Anyone Had A Healthy Pregnancy After Multiple Miscarriages

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~m~ - March 10

Many of you may already know my story.....I have had 4 miscarriages since hubby and I started ttc last August. The problem is not with fertility, per se, as I get pregnant every time we try. But for some reason, they won't hold. My doc has finally ran tests and hopefully we will get to the cause. However, I still find myself having days where I think I am too scared to try again. At this point, I feel like there is no end to it. I was wondering if anyone out there has had a healthy full term pregnancy after multiple miscarriage? If so, did it take something special to make it hold? I have read that many women were able to do it with the help of aspirin and/or Prometrium. Anyone with multiple miscarriages care to share? I'm just curious as to what kinds of things helped everyone else... or if any "help" was even needed for some of you. Thanks for sharing! (also posting in Signs of Pregnancy)

 

BBK - March 10

Afer your first miscarriage your doc should have done some prenatal screeneing. There are 4 tests. If something is found it it usually treated with antibiotics. After your third time you should have had a test done to your immune system. There is a chance that your own antibodies maybe fighting the placenta. There is treatment for this too. Ask your doc about pre-natal screening (involves blood and s____n samples), or go to a doc that specializes in it.

 

~m~ - March 10

Thanks! My doc drew about 7 viles of blood to send off for testing. He did mention something about antibodies and clotting. I should get my results back next week. I hope to find something out! Thanks again! Anyone else?

 

Laurie - March 10

I worked with a girl that had nine miscarriages within a 2 year span, after numerous tests they determined that her cervix would not stay closed once pregnant and they litterly sewed her cervix shut until D day. She now has 3 children all healthy, first one actually was over 9 pds. Something you might want to ask the doctor about.

 

BBK - March 10

Oh yea, as Laurie mentioned there is also a chance you have an "incompetent cervix" (this is the medical term, believe it or not) if any or all of your miscarriages occured in the second trimester. The cervix gradually opens (dilates) and it's not supposed to till birth. Second trimester miscarriages are known as pregnancy loss and 20 to 25% are caused by "incompetent cervix". The treatment is as Laurie mentioned a suture, known as cervical cerclage with a high degree of suceess.

 

~m~ - March 11

Wow, I didn't know that. I've heard the term incompetent cervix, but I didn't know what it was. Laurie, your story about your friend gives me hope. BBK, all of my m/c were at about 5-6 weeks. Sometimes I wonder if my last full term pregnancy (2 yrs ago) did some kind of damage that I don't know about. Thanks ladies! I'm glad you opened my eyes to this possibility!

 

tiffani - March 11

~m~ What about rh sensitivity? I'm sure you were tested and treated accordingly with each pregnancy, but I saw it mentioned a couple of weeks ago as a reason one woman was having repeat miscarriages.

 

~m~ - March 11

Actually, tiffani, my dr. has never discussed that with me. I've heard of it, but I don't think they've tested me. My doc is really p__sing me off. If these blood tests don't show anything, by golly, he better get busy doing all kinds of other tests or I'm switching docs!

 

tiffani - March 11

Lets be optimistic and a__sume that your doctor tested you and you're not rh negative. I am and my doctor told me. Can you call and ask them to look it up in your file?

 

~m~ - March 11

Ok, so does that mean it is possible he has tested that and I just don't know it? He sure has drawn enough blood in the last few months to test for anything and everything! LOL

 

tiffani - March 11

~m~ Let me put it like this.... Your doctor tests for many different things throughout your pregnancy, one of those being rh sensitivity. If nothing abnormal comes up, I wouldn't expect him to go down the list of things and tell you each individual result. Does this make sense to you?

 

~m~ - March 11

It makes perfect sense! Whenever he calls me with my test results, I'll just make it a point to ask him about rh. That way at least I'll know. I'm just hoping and praying that the blood tests will give me some kind of explanation. It is hell not knowing!

 

~m~ - March 11

Thanks tiffani. You are always so supportive and helpful!! Much love to ya girlfriend!

 

tiffani - March 11

Love back at ya! xoxox :o)

 

BBK - March 11

~m~ at 5 to 6 weeks, incompetent cervix is ruled out. It is usually either chromosomal or a genetic abnormality of some sort. Up to 70 percent of first-trimester miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. Now if you've had 3 or more repeat miscarriages (and you did), protocol indicates that it maybe your immune system fighting the placenta as an invader, and it cannot attach and grow. Then eventually you'll have a spontaneous abortion (aka miscarriage). I bet one of the tests your doc is doing has to do with antibodies. The second biggest reason for repeat miscarriages is “polycystic ovary syndrome”. About 1/3 of repeat miscarriages are caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, a combination of hormonal abnormalities and multiple cysts in the ovaries. Do you know if your doc also performed an endometrial biopsy? Other reasons could be other hormonal abnormalities, infections, chemicals, but those are not as common. Sorry do bombard you with all this mumbo-jumbo. The good news is that once a successful diagnosis is made for any of the above, the treatments are generally effective. I would urge you though to seek a second opinion once your results are in. Docs are not infallible. Best of luck with this. I know it's very painful as we went through 2 of missed pregnancies, and I remember living the saddest days of my life.

 

ekay - March 11

~m~, I find your situation so bizarre. I can't understand why after 2 successfull pregnancies you are having repeated m/c. Are you now over 35, changed your diet, anything you can think of? I wouldn't think it would be incompetent cervix, since it has been 'competent' before. Definitely let us know after you get your blood results. To me, it seems there has got to be something different with your body for this to be happening. Good luck.

 

~m~ - March 11

BBK, you hit the nail on the head! He said something about my antibodies. And he said maybe my blood was clotting too fast and needed thinner. So I'm starting a daily dose of baby aspirin on my own..... just incase! All of that is very very informative. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me all of this! Seems you really know what you are talking about!! ----- ekay, thank you! And yes, it is bizarre that I was able to have 2 very healthy full term pregnancies (and pregnant the first try also), and now all of this trouble. I am truly puzzled. As soon as I get the results, I'll start a thread. Hopefully that will be sometime next week! I'm so impatient and really want to know what's up! Thanks ladies! I'm off for the weekend. If I don't get a chance to check this over the weekend, I'll see you guys on Monday! :o)

 

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