One of the scariest things that often occurs in early pregnancy is spotting. Any amount of blood, any color of blood or discharge draws concern to a new mother. Worrying about losing the baby takes over and the worst thing about it all is the fact that once it starts, you really just have to wait and see. Knowing that you have no control makes you feel helpless and desperate. Praying for everything to be okay is really all you can do, but sometimes what was hoped for..what you had fallen so in love with, suddenly ends.
The reason for miscarriage is often unknown. Sometimes it happens because something went wrong very early on. Sometimes it happens because the baby never even really began to grow. Sometimes it is due to complications with the mother. And then sometimes it occurs because of low hormone levels, many times low progesterone levels.
In all seriousness, this post should have been the first one that I published. There are so many women who have no idea of what low progesterone levels are or what those three words even mean. I certainly didn’t know until I did extensive research on my own, trying to find answers to some major problems that I was having.
You’ve probably heard the word progesterone. It is usually accompanied by the word, estrogen. Progesterone and estrogen, as you probably already know, are the two main female reproductive hormones. These hormones are responsible for the functions of the female reproductive system. Estrogen and progesterone levels need to be balanced, but many, many women are estrogen dominant and don’t even know it. There are many estrogen dominant signs and symptoms and they are not pretty. So, the goal is to bring progesterone levels up, thus lessening the effects of being estrogen dominant. I’m not going to go into how each one works annnnd why they work the way they do annnnd why you need to know it all, because I really don’t think you need to know all the details in order to understand this post. If you are interested in learning more, the information is out there and since I am not a doctor, I probably shouldn’t be trying to explain it anyway.
What you do need to know about these hormones, is that they are extremely important when you become pregnant. Progesterone is the hormone I’m focusing on because if it’s not at a level to support the pregnancy, miscarriage will occur. Spotting and/or bleeding without cramps are very common symptoms of low levels. Low progesterone levels don’t always lead to miscarriage, but extremely low levels usually do.
If you’ve ever had a miscarriage or a threatened miscarriage, I know how you feel because I, myself, have had a total of four to date. I was only 24 when I had my first one and it was also my very first pregnancy, so my husband and I were extremely shocked and heartbroken. I gave birth to two little girls before I had my second…by this time, I was 29. The last two occurred after having my 5th child and they happened consecutively. The miscarriages followed the same pattern: positive pregnancy test, another positive test a couple of days later, but the line wasn’t any darker, and then a couple of days after that I would start spotting. Brown would turn to light pink and then it just got darker and heavier and heavier and then the cramping would begin. I was 34 years old at the time and after the 2nd miscarriage, I began to worry and wanted to figure out what was going on.
I had been reading tons of articles about “low progesterone levels causing miscarriages” and how having them consecutively could be a clue that progesterone levels might be the cause. I was really feeling like this was my situation, so I called my doctor. When the nurse called me back, I explained everything and told her I was concerned about my levels. She told me that in order to find this out, I would need to come into the office several times throughout the month to have blood drawn. I really didn’t want to go that route if I didn’t have to, so I told her I would think about it and let her know.
My reason for that was because I had read a lot about something called natural progesterone cream and how it naturally brings low progesterone levels up and can totally prevent miscarriages from occurring. So, I searched for the very best natural progesterone cream I could buy and I found this one on Amazon. After it arrived, I immediately started using it as directed.
I found out that I was pregnant about 6 weeks later and continued to use the cream until I reached the 2nd trimester. I did not spot one single time and truly feel that bringing my levels up made all the difference. I mentioned this to my OBGYN during my first prenatal appointment and to my surprise, he acted as if he had never heard of the stuff…and he probably hadn’t. Natural treatments don’t need prescriptions, so I guess a lot of doctors never go that route with their patients. (If we only chose natural treatment, I guess we wouldn’t need them!) Anyway, I used my cream during this pregnancy until just a couple of weeks ago, too, and have had no issues whatsoever.
**Just so it’s clear, natural progesterone cream is used for many reasons, not just during pregnancy. If you’d like me to write a post on THAT, please let me know in the comments. I may just do it anyway. 🙂 **
If my husband and I ever decide that we want to have another baby, I may very well miscarry, however the reason for it more than likely won’t be due to low levels of progesterone. I’ll be able to rule that one out at least. Some things can’t be prevented, but some things can. And sometimes you just have to go with your gut and do what you feel is best for the situation. My prayers are with you all!