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Miscarriage: Reducing Your Risks With The Green Fertility Plan

Posted Dec 21 2010 1:23am

Miscarriage: Reducing Your RisksHave you lost one pregnancy and are afraid to conceive again? Are you worried about your risk of miscarriage? Here are six all natural ways to reduce your risks and have a healthy baby. 

By Colette Bouchez 

There is perhaps no greater joy than learning you are pregnant - and no greater sorrow than when that pregnancy is lost. The problem is miscarriage - and it's far more common than many women realize.


Most recently journalist Lisa Ling and TV reporter Guiliana Rancic went public with their stories of pregnancy loss - but they are far from alone in their sorrow.   


Indeed, US government statistics reveal over 1 million miscarriages and still births annually, with doctors believing many more go unreported by women who lose their pregnancy so soon after conception they weren't even aware that conception had occurred.

Regardless of the staggering numbers, however, because so many women keep their grieving silent, too many end up feeling very much alone.


  "When I found out that I had miscarried it was really such a shock to the system because I felt like such a failure and Ireallyfelt very alone," Ling told her former colleagues on The View.

  During a recent appearance on "The View", she said her personal sense of grief and isolation were so strong following her pregnancy loss, it led her and her partner to develop a website -a place where any women can go to share her feelings anonymously about not just pregnancy loss, but any issue that is bothering her. And it's a place where a woman won't feel she's alone in her fear or worry.


  "Nobody talks about it because women generally feel so much shame when they discuss it," Ling recently shared on The View round table. 


But perhaps even more devastating than the sense of isolation is the fear that getting pregnant again will result in another loss. While doctors say the fear is natural - and most women are able to overcome it - it can be difficult.


  " One of the most devastating things about miscarriage is that a woman often experiences a terrible sense of a loss ofcontrol, which often intensifies when no specific reason can be found for the pregnancy loss, " says fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen. 


This, says Lauersen, often leads to self blame, even though there is almost nothing a woman can do, within the realm of normal living that can cause a pregnancy loss.  

"In over 40 years of obstetrical practice I have never had one patient miscarry because of something she did or didn't do - it is virtually never the woman's fault and she must internalize this and believe it with all her heart," says Lauersen.


Experts say most miscarriages are the result of a one-time defect in the genetic material of one specific egg or sperm, making it impossible for the embryo to thrive and survive. In this respect, says Lauersen, , miscarriage is really "Mother Nature's way of reaching out and embracing parents, letting them know that something is not quite right."


As to the loss itself, experts say that taking a few weeks to grieve is essential - as is sharing your feelings especially with your partner.


"It's important to tell someone how you feel but especially important to tell your partner, to share your feelings of loss with your partner, and not feel ashamed or embarrassed or guilty about the way you feel," says Poula Helth, co-author with Hans Jorn Filges of the couples therapy book " Let's Talk."  

Another important step: Become proactive in building your health defenses, which can not only help guard against pregnancy loss, but also help you conquer your fears of getting pregnant again.


"When you know you are doing something positive for yourself and for your next pregnancy, you not only derive physical benefits, but also emotional benefits that can have a positive impact on your next conception," says Lauersen.

So where do you begin to take charge? According to the new book Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets for Making Babies,there are dozens of natural ways to take control your pre-conception health and in doing lay the groundwork for a healthy conception and a successful pregnancy. To help get you started, here are six of the easiest guidelines to follow! 

SixWays To Reduce Your Risk of Miscarriage With The Green Fertility Plan


The Anti-Miscarriage Supplements – 

1.     Folic Acid -While most women wait until they conceive to begin taking this essential pre natal supplement, the truth is that you may be pregnant 6, 8 or even 10 weeks before you know it - a time when your developing embryo can greatly benefit from this nutrient. In one major study published inthe Journal of The American Medical Association,researchers found that the earlier a woman begins taking folic acid supplements, the greater her chance of avoiding miscarriage. The Green Fertility Plan Recommendation:Between 400 - 800 mcg daily, beginning one to two months prior to when you want to conceive.


  2. CoQ10 - Studieshave shown that directly following miscarriage, levels of this nutrient are exceedingly low - a factwhich has led to some speculation concerning the role of a CoQ10 deficiency in increasing the risk of miscarriage. While there is no direct evidence the supplement can prevent pregnancy loss, there is certainly enough validity to the research warrant suggesting supplement use to any woman at risk pregnancy loss.The Green Fertility Plan Recommendation:60 -100 mg daily-starting one to two months prior to conception. 


3. Zinc & Copper -While most of us give little thought to our daily mineral consumption, according to the Green Fertility Plan, paying attention to both zinc and copper levels may be key to avoiding miscarriage. The reason: First, zinc is an essential part of the genetic material found inside each egg you produce. When there is a zinc deficiency studies show chromosomal damage directly linked to miscarriage can occur within an egg. So the greater your zinc deficiency, the higher your risk of miscarriage. But don't overdo it on Zinc supplements. Taking too much will cause a copper deficiency, which can make it much harder to get pregnant. The Green Fertility Plan Recommendation: 30 mg of zinc balanced with 3 mg of copper daily. 


The Anti-Miscarriage Foods

  4. Grapes & Cherries: It sounds so simple it almost seems silly. But studies show that specific nutrients found in grapes and cherries have a protective effect against miscarriage. That nutrient is a flavonoid known as "quercertin", which works to keep tiny particles found in the blood from sticking together and forming microscopic clumps, which in turn can reduce or even block the blood flow from mother-to-baby, thus increasing the risk of miscarriage. Moreover, many doctors also now recommend taking 1 baby aspirin daily while trying to conceive, and during the first trimester, to help fight the formation of these same tiny clots. What can also help: The herb Dong Quai which has similar blood thinning properties.


5.Wheat Germ - The key here is a high concentration of both vitamin E and selenium, which studies show are essential to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Wheat germ is also high in vitamin B6, which can help balance female hormones and make your next conception faster and easier as well as healthier. 


6. Raspberry Leaf Tea -One of the oldest herbs in recorded history, there are actually references to the use of raspberry leaf to reduce the risk of miscarriage in the Bible! Its primary mode of action is to relax the uterus and help prevent contractions that might otherwise expel a newly implanted embryo. Some naturopathic doctors also believe properties found in the raspberry leaf can help a newly fertilized egg to form a better attachment to the uterine lining also reducing the risk of miscarriage.The Green Fertility Plan Recommendation:One to two 400mg capsules of powdered raspberry leaf daily or up to 4 cups of raspberry leaf tea daily, brewed from the leaf, not the fruit. 

For dozens more natural ways to reduce your risk of miscarriage, encourage a healthy pregnancy and boost your fertility naturally visit  

Colette Bouchez is the co-author of the new book Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets for Making Babies( Ivy League Press, NY - November 2010)

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