How to Avoid Miscarriage
How many is too many? Is one miscarriage enough? Two, three? When is enough, enough?
For me, my ears are raised when I hear a patient tell me she had one pregnancy loss. For your OBGYN or IVF clinic it’s usually 3 or more.
Take Mary. I have worked with her off and on for about 12 years. She recently emailed me after her second miscarriage. Her OBGYN wouldn’t even see her, let alone run any tests.
That’s why she emailed me this.
“Hi Marc — i wanted to see about coming back in for treatment. My husband and I are trying for another baby. Our son is 19 months now. Once we started trying, we got pregnant right away but I miscarried at 9 weeks this past July. Then we got pregnant again (first month trying) but it was a chemical pregnancy. I’d like to get your take on what’s going on.
Look forward to hearing from you…”
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We ran tests, realized that her hyperthyroid was active, and began treatment. She is now pregnant with all her numbers looking great, and a healthy heartbeat at her first ultrasound.
She is not out of the woods yet, but she is now much farther along than the 2 previous pregnancies.
“Ultrasound went well. They detected a heartbeat and said I was 7 weeks today which is about right. I’m going back in 2 weeks for another one. I’m so relieved 🙂
Thanks for the support.”
Mary is just one example of what can happen when a patient has a history of a miscarriage.
Any miscarriage is difficult for a couple. Hope, excitement and dreams are shattered. Even with this devastation there are some glimmers of light.
You Got Pregnant! This is an enormous check mark in the positive column.
Additionally, you are more likely to get pregnant again, within the next 3-6 months, after a loss.
To successfully treat a miscarriage, I believe your treatment needs to happen before you get pregnant again.
So how do you do this?
Well, step one is to get tested!
I always suggest getting some basic miscarriage testing like: a full thyroid panel, verifying that you don’t have any autoimmune issues (this is an easy one to miss), and checking if you have something called MTHFR (basically, looking to see if you are able to use folic acid or not).
- a full thyroid panel verifying that you don’t have any autoimmune issues (this is an easy one to miss), and checking if you have something called MTHFR (basically, looking to see if you are able to use folic acid or not).
- verifying that you don’t have any autoimmune issues (this is an easy one to miss)and checking if you have something called MTHFR (basically, looking to see if you are able to use folic acid or not).
- checking if you have something called MTHFR (basically, looking to see if you are able to use folic acid or not).
If you have had a miscarriage I want to first say, I’m Sorry.
I know how hard it is.
It’s not the end, you can get answers.
If you want to learn more about the miscarriage topic, I discuss it all with my good friend Aimee Raupp.
Use this link to listen in to the google hangout we did last week on this exact topic.
Stay Positive, Stay Strong, Get Answers!
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