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Lifestyle, Miscarriage, Birth Defects And Chromosome Abnormalities

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      Article Title: Lifestyle, Miscarriage, Birth Defects And
      Chromosome Abnormalities
      Author: Judy Ford
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      Many couples who have a miscarriage are told that the
      laboratory tests have shown that there is a chromosome
      abnormality. This sounds very serious doesn't it? It is serious
      and these problems can lead to the birth of a handicapped child.
      Usually, however, the problem is not inherent and in most cases
      can be overcome by changes in lifestyle. The couple can become
      extremely anxious unnecessarily.

      First let me explain that almost all miscarriages are abnormal
      in some way. The pregnancy is lost because the embryo did not
      develop properly. The cause of this is usually because either
      the man or woman has been exposed to chemicals or one or other
      of them has a dietary deficiency or a bad habit of some type.
      Bad habits include not drinking enough water, taking drugs,
      having too much alcohol, smoking heavily and in the case of the
      man, exposing his testes to too much heat. Infections, both of
      the common flu variety and of the STD - sexually transmitted
      variety - can also be involved. Viruses can break chromosomes in
      exactly the same way as chemicals, radiation and serious dietary

      In some rare cases the problem is ongoing and can be inherited.
      It is important that each case is investigated properly. The
      types of chromosome abnormalities that are found in miscarriages
      are most frequently changes in chromosome number. Changes in the
      structure of chromosomes can also occur but they are far less
      frequent than changes in number.

      Most people reading this article would know that the normal
      number of chromosomes is 46. So how can this change?

      The answer lies in the process of fertility and conception.
      Fertility in both the man and the woman involves a special form
      of cell division - called meiosis - in which the chromosome
      number is halved. This `reduction' division occurs so that when
      the sperm fertilizes the egg, the child will have the same
      number of chromosomes as the parents. Half the child's
      chromosomes come from mother and half from father.

      Sometimes this very specialized division process makes errors
      and one or two chromosomes end up in the wrong place. The
      resultant egg or sperm then has one or two extra chromosomes. Of
      course there is also a complementary egg or sperm that is
      missing those chromosomes but these cells usually die. In fact
      the only cells that can survive with missing chromosomes are
      those that miss sex chromosomes. Some miscarriages have only 45
      chromosomes, including only one X chromosome and occasionally
      babies are born with only one X chromosome. They grow up with a
      special set of characteristics known as Turner's syndrome.

      Fertilized eggs that result from eggs or sperm with extra
      chromosomes usually miscarry although those with an extra copy
      of one chromosome 21 might survive with Down's syndrome. However
      the couples that have these miscarriages or babies with extra
      chromosomes are themselves, usually normal. It is the conditions
      in their bodies at the time of creating the eggs and sperm that
      are the problem. These unfavorable conditions can usually be
      corrected by correcting the bad lifestyle unless the problem is
      advancing age.

      From about age 35 in both men and women, cell division can be
      compromised. The problem lies in changes in the body that affect
      the function of the energy systems in the cells. Optimising all
      aspects of lifestyle can often overcome these problems but the
      effects of any poor habits will be amplified with ageing.

      The other problem that can affect chromosome number is delayed
      ovulation. When the egg is over-ripe it can be fertilized by
      more than one sperm. In such cases the fertilized eggs has one
      or more extra sets of chromosomes and is often given the
      unfortunate name of a `molar pregnancy'. Fortunately, this
      problem can also be overcome by correcting poor diet and

      If you have had a pregnancy in which a chromosomes abnormality
      was detected but you, yourselves are normal, make sure that you
      take the time and effort to correct your lifestyle. You will be
      rewarded by feeling much healthier and hopefully also by giving
      birth to a healthy baby. Find about more about support for
      optimising lifestyle and fertility on

      About The Author: Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected
      geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the
      causes of miscarriage, causes of infertility and birth defects.
      Her research has shown that most problems are preventable
      through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More
      information can be found on her websites
      http://www.itsnatural.com.au and http://www.ez-fertility.co.uk

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