The Secret To Preventing Miscarriage: Improving Your Egg Quality
Early pregnancy loss is so common that many doctors consider it a normal part of reproduction. Statistics show that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends prematurely. So if you've suffered a loss, know that it’s very common and doesn’t mean you’re broken or did anything wrong. Too often I see women beating themselves up and wondering if it was something they did that caused it. They keep asking themselves
But knowing it's common doesn't make the loss any easier. You want to know what caused it and how you can prevent it from happening again.
Possible causes for recurrent pregnancy loss can range from hormonal disturbances, to uterine or cervical irregularities, to genetics or chromosomal abnormalities, to immune disorders. Regardless of the cause, the loss is devastating and leaves parents feeling helpless.
Of course, in the world of fertility there are never any promises. No one can offer a guaranteed way to get pregnant or prevent a miscarriage because there are so many variable and unique challenges.
But there are things you can do to improve your odds and, in doing so, improve your overall health and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.
Yes, there are things you can do to help maintain a pregnancy.
The best thing to do is prepare for a healthy conception three months BEFORE you get pregnant. And use that time to boost the quality of your eggs.
Research shows that only good quality eggs are likely to become good-quality embryos that can survive that critical first week and successfully implant to result in pregnancy.
Improving egg quality plays an important role in preventing some types of miscarriages.
If you’ve had more than one miscarriage, your doctor probably recommended a full screening to determine the possible cause. If you’ve not yet had this screening done, you should insist on it. Many women who’ve lost multiple pregnancies have blood-clotting, thyroid or immune disorders that can be treated with medication. If testing rules those out, the most likely culprit is egg quality.
If you've ruled the other possibilities out, then you need to focus on egg quality. This is because a poor-quality egg with chromosomal abnormalities will develop into an embryo and then fetus with chromosomal abnormalities and very little chance of surviving. Chromosomal abnormalities are the most common cause of early miscarriage, accounting for 40-50% of miscarriages.
But here's the great news. Chromosomal abnormalities often occur during the last phase of egg maturation before ovulation and you can reduce the chance of your next pregnancy being affected.
The conventional thinking is that women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have and that the quality of those eggs declines drastically with age. But this is not the whole story.
Folliculogenesis is the process of how eggs grow and mature in our ovaries. Most of our lives, our eggs are paused in a state of being immature cells, but in the three months before it’s ovulated, an egg must undergo a major transformation. It grows dramatically in size and starts producing much more energy. The egg must then execute a precise process of separating and ejecting copies of chromosomes. If this process goes wrong, and it often does, the egg will have chromosomal abnormalities.
These chromosomal abnormalities are the single most important cause of early miscarriages as well as the reason it takes older women so much longer to conceive. Chromosomal abnormalities usually occur during the last phase of egg maturation – the three months before ovulation - and this is the crucial window of time for preserving and enhancing egg quality.
Here’s the great news. You can influence the quality of eggs that you ovulate a couple of months from now because chromosomal errors in those eggs have probably not occurred yet.
Improving Egg Quality
Many women are told there is little they can do to improve egg quality, but the latest research defies that old assumption.
The growth phase before an egg is ovulated is a critical time during which many things can happen that affect the quality of the egg, both positively and negatively. These include harmful effects from exposure to toxins as well as protective effects from antioxidants and other nutrients. As a result, there is a brief window of opportunity in which you can make a difference to your egg quality.
The research is there to show that food and nutrition and lifestyle change our conception factors, egg quality, and fertility.
By changing your diet you can energize your eggs and reduce inflammation - important ways to prime your body for pregnancy. That’s what the Becoming Mama program will cover and show you how to do with clear simple strategies and action steps.
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Hey..have had two miscarriages in three months. I expect to be pregnant again this month. How can I prevent loosing my pregnancy again?
Hi Essy. I’m so sorry for your losses. The best way to prevent miscarriage is actually in the preparation before you’re pregnant. You can influence the health of the egg that you’re going to ovulate three to four months from now. By taking a few months to support the health of your egg quality, balance your hormones, decrease inflammation, and balance your immune system – you can decrease chances of miscarriage. Once you’re pregnant there’s not much you can do to boost the quality of the embryo. But you can manage stress and support your hormonal balance. Have you had your progesterone levels tested? That can be an easy solution, if it’s low progesterone levels causing miscarriage. You want to get your day 21 progesterone levels tested. One hack you can do to prevent miscarriage, which I teach in the Becoming Mama program, is track your basal body temperature, if you see it dip or fall sharply one morning then drop everything and rest. This won’t save a pregnancy that is simply not viable, but it can help maintain a pregnancy that’s at risk for other complications.
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I’ve just had my 8th miscarriage, all spontaneous pregnancies on u der 2.5years, the last was the only one to result in a pathology report at D&C, this showed complete Trysomy 9.
I’ve been on an egg quality regime the last 3-4 months which I started just before the last pregnancy – I know it takes approx 3 months to take affect ect…
I’m 46, I have no children, what else can I do to in the coming months to ensure I’m doing as much as possible to focus on egg and sperm quality?
We will be trying IVF in the new year with screening as a last resort before opting for a donor. Will still try in the meantime however.
I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through 8 miscarriages, Lynne. It’s great that you’re focusing on egg quality and giving it three months to really have an effect. You really can influence egg and sperm quality with diet and lifestyle changes, I think this will make a good deal of difference for you. The Becoming Mama program and meal plan are designed to boost egg quality and hormone balance and decrease chances of miscarriage. You might also be interested in this webinar: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/miscarriage-prevention
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Absolutely, it’s based on both physiology and many recent studies. Here’s a sampling of some of the studies. I’ll give you some links: