Pregnancy Tracker: 18 weeks, 2 days Size of the Baby: About 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces Biggest Obstacle: The frustration of insulin resistance ! For many years women with type 1 diabetes were discouraged from having children and scared away from the possibility with films like Steel Magnolias (which happens to be one of my favorite movies, even though it is quite dated on diabetes information !) Before the era of intensive diabetes management, home glucose monitoring, and insulin pump therapy, the risk for diabetic moms and their babies was great. Luckily, today thousands of women have had successful, healthy pregnancies complicated by type 1 diabetes. Thus, I was certainly encouraged to join their ranks and begin the journey of pregnancy myself. Ironically, whereas women with preexisting diabetes and pregnancy didn't mix for many years, I have found that in several ways, having diabetes can be constructive during pregnancy. First of all, in s...
Causes of Miscarriage
Spontaneous miscarriage effects about twelve to fifteen percent of all pregnancies. Eighty percent of miscarriages occur prior to the twelfth week of gestation and most are the result of chromosomal abnormalities. Other causes of miscarriage are: collagen vascular diseases in which a person’s immune system attacks their organs, hormonal factors including Cushing’s Syndrome, thyroid disease, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, infections, and abnormal anatomy of the uterus. The above mentioned factors are clearly causes for miscarriage and clearly risk factors. What is less clear is what risk factors among the many are absolutely a cause of miscarriage as opposed to those that have only a statistical association. While there is an association between obesity and miscarriage and while obesity is recognized as a risk factor for miscarriage, it remains unclear as to whether or not obesity is an actual cause for miscarriage . Even though it cannot b...
Inadequate luteal phase
The main symptom is short or irregular menstrual cycles.
Signs and tests
Traditionally, a biopsy of the endometrium is the standard for diagnosing luteal phase defect. However, measuring the progesterone level in blood serum is often used as a means of diagnosis instead of endometrial biopsy due to the pain, difficulties of precise menstrual cycle dating, and expense associated with endometrial biopsy.
A blood serum progesterone level of lower than 10ng/mL one week prior to the start of menstruation or 7 days after the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge is generally accepted as a diagnosis of luteal phase defect.
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.