To understand how to prevent miscarriage and chemical pregnancy, it is important to recognize the most common cause: chromosomal abnormalities.
These abnormalities most often involve an extra copy of a chromosome (known as trisomy) or a missing chromosome. These types of genetic errors are the single most important cause of chemical pregnancies, early miscarriages, and failed IVF cycles, as well as the reason it takes women over 40 so much longer to conceive.
What Causes Chromosomal Abnormalities in Miscarriage?
Most often, the error comes from the egg, rather than the sperm. These errors become much more common as women age, accounting for the high miscarriage rate in women over 40. But that does not mean the situation is out of our hands.
The chromosomal errors in eggs are not gradually accumulating throughout life, but rather they occur in the three to four months before ovulation. During this time, 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 the incorrect number of chromosomes. Such an egg may fail to fertilize, may stop developing in the early embryo stage, or may result in a miscarriage.
Although chromosomal abnormalities in eggs become more common as women age, that is because eggs in older women become less effective at producing the energy needed to process chromosomes correctly during the final stages of egg development. By supporting energy production during this brief window of time, and avoiding the toxins that make matters worse, we can reduce the odds of chromosomal abnormalities and therefore reduce the odds of chemical pregnancies and early miscarriage.
How to Prevent Miscarriage and Chemical Pregnancy
As discussed in detail in the book, the latest scientific studies show that there are many ways we can give an egg the best possible chance of developing with the correct number of chromosomes. These strategies include avoiding toxins such as BPA, balancing blood sugar levels, and supplementing with nutrients that support energy production in the egg, such as CoQ10, melatonin, alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and DHEA.
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