To understand how to prevent miscarriage and chemical pregnancy, it is important to recognize the most common cause: chromosomal abnormalities.
What Causes Chromosomal Abnormalities in Miscarriage?
Most often, the error comes from the egg, rather than the sperm, and typically involves a missing chromosome. 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 chromosomal abnormalities. These chromosomal abnormalities 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.
Although chromosomal abnormalities in eggs become more common as women age, that is because of changes in the environment in which the eggs mature in the months before ovulation. By changing the environment, we can change the 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, and supplementing with nutrients that support energy production in the egg, such as CoQ10, antioxidants, and DHEA.
Read more about how optimizing egg quality reduces the risk of miscarriage in the free kindle sample of It Starts with the Egg.