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Recurrent miscarriage testing after 2 miscarriages?

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jinglebellmel Wed 05-Oct-16 19:05:42

Would love opinions from anyone who's had more than one miscarriage or has gone down the route of testing please.

I had a 3 year old ds, conceived easily and had a normal, problems free pregnancy, aside from him arriving early at 36 weeks and being a little small (no obvious reason for this and he was fit and healthy). However since we started trying for no 2, things sadly haven't gone as smoothly. I conceived first month of trying but blighted ovum was discovered at a scan at 11 weeks, I then fell pregnant again a few months later but had a very early loss/ chemical pregnancy at just over 4 weeks.

I'm wondering whether it's worth starting testing? I know it's only 2 miscarriages, but in my head I can't shake the feeling that this is more than bad luck. Neither got past the very early stages development wise and I'm 31 so my GP agreed that it was unusual to have 2 in a row.

Has anyone paid for private testing after 2 rather than wait for a 3rd miscarriage? Do you think it was worthwhile or did it just cause additional stress?

Those of you have have gone down the testing route, where do you start on deciding what to be tested for or did you just go for the whole lot?

KellyH1990 Tue 01-Nov-16 15:52:49

I've gone through something similar to you. I had a perfect pregnancy in 2006, he came a little early at 37weeks and was a bit small 4.12lbs.
I then got pregnant in 2011 and had problems throughout the pregnant and eventually miscarried at 22 weeks. We were absolutely devastated. We did have testing on the NHS, numerous blood tests and tests on the baby. It came back I have a blood clotting condition and was prescribed aspirin in any further pregnancy. It took a long time to feel ready to try again. I then got pregnant again in may this year. I was under specialist care because of my blood clotting condition ( hospital every 2 weeks). I was also told fragmin injections could help. But the pregnant went the same way as my previous one, bleeding and then miscarriage at 16 weeks about 2 months a go now. I have had even more testing and they have just said they can't find a reason and I was just unlucky.
My post might not help but I just wanted to say you might have tests but you might not get the answers you're looking for. I am now thinking about going private to see if there is anything else that can be done that isn't offered on the NHS x

PJ12 Tue 01-Nov-16 21:31:39

Sorry about your miscarriages Jinglebellmel.
I gave birth to my to my dd 2 years ago, text book pregnancy. We then started trying for another one last year and I've had 3 miscarriages (all around 7-8weeks). With each miscarriage I went back to my GP to be told 'it's bad luck'. I knew deep down that something was wrong but the NHS protocol is to wait for 3 consecutive miscarriages before being referred to a recurrent miscarriage clinic. After the 3rd miscarriage I took things into my own hands and had tests done privately (all came back fine). I then found the miscarriage clinic in Epsom and went to see Dr Shehata. He does immune testing and after having my tests done there I was diagnosed with high natural killer cells and very high TNF alpha. We are back to trying again and I am now being treated with steriods and progesterone. In the meantime I was still waiting for my NHS referral which. I finally got a letter through with an appt in 2 weeks (it was a 5 month wait in total). I don't feel they will be able to help me much as I know they will just run the same blood test as I had done privately but I'm still going to go to the appointment just to see what they have to say. So I say if time is not on your side it's good to get the ball rolling privately and perhaps the immune way is worth a look?
Good luck to you xx

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