5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages

5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages

As someone who has experienced two early miscarriages, I can say having a miscarriage is really, really hard.

Not only did I have to deal with the feeling of loss, confusion, and sadness. But I also had to work through the resentment towards my pregnant friends that would “fall” pregnant every time they sneezed. It has gotten better over the years, but some days it can still be hard.

That is why 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 preventing 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

recurrent miscarriageThere are many possible causes of miscarriage, the most common is a random genetic problem with the developing fetus, which the body rejects since it 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.

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 most common tests that can be performed to find out the cause of the multiple miscarriages.

Common causes of recurrent miscarriage:

Anatomical Causes
Recurrent miscarriages that fall under this area are unfortunately an area that natural therapies will most likely have no effect on. If something is different atomically causing a pregnancy to not continue, this is called an ‘anatomical cause’. This sometimes looks like a misshaped uterus, a weakened cervix, large fibroids, or dramatic scarring within the uterus.

Genetic Causes
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 Clotting
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.

There are some tests that can be done to determine if this is the case. There are natural therapies that have been shown to be helpful with this type of imbalance. We will discuss those below.

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 sulfar-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.

Researchers in Bergen/Osb Norway studied several thousand patients and reported that Homocysteine levels higher than 10-10.7 increased a woman’s chance of a miscarriage by a whopping 38% . You can read more about the homocysteine and the miscarriage connection here…

Immunological Disorders
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.

Hormonal Imbalance
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:

    Low progesterone
    Progesterone is necessary for pregnancy for many reasons, but one of the main ones it 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.

    High estrogen
    If estrogen levels in the body are high, this can cause many issues but specifically it can cause low progesterone.

    Elevated prolactin
    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 is 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.

    Thyroid disorders
    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 are fertility charting and can tell how long their luteal phase is. Click here to learn more about Luteal Phase Defect…

Testing for Causes of Recurrent Miscarriages

There are many tests that can be done to help determine the cause for recurrent miscarriages. It can be both scary (not finding the cause) and hopeful (getting a diagnosis) to get testing. But just remember you may find the cause of the miscarriages and be able to move forward with treatment and knowledge of how to take care of yourself during pregnancy. If no cause is found – know that 70% of couples with recurrent miscarriages without a known cause do go on to have a healthy successful pregnancy.

Make sure to find a reproductive endocrinologist that is supportive of testing and up to date with all the research being done for recurrent miscarriages, even before your third miscarriage. I have listed the most common tests below. This list is not conclusive, but a general guide to help you begin your learning.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
This is an x-ray test of the uterus. A dye is injected into the uterus and x-rays are taken to see the shape of the uterus, blockages of the tubes, growths and other abnormalities that could cause infertility or miscarriages. This is a painful test, but a very revealing one. HSG’s are generally the first test that is done when you go to see a RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist).

Autoimmune testing
Testing for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), an autoimmune imbalance which causes the body’s immune system to react to certain normal substances in the blood. This increases the chance of forming blood clots. It is estimated that 10% – 25% of women with recurrent miscarriages have APS. Doctors will generally treat this condition with low-dose baby aspirin and injects of heparin (blood thinner) during pregnancy. You can read more about immunological fertility issues here…

Prothrombin Time
A test to see how fast the blood clots.

Thyroid Panel
Hypothyroidism has been linked to miscarriages during all trimesters. Not all doctors will do a thyroid panel test, make sure to ask and work with a doctor that is supportive and up to date on thyroid issues. In Journal of Medical Screening (Sept. 2000) doctors reported that by screening for thyroid problems before and during pregnancy, miscarriages could be reduced. Women who are hypothyroid have 4 times the risk of second trimester miscarriage.

    Understanding Thyroid (TSH) numbers
    .3 to 3.0 is considered the narrower normal range that many experts are using for diagnosis and management. Note that some endocrinologists believe that a percentage of women may find it difficult to get pregnant — or maintain a pregnancy — at a TSH above 2.0. This is one condition that is best treated with thyroid hormone medication. You will also need to be monitored throughout pregnancy to make sure your levels are within range and medication is adjusted regularly. The medications used to treat hypothyroidism are safe to be take during pregnancy.

    Please refer to our Thyroid Fertility Guide for more information.

Progesterone
Progesterone is an important hormone for pregnancy, helping to maintain the lining of the uterus and pregnancy. Low progesterone levels have been linked to miscarriages. Generally you are tested around day 21 of a 28 day cycle to determine what your progesterone hormones are. You can get blood testing done by visiting a RE or by saliva through an online lab.

Karyotyping
Genetic testing of both parents to look for issues with genetic structure.

Fetal Tissue Testing
If you are currently going through a miscarriage and having a D&C, you can have a chromosomal test done of tissue that can be collected to rule out genetic issues.

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. As with any approach to trying to decrease the chance of miscarriage there are no guarantees, but these steps will help to nourish and support the body, inviting a healthy pregnancy to occur.

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 3 months before you become pregnant again. If you are currently experiencing a miscarriage contact your doctor or midwife right away.

Note: If you are experiencing miscarriage click here to learn 5 important steps for miscarriage recovery…

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

Natural Fertility DietThe 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 90 days before you begin trying to conceive for your best chances of creating a healthy pregnancy. You can learn how to eat a nutrient dense fertility diet here.

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, minerals, and EFA’s. 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 aiding in possibly preventing miscarriage – they help to reduce inflammation, aiding in hormone production and hormone balance.

4. Apply Fertility or Abdominal Massage

dvd-cd-display-mAnother 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 an 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.

There are three options for massage when it comes to supporting reproductive circulation. You can find a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal massage (or better yet a fertility massage therapist, you can book a consultation with a Mayan Abdominal Practitioner, or you can learn how to apply Self Fertility Massage™ at home.

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

*Note: These are traditional therapies for miscarriage. There are no guarantees being made that they will stop a miscarriage. Most miscarriages are meant to happen due to issues with the fetus. These herbs will not stop a miscarriage that is meant to happen. They are helpful with miscarriages that are caused from stress, poor diet, trauma, weak uterine muscles, or low progesterone levels. Herbs help to provide extra nourishment and strength needed to nourish a depleted body. Please consult with your doctor or midwife when using these natural options, especially if you are under treatment for recurrent miscarriage already. If you think you are having a miscarriage consult your doctor right away.

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 these three reasons, there are natural remedies that have been shown to help decrease the chances recurrent miscarriages.

* Immunological
* Hormonal ( low progesterone)
* Chromosomal (you could have some impact, it matters if it is the egg)

The supplements are:

* These products work best when taken for a minimum of 3 months in preparation before conception.

Vitex

Vitex angus castus. Photo by Sten Porse.

Vitex (Chaste Tree berry) Has been traditionally used by midwives and herbalist to prevent miscarriage associated with low progesterone. It can be used in conjunction with progesterone creams.

Is it safe to take vitex during pregnancy?
Aviva Romm states in her wonderful book Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health…

In placebo controlled studies for teratogenicity and mutagenicity were conducted in rats, and even with the animals were administered 74 times the dosage typically consumed by humans, no toxicity nor aberations in fetal development were seen. In addition the Botanical Safety Handbook provided no contraindications to use during pregnancy.

While Vitex can be used to help a miscarriage that is acute, for safety reasons it is best to use at least 3 months prior to conception and another progesterone therapy such as progesterone cream to maintain stable progesterone levels once pregnancy has occurred. Working with a health practitioner once you are pregnant to help you keep your progesterone levels up is the wisest option at that point.

Maca

Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding both the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.

Maca helps to stimulate and nourish the pituitary gland, acting as a tonic for the hormone system. When the pituitary gland functions optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced, because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the other three glands.

In women maca works by controlling estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Taking maca may help to increase the progesterone levels which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.

Progesterone

Low progesterone during pregnancy may be a common cause of recurrent miscarriages. Progesterone is responsible for creating a healthy environment in the womb by creating and maintaining a healthy uterine lining. It also may reduce the chances of blood clots and immune system responses to the fetus as a foreign substance. It is the pregnancy hormone.

If you feel this might be your situation try to get your hormone levels tested before using the progesterone, than get tested again to make sure your levels are high enough.

There has been great success from people I personally have worked with and have heard of many midwives swearing by natural progesterone. Progesterone cream is used from right after ovulation until your menstrual cycle, or if you get pregnant continue use and contact your health care provider right away.

Make sure to have at least two bottles on hand, because running out could cause a big drop in progesterone which may cause the menstrual cycle to begin.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy

For recurrent pregnancy losses caused from either immunological response or blood clotting, Systemic Enzyme Therapy may be an affective option. In a five year study women who had experienced a recurrent miscarriage due to immunological response (more than 30% of miscarriages) were put on a systemic enzyme supplement before and during there pregnancies(6). 79% of the women carried out their pregnancies to term and gave birth to healthy babies. This is an amazing discovery. The only options available before this study were anti-immunological agents similar to the type used in transplant patients, but most doctors will not use them due to there toxicity during pregnancy. Systemic Enzyme Therapy is a major part of a miscarriage prevention support program.

Uterine Calming Herbal Formula

The following herbs, when combined in a liquid extract, may greatly help prepare the uterus for implantation and support the uterus in sustaining pregnancy, thus helping to prevent miscarriage. It is suggested that this formula should be started 3 months prior to conception and continued until at least 2 weeks past the latest weeks gestation of previous miscarriage (if the previous miscarriage occurred at 8 weeks, continue the formula until at least 10 weeks).

    Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)
    Used traditionally as a preventative for recurrent miscarriage. This herb has been shown to reduce spasm of the uterine muscles and ovaries. Cramp bark works to relieve uterine irritation, relax the muscles, with specific action on the uterus. This herb slowly relaxes the nervous system as well. This combination of actions may help prevent miscarriage in women with a history of miscarriage.

    Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)
    This herb is one of the best herbs to have on hand at all times for any sort of menstrual pain. Another beneficial use may be for threatened miscarriage. It has been used for hundreds of years to help prevent miscarriage. If there is uterine cramping without cervical dilation, Black haw and Cramp bark have been used to help stop uterine spasm, contractions, bleeding and nervous tension in early pregnancy. Black haw has also been reported to help strengthen a weak cervix.

    Both of the above herbs have a mild sedative action, aiding the body in reducing anxiety, nervous tension, and irritability, while promoting a sense of calm and well being. They are not so sedative you will be knocked out, they just help to take the edge away.

    Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens)
    Is an excellent uterine tonic traditionally used to help strengthen a weak uterus. Partridge berry is very safe to use in pregnancy where miscarriage is concerned. It has been used for hundreds of years by the Native Americans, traditional midwives and the physicians for prevention of miscarriage. Partridgeberry is helpful when the woman is experiencing painful cramping, uterine spasm, bleeding, and/or passing of blood clots in the first trimester of pregnancy. Partridgeberry is a tonic for both the nervous system and the uterus.

    Oat Flowers (Avena sativa)
    The fresh milky tops of the oat plant are extremely nourishing to the central nervous system. Only the fresh tops of the Avena sativa plant bring about real change in the body. This plant is great support for stress related fertility issues. It has been shown to help support function and health of the central nervous system. This herb is really one of the best herbs for long-term stress support.

Click here to purchase a formula containing these herbs…

Questions and Support

recurrent miscarriage supportIf you have any questions or would like to get support and meet other women who have gone through recurrent miscarriages, make sure to join our Recurrent Miscarriage Support Group in the Natural Fertility Community; membership is free. There you will find others who have gone through something similar to you and can get support, advice and have all your questions answered.

Summary

There are many different reasons someone may be experiencing recurrent miscarriages. A healthy approach is to find a doctor who has experience with recurrent miscarriages and get testing done. If a cause for the miscarriages is found you can focus on treatment and use the guidelines we have suggested to help support your body. If no cause has been found, then the guidelines suggested are the next place for you to explore. To summarize here are the 5 steps:

1. Prepare for Conception with fertility cleansing
2. Eat a nutrient dense fertility diet
3. Build a healthy nutritional foundation
4. Apply fertility or abdominal massage
5. Use herbs and supplements to your advantage.

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  1. I’m 29 and I’ve had three miscarriages, two due to chromosome issues and one unknown/ early loss in the first trimester. I’ve had all rpl testing done… Nothing was found, except very mild (unrelated) pcos based on an ovary ultrasound. The doctors are telling me to simply try again. I’m hoping you can recommend a course of action for me as I feel like I need to try something to improve my odds. I’ve been looking at ova boost, fertilaid, fertilitea etc. but am not sure what is best for me. Also, I’m interested in the benefits of acupuncture for fertility… What are your thoughts? Currently I take a Jameson natural source prenatal, vitamin c, d and a high quality fish oil.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Hoping for a Rainbow,

      I am very sorry for your losses.

      We are happy to recommend a course of action for you and we offer this through a Fertility Consultation. By having a Fertility Consultation, you are offered the chance to share all that you can about your diet, lifestyle, fertility health, all that you have tried and are currently doing to support your fertility and health, as well as ask detailed questions of your fertility herbalist. In return, she will provide you with a written quick guide for reference and an audio recording sharing details of the program she creates for you and answers to your questions. It is a wonderful way to connect with an herbalist who specializes in helping you support your fertility!

      I hope you will consider! In health ~ Elizabeth

  2. I had a still birth in 2010 due to hydrops fetalis, a healthy live birth in 2012 and a miscarriage in 2013. My question is: since my miscarriage in sept 2013 my periods have been 2 days of red heavy-ish spotting, nothing for 2-3 days, then normal for 4-6 days; is there a way to chart my cycle when it is so stop-and-go?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Linz,

      Even with a sporadic cycle, there are ways to chart your cycle. I consulted with my fellow herbalist Dalene and we feel BBT charting would be best. You would want to be sure to track and make note of all of the irregularities of your cycle as part of a way to detect what the issues there may be.

      The cycle you describe sounds like it could possibly be luteal phase defect due to low progesterone. This may also cause miscarriage. If your BBT is erratic or low during your luteal phase this is an indicator of LPD. You could also get your progesterone levels tested to learn is low progesterone levels in your luteal phase are an issue for you.

      Our Guide to Fertility Charting is wonderful and will guide you in getting started.

      Be well!

  3. sharing your knowledge on natural ways to stop miscarriage has been helpful. be blessed.

  4. I really appreciate this rightup I am a woman in my late 20s my first born was delivered through CS the doctor said it the fibroid that caused it now 1year 5months aftet Cs I got pregnant again but I miscarriage it when I was 9 weeks pregnant can it be fibroid that caused it then what can I do?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Christianah,

      I am very sorry for your miscarriage. I am not able to say in the fibroid is what caused your miscarriage. You would have to either have had testing post miscarriage to learn the cause or speak with your healthcare provider about its relationship to your miscarriage. You can learn more about supporting your body in dealing with uterine fibroids here…

      I wish you well!
      Liz

  5. Why do you recommend bed rest for preventing miscarriage? My midwife, along with plenty of research, indicates that exercise during pregnancy benefits not only the baby, but the mom as well. Most of the things I have read say to moderately exercise to prevent miscarriage.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Megan,

      You are correct in that exercise is advisable during pregnancy. Bed rest and resting in general is advised for those who think they may be having a miscarriage (while also consulting their doctor of course), as well as with the threat of miscarriage that is a result of stress, trauma, weak uterine muscles, etc. The point here is to be sure to rest if you have recurrent miscarriages as a result of the above reasons and/or feel weak, tired, run down… not to over do exercise if you have had multiple miscarriages.

  6. I am currently going through a miscarriage at 5 weeks. I had some spotting early on and mild cramping. It is being called a missed miscarriage at the moment as my body has not recognized it. My Hcg levels continue to drop. I am still waiting for my body to begin passage. I have had 1 full term healthy pregnancy. Both pregnancies were conceived after completing the fertility cleanse and taking maca regularly. I discontinued the maca right away during this pregnancy when I found out. I’m not sure if that contributed at all. My progesterone and Hcg levels were good when they tested at 4 1/2 weeks.

    Are there any products in particular that can help me during this time?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Leslie,

      I am so very sorry you are having to go through this! Be sure to take some time to heal both physically and emotionally. You deserve this! You might also want to take time to learn about Fertilica RecoverWell. RecoverWell is a comforting and supporting herbal blend designed to help support the body in recovering from a pregnancy loss.
      There are also tips in this article After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery that may help you during this time.
      I wish you strength in the coming days and weeks!

  7. I have had 3 miscarriages. I am currently pregnant, 5 1/2weeks. I started spotting last night. I have been tested for auto immune problems, have a known luteal phase defect that I take progesterone for and hypothyroidism which I also take medication for. I am curious if it is possible to diagnose insulin resistance during pregnancy? Does insulin resistance during pregnancy cause bleeding? I don’t want to lose this baby and I think we still have time to figure it out before I lose it.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Christine,
      I am very sorry you have the worry of miscarriage, but so happy for you and wish you well in this pregnancy!
      Please contact your healthcare provider for assistance in figuring this out with you as soon as possible! He/she can monitor you and guide you in any testing. It would be inappropriate for me to suggest I could diagnose something for you… because I can not.
      Sending healing energy for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  8. So happy to find this page. I have an urgent question. My Dear friend is 18 weeks + 5 days pregnant. She has been bleeding for a mount with pain. The doctors haven’t found any reason for this. The could see a blood clogg in the uterus. But the baby was fine. However, two days a go, the water started to break. It has continued today. The doctors say they can’t do anything. Just wait until week 22. The thing is that this happened in her lasted pregnancy and her children was born in week 25. You wrote about this blood clogs, here we now that that is a problem. What can I do to help her? She eats very well (greens and and very nutrient dense food.She takes good vitamins and minerals, all those you have mentioned. I would be very very grateful for some advice, Gabriela

    • Hi Gabriela,

      How nice of you to contact us for your friend. Extend my sympathy to her! It would be best for her to contact us directly and possibly set up a fertility consultation with us. We have information and supportive guidance on pregnancy loss, how to transition through that physically and emotionally as part of her next pregnancy preparation. From there she can continue to work with her herbalist on the best ways to prepare for a healthy pregnancy in the future, including helpful tips on important questions and testing she should speak with her doctor about.

      Initially, if she begins to move through pregnancy loss, she may want to consider the supportive herbal blend RecoverWell. Click here to learn additional tips for initial recovery from pregnancy loss…

      You all will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  9. I recently (as in a few days ago) suffered a miscarriage. It was my first pregnancy and I have PCOS. I take metformin and also had been taking some of the ovaboost and fertilitea to regulate my cycles and help with ovulation. I was 5w4d. Any recommendations as to what other herbs might be beneficial for PCOS to help prevent miscarriages? The ones above all see to be for other specific issues, but none directed towards PCOS (unless I misunderstood something). I try to follow a low glycemic diet and only take Metformin as a preventative measure. Also, is chromium pregnancy safe? Thank you so much for your help!

    • Hi Stephanie H.,

      First, I want to express my deep sympathy for you during this time of mourning and loss. We have a great article you can read that may greatly help you to honor all that you are going through…How to Honor Miscarriage Through Ritual

      Click here to learn all our tips for women with PCOS…
      Women shouldn’t need to supplement with additional chromium in pregnancy, unless directed to do so by their doctor/midwife. Click here to learn which supplements are safe for pregnancy…

      May you heal up and go on to have a healthy and full term pregnancy!

    • I’ve had great success using the ovaboost, fertilitea, and evening primrose oil to regulate my cycles and help with ovulation. I know you might not can speak to those products specifically, but do you have any opinions on using a progesterone cream with PCOS after a miscarriage? I’ve been told I have low estradiol, but never any known problems with any of my other hormones. Thank you so much for all the useful information and for your condolences. It truly is devastating as we’ve been trying and praying for a while now.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I am a little confused as to why you would want to supplement with progesterone cream when you have confirmed low estradiol? Progesterone cream boosts progesterone levels in the luteal phase (after ovulation up to menstruation).

      There are natural options to help support balanced estrogen levels…Fertilica Tribulus, Fertilica Royal Jelly, daily Red Clover infusions (tea), and Shatavari. All can be found in the Natural Fertility Shop, except for the red clover.

      You can learn more about supporting healthy, balance estrogen levels by reading our Estrogen Fertility Guide.

  10. I have a question! I have had 2 misscarriages in the last 3 years. I have PCOS and my period is very irregular. The 2nd time I became pregnant I had taken vitex 2 cycles. It seemed to regulate my period better than any meds I’ve taken. When I went to my dr appointment at 15 weeks it appeared my baby had stopped growing at 13 weeks. I took vitex thru my first trimester and the last 2 weeks I weaned myself off of it. In your opinion, could that have something to do with why I lost my baby? I’ve had tests run on me and the baby and have no answers. They just don’t know why. Any advice is greatly appreciated! I really loved Vitex and believe it helped me. I just don’t know when to stop taking it when I get pregnant again.

    • Hi Tonya,

      I am very sorry to hear of your loss! To be honest, there is really no way for me to know if discontinuing Vitex in pregnancy had anything to do with your loss or not. I know hearing this doesn’t make it any less painful. Miscarriages happen for so many different reasons. I have never heard of or had anyone say they lost a baby at that stage of pregnancy after weaning off of vitex. It sounds like you took it correctly and discontinued use at the correct time and in the responsible way, so please know you did everything correctly. Were you working with an herbalist or midwife trained in the use of herbs at the time? If not, that would be something to think about in the future.

      Vitex is mainly continued into pregnancy to help the body to sustain and increase progesterone levels as the pregnancy develops. If you wish to give vitex another shot, prior to pregnancy, make sure your progesterone levels are where they need to be. When you become pregnant again, next time, continue it until you confirm pregnancy, go in to get progesterone testing and consider switching from vitex to natural progesterone cream. Wean off the vitex over a 2 week period, while you switch over to natural progesterone cream use at the correct dose for pregnancy, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

      You might like reading >How to Honor Miscarriage Through Ritual, the tips in this article are a great way to help you heal from pregnancy loss. Take care!

  11. Hi Darlene, great read! I was wondering if you have any suggestions on m specific circumstances, I’ll provide a little background. I’ve had one 7 week miscarriage, one ectopic with tube removed (surgeon said it looked like a one-off), then one full term perfect pregnancy, then one 17 week miscarriage. I am currently 6 weeks pregnant and all the blood tests I’ve had so far(and in all previous pregnancies) have been good…aside from some low iron that I’ve had since I was a teenager. anyway, I get really sick usually during pregnancy and its very tiring and and hard on me and I’d really not like to keep going through the first couple weeks just to miscarry. any ideas on what I can do at this point (after conception)? one side note, I don’t have all the usual symptoms this time like sore breasts and nausea, is that generally a sign of low hormone levels? any advice is helpful, thank you!!

  12. What is your opinion on taking Wild Yam & Chaste Tree Combo 420mg Supplement (Nature’s Sunshine Brand) to address irregular period and miscarriage?

    • Hi Jane Smith,

      I am not very familiar with that company’s products. The herbs Wild Yam and Chaste Tree have both been used traditionally to help prevent recurrent miscarriage due to low progesterone levels and to strengthen and calm a weak and/or irritable uterus. If you are unsure about these herbs, you can learn more about them at the links below…

      Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry): http://natural-fertility-info.com/vitex
      Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa): http://natural-fertility-info.com/reproductive-system-support-for-women-with-wild-yam.html

      Both have a good track record for effectiveness and are best taken for at least 3-6 months in preparation for pregnancy, to help prevent miscarriage. If miscarriages are happening for reasons besides hormone imbalance or uterine issues, these herbs may not be the right choice.

    • Dalene Barton, CH, Doula
      Thanks you so much for your prompt response. After miscarriage i had a lab work done. According to lab result my Estradiol and Progesterone were very low. My health care provider recommended birth control and i said NO!!!. That the main reason why my cycle is out of order in the first place, (ever since i got off it 6 years ago). Anyway, after some research, i order 3months supply of Fertilaid for women. I’ve only taking it for a month. I stopped taking for about 4 days and started on the Wild Yam and Chaste Tree (together in one capsule) , because i was not sure if it was ok to take it together with Fertilaid. Now i stopped taking the Wild Yam and Chaste Tree because i read the Wild Yam can be serve as a contraceptive depending on when you take it. There are conflicting info out there. So it kind of scared me off it. So i am back to taking Fertilaid, and i am currently 3 days late. My last cycle was 65 days. I also drink Raspberry tea.
      Again thanks a lot for your time and the links.

    • Hi Jane Smith,

      I don’t agree that Wild Yam has a contraceptive action. I do believe you that there is conflicting information out there, on almost any subject really – that is the internet for you! Even I get frustrated with it ;-) I am not sure that FertilAid, based on it’s ingredients is your best choice, but really can’t comment there. Vitex works to improve hormone balance overall and Raspberry leaf is an excellent nutritive and uterine tonic herb. It sounds like those are great choices. Are you also taking a whole food multivitamin? If not, that is important!

      There are estrogen supporting herbs to consider as well, Red Clover is in FertilAid, but I would urge you also to look at Tribulus and Shatavari, or a supportive biphasic herbal blend called FertiliCare, which supports both the follicular and luteal phases of a woman’s cycle.

      I hope you get this figured out and you can go on to have a baby! We do offer consultations if you feel completely lost!

    • Dalene Barton, CH, Doula
      You are awesome! Thanks for your inputs. And i super appreciate the links. I plan to check them out right now. Also, thanks for letting me know about your organization consultation (product) offerings. I checked out the consultation review page, overall, it was quite positive. So i will definitely keep this in mind.

    • Dalene Barton, CH, Doula
      Hi, I plan to order the Vitex ( http://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/Vitex-Capsules-p/104773.htm ) I especially like that the ingredient list is organic. After reading the the Vitex Info page you provided, i wanted to know if tincture vitex is better than capsule vitex? Thanks.

    • Hi JaneSmith,

      They are both excellent products and organic. I think it depends on your preference for taking herbs. This article may help you to decide: The Benefits of Liquid Herbal Extracts

      Thank you for your interest in our Fertilica Vitex products!

  13. Can high prolatin cause miscarriage?

    • Hi Lorrita,

      A hormone imbalance of any type, including elevated prolactin levels may lead to miscarriage. It is uncommon for a woman to achieve pregnancy with elevated levels of the hormone prolactin. High prolactin levels may suppress the menstrual cycle. It would be best to speak with a doctor regarding this concern in relation to your own health. Elevated prolactin levels, in some cases may signal a pituitary tumor, which may greatly impact a woman’s ability to have children. Ruling that out and addressing the cause of the elevated prolactin levels prior to pregnancy, is going to be important.

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