Miscarriages why?

by Tracy
(Brandon VT)

I had one healthy pregnancy a daughter who is now 8. I have had 2 miscarriages in the past 8 months. First one I was 7wks, second one I was 18wks.

The Dr told me today that my placenta stopped growing. What would cause that to happen? We are up in the air, do we want to try again or just go with the fact that we were able to have one healthy child?

Its a very hard thing to go through. They only thing that keeps my spirits up is our daughter.

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Jun 28, 2011
Miscarriages why?
by: Wray

Hi Tracy It's difficult to say what caused your placenta to stop growing. But progesterone is vital for a successful pregnancy. If insufficient is made in the first few days, the blastocyst fails to implant correctly and the trophoblast doesn't make a good connection to the lining of the uterus. The trophoblast is a layer of tissue surrounding the blastocyst (very early embryo) supplying it with nourishment. It later becomes the placenta. It's not just the growing foetus that needs nourishment, but the placenta too, see here here, here, here and here. The placenta can continue to supply a limited amount of nutrients, but in the end it's rejected and a miscarriage occurs. We do have a page on pregnancy Pregnancy. It explains the role progesterone plays, and how to use it. If you should consider it, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur and is disconcerting if it does. I always recommend starting it well before conception because of this. The other thing I would ask you to do is have a vitamin D test. This is the most vital nutrient for health, in particular for a successful pregnancy and the growing foetus, see here, here, here, here and here. For more info on testing etc, see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. Take care Wray

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