Over the years I have had several clients come to me because they fear having a miscarriage or have had one or more already. Most are asking for any support that homeopathy can give them and nutritional or natural health advice. Clearly this is not a subject one can take only the natural route with - you must consult your physician.
All of this information is for you to use as 'AND ALSO' should you find that problem is an issue for you!
I have described the basic reasons for miscarriage and then go into some of the main remedies used constitutionally to alter the mechanism that is causing the unwanted termination. It really is important that you find a homeopath locally, but failing that - you can always contact me for a full consultation.
If you just want to review the best indicated remedies, scan down this page to HOMEOPATHIC SUGGESTIONS.
Spontaneous abortions occur in approximately 25 percent of all pregnancies, with most happening in the first 12 weeks, but the term includes loss of pregnancy up to about 28 weeks, after which it is called a stillbirth. It is more likely - up to one third - in first time pregnancies, with most of these being caused by deformity of the developing egg or placenta.
So - firstly - what are the causes?
Just as there are many types, so are there many reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons for the loss of a child in utero.
Cervical incompetence: when the cervix dilates before full term.
Ectopic pregnancy: the fertilised egg implants outside the uterus - usually embedding itself in the fallopian tube. This requires immediate surgery.
Placental insufficiency: for some reason the placenta fails to provide the necessary nutrients for the fetus.
Pelvic abnormality: sometimes the pelvis is not the right shape or large enough to support a pregnancy.
Uterine fibroids: Common in older mothers and if present can interfere with the pregnancy.
Infections: this can even be from something as simple as poorly maintained mouth hygiene.
High fevers, over 39*C/102*F in the crucial 3rd - 4th week stage, can result in miscarriage.
Waiting until after a woman is 30 does appear to increase the risk.This is especially true for women over 35, in their first pregnancy.
MEDICALLY SPEAKING - THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF MISCARRIAGE
Threatened: where it is possible but not inevitable; vaginal bleeding, usually painless.
Inevitable: vaginal bleeding with uterine contractions, if the cervix dilates miscarriage is usually inevitable.
Complete; both the foetus and the placenta are expelled from the uterus.
Incomplete: some foetal tissue remains in the uterus and must be surgically removed.
Missed miscarriage: the foetus has died and is still in the uterus. Usually expelled within a few days
Recurrent: a woman has had more than one miscarriage for different reasons at different stages of the pregnancy
Habitual: three or m ore miscarriages have occurred at similar times and possibly from the same causation
Induced(therapeutic termination): a pregnancy is medically induced when there is a major disorder incompatible with life outside the uterus, or the baby has a severe medical condition which would necessitate extreme medical endeavors to ensure the on going survival (which is not guaranteed) once delivered. Such abnormalities are often not detected until the second trimester, which necessitates the woman to undergo labor.
So - what can be done with natural remedies to decrease the chances of miscarriage?
There are some excellent homeopathic medicines and several naturopathic suggestions.
Sabina - habitual impending miscarriage around the third month. You occasionally have low back ache, going from the back to the front, sometimes a shooting pain. You can't bear to listen to music. Maybe headaches, some dizziness, a bitter taste in your mouth, signs of arthritis, some warts..
Cinnamonum - threatened miscarriage (bleeding) from a strain, perhaps to the loins or groin, with some pain.
Arnica - wonderful after a shock or trauma, you feel bruised and worried.
Secale - in early months, or around the third month, especially in women whose health is not very strong. You feel cold, but feel better from being cold.You are thirsty, maybe have a cracked tongue and feel hungry for acidic foods.
Viburnum Opulus - Sudden cramps and colicky pains. Frequent early miscarriages, with pain coming from the back around to lower part of the abdomen and into the thighs
Sepia - feeling of weight and heaviness in the lower abdomen. You want to lie down with your legs crossed. You feel disconnected. Maybe have had bad morning sickness.
Belladonna - threatened loss with profuse hot bleeding, backache and headache. Violent body aches.
Cimicifuga - pains fly across the abdomen, side to side and you want to double up. This remedy is useful for women who habitually miscarry and have some rheumatism.
Aconite anger or nervous excitement causes a threatened loss.
Caulophyllum - false labor pains as well as a spontaneous abortion preventer. Severe pain in back and sides of abdomen, feeble uterine contractions, scanty flow of blood. History of pregnancy loss from weak uterine tone.
Pulsatilla - pains are changeable, with faintness and oppression of the chest. You feel sad and cry easily. Feel chilly but seek the fresh air. Not thirsty at all.
It has been found that increasing the intake of Vitamin C may help a woman carry a baby to term. Extra bioflavenoids are also required to increase the vitamins effectiveness.
Lack of Vit E and folic acid are both linked to causing miscarriage so increasing these vits will provide extra benefit.
HERBS TO AVOID
While many herbal preparations can be beneficial to pregnant women, caution is required when taking any herb during the first trimester.
Herbs to be avoided are ; aloe vera (internally), angelica, arnica, barberry, black cohosh, bloodroot, cats claw, celendine, cottonwood bark, dong quai, ephedra, feverfew, ginseng, goldenseal, lobelia, myrrh, Oregon grape, pennyroyal, rue, sage, saw palmetto, tansy and tumeric.
NB:Many of these herbs are also used as homeopathic medicines, which because of the way they are prepared at the pharmacy, ARE suitable for use during pregnancy. It is the actual roots or plant herb substance that can cause problems.
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