I was just doing a bit of personal research and came across this website that holds a library of scientific publications about different studies that have been conducted on the possible causes of miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage.
There are about 14 topics ranging from Birth Defects to Weight and Miscarriage. I have just found a wealth of information about Vitamin D deficiency and miscarriage. The latest articles I found are from 2010, so they are all quite recent.
I just thought it might be helpful to others doing their own bit of research.
Hey milkway, thanks so much for this. My midwife said I was low in vit D and I thought no more about it until now. I can't click through to the link on my phone- would you mind posting it again? HUGE thanks. XXX
Thanks for posting this! Have just had a good read and have now managed to convince myself that because I stopped taking my pre-natal multi vitamins at about 5 weeks (aside from folic acid that is) (I was on holiday and didn't have anymore multi vits) this might have caused my m/c (as baby stopped growing at 5-6 weeks).
DH is telling me to stop being to utterly ridiculous but I can't help but have a small part of me wonder maybe ...... but guess i'll never know!
Hi EddiesGirl, I hope this works for you: https://sites.google.com/site/miscarriageresearch/home
In regards to the Vitamin D deficiency, I was told by my GP that Vitamin D deficiency can be a cause of recurrent miscarriage. After reading about it, I found that Vitamin D isn't just a vitamin, but also a hormone and can prevent many autoimmune diseases - which can also cause miscarriages. Vitamin D deficiency is a growing problem here in the UK due to dark gloomy winters and bad summers, but also, the increased use of suncream prevents the production of Vitamin D, so even in the summer many people don't manage to top up their stock levels. Just 20 minutes a day in the sun without sun lotion is enough to stimulate production of the vitamin
I had to wait about 3 weeks to get my high dose Vitamin D supplements, because they just don't make it in the UK - it came from America at a cost of £200 to the pharmacy for 30 tablets, of which they gave me 6. Can I suggest you ask your MW about Vitamin D supplements, as GP's and MW's should be recommending it to all pregnant women and women of child bearing age according to the NHS, but unfortunately many don't know this.
PieMistress: Sorry about you MC. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I didn't take any supplements until I was about 17 weeks pregnant, and that's been my only successful pregnancy! You're not being ridiculous, but don't blame yourself either. Like you said, it "might" be a reason, but not definitely.
Interesting site, but it doesn't mention one of the most common causes of miscarriage - Hughes syndrome (antiphospholipid syndrome). Easily tested for and treated, it's a disgrace that it isn't more widely known about as it is known to cause 1 in 5 miscarriages - www.hughes-syndrome.org/symptoms.htm