Losing A Baby Multiple Times
Repeated pregnancy loss is referred to when a woman has 2 or more consecutive failed clinical pregnancy losses. Clinical pregnancy is detected by imaging studies such as ultrasound. Repeated pregnancy loss occurs for different reasons. However, getting pregnant is still possible after receiving treatment.
Causes of pregnancy loss.
A fertility specialist will perform various tests and procedures to determine the cause of repeated pregnancy loss. The cause of recurrent pregnancy loss is classified into different categories. These include genetic and uterine abnormalities, maternal endocrine health issues, immunological and environmental factors, and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Environmental factors such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, and other harmful substances are associated with a risk of repeated pregnancy loss.
Your fertility specialist
A practitioner will review full medical history and perform a complete physical examination, imaging and labs. A doctor will work with the patient to develop possible solutions to have a successful pregnancy. In most cases, treatments are needed to lessen the chance of having a failed pregnancy. Once the cause of recurrent pregnancy loss is determined, the patient is treated accordingly.
Fertility treatment options
Surgery is performed to correct uterine abnormalities. Endocrine health conditions such as thyroid disorders or diabetes are treated with medications. Patients with clotting disorders are also managed with medications. Making lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking and harmful substances and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine may be helpful. Maintaining a healthy weight is also an important part of a successful pregnancy.
Why to get screened
In many cases of repeated pregnancy loss, the doctor will recommend genetic screening. About 60% of most recurrent pregnancy loss is due to genetic abnormality. Genetic screening will determine if there is a chromosomal abnormality. The specialist will typically refer for genetic counseling if an abnormality is discovered.
Meeting with a genetic specialist
A genetic counselor will recommend alternative fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). This technique involves egg and sperm fertilization outside the woman’s body. Once fertilized, preimplantation genetic screening can be done to ensure the well-being of the embryo. This screening will improve the possibility of a healthy pregnancy. Some patients may require more multiple cycles of IVF depending on the results of previous IVF.
Your rainbow baby
Going through repeated pregnancy loss can be emotionally draining, stressful, and frustrating. This can also have an impact on physical health. However, one should not lose hope as there are alternate fertility treatment options to achieve a successful pregnancy. During this time, getting family and spousal support is crucial. Speak to a fertility specialist about ways to achieve a successful pregnancy and a live baby.