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herbs to prevent miscarriage?

Does anyone know of any herbs/tonics that can be taken before pregnancy to prevent/lessen the chance of miscarriage? Or something that can be taken after a miscarriage that will help get your uterus back into shape? I've read conflicting things on Raspberry leaf tea. Sounds like it might not be safe to take in early pregnancy...would drinking it the weeks before TTC be a good idea? Thanks in advance!

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yumcheesy
Apr. 27th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
i read that rosehips are added to vitamin c pills to prevent possible miscarriages- so maybe look into rosehips
babybloodheart
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Eep...not vitamin C.

It's a well-known abortifacient, it's used very commonly in natural home abortions and wit herbal abortions. It's an implantation inhibitor blocking progesterone which makes the uterus a pretty unfriendly place. It'll also possibly have a nullifying effect on effects of the rosehip...the rosehip is a good suggestion though as it is a bioflavinoid which protects against miscarriage.

babybloodheart
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Oh, sorry missread, rosehip is added to vitamin c to counteract these effects of vitamin c....but that wouldn't make vitamin c beneficial, and there would be risk of picking up vitamin c without things like rosehip.
babybloodheart
Apr. 27th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Ignore me, it's late and my brains gone to sleep.
suzycat
Apr. 27th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
*nods*

When I was younger and sillier and did not have an IUCD, I would take massive quantities of vitamin C before my period when I was nervous it might not come. It always brought it on early.
4jinx_removing
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
I don't know of any herbs right off hand, but I did read about a Swedish study done that suggested vitamin D helped cut down on miscarriages. Not sure what the dosage was, I'm sure you could find the study online.
9thmoon
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
If you have PCOS or are a likely candidate for PCOS, the diabetes drug Metformin can help increase the chances of conception and reduce the chances of miscarriage. I read study results that credited it with a 10% increase in carrying pregnancy to term for women with PCOS.

For healthy women, I'm not sure.
babybloodheart
Apr. 27th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Raspberry is known to help, its been recommended since a study back in 1941 with many other studies since...I would trust it, but if you're worried then by all means avoid it. I'd personally say it's fine, but double check with an expert.

Black haw is another well known herb as it's a muscle relaxant...BUT it contains chemicals similar to asprin so I'd say to avoid that. There are a few herbs where they are recommended to ease cramps so they get recommended for this purpose too, when actually they are potentially harmfull to pregnant women...basically be carefull.

In my opinion...I know you didn't ask for it but I'm giving it with the best of intent...talk to your doctor and a herbal specialist. With so much conflicting information I'd not take the risk...although by all means look at recommendations and do the research beforehand.
nuholly
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Not an herb, but you might try reading Garden of Fertility. It talks about progesterone and estrogen-- a lot of fertility problems are due to an imbalance in progesterone and estrogen, and a lot of those early miscarriages that seem like just very late periods are due to not enough progesterone.

The book talks about how to observe and chart your cycles to determine whether or not your progesterone levels are strong enough, and then how to eat to strengthen your progesterone levels naturally.
theecksteins
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
I can't tell you how much charting your fertility will help in conceiving and later to know when your fertility is returning during breastfeeding. There's so much your body can tell you in those observations. If you're like me and aren't comfortable using hormonal birth control, you might be interested in ecological breastfeeding later on for natural childspacing.

Yes, and I suggest acquiring the book "Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition", by Marilyn Shannon, and I'm quite excited, as we TTC too. There's a new edition just out! Don't buy the 2001 edition if you can avoid it; there's just too much great stuff in the 09 edition. The new version I am told would be out around April 27th. You can contact CCL at 800-745-8252 as they are the publishers and will be the first to have the newly revised book. I've heard there's a great deal of information in this new one about TTC diet. I can't wait to get it myself!

If you can get ahold of a basal body thermometer, that's the only thing you need other than some charts. Usually, certain ranges of temperatures in the follicular phase can tell you if you are progesterone deficient.

I haven't read Garden of Fertility myself, but I think I need to. It would be great additional reading to my fertility bible, The Art of Natural Family Planning (Catholic affiliations, but very thorough-- over 400 pages and well cited.) Many people here like Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but it isn't my cup of tea personally, because I'm not into barriers or artificial contraception. As I see it, I like to work with the natural fertility of my body rather than against it.
madraykin
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
As far as I know raspberry leaf tea is not recommended in early pregnancy, it is used after the third trimester has passed to help soften the cervix. So I wouldn't recommended it for early on.
the_questess
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
RRL doesn't soften the cervix, it causes uterine contractions. In late pregnancy, it's used to strengthen the uterus.

To soften the cervix you'd use something like evening primrose, vaginally.
mangofandango
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
That is definitely true, guidelines state you should wait. But it may be worth noting also that a small amount of RRL is not likely to cause problems. RRL is included in my prenatal vitamin, which I have taken a year before and all through my pregnancy thus far (I'm 30 weeks tomorrow). I also drank about one cup of a pregnancy tea that contained it most days in my first and second trimesters. As with many things regarding pregnancy, it's totally an issue of risk assessment, though, and if it worries you to use it at all in early pregnancy, certainly wait until a bit later.
amberskyfire
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
It depends on what is causing the miscarriages. If the miscarriages are happening because the fetus is not developing properly or is not attached in a good spot, then nothing will help it. It's possible that you may also have excessive scarring from a past infection or you could have a septated uterus.

I had three miscarriages before finally having my baby, so I did a lot of research on what causes them. Instead of going in for surgery like my doctor suggested, I tried a couple of things and either one of them worked, or I just got lucky with the first three pregnancies and nothing was wrong at all, I just lost them.

One possible reason for having miscarriages is blood clotting at the placental site. If this is the problem, you can safely take 80mg of "baby aspirin" each day. This will not harm your baby at all and it's what doctors prescribe for the same issue. I took 80mg of aspirin a day until I was 12 weeks pregnant just to be sure.

Another possible reason for miscarriages is that your body may not be producing sufficient progesterone to keep the pregnancy. In the first few days, the baby makes the progesterone. After 8 or 9 weeks or so, the mother's body is supposed to take over from there. If it does not, you can lose the pregnancy. I bought some natural wild yam progesterone cream at the natural food store and rubbed it alternately on my belly and inner thighs once a day.

I'm not sure if either the aspirin or the progesterone cream are what did it, but it certainly didn't hurt anything and I had a happy and healthy little girl nine months later :)

Stay away from RRLT during early pregnancy. It is a uterine stimulant. This is great for the uterus in the second half of pregnancy, but you don't want to use it for the first twelve weeks at least.

Also, make sure your uterus is in optimal shape for growing the fetus. Be sure that you are taking prenatals and eating well and exercising a small amount each day. It will increase nutrients and oxygen to the baby. You'll need a good amount of folic acid as well.
wynken
Apr. 27th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hi, thanks for your reply. I have only had one miscarriage so it may have just been chance and that there is nothing wrong with me but i did just review my charts and a lot of my Luteal phases are only 9 days long, and never more then 11 days long. So maybe it is a progesterone issue. I Miscarried at almost 7 weeks. Is there any danger to using the Progesterone cream if it isn't a progesterone issue? And will it make my cycles longer? I think i am going to talk to my midwife about this when i go see her next Wednesday...to see how my HCG levels are falling...
amberskyfire
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
As long as you are stopping the progesterone at 12 weeks, there is no danger. If you are experiencing pretty bad morning sickness, I'd stop the cream since if you are preggo enough to get sick, you probably don't need it.

You only use the progesterone after you get pregnant, not before. Once you get that positive pregnancy test, you can start taking it.
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