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Old Dec 22nd, 2011, 19:49 PM   1
lizziedripping
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Recurrent miscarriage after healthy pregnancies


Hi ladies, hope you don't mind me posting here. There is so little advice out there for someone in my position, and I wondered if anyone might be able to help?

I have 4 kids, the last were twins born last year. I have never previously had issues with early pregnancy loss. I am 38 now and we decided if there was to be a #5 that we'd better try sooner rather than later.

This year I have conceived 3 times (with no trouble), but had a chemical in march, a miscarriage at 10wks in July (embryo never looked healthy from early on), and just this week suffered a third loss at 6wks. My hpt was a late and faint positive which made me suspicious that it might be another unhealthy pregnancy, and I was right

Anyway, I had put these losses down to my increasing age, and greater chances of a random genetic flaw. I was prepared to keep trying until we had success, guessing that eventually we would likely get a healthy embryo. However, tonight I began worrying that the cause may be related to my basic fertility and something more specific and preventable. Is this possible after previous healthy pregnancies and no prior underlying issues in early pregnancy?

There is very little information on recurrent mc in women who have previously carried a pregnancy/ies to term, but I wondered if any ladies here were in a similar position and could shed some light on this. Is it possible to suddenly develop a an early pregnancy issue which means you can't physically sustain a pregnancy past 12wks? Is my 'random bad luck' theory much more likely in my case given that I am now older? I am even worrying now that the ceasarean I had for the twins might have affected my fertility in some way.

The only other point which supports the chromosomal theory is that the pregnancies never seemed viable from the outset - i.e. they looked unhealthy and 'slow growing' from as early as 5wks - isn't this much more likely to be because there was something wrong with them? If the issue is an implantation/mother-related one, then wouldn't the embryo look healthy, but suddenly be lost despite this?

Please forgive my ignorance, this is all new to me and I am desperately trying to make sense of it all so that I can try to move forward. If there is something I can do to prevent this from happening again, then I'd like to try.

Any thoughts/advice would be much appreciated xxx



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Old Dec 24th, 2011, 12:59 PM   2
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Hi hun just wanted to say that i have had 3 miscarriages one after the other after having a healthy son whos 6! Had all the tests they all cam back clear and gp and consultant just put it down to bad luck... Consultant told me to start taking baby asprin once i conceived!!!! I now have a healthy baby boy 6 weeks i had no problems in my pregnancy etc and really do believe it was just my bodys way of not continuing with a pregnancy which would not have been healthy! Just wanted to say dont give up as hard as it is and draining mentally u will get there in the end xxx



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Old Dec 24th, 2011, 13:55 PM   3
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I don't have much advice to give - other than to say that I'm somewhat in the same boat. Had a healthy boy 16 months ago and now I just had 3 miscarriages back to back (within 4 months). I'm actually still waiting for my missed miscarriage to complete - trying to decide if I should wait for it to start naturally or if I should go get a d&c.

Anyways - whatever hope there is, just know that other women are in the same boat as you. I know all three pregnancies weren't healthy babes from the beginning - so it's very possible we just had a string of bad luck. Let me know if you find anything else out. I'll get blood tests done next week to see if there is anything specific that is resulting in my m/c's.

Also, I'm 25, so I don't think it has to do with age...



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Old Dec 24th, 2011, 15:03 PM   4
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I am in a very similar situation as well. I have 4 children, and have had 2 second trimester losses in 6 months. One at 17 weeks, one at 15 weeks. It is crazy to me, since I can, and have carried and delivered many babies. I had all the tests done as well, and everything came back completley normal. I too will be taking baby asprin, and progesterone (even though we dont think that is an issue at all, just covering our bases), once we become pregnant again. Oh, and the babies were healthy and fine, no genetic issues, they were fine one day, and not the next. I am 33.



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Old Dec 25th, 2011, 12:20 PM   5
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I am in same boat. I have 4 very healthy children, then I hit 35 and have had 4 MC. I think it is my age, I think my eggs are not as healthy as they where before. I feel blessed that I have already 4 children



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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 07:48 AM   6
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I know this is an old thread, but I now find myself in the same situation.

I had a fairly normal pregnancy with my son - started getting elevated blood pressure at 33 weeks which settled, then went high again at 39 weeks when they decided to induce me.

We started trying for #2 when he was 12 months old. So far this year I had have 2 missed miscarriages which thankfully were discovered only a few days after the babies had past away. One just before 12 weeks and another just before 16 weeks. I've had a D&C and D&E for them.

The first miscarriage was tested and only revealed a chromosomal normal boy. It's only been a few days since the last so will have to wait around 6 weeks for results.

I'm now being tested for a whole range of things, but can't imagine what is going to show up since I already have a had a successful pregnancy...



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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 11:18 AM   7
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I am sorry for all of you mamas. I know all too well what this is like. I've shared my story in several other places here so I'll make it quick, just in case this might help anyone.

I had 2 losses prior to my first child. I am certain they were chromosomal abnormalities. Then I had my 3 children. PERFECT pregnancies, no issues with anything whatsoever. Beautiful births, again with no issues.

Then after my son, I had 5 miscarriages in a year. The first 3 were early on, before 6 weeks. The next was at 10 weeks, a MMC, and then the next was an ectopic caught at 8.5 weeks where I lost my tube (and a good portion of my blood).

I had an OB run the whole gammut of tests on me. He found nothing. I, however, had concerns about my thyroid- whether it was the cause or not, I knew I had hypothyroid issues because of my temperature and my symptoms. He only tested my TSH, and eventually my T4, though, and both were normal, so he said I didn't have a problem. My MIL, however, agreed with me that there was likely an issue, so she had my FIL (an MD) further test me. Again, all normal bloodwork EXCEPT he DID test my TPO antibodies and there were very elevated, indicating Hashimoto's, which is an autoimmune disease that causes hypothyroidism because the antibodies attack the thyroid (and can also attack a pregnancy). Made perfect sense.

I also learned that it could have VERY well been induced by my last pregnancy/pregnancies. While it is often genetic, that doesn't mean it's always present. Nor does it HAVE to be genetic.

So we started treating my thyroid with Armour, even on a low does, and it brought my antibodies WELL into normal range within 4 months, and I got pregnant at that time as well, and so far I have a very healthy baby at 14 weeks, and I feel like things are okay this time.



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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 12:20 PM   8
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I know this is an old thread, but I now find myself in the same situation.

I had a fairly normal pregnancy with my son - started getting elevated blood pressure at 33 weeks which settled, then went high again at 39 weeks when they decided to induce me.

We started trying for #2 when he was 12 months old. So far this year I had have 2 missed miscarriages which thankfully were discovered only a few days after the babies had past away. One just before 12 weeks and another just before 16 weeks. I've had a D&C and D&E for them.

The first miscarriage was tested and only revealed a chromosomal normal boy. It's only been a few days since the last so will have to wait around 6 weeks for results.

I'm now being tested for a whole range of things, but can't imagine what is going to show up since I already have a had a successful pregnancy...
Hi,

Sorry your loses. High bp in pregnancy can be because of clotting disorders, as can recurent miscarriages. Obviously I dont know if this is the case for you but it wouldnt surprise me if it was.

My history goes like this;

Pregnancy one - healthy boy born after induction at 36 due to pre-eclampsia
Pregnancy two - healthy girl born born on the day of induction (but not induced) at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia
Pregnancy three - stillborn little girl at 36+6, waters had been broken since 28+6, that had compromised the placenta and it was 50% clots 50% too small and a 10% abruption

Diagnosed with Factor V Leiden and various clotting disorders

Pregnancy four -on aspirin and clexane, healthy baby girl born at 39+5 with an emergency section after she got distressed during induction.
Pregnancy five to eleven - first tri miscarriages between August 2008 and September 2010
Pregnancy twelve - stillborn little girl at 24+3, we were put on meds from BFP to 16 weeks and for some reason the doctor took me off my bood thinners. She was born very small, severe early onset IUGR, her placenta was 50% too small 60% clots and a 10% abruption.
Pregnancy thirteen - first tri miscarriage June 2011
Pregnancy fourteen - first tri miscarriage 2nd Dec 2011
Pregnancy fifthteen - twin first tri miscarriage 28th Jan 2012
Pregnancy sixteen - first tri miscarriage 13th May 2012
Pregnancy seventeen - first tri miscarriage 20th Sep 2012

Which brings me to now. I have a biopsy for Natural Killer cells tomorrow.



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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 13:24 PM   9
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Me, too. I have three children, but am suddenly struggling to carry a pregnancy. I'm in the process of miscarrying my third in a row. I'm 36. Not sure what changed. Maybe its age. Maybe its bad luck. I'm having bloodwork drawn on Thursday, so hopefully I can get an answer. I know my progesterone has been low on the only three pregnancies they tested - the first was my second child who made it, but the other two were the last two I lost. So maybe I've always had this problem and just some made it and some didn't? But then why did the first three make it, and the last three didn't? =(



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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 21:03 PM   10
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wow didn't notice this was an old post.

I m in the same boat have 3 kids and 3 m/c all after my healthy pregnancies. I finally got blood work done and i will be getting an HSG test done early next month.



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