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Pregnancy Bliss | Reproductive Health Hub

Lactoferrin supplements in pregnancy

Comment: Related to the Lactoferrin supplement during pregnancy. I am 6 weeks pregnant and always had bad acne. A bit before i got pregnant I started to use lactoferrin and it cleared completely my skin. I didn't stop while pregnant because soon as I stop one or other breakout come out. So I can say for myself that lactoferrin is the best thing i found to clear skin and i will keep using during pregnancy as i believe it is safe.

Answer: Thank you for taking the time to send us your comment. We have addressed the issue of Lactoferrin supplements in pregnancy  in an answer we gave to a question we received earlier from another visitor. The details of that answer can be accessed here: In summary, we believe Lactoferrin, which is a natural protein found in a number of common foodstuffs, to be safe in pregnancy. Also, it is produced in increasingly large quantities in the body during this time anyway. However, there is no evidence and we remain to be convinced that Lactoferrin supplements would have the claimed skin benefits when used during pregnancy.

Retroverted uterus

Question:  Hi, i am 26 years old virgin, by chance i do ultrasound the doctor told me u have retroverted uterus. What i do? R. (Iraq)

Answer: You have absolutely nothing to worry about. A retroverted uterus is normal. One in every five women have a retroverted uterus. It simply means the body of the womb curves towards the back rather than the front as is the case for the majority of woman. A retroverted uterus will not affect your sex life nor does it influence your ability to carry a pregnancy or have a normal delivery. Again, I stress; a retroverted uterus is normal. See illustration below. Image on the left shows an anteverted uterus which can be seen leaning towards the front in proximity to the urinary bladder. On the right is a retroverted uterus which appears to lean away from the bladder. Both are normal.retroverted uterus

Blind pregnancy?

Comment: Hello there,I read your reply to "blind pregnancy" and I wanted to add, my comments and experience.

I must state at this point that I am 38 years old and that you can set a clock or calendar by my menstrual cycle, it is so regular. I have also conceived and given birth, with relative ease to two beautiful girls aged 2 and 6 respectively.

On the **/**/2011, we found out we were pregnant, this confirmed by store bought pregnancy tests and blood tests performed by my GP. The first day of my last period was **/**/2011, which gave me a due date of **/**/2012.

Today, Wednesday **/**/2011, we went to the Gynecologist for my 8 week checkup and ultrasound. We were saddened to find that there was a placenta correctly attached to my uterus but that it was empty, no show of a embryo and no heartbeat and the placenta was the size of a 5 week growth, not the 7/8 weeks that I would have been.

My Gyna advised me that, this is referred to as a blind pregnancy (something akin to a blind pimple I guess, all symptoms and no end result.) I had blood tests to check my hcg levels today and will have to have another set in 4 days time. If their is no growth in the placenta, the HCG will be low or show no change, confirming the "blind pregnancy". Should I not naturally "spot /bleed" releasing the empty placenta, then I will have to undergo a DNC to clear the uterus and prepare it for future pregnancy. I hope that this sheds some light on a subject that seems to have very little airtime on the internet but according to doctors and Gynecologists, happens 2 out of 5 times with pregnancies. This is my experience and I hope it is helpful to someone in some way. K. (South Africa)

Answer: Thank you very much for your comment and valuable contribution to the subject. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Blind pregnancy? That is an interesting terminology. I am not sure why your doctor opted to use that term because it is certainly not a commonly used term to describe the type of pregnancy complication you have suffered. You said a scan showed a placenta but no fetus. In other words, the gestational sac was empty. This type of pregnancy failure is called an ‘anembryonic pregnancy’ (no embryo). The older term which is still commonly used was ‘blighted ovum’. The term ‘blind pregnancy’ that your doctor apparently used to describe this has never been employed and I am puzzled as to where it came from. If you search for the correct terms (anembryonic pregnancy or blighted ovum) online, you will find thousands of quality resources discussing the subject. You will also find many individual stories of personal experiences on blogs and forums. It is certainly extensively discussed. Yes, it is true that, unfortunately, anembryonic pregnancy is not uncommon. On a more positive note, this tends to be a sporadic (rather than recurrent) complication meaning that chances are overwhelmingly that a subsequent pregnancy will be alright. I certainly hope that is the case for you. My best wishes.

Empty gestational sac means the diagnosis is anembryonic pregnancy