Mum who kept miscarrying solved problem herself by watching pregnant cows

A mum claims a farming programme about pregnant cows helped her conceive after suffering four miscarriages.

Lowri Jones said she tried to tell doctors she knew something wasn’t right when her energy levels plummeted as soon as she fell pregnant following the birth of her first son in 2011.

She went on to lose five babies, including twins but was just told she "needed God on her side", reports North Wales Live .

It wasn’t until the mum from Llangwm, Conwy was watching a S4C show, Ffermio about chemical iodine imbalances in cattle that made her suspect that was what was wrong with her.

She said: "I tried to tell doctors that something wasn’t right.

"Obviously I’d had a successful pregnancy with my first son but after that, every pregnancy afterwards left me with no energy at all, I was so ill.

"But after suffering my fourth miscarriage – the last while I was carrying twins – I was just told I needed God on my side and to just keep trying."

She added: "One night, I was sitting on couch watching a Welsh farming programme when the vet, Cen Williams was talking about how he had noticed more dead calves than usual.

"The ones that were born alive were very lethargic and were taking a long time to get up.

"The vet said it was because of a lack of iodine in the soil which had been washed away due to the rain.

"This had caused thyroid problems in cows. I knew I had a thyroid problem and it wasn’t being monitored well enough.

"The cows were given an iodine and thyroxine boost and were much better and more calves were being born alive.

"I sat up and thought that’s what’s wrong with me."

The programme spurred Lowri to seek fresh medical help and demand further tests.

She also took to the internet to carry out her own research and started cooking with a special salt containing iodine.

Her determination saw her referred to a thyoid specialist and she was given thyroxine every two weeks when she fell pregnant with her second son, Gwil who was born in 2015.

Lowri added: "Falling pregnant wasn’t the problem for me, it was keeping the baby that was the issue, but once I started having thyroxine, I was full of life and felt so much better.

"I just knew that pregnancy would go full term.

"I honestly think if I hadn’t seen the programme, Gwil wouldn’t be here today. God knows how many more miscarriages I would have had."

Now Lowri feels that more should be done to help couples who suffer repeated miscarriages and is calling for support from the Welsh Government.

The young people’s mentor for the homeless prevention team, Gorwel within Grwp Cynefin said: "The more I got angry and demanded tests, the more they were listening, but it shouldn’t have to be that way.

"I’m a strong believer that you know your own body and I knew I wasn’t just feeling tired because of the pregnancies, there was more to it than that.

"But why did I have to lose five babies before being sent for tests when all of this could have been prevented?

"I also think there needs to be somewhere for people to talk about miscarriage.

"My first was a nightmare, I was in bed for three days, I bled heavily and nobody phoned to check up on me.

"By the time I’d gone through it four times, I gave up my job as a high school pupil’s mentor in Ruthin because of my mental state.

"I was on a hamster wheel of getting pregnant, miscarrying and going back to work. I didn’t really have time to grieve in three years.

"When Gwil arrived, I couldn’t bare to leave him so I took on a house restoration project and it was the best thing I ever did.

"I recharged my batteries, had some me time, time to think and time to grieve and now I’m back in a job I enjoy that makes me appreciate what I’ve got."

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