For anyone who has ever suffered through a miscarriage, or multiple miscarriages, the pain and emptiness are indescribable. Adding insult to injury, most people can't understand a loss of something they never saw with their own two eyes. And many people never knew you were pregnant, at all. It's a lonely and confusing time.
Historically, not a lot is done after you suffer your first miscarriage. Your doctor will most likely encourage you to get pregnant again and you're on your way. The usual spiel is that no testing is necessary until a woman has three consecutive miscarriages, as one could just be a "fluke." But it turns out, that way of thinking about miscarriage is wrong.
There are many medical reasons women have miscarriages, and many that are preventable. While having a miscarriage before the sixth week of pregnancy is a random chromosomal abnormality 70 percent of the time, miscarriages that occur post-six weeks are oftentimes due to a medical problem. A medical problem that can be treated so you can get out of this devastating cycle.
I recently found out that having celiac disease can cause a woman to miscarry. I rarely see that in literature talking about miscarriages. And there are other issues that you should investigate as well if you've suffered a loss in pregnancy. These include, but are not limited to:
- Clotting Disorders
- Uterine Abnormalities
- Hormone Imbalance
- Kidney Disease
In this story on CNN, the young woman who suffered through four miscarriages was eventually treated with baby aspirin to prevent clotting and carried her second child to term. Such a simple solution that no doctor was willing to even investigate as she lost her babies again and again. All because she had one live birth in between her four miscarriages.
So the lesson is talk to your doctor. Push your doctor if he is unwilling to run tests after you miscarry. There could be a solution and an end to your pain.
Did you have a miscarriage? Did you find out why?
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