There are few things more difficult than losing a pregnancy. The cycle of hope, excitement, grief, anger and frustration that may come with miscarriage can be a challenging and exhausting rollercoaster to navigate, and many moms and couples may be left feeling powerless and defeated.
We have supported many women and couples through the loss of miscarriage, and have also seen many of these same women go on to eventually carry a healthy baby to term. Although miscarriage is not always preventable, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of experiencing one.
CAN YOU PREVENT MISCARRIAGE?
The event of a miscarriage is extremely common, more common than many people realize. Approximately 20% of known pregnancies will end in miscarriage, with most occurring in the 1st trimester.
When talking about miscarriage, especially if it is a recurrent issue, it’s important to determine what the root cause of the miscarriage is. If there are chromosomal issues in a pregnancy, miscarriage is likely inevitable, however there are steps you can take using acupuncture, diet, herbs/supplements and lifestyle modification to improve both egg and sperm quality, which may reduce the likelihood of another chromosomal abnormality in future pregnancies. When we produce healthy eggs and sperm, the chances of miscarriage reduce.
If recurrent miscarriage occurs and there are no chromosomal issues found with the fetus, then very likely there is a physiological issue at play that may be making it hard for mom’s body to sustain a pregnancy to term. Often, these issues may be addressed before and during pregnancy using our integrative medicine tools, and sometime, possibly other intervention performed by your medical doctor, such as a cervical cerclage.
Chinese Medicine May Help
There are several patterns in Chinese medicine diagnostics that we often see women with a history of recurrent miscarriage fall into. When we are able to identify and treat these patterns early on in pregnancy (or ever more ideally before pregnancy begins), we often see success helping women with a history of miscarriage carry to full term.
How do we do this, you ask? With a combination of acupuncture, dietary therapy, lifestyle modification, and herbal medicine to address the underlying imbalance.
If you’ve had a miscarriage and are concerned about carrying a pregnancy to term, I invite you to give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you have about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine may be able to help.
Yours in good health,
Merritt Jones, LAc, MS, CNC