I miscarried after taking vitamin and herbal supplements
There is no way of really knowing the reason for my miscarriage, but this was the first I'd had after 3 successful pregnancies. I can't help but wonder if the table-spoon per day of concentrated fish oil combined with extra garlic in food may have thinned my blood too much.
I was 4 1/2 weeks pregnant when I lost this little one. Upon discovering the pregnancy 5 days earlier, I ceased taking a high dose of a detox supplement containing barberry, wormwood, thyme and thyme oil, and liver tonic containing st mary's thistle.
I stopped my 250mg a day of selenium and reduced vitamin D from 3000 to 2000 iu. I ceased the high dose zinc and continued the high dose magnesium supplement. Perhaps these reductions compromised my pregancy or perhaps the damage had already been done.
The doctor told me that these dosages were acceptable but I have doubted the advice since the miscarriage. I suppose I will never know if 2- 2 1/2 tbs per day of ground flax seed is too much.
I regret my decision to make changes to my supplements only once I knew I was pregnant. A better decision may have been to take a conservative approach at the preconception stage.
I know that miscarriages can happen for a variety of other reasons, I am 35 now afterall. It would be helpful to know how much of a substance can safely be taken in pregnancy, or what is better not taken at all. In hope for the next pregnancy, I feel safer fortifying my already healthy diet with particular nutrient foods, whether or not vitamin and mineral supplements would be of benefit. I wish I could find reliable and consistent advice. Some one should write an up to date book on such issues. I'm not afraid of knowing why this could have happened.