or roughly day 21 if you have a consistent 28 day cycle).
-Karyotyping – examines chromosomes for genetic issues for both parents
Steps to Decrease Miscarriages:
- Prepare for Conception (hormonal birth control, pesticides, excess hormones, alcohol, and poor diet can overload your liver => we recommend doing a liver cleanse before trying to conceive)
- Eat a nutrient dense diet (so you can maintain health of your eggs, balance your hormones, create a healthy placenta, build nutrient storage for your baby and you)
- Perform Fertility Massage (our high stress lifestyle along with hours of sitting in the car and at a desk, blood flow can dramatically decrease to our uterus => search ;Self Fertility Massage” for a quick guide)
- Supplement – prenatal vitamin (containing B6, B12, and methylated folic acid) and a good quality omega-3 (I use Blue Ice fermented cod liver oil)
- Additional Herbs – vitex, maca, progesterone (search Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream), calming herbs such as cramp bark, black haw, partridgeberry, and oat flowers => search for UteriCalm by Fertilica)
Questions about implementing these steps? Contact us and we will help you work through the mess of information and ease your fertility worries 🙂