A blog by Megan Swanek, February 14, 2017
In my career as a school counselor, one of the main things I don't do is give advice. People generally don't follow advice that another person gives, plus we should never put ourselves in a position of presuming to know what is best for another person. But I have some advice to share if you or someone you know suffers a miscarriage. Just a few things that have helped me since that awful day almost a month ago, when I learned at a routine appointment that she had no heartbeat.
“No treatment we can do after conception is as powerful as something we may do ahead of pregnancy,” says Dr. Ruth Lathi. “I think that’s one thing we are trying to change is preparation for pregnancy, or what some people call the ‘pre-trimester.’ The three months before you conceive is probably the most important determinant of outcome of pregnancy, or at least that’s our philosophy.”
A blog by Dr. Daniel E. Stein, RMA of New York, June 1, 2015
Recurrent miscarriage or pregnancy loss is defined as the loss of two or more pregnancies each up to 20 weeks gestation. These losses occur most commonly during the first trimester. There are many possible reasons for recurrent pregnancy loss; however a specific cause is not identified in approximately 50% of cases. While recurrent miscarriages can be emotionally devastating, there is still a great deal of hope for many couples.
A miscarriage is a devastating event, no matter where you were in the pregnancy or whether you conceived naturally or with fertility treatment. If you’ve miscarried more than once, consider seeing a specialist to try and determine the cause and whether there is treatment to help you carry a pregnancy to term.
I really didn't think I would be writing about this. Again. Really, I didn't.
When I was first approached to write for Fertility Authority, it was August, and I was just starting fertility treatment: round 1 of Clomid . By September, right before I even submitted my first post, I found out I was pregnant. I wondered how I would still write for this website, considering that I was one of the ‘lucky ones.’
In the last 20+ years that I have worked in emergency services, I have responded to many requests for help. I’m grateful for the calls that are simple broken bones or lacerations that will mend with relative ease in a few weeks. I’ve cared for thousands of people in those decades, and the majority of the time I can recall some details of every call. I think most paramedics can. But, I guarantee every time I have heard the wailing of a mother as I worked on a child lost, I can recount every moment of my time with them. I have hundreds of memories in my head of little people, some too small to take their first breath and thousands more that were never held by their parents; some ending before their heartbeat even flickered on a screen. Today is an annual day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, including, but certainly not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or the death of a newborn; a day to extend our thoughts and condolences to parents, many of whom have suffered a loss after a long battle with infertility.
From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in each time zone around the world, will you join me as we mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day with a wave of light by lighting a candle to remember the little ones that have passed?
What do you think of when hear the word ‘OCTOBER’. Perhaps pumpkins? Or how about being proactive and scheduling a will-be-needed dentist appointment after a wild yet spooky, candy binger? What most folks do not typically associate the month of October with is that it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It is shocking that there is not more news, advocacy, and avenues of support surrounded around this month since the statistics are quite staggering.
A woman who experiences bleeding during early pregnancy may actually have a condition known as a subchorionic hematoma (SCH). A SCH is a collection of blood below the chorion, or placenta, which develops naturally as an embryo implants into the uterine lining.