I’m so sorry for your pregnancy loss.
The stats say 1 in 4 women suffer from miscarriages but my bet is that it’s even higher than that.
This is a topic that isn’t often discussed and isn’t often considered ‘a real loss’ which makes this journey even more of a challenge. Many suffer alone in silence. After what is often a grief filled experience, many expect you to just get back up and try again (your doctor included)
But while you’re journeying through your grief and all the things that come with a loss, you aren’t ready to start again. You want to know what things can be done to help reduce the risk of this happening again. You want answers.
Unfortunately we don’t always get answers. Our bodies are incredibly complex things that we haven’t yet figured out. However, there is lots that we do know. Here are some of the reasons miscarriages happen:
- Low progesterone – probably the most known reason that’s discussed
- MTHFR mutation
- Poor thyroid functioning
- Lack of nutrients (including B3)
- High stress levels
So what can be done?
- If you suspect you may have thyroid issues or if you are at a loss for answers, it is important that you request a full thyroid panel from your doctor. This will test more than just the basic TSH, including thyroid antibodies (TPO and TG antibodies), free T4 and T3 and reverse T3 which will help see if you have an underlying autoimmune thyroid condition (ie. Hashimoto’s). Hashimoto’s is often related to miscarriages and can lead to many other issues in pregnancy and even after baby is born.
- Switch your folic acid supplement (or prenatal) to methylfolate. MTFHR gene mutations are gaining more and more ground recently and have been known to increase the risk of miscarriages. The gene mutation leads to problems with those taking the synthetic folic acid and not being able to convert it to the useable form of methylfolate. So, by giving
your body the active form already you can rule this out.
- Take a good quality pre-natal supplement. Every body is different and some women need more of certain nutrients to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. There has also been recent research showing how important vitamin B3 is for helping reduce the risk of miscarriages. By taking a good prenatal supplement it helps to ensure your body’s nutrient stores are topped up. If you really want to know, ask your doctor to run some nutrient testing to see which areas you may need an extra boost in.
- Talk to a therapist. Pregnancy loss, fertility and the whole parenthood journey is no joke. These are likely some of the most trying times of your life thus far. Talking to a professional can help you work through some of the things you are feeling, validate them and provide you with some stress management techniques for moving forward. High stress levels can also lead to low progesterone levels so if you are ready to move on in your fertility journey it is important that your stress is well managed. This will help sustain your pregnancy but also allow for some all around peace in your life.
This is a very big and complex topic but by starting with these four things you will be off to a good start. Self care, patience and lots of love are a necessary part of this journey. There is hope and peace for your future. If you are looking for support through your journey please know you are welcome to my private community, Fertile Beginnings where we have a safe place to discuss all things fertility.
As a Holistic Nutritionist and someone who struggled with fertility, Katie Kahvo, believes strongly in the connection between health, food and fertility.
She currently helps women all around the world, educating them on the how they can feel empowered to optimize their fertility. Katie offers online courses to help women better understand the importance of nutrition for fertility, meal planning services, and runs the wonderful Fertile Beginnings community.
Want to get a jump start on your fertility? Grab her free Hormone Balancing Meal Plan here.