Having a miscarriage is really hard. After loss you’re left to deal with feelings of loss, confusion, and sadness. In this video, Natural-Fertility-Info.com Founder Hethir Rodriguez shares tips on how to decrease chances of miscarriage and how to improve your foundation for a healthy pregnancy.
Many and most miscarriages happen because it was not a viable pregnancy. The way that we’re built, if it’s not going to be a healthy child, if it’s not going to form correctly, then a miscarriage naturally occurs… Just because you’ve had a miscarriage doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you! It might mean that your body is actually functioning very well and that it was not a viable pregnancy. ~ Hethir Rodriguez
First things first, if you think you’re having a miscarriage, you need to go see your doctor right away, period!
This video will cover: causes of miscarriage, testing you can have done, and steps you can take to decrease your chances of miscarriage.
What Causes Miscarriage
There are a lot of different reasons why miscarriages occur:
- anatomical issues, such as a misshapen uterus
- incompetent cervix (the cervix never closes)
- very large uterine fibroids
- asherman’s syndrome (severe scar tissue from having D&C’s done)
- genetic causes that people are born with
- blood clotting, which restricts circulation to the placenta
- high homocysteine levels, meaning you have a higher predisposition to blood clotting
- immunological disorders (body attacks the egg, sperm or fetus as though it is a foreign invader)
- hormonal imbalances (low progesterone, high estrogen, elevated prolactin levels, insulin resistance). Researchers found women with insulin resistance are four to five times more likely to have a miscarriage, which is why blood sugar levels need to be balanced.
- thyroid disorders can cause infertility, recurrent miscarriages and later pregnancy losses
- Luteal phase defect (LPD); a short luteal phase (shorter than 12 days)
Testing To Discuss With You Doctor
For all the details about these tests, please visit the resources shared above…
- HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) to evaluate fallopian tube health and the shape of the uterus
- autoimmune panels and blood clot
- thyroid panel
- progesterone levels
- karyotyping which is genetic chromosome testing (a rare test)
Steps to Decrease Chances of Miscarriage
These are things that you can do for the health of your entire body, fertility health in preparation for conception. The key is to preparing for conception or “conscious conception”! We find that on average it takes at a minimum of 3-6 months to prepare the body for pregnancy, so keep that in mind as you begin your journey to conception.
Preparing for conception is the greatest gift you can give to your future child!
Step 1: Eat a nutrient-dense Fertility Diet.
Eating a fertility diet in preparation for pregnancy and to boost fertility is one of the most powerful health changes you can make and supports:
- egg and sperm health
- healthy blood flow
- healthy hormonal metabolism
Learn the details of The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility
Step 2: Build a healthy foundation.
You can build a healthy foundation for your fertility by supplying the body with key nutrients on a daily basis! While diet is included here, consider also:
- taking a whole food multivitamin
- eating healthy fats and/or supplement essential fatty acids
- increasing healthy circulation to the reproductive system
Step 3. Try herbs!
Several herbs are known to be very effective at supporting hormone balance. They need to be taken consistently and many for a minimum of three months to offer the most benefit. Herbs to learn more about are Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) and Maca (Lepidium meyenii).
Step 4. Learn about natural progesterone cream (NPC).
If your progesterone levels are low as determined by testing, and you have had repeat miscarriages, natural progesterone cream (NPC) can be used. It’s not for everyone, but can be very helpful if low progesterone levels have repeatedly been cause for miscarriage. Your doctor can help you know how best to use it for your needs.
Step 5: Consider Systemic Enzyme Therapy.
Systemic enzyme therapy can be an important ally on a journey to optimal fertility health! Enzymes help maintain reproductive organ health and much more. Systemic enzymes have been studied extensively in Germany. There was a five-year study done on women who had experienced recurrent miscarriages due to an immunological response proving the benefit of enzymes. The study is shared in the guide hyperlinked just above.
Step 6. Learn about UteriCalm.
UteriCalm is a specific herbal blend formulated with herbs that have been shown to promote a calm, relaxed and healthy uterus, while also reducing nervous tension. UteriCalm contains Crampbark (Viburnum opulus), Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium), Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) and Oat flowers (Milky oats, Avena sativa).
Keep moving forward!
This is a general program. If you have a fertility health issue, there may be more to learn about and consider. If you find yourself still wondering how to best move forward for your specific needs, we are here to help. A Fertility Consultation would be a great fit!