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Anyone had recurrent very early miscarriages (4-5 weeks)

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messylittlemonkey Thu 02-Jul-09 08:39:31

Hi there

I was wondering if anyone else has had recurrent very early miscarriage/chemical pregnancy.

I have had three in the past year, all happening around the time my AF was due and all following a similar pattern: preg symptoms for a few days before AF due, faint + HPT, then light spotting which gets heavier over a couple of days followed by a heavy 'period' with clots (sorry TMI!).

I saw my GP this week and she is going to run blood tests, but seemed slightly disbelieving that I had conceived at all as they were all so early.

I already have a DD who is nearly 4.

I can't help but think that it must be something specific to keep happening at almost exactly the same time (ie when AF is due).

Any advice would be great!


positiveattitudeonly Thu 02-Jul-09 08:51:11

I was just wondering if you suffered Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure etc.) in your first pregnancy? Only ask because I did, then went on to have 4 early miscarriages and it was explained to us by specialist that as soon as my body recognised the signs of the placenta, the pregnancy was rejected to stop the same thing happening as the first time. I was told to take a child's dose of aspirin for 3 months before I conceived and throughout the pregnency. It worked and we now have 5 healthy children.

I always knew when I was pregnant and I had a very understanding gp, which helped a lot! Take heart that you can get pregnant, that is a real positive.

Good luck smile

whomovedmychocolate Thu 02-Jul-09 08:59:08

I had one at 5 weeks and one at nearly seven weeks. I have two healthy children (each time I conceived a month after miscarriage as well). Sometimes it's just bad luck. What I would suggest though is you look closely at anything in your environment that may be stopping embedding such as hay fever drugs, steriods, PCOS etc.

Sorry you are going through this - early miscarriages carry so little 'value' to the medical profession, yet to you each one is a lost baby

hopingalways Thu 02-Jul-09 12:55:25

In just your shoes (only I'm still ttc#1). 2 early just like yours, and a blighted ovum that we knew was hopeless at 5 weeks but didn't MC until 11.

3 things to know.

1) MCs at this time are most likely to be due to genetic abnormalities, rather than an underlying problem. You were probably just unlucky. or at least, that's what my GP told me.

2) 10 years ago hpts weren't sensitive enough to detect pg before about 4 1/2 - 5 weeks. All the stats on how many MCs are "normal" were collated way before it was possible to get a bfp at 4 weeks. It's estimated that as many as 75% of all pg end at 4 weeks or earlier. so really do not stress that it must be something wrong!

3) around 1 in 100 couples will suffer 3 or more MCs, statistically speaking a third of them will just have been unlucky!

best of luck

messylittlemonkey Thu 02-Jul-09 17:08:24


Thanks so much for your replies and sorry that you're all experiencing or have experienced the same thing.

I know I'm lucky to have one child already and can't imagine the frustration you must be feeling ttc no.1, hopingalways. Good luck to you.

I didn't have pre-eclampsia with my first pregnancy, but did suffer from moderate raised BP for the last month of it which required medication. My daughter was small for dates at birth (full term and only weighing 6lbs 2oz). The other thing which I wonder about is that when my placenta was examined by the pathologist, it showed signs of villitis which causes intra uterine growth retardation amongst other things. I wonder if, like you say positiveattitudeonly, my body is rejecting the placenta this time around. I took baby aspirin during my last cycle when I mc'd, but will keep on with it.

Thanks again!

Ilovebeingamummy Thu 02-Jul-09 21:44:35

Yes me too.

It has been a nightmare because the gp didn;t believe they were pregnancies and it took months to get a referral. (which typically turned up after a 14 wk wait and after my bfp!)

I had 3 mcs at 5 wks+5days in Sept, Dec and April. They were all very faint bfps.

My diagnosis (as the gp is rubbish) is Luteal Phase Defect. I was ovulating 7 days before the end of my cycle so progesterone wasn't high enough o support pregnancy. I think that is why it was the same day each time -it was taking that length of time for implantation to fail and the progesterone to drop so low to cause the bleed.

I had homeopathic treatment in in just 1 cycle my ovulation day moved back by 7 days to right in the middle of my cycle and I got my stong bfp in 2nd cycle.

Now I'm just praying it stays there!
Baby dust to you - keep chipping away to get the answers you need (and do try the homeopathy)

messylittlemonkey Fri 03-Jul-09 08:34:00

Thanks for this.

I have wondered if it could be progesterone related, although I don't think I have a LPD as I ovulate around day 14/15 and my cycle is usually around 26/27 days. Having said that, it would explain why I keep mc-ing at the same time.

Good luck with your pg!

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