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 – 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. 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 nature’s 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 within the bodily structure is causing miscarriage, this is called an ‘anatomical cause’. Examples of this are a misshaped uterus, incompetent cervix, large uterine fibroids, or severe Asherman’s syndrome.

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 in 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 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 a miscarriage. In the event your pregnancy develops past the 24th week before the clotting develops, a stillbirth or premature birth can result. With no warning signs offered by the body that blood clots are forming, the danger often remains unseen until it is too late.

There are some tests that can be done to determine if this may be a problem for you, but they need to be performed prior to pregnancy as part of your preconception health plan. In addition, there are natural therapies that have been shown to be helpful with this type of issue and we will discuss both of these topics 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 and Oslo, Norway, studied several thousands of people in Hordaland County in Western Norway and reported that Homocysteine levels higher than 10-10.7 μmol/L increased a woman’s chance of a miscarriage by a whopping 38%. You can read more about the homocysteine and miscarriage connection here…

Immunological Disorders
For reasons unknown to doctors and scientists the body will sometimes attack the fetus or sperm; sometimes caused by elevated natural killer cells or HLA incompatibility. This is called an 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 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 runs 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 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.

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

    Elevated prolactin
    Prolactin is a hormone in the body that is abundant during lactation. Beyond promoting milk flow for the new mother, prolactin may also repress ovulation.

    Insulin resistance (PCOS)
    Insulin resistance is a hormone imbalance by itself which causes a greater hormonal imbalance in the body by raising blood sugar, estrogen and testosterone levels, while lowering progesterone levels. This may in turn cause implantation failure and/or miscarriage. If insulin resistance is not addressed, development of diabetes and heart disease may result.

    Insulin resistance in women is closely associated with PCOS. Researchers have found that women who are insulin resistant are 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage.

    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. Just remember you may find the cause of the miscarriages and be able to move forward with treatment and the knowledge of how to take care of yourself during pregnancy. If no cause is found – know that 70% of couples who experience 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, rather 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 an RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist).

Autoimmune testing
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune imbalance which causes the body’s immune system to react to certain normal substances in the blood which can increase the chance of forming blood clots. It is estimated that 10% – 25% of women with recurrent miscarriages have APS, making testing very important. Speak to your doctor about referring you to a specialist for an antiphospholipid antibody (APA) test. A positive test result for any part of this test indicates there may be other immune problems and according to Dr. Alan Beer, “…there is a 50% likelihood of elevated NK cells or Th1:T2 cytokine ratios.”

Doctors will generally treat this condition with low-dose baby aspirin and injections of heparin (blood thinner) during pregnancy. You can read more about immunological fertility issues here…

Prothrombin Time
This is 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 the Journal of Medical Screening (Sept. 2000) doctors reported that by screening for thyroid problems before and during pregnancy, miscarriages could be reduced. Women with hypothyroidism have 4 times the risk of a second trimester miscarriage.

    Understanding Thyroid (TSH) numbers
    .3 to 3.0 TSH levels are considered the narrower normal range that many experts are using for diagnosis and management of hypothyroidism. Some endocrinologists believe that a percentage of women may find it difficult to get pregnant — or maintain a pregnancy — at a TSH level 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 taken during pregnancy.

    Please refer to our Hypothyroidism Fertility Guide for more information.

Progesterone
Adequate progesterone levels are critical for maintaining a healthy 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 level is at. You can get blood testing done by visiting an RE or by saliva testing through an online lab.

Karyotyping
A type of test to examine chromosomes for genetic issues. This test is best performed on both parents.

    Fetal Tissue Testing
    If you are currently going through a miscarriage and choose to have a D&C, you can have karotyping done on the tissue that is collected to rule out genetic issues. Doctors can perform this test from the following samples: blood, amniotic fluid, or placental tissue.

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
  • Creating a healthy placenta
  • Decreasing chances of a miscarriage
  • Building nutrient storage for baby
  • Creating a 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 chances 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 an omega-3 supplement, 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. EFA’s, specifically omega-3’s, are responsible for regulating inflammation response, improving cellular integrity and maintaining hormonal balance, all key factors in helping the body prevent miscarriage.

4. Apply Fertility or Abdominal Massage

dvd-cd-display-mAnother important element of promoting a healthy conception is to increase circulation to the uterus. Modern lifestyles are often high stress and busy, but lack in exercise and usually have us sitting at a desk all day (the left leg and the uterus share the same major artery, so avoid sitting with your legs crossed), which can decrease circulation to the uterus. High stress levels leave us living in a state of fight or flight which signals our bodies to send all the blood to the muscles and brain in preparation for running away or fighting, the results of which are decreased circulation to the uterus.

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 Maya 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 and 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 600 IU 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 herbalists in the first trimester of pregnancy to prevent miscarriage associated with low progesterone due to corpus luteum insufficiency. It can also be used in conjunction with progesterone cream.

Is it safe to take vitex during pregnancy?
Dr. Aviva Romm states in her wonderful book Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, “Placebo-controlled studies for teratogenicity and mutagenicity were conducted in rats, and even when the animals were administered [Vitex agnus-castus] 74 times the dosage typically consumed by humans, no toxicity nor aberrations in fetal development were seen… In addition, the Botanical Safety Handbook provides no contraindications for use of vitex during pregnancy.”

Rated under category B1 for safety of use in pregnancy, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (Mills & Bone, 2005) states, “Use cautiously in pregnancy, and only in the early stages, for corpus luteal insufficiency.”

While Vitex can be used to help with a threatened miscarriage due to low progesterone levels, it is best to begin taking it at least 3 months prior to conception. Also, we feel it is best to consider progesterone cream use to help maintain stable progesterone levels once pregnancy has occurred. Working with a healthcare practitioner once you are pregnant to help you keep your progesterone levels up is the wisest option at that point. Should you desire to continue using Vitex into pregnancy, please only do so under the supervised care of a skilled herbalist or midwife trained in herbal medicine.

Maca

Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding 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 adrenals, the thyroid gland and gonads (sex organs in men and women).

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 progesterone cream, then get tested again to make sure your levels are high enough.

There has been great success from people I have personally 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 healthcare 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 their 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 last week of pregnancy of the previous miscarriage. For example, if the previous miscarriage occurred at the 8th week of pregnancy, continue the formula until at least the 10th week of pregnancy.

    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.

    Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens)
    Partridgeberry is an excellent uterine tonic that has been 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 Native Americans, traditional midwives and 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

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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. My fiance and I lost our baby due to miscarriage. The doctors say there’s a high probablity of this happening before 12 weeks so it seems like we’re not alone in this.
    We will try again, this time planning the pregnancy as the previous one was quite a surprise.
    The section on getting ready for the pregnancy looks like a great resource that I will forward to my fiance.

    All the best & thank you for this article.

  2. I am 41 years old. I was 12 weeks pregnant and I had a miscarriage on July 16th. I started taking The Vitamins required for fertility today such as Royal Jelly, Maca, COQ10 Ubiquinol, Vitamins D3, Omega 3, plus my prenatal vitamins and folic Acid. It is recommended 90 days prior to the time of conception. When should I start trying to conceive again. I am looking forward to an answer.
    Thank you

  3. I am wondering if the TYPE of miscarriage can speak volumes on what is occuring? I have had 5 miscarriages the first 4 were blighted ovums and happened around 6-7 weeks, the last one was a chemical and happened at 5.5 weeks. I am now pregnant once again immediately following my last miscarriage. We have 2 kids! The first one happened right away and with ease. When trying to conceive the 2nd one we have 2 miscarriages in between, I told my doctor at the time I think its from low progesterone just from my own research. He put me on progesterone supplements without ordering tests. This is how we got our 2nd baby! This new doc I have is reluctant to prescribe anything…..

    • Dear Kristin,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope that you are feeling well!

      I am also sorry for all you have been through. Yes, the type of miscarriage if a cause is determined can be an indicator of what is happening within the body. Many miscarriages are unexplainable however.

      Know that it is completely fine to seek another healthcare provider who is willing to support you in the ways you needs. If interested we have a wealth of Pregnancy Health information you may appreciate. I wish you the very best in this pregnancy!

  4. Hi! I was just looking through this website as I have just had another miscarriage yesterday and I don’t no what to do. The doctors are just saying try again. So far I’ve had 2 ectopic pregnancies and now this is my second miscarriage. Please please, I don’t no what to do I’m at my wits end.

    • Dear Lorna,

      I am very sorry for all you have been through.

      Take time to learn about foods and herbs, plus how to naturally support yourself through the emotional piece of this experience, and other wellness tips as you continue through this latest loss. I hope the article After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery is helpful.

      Beyond that, as you support the body in relearning balance consider the guidance offered in this article, as well as in the article Healing From Ectopic Pregnancy. There are tips here to help you move forward and support the body in having a healthy pregnancy.

      If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation.

      All my best!

  5. I’ve had 10+ miscarriages and have just made a huge breakthrough, something that might help everyone. That is MTHFR genetic mutation (40% of population has this) and folic acid. People with MTHFR mutation can’t process folic acid properly, when trying to get pregnant they should avoid it and only have natural folate. Natural folate can be found in capsules. I have started blogging about this at the included website. Everyone should be tested for MTHFR, it’s a major break through for me. I stopped folic acid last month and am pregnant this month.

  6. Hi, I am just wondering if the Utericalm is only suggested to be taken if a weak uterus has been the cause of your miscarriages or if it is suggested to help generally. I don’t know if it would have been the cause of mine. I have suffered two miscarriages (one at 6 weeks and a missed miscarriage at 12 weeks but baby only measured 7 weeks 5 days) and was thinking of ordering the utericalm to start taking it before ttc again which will hopefully be next month. Is it safe to take this anyway while ttc and throughout first trimester if I get pregnant, as I am sure it won’t do any harm either way? So can I take it with no ill effects regardless? Thank you

    • Dear Julie,

      I am very sorry for your losses!

      UteriCalm is formulated with herbs that have been shown to promote a calm, relaxed and healthy uterus, while also reducing nervous tension. UteriCalm can be taken in preparation for pregnancy, while trying to conceive to support a healthy functioning uterus during menstruation, for implantation, even in early pregnancy (first trimester). It can be used whether a weak uterus is determined to be a contributor to pregnancy or not.

      Best wishes!

  7. Hi!
    I have a history of 3 miscarriages. After my first 2 miscarriages, I have been trying to get pregnant for the last 2yrs, but no luck. When I have visited your website, I felt glad and thankful to the God that I am not alone and their are ways! I ordered Maca and Royal jelly, took these for 2 months and got pregnant! Just yesterday (8 weeks and 4 days) U/S report showed that there is no heartbeat found & baby has stopped growing at 6 weeks (the same thing happened with other 2 losses). I’m very disappointed because I was eating a healthy diet, on time with taking medications, etc. Can you please suggest to me what I need to do to keep a pregnancy to full term? Your website is only my hope please please. I have tried everything in this world except IVF.

    • Dear Renu,

      I am so very sorry for your losses! There may be ways to consider supporting your body right now in physically and emotionally handling this loss… when you feel ready, the article After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery offers guidance.

      Given I know so little about you and that which you have tried to support your fertility health, the very best way we can guide you is through a Fertility Consultation. Through a Fertility Consultation, you will submit your comprehensive intake form, including information about your fertility history, your 3 detailed questions and overall goal for your fertility and one of our Master Herbalists will review, layout and explain each step of your personalized natural fertility program. This has proven to be an invaluable experience for so many women.

      I hope you will consider and all my best!

  8. Hi,
    I have had 3 early misscarriages in the last 12 months. Two were at 5 weeks and 1 was at 7 weeks. I have been tested for just about everything and all results are normal. My doctor has suggested I take Clomid which scares the heck out of me since I am obviously very fertile. I am currently doing the fertility cleanse, along with taking royal jelly and maca powered. Any suggestions would be great. I don’t want to keep going through this.

  9. I am fascinated by Systemic Enzyme Therapy. I am a researcher in the field of recurrent pregnancy loss. I will follow your blog.

    I require thyroid status, immunological status and details of pregnancy status to give
    advice. I find PCOS is villain causing recurrent abortions.

  10. Hello,
    We are trying to get pregnant but i have most fertility issues cited above such as tyroids issue (im on medications..) i had a miscarriage 9 years ago nad then neverfell pregnant because of many fibroids ops which saw my endometriosis disapear… I have now been prescribe some hormonal pills – (i also suffer from unbalance hormones) which started to work for me as they could see that the endometriosis is rebuilding itself. My questions is, since I’m working towards an IVF treatment, i would like to take the right vitamines needed to maintain a healthy egg and prepare my Uterus for the IVF…What do you recommend?
    I have to take the hormonal pills for 3 months …

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Mireille,

      Our site’s founder wrote the article How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally that will offer you suggestions and guidance. We suggest that you not take herbs with fertility medications. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working.

      Best wishes to you!

  11. Hi,

    I have suffered five miscarriages-all over two and a half years ago. I have spent the last two years doing many natural therapies and am now getting ready to start IVF in approx. four weeks.
    I’m interested in buying the Uterine Calming formula however by the time I get it I’ll be close to starting IVF-I know you say at least three months prior is advised-so you wouldn’t advise to start it in my situation if it’s right before?
    I thought it may still be good to prevent a miscarriage in case I do fall pregnant-your thoughts??
    Thanks so much
    Kiarni

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Kiarni!

      We can not support the use of herbs with the medications you will be on during IVF, however under the care of an herbalist, naturopathic doctor, midwife and/or your doctor that supports the use of natural therapies in pregnancy, the herbs in UteriCalm have been shown safe to use in the first trimester of pregnancy. You are correct, we feel UteriCalm is be best used beginning 3 months prior to pregnancy, in preparation for conception and pregnancy. Consider learning more about Implantation Support for Early Pregnancy and sharing this information with your doctor if you wish.

      Best wishes!

  12. Miscarriages is big problem in this time. My younger sister had two times miscarriges. when I meet to doctor for this issue then he give me some drugs but I think it is not good for us because if we use herbal drugs then it is best step than other chemical drugs. really very thax for this valuable information.

  13. 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

    • Hi, I have had two miscarriages and finally decided to consult with a fertility specialist. They tested me on everything you can think about and found out my losses are most likely due to high Natural Killer cells which are usually found in women with autoimmune disorders or may just have high levels of this type of cell. Everyone has NK cells, which are generally helpful in protecting our bodies from foreign and unneeded virus, cells and tissues but when the level becomes too high it can start to attack the growing embryo/fetus since your unborn child will carry half your DNA and half the father. The NK cell than began to believe that the fetus is a foreign matter.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Thank you for sharing dior711!

      You are correct for some this can be a contributing factor sadly. You can learn more about Immune Infertility: Natural Options for Immunological Fertility Issues when you have time as well.

      I am very sorry for your losses! Take care!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!!

  24. 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!

  25. 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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