In the lead up to our #HappyPregnancy campaign we want to highlight the other side of the story — a pregnancy ending in a miscarriage.
Miscarriage is the sudden loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Although it is natural, very common and happens to up to 10-20 percent of all known pregnancies, it is a topic that is not so discussed and known as taboo.
Early pregnancy loss are most common
Most of the miscarriages happen before week 12, after that the risk decreases week per week. In about half of the cases of early pregnancy miscarriages the reason is that the fertilised egg does not divide properly or is not properly attached in the womb.
What causes early pregnancy loss?
A miscarriage can be very tough emotionally, and it is not unusual that the woman blames herself for losing the baby. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there are no certain activities that cause early pregnancy loss. Smoking, alcohol and caffeine have been studied but the research is not clear. The advice is to stay away from alcohol, caffeine and smoking when trying to get pregnant.
How can Natural Cycles help you?
You can ovulate after your miscarriage, as early as in your first cycle. So if you want to try to get pregnant again, there is no medical reason to wait. With Natural Cycles, you can pinpoint your fertile days and see if and when you ovulated after a miscarriage, and plan your pregnancy. Once you’re pregnant, you can track the first trimester of your pregnancy in the Natural Cycles app. This is done by tracking your temperature, because it should stay high throughout the first trimester due to progesterone that is continuously being produced. The Natural Cycles algorithm can detect potential fluctuating hormone levels and will notify you if you should visit a doctor.
On the picture above you can see how the woman’s temperature kept staying high after the entered positive pregnancy test, and the fluctuating values.
We do encourage women to talk openly about their fertility stories. As mentioned, miscarriage is something natural caused by our bodies and shouldn’t be taboo to talk about. Emma is a Cycler since last year and after reading about Natural Cycles she decided to start using it.
“I heard about Natural Cycles and since we planned to get pregnant in near future I figured it was a great way to get to know my body. I ordered the startkit and started measuring my temperature every morning. It took me couple of months to get into it, but once I did I realized how fantastic the body is! When I understood my rhythms from month to month, me and my partner started talking about getting pregnant. With help of LH-tests I could find my ovulation with great precision, and I got more aware of my body’s signals! I got pregnant in may this year (2016) on the first try!
Unfortunately it ended in a miscarriage. But knowing how easy it’s been to find my ovulation with help of Natural Cycles, we didn’t stop trying. Now 4 months later, I’m pregnant again and that makes me a Preggo Cycler!
It’s still very early in my pregnancy and anything can happen, but we got pregnant so close into the miscarriage thanks to Natural Cycles. I will continue using natural Cycles for monitoring my pregnancy, and use it afterwards for tracking my fertility!”
Thanks to Emma for sharing this fantastic story! If you want to share your Natural Cycles story with us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and if you want to plan your pregnancy read more on our #HappyPregnancy website and sign up to get 40% off.