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Miscarriage - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Support and Prevention

We believe nothing is more important than family. Everyone who desires should be able to experience the gift of becoming a parent. We understand that the struggles of infertility can be extremely difficult. We believe holistic support is necessary during these times and are passionate about delivering the care required along this journey.

Trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage is an emotional journey. If a woman has suffered several miscarriages, the journey has taken a toll on both her body and her spirit. Often, questions of why and how are being asked – is it because of my egg quality? is there a genetic incompatibility? is there something wrong with my uterus? what about immunological or blood clotting factors? endocrine or thyroid reasons? am I really “unexplainable”?

If you or someone you know has suffered from pregnancy loss, addressing the needs of the spirit is always of primary importance. The emotions of sadness and anger that accompany this loss, and the fear attached to trying again, sometimes seem insurmountable. Medical causes for the loss must also be understood when possible, then addressed if treatment exists. Regulation of the immune system, hormonal balance, regulating emotional stress, managing lifestyle choices, and ensuring proper blood circulation are imperative in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment protocol. In our experience, TCM is a very effective treatment option.

How to prevent miscarriage

There much a woman can do to prevent recurrent pregnancy loss. Yinstill commonly recommends;

  • Acupuncture has been proven effective for increasing blood supply to both the ovaries and uterus, which in large part is paramount for its great success with treating both infertility and preventing miscarriage. Reduction of inflammation, balancing hormone levels, regulating the immune system, and smoothing the impact of emotions and stress are also ways acupuncture aids in preventing pregnancy loss.
  • Chinese herbal medicine has also been used for centuries to prevent miscarriage and promote healthy pregnancy. Evidence shows the strong anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, and immuno-regulatory properties of many Chinese herbs. These pharmacokinetic properties are the foundation of the western medical treatments available for the prevention of miscarriage.
  • 'Tend and befriend'. Research shows, another important concept in the management of the stress associated with infertility and miscarriage, is women spending time with other women and children. Women naturally gravitate toward other women and children in times that are difficult. Science has shown that this is due to the release of certain hormones that relax the body and mind when spending time with girlfriends and babies. Time to re-introduce some social activity.
  • Counselling / coaching -Counselling to help deal with the pain associated with the loss and coaching to help you get back on your feet, reduce fear and once again move toward your goal.
  • Yoga - Great for the body mind and spirit. Helps improve posture and eliminate any structural issues that may be contributing to improper physical function of reproductive organs.
  • Coffee and alcohol - Eliminate them both. These have both been associated with increased risk of miscarriage and elevated homocysteine levels.
  • Homocysteine - Elevated homocysteine levels may contribute to miscarriage. Increased homocysteine levels are associated with inflammation of blood vessels and the reduction of blood flow to surrounding tissues (i.e. uterus).Adding supplements or eating foods high in B6, B9 (should be methylated folate), and B12 help regulate homocysteine.
  • Avoid stress - especially when pregnant, do everything in your power to avoid stress. Stress reduces nutrition and blood flow to the developing embryo.
  • Eating a diet of foods that are right for you (check with a holistic nutritionist and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine) allow the body to more easily digest and produce vital substances (such as blood) for the mother and growing embryo.
  • More time in nature, mindful walks, deep breathing, singing, journaling, and meditation are other activities to consider.
  • If IVF is being considered, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a new advancement that may play a key role in preventing miscarriage. We encourage learning more about this comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS) to see if it is right for you.

Does sperm play a role in miscarriage?

The answer to this question is still up for debate in the scientific community.Some research has linked poor sperm quality to miscarriage. A simple Google Scholar search for Sperm+Miscarriage produces many results. Despite the jury still being out, experience shows us that there is a lot a man can do to optimize his sperm, thus from our perspective reducing the chances of recurrent pregnancy loss. Making healthier lifestyle choices, taking certain supplements, and employment of acupuncture and herbal medicine are recommended.

The Heart-Spirit

The passage below is excerpted from the article: Pregnancy loss. Unburden your Heart. by Dr. Erin Flynn

Trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage is an emotional journey. If a woman has suffered several miscarriages, the journey has taken a toll on both her body and her spirit. Often, questions of why and how are being asked – is it because of my egg quality? is there a genetic incompatibility? is there something wrong with my uterus? what about immunological or blood clotting factors? endocrine or thyroid reasons? am I really “unexplainable”?

There is one more very important factor which is often overlooked - how is your Heart handling the ups and the downs of your pregnancies and your losses? have you put up an emotional shield of self-defence so that you do not feel the pain? do tears fall frequently and uncontrollably? how is your emotional stability during the day, and are you having any bad dreams? have you acknowledged and grieved for your loss? have you accepted the experience that you’ve had, and are you open and ready to invite a new experience in? are you able to forgive yourself? can you surrender to the process?

Sometimes the energy of the Heart can be brought back into balance by simply acknowledging how sad it is to lose a pregnancy, and by having a good cry with someone you trust. Spending time in nature where the energy of life surrounds you can be therapeutic. Sometimes we can use certain acupuncture points on the Heart, Pericardium and Liver meridians to help restore and ground Heart energy. There are Chinese Herbal Formulas we can use to help nourish and clear the Heart. And some women will really benefit from seeing a Therapist or Clinical Counsellor who has experience working with reproductive health related challenges.

So as you are trying to make sense of your journey thus far, and what can be done to help you reach your goals, remember to consider your spirit as much as you are considering your ovaries, uterus, endocrine and immune systems. Strive to maintain a well-functioning HPO Axis. Open the communication between your Heart and your Kidneys. Check in and connect to your own Heart.

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa



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