Miscarriage Myths

I recently blogged here about new information related to miscarriage: that smog can increase the risk of miscarriage and that it is no longer generally thought that one needs to wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage. This is a policy that we have followed for some time; not new to us.

Now in an article in Self, …

New Pregnancy Risks: Smog and Heat

Just when you thought there was nothing more to worry about, two new studies reveal two new concerns: smog may increase the chance of a miscarriage and global warming may be associated with a higher risk of premature births, stillbirths, or other negative pregnancy outcomes.

# 1: Smog might raise a woman’s risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a …

No Wait After Miscarriage

It was traditional to tell patients to wait three months after a miscarriage before trying to conceive. There was no scientific evidence that the wait was beneficial and for a long time I have been telling patients that they can try to conceive after their first period following the miscarriage. After the emotional disappointment from a miscarriage it’s very difficult …

More Traffic=Lower IVF Success

Just what we didn’t need: another thing to worry about. We try to increase our chance of success conceiving by improving our general health before trying to conceive. Men and woman stop smoking and recreational drugs, eat right, take vitamins and exercise regularly. But now we also have to worry about the traffic?

The probability of implantation and live birth …

Miscarriage Misinformation on Twitter

Losing a pregnancy because of a miscarriage can be a difficult and painful experience, one that people often don’t talk about even among friends and family. Women who suffer miscarriages can feel shame and isolation. Some even blame themselves.

There are also many public misperceptions of miscarriage. For example, more than half of the respondents to a 2015 survey incorrectly …

Stress Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Women who have experienced more psychological stress might be at greater risk of having a miscarriage, according to a review of studies. Researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and China found that women who reported a history of these emotionally taxing experiences increased their risk of miscarriage by up to 42 percent.

For the review, the team included eight …

Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage

Taking certain types of antibiotics during early pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, according to a new study from Canada.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that certain types of antibiotics such as macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole led to a “60% to two-fold” increase in the risk of miscarriage. The study …

Chemicals in Women’s Diets May Affect IVF Success

Preliminary data from 2 new studies show that chemicals in women’s diets may affect IVF success rates.  This data was recently presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress.  It showed that pesticides, artificial sweeteners, and sugar in women’s diets can negatively affect their chances of conceiving a pregnancy with IVF.

Researchers in Boston looked at their patients’ …

Older Moms May Live Longer

A new study shows that women who start having children later in life may live longer.  This study, which was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that women who were older than 25 when they first gave birth were 11% more likely to live to age 90.  Over 20,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative …