Acupuncturists using a combination of acupuncture and herbs have reported enormous success with women experiencing repeat miscarriages, writes Dr Bhatti
It is a surprise for many women to discover how common miscarriage actually is – about one in five pregnancies ends in a miscarriage.
When you conceive the baby, it takes half its genes from the sperm and half from the egg that ovulated that month. At the exact time of conception, the crossover of these genes takes place. But for many different reasons this complex process sometimes goes wrong and sadly the pregnancy miscarries.
Over half of this type of miscarriages are explained as either chromosomal or genetic abnormalities, which occur naturally as part of the random nature of the eggs and sperm joining. It is regarded as a matter of ‘luck’ that some of these pregnancies do not survive. Many healthy women experience this type of miscarriage but go on to have a perfectly natural pregnancy.
Some women, however, may experience ‘recurring miscarriages’. The possibility that something more serious is wrong increases after the second or third miscarriage. About one in 100 women miscarry three or more times consecutively.
There appears to be a strong connection between diet, lifestyle and the risk of spontaneous miscarriage. Before becoming pregnant it is, therefore, a good idea to seek advice about the risks, including the importance of avoiding caffeine, alcohol and recreational drugs. It is also important to reduce stress.
Having the proper mineral balance is vital to a healthy pregnancy. Minerals assist in the production of energy and in many vital chemical reactions for life. Certain essential minerals and trace elements are important for proper enzyme functions and health. Otherwise immunity suffers.
Serious deficiencies can usually be avoided by eating a well balanced diet with lots of variety, but, if you are planning for a baby, it may be good to visit a nutritionist and get a good mineral and vitamin supplement several months before conception. It is very important to take your GP’s advice.
Some acupuncturists who use a combination of acupuncture and herbs have reported enormous success with women experiencing repeat miscarriages. This may result from the fact that acupuncture is used to clear up underlying endocrine problems and reduce stress. Losing a baby can be an extremely difficult time for both parents, so it is important that support and reassurance is available at all times.
Always consult your GP before starting any new regime or self treatment. The contents of this article are for information purposes only and are not intended to prevent, diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Next week’s topic is ‘ticks’. If you would like a topic covered, contact The Clinic of Complementary and Natural Medicine, Kiltartan House, Forster St., Galway on 091- 568804.