Research sadly shows that approximately one in five pregnancies result in miscarriage. Some couples have difficulty with conception and/or they conceive and experience miscarriage. Many are then told they have ‘unexplained infertility’ where this is often a case of ‘sub-fertility’.
By following a preconception health care plan, Naturopathic treatment aims to reduce the incidence of miscarriage and support pregnancy and foetal health.
The preconception period is recognised as being very important to the health of a future baby. Sperm formation can take up to 116 days, and ova are susceptible to damage for about 100 days before ovulation. It is recommended that both partners undertake a preconception program for around 3-4 months before trying to conceive.
It is essential to investigate any contributing factors in miscarriage in addition to optimising the health of the prospective parents and recognising that a pregnancy loss can make the emotional and physical journey so much harder. Following a healthy diet and implementing lifestyle modifications to reduce potential stress and anxiety is essential.
Seed Fertility Naturopaths use the latest medical testing to investigate the cause of the miscarriage (even after a single loss) so that it can be treated and the chance of it happening again reduced. These tests may include genetic testing, antibody testing, hormonal analysis and more.
Problems usually arise from a combination of genetic, environmental, inflammatory and immune components. There may be specific problems such as: poor sperm count and health, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid issues, menstrual irregularity and auto-immunity.
Other causes of miscarriage include:
• Thyroid problems
• Progesterone insufficiency
• Genetic and chromosomal problems
• Auto immunity and antibody production
By following a preconception health care plan, the incidence of miscarriage may be reduced. After investigating and treating underlying health problems, changing diet and lifestyle and implementing appropriate nutritional supplementation, many couples achieve their dream of a healthy full-term pregnancy.
There are many tests that may be indicated following miscarriage and it is important to ensure that you are seeing a qualified and experienced practitioner to help you to interpret your results and be treated appropriately. Download the Seed iPhone App for a list of test to consider.
It is worth noting that Seed Fertility Naturopaths will work closely with your GP or specialist to ensure transparent and integrative care to help you achieve your goal of a healthy pregnancy and baby so make a Skype appointment today.