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It may not always be possible to identify the specific cause of loss when a woman has experienced one or even two miscarriages. However, women who have had three or more miscarriages in a row – termed ‘recurrent pregnancy loss’, will need to undergo medical investigations to determine the exact cause.
There are many different causes of recurrent miscarriage, some of which may include chromosomal (affecting the sperm or the egg); structural (e.g. uterus, cervix); hormonal imbalance; immune system factors; infections (e.g. chlamydia, listerosis); lifestyle (e.g. smoking, alcohol, obesity).
Experiencing a miscarriage can be absolutely devastating for both prospective parents. Along with the feelings of grief, sadness, confusion and uncertainty, they may also feel a sense of isolation generated by the perceived constraint of having to keep their situation confidential.
Couples who come to Joanne after experiencing these emotions, feel nurtured and supported by her warmth and understanding. She will work together with them to make sure their emotional as well as their physical needs, are met.
Many are encouraged when Joanne explains that one in four confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage and the chances of a second miscarriage remain the same, i.e. one in four. In addition, many women who have had one or even two miscarriages can go on to have a successful pregnancy.
Whether a single woman or a couple consult with Joanne after having had one or more miscarriages, she will always address their individual needs from a holistic perspective.
She will try to uncover the possible reasons behind their miscarriages by suggesting Functional Medicine Testing and when appropriate, DNA/Genomic Testing. With this information, she will then advise, guide and educate them according to their specific requirements and tailor a personalised naturopathic course of treatment that will address their particular needs. This will incorporate evidence-based nutrients and traditionally used natural treatments for miscarriage, which includes herbs, supplements as well as lifestyle and dietary advice.
This Moreover, Joanne will advise them on what they can do to help themselves prepare for their next pregnancy so that the journey is as enjoyable, healthy and wholesome as possible.