Anything I can do to reduce chance of another early mc(10 Posts)
I've had 4 pregnancies and have 1 beautiful dd.
First pregnancy ended and 5+4. Tried again straight away as I'd read that you had a better chance of having a successful pregnancy due to increased hormones.
Unfortunately that also resulted in a mc at 5+4. Hospital ran some tests and said there was no obvious cause. Took a break for a couple of months and tried again and went on to have a healthy pregnancy.
I thought I was just unlucky but at the end of last year it happened again - this time I got to 5+6 before miscarrying.
So I decided to give up and went back on the pill but have had a change of heart and am trying again but I'm worried it will happen again.
Because I've not had 3 concurrent mcs I don't believe the dr will do much especially as I've already had tests that showed nothing.
I've read things about taking baby aspirin etc.
Is there anything I can do as I try again to avoid another mc.
I'm otherwise healthy - don't smoke or drink much. A little bit overweight but not much. Eat relatively healthily and exercise regularly.
Any ideas or positive stories welcome!!
I've had two chemicals. They say they're likely to be caused by chromosomal problems in the embryo. So egg (and sperm) quality are important. I've been hearing about coq10 and ubiquinol. Check em out. I've also just ordered the book 'it starts with an egg' and I've heard good things about 'taking charge of your fertility'.
See if you and your DH can have a karyotype done, if that wasn't part of the testing you had before. That sounds similar to our experience and DH has a balanced translocation. They are rare though and it is within the realms of possibility that it is just bad luck.
You say you don't believe the doctors will do anything - but it's worth asking. You have had three miscarriages in total, which is statistically more than average. Or perhaps it's an option to see a private geneticist or fertility specialist. It only gets really expensive if you get into IVF etc. Just a consultation/genetic counselling isn't too bad.
I'd say talk to your doctor about progesterone hormone support in your second phase. Good luck!
Some docs will still help you before three; it's worth asking. After two consecutive MCs mine has put me on Prednisolone because I have a pre existing endocrine condition that can raise MC risk.
I saw a miscarriage expert and like Poppy above was eventually put on steroids. However something you can do without prescription at this point is to take a low dose aspirin as you suggested, pregnancy vitamins plus omega 3, additional 50ug of vitamin D3 and get your thyroid tested (your tsh levels should ideally be under 2 for pregnancy). You could ask your GP to test for any clotting disorders like thrombophilias and also see a specialist. I saw Mr Shehata at The Miscarriage Clinic who has a brilliant track record. The miscarriage boards here were also really helpful. I eventually had two children on treatment. Me on the treatment that is not them!
Forgot to say there is a simple blood test for anti phospholipid syndrome, which is a common MC cause. My GP (different doc) also let me have that at it came back negative. If it's positive you have to test again in three months before it can be confirmed. So I've now had two Nhs docs help me after two MCs not the usual three. Depends entirely on who you get.
I would say start by visiting your dr and seeing if there is any underlying medical condition.
There is research to show taking N acetylcystein in combination with folic can reduce random MC ( that is if you do not have an underlying medical condition).
Nac is commercially available as a supplement. It's an antioxidant and helps liver detoxify by producing glutathione. I took it at the very start of my pregnancy because I had taken prescription painkillers which are not useable in pregnancy and I wanted to give my liver a good chance of clearing it up.
Best of luck to you on your journey x
I had three consecutive MCs following having DS 1. 2 at 8 weeks and one at 5). I am now 30+4 with DS2. I had tests and DH had had tests before (took us 20months to conceive DS1) and there was nothing wrong so it may be just bad luck. Hang in there. I'd also say if you want to take a break, maybe avoid hormonal contraception as it can mess cycles up xx
PS all my MCs and positive for this pregnancy were in the space of 11months x
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