Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Prevent Miscarriage
There are things you can do in your daily life, that doesn’t cost anything that could help you to prevent recurring pregnancy loss, otherwise known as a miscarriage.
Many patients I see in the clinic have had a reoccurring pregnancy loss. Many are very quick to jump into medication and pills, and certainly, the right supplementation can help a lot, but real lasting change begins with lifestyle choices.
It’s what we do every day that matters the most.
What you do over and over accumulates over time, you can do a detox every spring and that’s beneficial. But if you do a little bit of a detox every single day, that is going to have the biggest impact.
If you do have a history of miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss, please find a common-sense health practitioner that can give you a differential diagnosis. This is part of the tradition of Chinese medicine to figure out what specifically is your pattern so that we can support you to make a lasting change.
Begin with some purification practices, otherwise known as detox. I have done a lot of research on toxins that contribute to miscarriage. It’s that simple. There is a correlation. This is all on pubmed.gov.
This is not woo-woo science. This is the reality that we’re in now that we are bombarded with chemicals and toxins and we have to do something about it.
Remember as consumers you have power, What we purchase is the power.
If we all stop buying poison that’s causing harm to ourselves and our children and our planet, then they’re going to stop making it. It’s that simple.
Feel empowered in your choices. I know it’s hard if you’re on a tight budget to choose where to put those dollars, but I can tell you it’s worth it to buy chemical-free products in the long run.
It’s easier to prevent disease than to treat it.
Seek advice from somebody who’s going to help you with the differential diagnosis.
You’re probably going to need to do some purification practices and some targeted supplements that you have not previously considered. This is what we’re good at. The CNY, fertility team can help you look a little bit outside the box to see ways that you probably haven’t considered in the past.
The thing that I find is the most overlooked, whether it’s in modern medicine, alternative, complementary, common sense, or Chinese medicine, really is the psycho-emotional component.
So somebody comes in, they have had three miscarriages in the past, we jump right into genetics, into switching up protocols, all this stuff, rarely does anybody look at what could be the recurring psycho-emotional state that could be contributing to this?
Maybe not a direct correlation, but at some point, we have to include the emotional state that you’re in. It’s really important because we want to help you to get freed up emotionally.
If you are easily triggered, and you’re repressing a lot of anger or fear or some other negative state, that is not going to benefit you and your child in the future.
I fully believe having been involved with healthcare for almost 30 years now that the emotional state is 1000% involved in chronic disease. It is, it has been for myself. I have had to overcome a lot of negative emotional states.
I believe that this is the true spiritual practice. You wanna go to God, you wanna go to church, you wanna do meditation, whatever, what are we doing during that time? We’re reducing our negativity. We’re eliminating the delusion of negative afflictions and negative emotions that are no longer serving us so that we can be a benefit to humanity.
It’s up to us to make the world a better place.
How do we do that? We do that in our very own minds and emotions by dealing with our issues so that we are not triggered when somebody cuts us off on the road or does something annoying, or so we don’t fly off the handle and start going crazy and making a bad situation worse.
We want to have emotional resiliency so we can make a bad situation better, neutral, or above is what I always say. You don’t have to go from a bad day to a good day. What I want you to do is go from a bad moment to a neutral moment, from that place of neutrality, then we could possibly go up, but we can only do that by being honest with our emotions, whatever you feel is correct.
There’s no wrong feeling. I want you to use a meditative practice, quiet, getting into nature, the transitional times, waking up, or try to notice your mind in the morning when you first open your eyes. What are the thoughts that are coming in?
A friend recently did a workshop with a well-known speaker. Summary; The first 15 minutes of your day is going to set up your entire day. Your day is either going to springboard from those first 15 minutes, by practicing gratitude, setting your intention or if you’re negative and you’re already complaining because it’s raining out or you don’t have half and half for your coffee, whatever, then you’re going to spend the rest of your day kind of undoing that, right? So pay attention to your mind in the transitional times in particular. And remember when it comes to nutrition and eating, the transitional times are also before you eat and after you eat.
My lifestyle practice now is really about focusing on the transitions, waking up, before I eat, going to bed at the end of the day, whatever transitions are meaningful for you, at the end of a work shift, at the end of giving a treatment, these are transitions for me. I try to become extremely aware of my mind and emotions then.
If you believe, or you feel that we are here to benefit others and that it’s your state of mind that does that ultimately, then you can use these transitional times to really recharge yourself and send this energy outward to help each other. I believe this is why we’re here.
I tell folks all the time you get to choose, you’re here to help people, animals, the environment, the atmosphere. You get to choose.
We need to become resilient.
Please develop some resiliency. It’s not about eliminating stress. It’s about developing your nervous system in a way that you can become flexible so that you’re not reacting all of the time. You want to have a flexible and resilient, nervous system.
Our nervous system controls our endocrine system. Remember it controls all the systems. So if all you do is focus on gaining resiliency in your nervous system, the world is going to be a better place. Your health will improve. It’s not how long you relax. It’s how quickly can you relax. And can you fully relax? If you’re having insomnia or high anxiety, those are symptoms and signs that we need to work on your nervous system.
There are lots of really cool things that you can do to help yourself.
You could do The Emotional Freedom Technique that’s based on tapping. You acknowledge the feeling you’re having and then you love and accept yourself. Here’s the secret that I have found. It doesn’t really matter where you tap. Karate chop the outsides of your hands together, or tap on your thymus, and then you state the feeling that you’re having.
I always say burnt toast or moldy blueberries, it helps to give it a different kind of name so that it’s not a label. I feel anxious. I feel this. Like you can get to know these symptoms, even though I feel like burnt toast. I deeply love and accept myself. Whatever you’re feeling, tap anywhere in the body and love and accept yourself and see what happens.
This is all about change.
People say all the time, oh, you need to let that go. Let it go. Let it go. How do you let something go? And how do you know that you’ve let something go? There are many paths to letting go. I ask all the people that I respect in my life regularly. How do you let go? How do you let go of negative emotions of past experiences that you’re still being triggered by?
Because it’s alive in your mind. The past is over but it stays alive because of our triggers. The body keeps score. Our nervous system houses these negative imprints. So it comes into the present. So now we’re not dealing with the story of what happened. We’re dealing with the negative vibrations that are still inside of us, that we need to let go of. And it’s primarily the story that we tell ourselves, that’s keeping it alive.
We need to change the story in order to neutralize the feelings. The most powerful thing that you can do is get out of the victim mindset. Sounds easy. It’s actually quite a very radical thing to do. I’m a huge fan of Byron Katie. Her first book is called The Work. I highly recommend it to those of you that are interested in this realm, of psycho-emotional techniques, she’s radical. She really gets folks to completely shift out of the victim mindset in some pretty extreme situations.
I’m not saying that this is for everybody, but if you have the flexibility of mind and the flexibility of your emotions, this is something you can try on for size, try it on and see, wow. How does that feel? Do I resonate with that? Is that something I wanna go into further, more deeply? Or is that just not for me? I highly recommend checking it out.
She was an influential person, to me. Remember all of these techniques have been made up. There’s not that much new stuff out there. It’s just been repurposed. It’s been remarketed. And so just know that a lot of these practices go back to religious traditions, whether it’s Buddhism or Hinduism, it’s all there. It’s just been adapted for modern-day delivery.
We’re very lucky we have all of this information available to us readily through the internet and through the library system, my favorite system out there.
Emotional Freedom Technique, SRI Somatic Respiratory Integration is a very, very potent technique for trauma relief. It’s connecting your emotions to your thoughts, your feelings, your memories, and having somebody bear witness with you that believes you, that gets it. Find somebody that you like, remember a lot of it comes down, to a personal connection with somebody. There are lots of practitioners out there, but if they don’t get you or you don’t trust them because they’re projecting onto you, which happens a lot. I feel then they’re not for you. You have to like them personally if you’re gonna be vulnerable with them and trust them with your experience.
The other technique for freeing yourself up emotionally is brain spotting. I know the least about this. As I’m getting more involved with trauma relief therapy, it’s one of the things that comes up a lot. So I’m going to be looking into that for you.
It’s similar to EMDR eye movement rapid desensitization. We’re changing the brain, chronic issues, whether it’s emotional issues or physical issues, change the brain where the prefrontal lobe is located.
Chronic pain changes the brain. We have to use the body to change the brain. What is the brain is the nervous system. What’s the entryway into the nervous system, in the brain, and the ear? These are all the peripheral nerves, that enter the brain and begin changing the brain, the biochemistry of the brain. And that’s where long changes happen. Remember all of this emotional stuff is about unburdening yourself emotionally so that you can feel free so that when you walk down the street and you see that baby because they are everywhere, you are going to be neutral or above.
I’m not saying you have to be overjoyed that this person has a baby, but I don’t want you to be so deeply triggered that you retract and you shut down and you go into the past stories.
Like cures like. I was able to spend a little time with Dr. Guilt yesterday in his office. He was on the phone of course, with somebody and really encouraging them to feel what it’s like to have the baby. That’s not the easiest thing to do. It takes a lot of courage to enter into an emotional state where you feel you may be let down. I don’t think that’s an easy thing to do, but ultimately the goal is that you can see the baby. Tell the mother or father that you’ve just washed your hands and that you are free of symptoms and try to hold the baby. That’s what I did for a long time. It’s not an easy thing to do, but if you can, try it.
This is the law of attraction. It begins in the feeling realm, right?
If you have a visualization board and let’s say you want an indoor pool, which is what I want, I put it on my board, just a small indoor pool. The way to manifest that is through the feeling realm. Now I’m not saying it’s a hundred percent, you’re going to get whatever you feel you deserve, but you’re going to be closer. It starts in the feeling realm as you visualize it. It’s definitely not gonna happen if you’re triggered all of the time.
Food and nutrition.
We know what you should be eating. Pay attention to when you’re eating, how you’re eating, and how often. If you’re eating the perfect diet and you’re stressed and you’re shoveling the food in, and then you’re running out the door afterward, that’s not ideal. All of this takes some willpower.
The next thing for you is to really make a change in your lifestyle. You have to have willpower and I can tell you that for sure, most of us are struggling with willpower. I know I am. We go through spurts. We go through stages. You may be really good in December. And then January comes and you’re just over it. You’ve just had it. You can’t get up at 5:00 AM anymore and do an hour-long meditation practice.
Whatever it is, you are not alone. You could look for a coach. You can look for somebody to help you, but ultimately it is an inside job. We have to develop it. The thing that works for me is noticing how I feel at the end of 20 minutes of breath work, 20 minutes of yoga, 20 minutes of meditation, whatever it is.
Strengthen your mind.
It comes down to mind training and learning how to interrupt those negative thoughts. It starts with observing them first. If you ask a five-year-old, what they’re thinking, they don’t know what they’re thinking. Hopefully if you ask a 35 year old, what they’re thinking, they’re aware of their thoughts, rarely are we, because we’re stuck in autopilot. So emotional maturity is a big part of mind training. We grow our emotions by becoming aware of our thoughts. They’re very connected, right? Our thoughts and feelings really are one. So it’s really our mind that often directs our emotions and sometimes the opposite.
You can either participate in making the world a better place, or you can participate in bringing the vibration down. And then you wonder why everybody’s so miserable. Those are the choices that we have. Thinking about others also really helps. If you want to have a miserable day, think about yourself all day. What happened? What your parents did to you, how awful everything is, how you’re feeling, how you haven’t gotten what you wanted, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And we all have that. You’re not alone.
We all have a story. It is not easy. But if you can begin to think about others and listen to stories, true tales of resiliency, I think you’re gonna be amazed at what people have overcome out there.
We’re so lucky here in the United States, we take all of this for granted. We complain about everything. We demand more, but if you learn about other countries and the restrictions that people live in, think about North Korea. I mean, it’s unbelievable the amount of freedom that we do have here. So start thinking about other people’s struggles. I love reading tales of overcoming tales of resiliency, what people have endured, and what was it about them that allowed them to transform completely and create a meaningful life? For me, that is the true definition of success. Of course, you wanna be happy. Of course, you wanna be symptom-free, but then to have something purposeful at the same time, and it doesn’t matter what you do, whether you’re a mail carrier or a dog walker, or the attorney general, all of that can be meaningful.
It’s about our interactions with each other, the planet, and with yourself.
I love phototherapy. Especially the topic of phototherapy in preventing miscarriage. It comes down to cellular energy. We can use different patches to decrease inflammation, energize the cells, create our own stem cells, and increase glutathione, which is a major antioxidant, which can help eliminate inflammation and scar tissue.
Enjoy your life as much as you can, practice gratitude, and find things that recharge your battery so that you can enjoy this time on the planet. How you think and what you feel really matters.
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