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There are few more devastating events than the loss of a pregnancy at any stage.
You tried to get pregnant. You achieved your goal.
And now you are dealing with the shattering experience of a miscarriage.
Besides the loss of your baby, you are also dealing with a huge drop in the hormones that supported your pregnancy.
So it is physically and hormonally very challenging to keep a positive attitude.
If you have experienced two or more successive miscarriages you may also have been told that you may be infertile.
While miscarriage is not uncommon (occurring in up to 25% of recognized pregnancies),
The reasons for failed pregnancies are not clearly agreed upon in Western Medicine. It is important to have a qualified doctor check you physically. If there is an anatomical problem or a large fibroid, you may be able to have surgery and correct the problem. All the other reasons (immunological, genetic, hormonal) are not always agreed upon from doctor to doctor and the solutions are also controversial.
If there is no medically diagnosed reason for the miscarriage, Eastern Medicine sees it as an energy issue. Your body does not have enough energy to hold the pregnancy. And while that sounds simple, there are multiple solutions as every woman is not the same. Understanding how unique each woman is allows for individualized treatment. It is very important not to go right into another cycle or try to get pregnant again right away. Your body needs time to recover and renew. You know you can get pregnant. You will just need time to prepare. Don't think about age, think about how you feel, about how your body feels. When you are alive and vital, your reproductive system is alive and vital. And that body will have far better odds for holding a pregnancy.
The greatest gift (and the greatest secret) of Chinese Medicine is its study of the body's energy and the internal energetic interactions between different organ systems.
If there is nothing genetic or physical preventing you from keeping your pregnancy, then the wisdom of Chinese herbalism can play a very important role in helping you to conceive and carry a baby to full term.
Even if you have been diagnosed with autoimmune issues, you may be able to help your body make unexpected positive adjustments. When your immune system is overacting and turns on you, your body responds with a strong inflammatory response. This response may fight your ability and your desire to have a baby.
If you do our Radiant Wonder Fertility Cleanse, the special diet you are on will be adjusted to your energy patterns. This is definitely an issue where food therapy will play a big role in your program.
Treating your body with the same gentle support you want to give your child may very well help your immune system to relax its hyperactive response. Soothing and quieting your body’s inflammatory response may increase your odds for a successful pregnancy.
One of the most common reasons for losing an early pregnancy is inadequate progesterone production. This is the same factor that causes luteal phase defect. Progesterone is by its nature very warm and energetic.
Low progesterone production is a clear indication that your body has inadequate energy.
This may be directly related one of two (or both) specific patterns in Chinese Medicine.
When digestive function improves and the exact right warming herbal formulas and healing foods are introduced it will enhance your ability to carry your baby until your placenta takes over with its own progesterone production.
It’s very likely your Herbalist may chose an herbal formula from the following:
For stronger digestive function*
For more internal warmth**
*Spleen Chi Deficiency ** Cold Uterus / Kidney Yang Deficiency
Neither of these are diseases. They are imbalances which can be rebalanced.
It is common after a miscarriage for your FSH levels to rise. Your periods may stop. You may even get hot flashes, feel irritable and have a low libido.
For each woman the pattern is a little different. Instead of the most common patterns above you might need more blood* or have a need to clear the tendency to overheat in the upper body**
These are normally the patterns associated with miscarriage. Each is related to either
*Blood Deficiency **Excess Heat in the Upper Jiao
Neither of these are diseases. They are imbalances which can be rebalanced.
This is a Very Important Time because how you Approach your Recovery can set the Stage for Future Success. Consider it a 2 - 3 Month Window.
The first couple of weeks after the miscarriage is not the time to be taking herbal formulas.
The first goal is to start replenishing your blood and giving your body a few weeks to find its own balance.
You can take
You should avoid other supplements for right now. There is a special stew that you can make for yourself to start bringing back your strength and your balance.
After the 2 weeks is up it is time to start the deep nutrition of Radiant Wonder herbal formulas again.
You have lost blood.
You have lost energy.
You want to recover both and actually end up stronger than you were before the pregnancy.
This is the time to have a consultation, even if you had one in the beginning.
Your body is in a different space now and may have different needs.
How you approach recovery is so important.
We're here to help you through it.
We have had women with as many as 5 failed pregnancies end up with a healthy baby of their own in their arms.
That is our goal - to help you get there.
This is definitely an infertility issue where your knowledge of how to help yourself can help you more than anything else.
If you have kept in touch with your Herbalist, you will already know what you need to do during this stage.
Some people think "These are the formulas that helped me to get pregnant, so I will just stay on them." However, you may need different formulas to help you during this stage. Talk to your Herbalist for advice on the best way to proceed.
It’s normal to simply focus on conception before you have a miscarriage. And the life you live before you conceive is often hectic and intense. You spend hours on your feet, or in front of the computer or on the phone. You bring forth all the creativity you can to become the best that you can be. You may travel, you may jog, you may ride a bike and take intensive exercise classes.
Then you become pregnant. Your doctor advises you to go out and live your life. To you this means "Oh – I can keep doing what I’ve been doing."
However, the first trimester of a pregnant life is a different life.
Your doctor may have given you the support of progesterone suppositories. We advise the use of one of Radiant Wonder’s herbal formulas called Calm the Baby to support your first trimester.
This may also be an important time to engage an acupuncturist. Becoming pregnant again is a transition time, and how you make that transition may affect you holding a pregnancy to full term.
This is a time to temporarily compromise the life you know in order to sustain the life you have worked so hard to attract.
This is the time when it is more important than ever to keep in touch with your Herbalist.
We can help you make this transition. For each woman it is a little different. Just one small adjustment can make all the difference.
A gentle, centered life that includes restful sleep and less intense exercise and travel allows you to shift into that special place where you and your baby create a space to fall in love with each other.
We will help you have a healthy baby in a healthy body.
Your job is simply to stay in touch with us and it’s up to you to schedule the follow ups.
You aren't out there on all alone anymore.
We have helped so many women overcome this challenge and we want you to be one of them.
Every time you call you will learn something valuable.
If you have suffered a miscarriage, it is best to follow a program that is developed for you – as the unique person that you are.
This is the first key to the value of Radiant Wonder and Chinese Medicine. You are not like everyone else. We see you as unique -so your program will also be unique.
Our professional Herbalists all hold Masters Degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine. They can help you to help yourself by creating and updating your personalized program.
"Updating" is the second key for recovering from a miscarriage and preparing to hold the next baby full term.
You need to change your formulas and your program as you are changing. You need to support the changes you are going through.