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Six All Natural Ways To Protect Your Pregnancy & Guard Against Pregnancy Loss
If you've suffered the pain of even one miscarriage getting pregnant again can be frought with fears and anxieties. Now two known reporters - Lisa Ling & Giuliana Rancic - open up about their pregnancy loss to let you know you're not alone. Plus discover 6 all-natural tips from the new book Green Fertility
by Colette Bouchez
There is perhaps no greater joy than learning you are pregnant - and no greater sorrow than when that pregnancy is lost.
The problem is miscarriage - and it's far more common than many women realize. Most recently journalist Lisa Ling and TV reporter Guiliana Rancic went public with their stories of pregnancy loss - but they are far from alone in their sorrow.
Indeed, US government statistics reveal over 1 million miscarriages and still births annually, with doctors believing many more go unreported by women who lose their pregnancy so soon after conception they weren't even aware that conception had occurred.
Regardless of the staggering numbers, however, because so many women keep their grieving silent, too many end up feeling very much alone.
"When I found out that I had miscarried it was really such a shock to the system because I felt like such a failure and I really felt very alone," Ling told her former colleagues on The View.
During a recent appearance on "The View", she said her personal sense of grief and isolation were so strong following her pregnancy loss, it led her and her partner to develop a website they are calling www.SecretSocietyofWomen.com - a place where any women can go to share her feelings anonymously about not just pregnancy loss, but any issue that is bothering her. And it's a place where a woman won't feel she's alone in her fear or worrty.
"Nobody talks about it because women generally feel so much shame when they discuss it," Ling recently shared on The View round table.
But perhaps even more devastating than the sense of isolation is the fear that getting pregnant again will result in another loss. While doctors say the fear is natural - and most women are able to overcome it - it can be difficult.
" One of the most devastating things about miscarriage is that a woman often experiences a terrible sense of a loss of control, which often intensifies when no specific reason can be found for the pregnancy loss, " says fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen.
This, says Lauersen, often leads to self blame, even though there is
almost nothing a woman can do, within the realm of normal living that can cause a pregnancy loss.
"In over 40 years of obstetrical practice I have never had one patient miscarry because of something she did or didn't do - it is virtually never the woman's fault and she must internalize this and believe it with all her heart," says Lauersen.
Experts say most miscarriages are the result of a one-time defect in the genetic material of one specific egg or sperm, making it impossible for the embryo to thrive and survive. In this respect, says Lauersen, , miscarriage is really "Mother Nature's way of reaching out and embracing parents, letting them know that something is not quite right."
As to the loss itself, experts say that taking a few weeks to grieve is essential - as is sharing your feelings especially with your partner.
"It's important to tell someone how you feel but especially important to tell your partner, to share your feelings of loss with your partner, and not feel ashamed or embarrassed or guilty about the way you feel," says Poula Helth, co-author with Hans Jorn Filges of the couples therapy book " Let's Talk."
Another important step: Become proactive in building your health defenses, which can not only help guard against
pregnancy loss, but also help you conquer your fears of getting pregnant again.
"When you know you are doing something positive for yourself and for your next pregnancy, you not only derive physical benefits, but also emotional benefits that can have a positive impact on your next conception," says Lauersen.
So where do you begin to take charge? According to the new book Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets for Making Babies, there are dozens of natural ways to take control your pre-conception health and in doing lay the groundwork for a healthy conception and a successful pregnancy. To help get you started, here are six of the easiest guidelines to follow! CLICK HERE to discover 6 all natural ways to help guard against pregnancy loss.
Reporter & former VIEW co-host Lisa Ling recently shared her pesonal story of miscarriage in hopes of helping other women feel less alone.
"When I found out that I had miscarried it was really such a shock to the system because I felt like such a failure and I really felt very alone,"