Unfortunately miscarriages are a common occurrence, with 2 in 5 pregnancies ending before week 20. This is a very sad experience and it is important to determine if there is anything that can prevent future miscarriage. If you have had 2 or 3 consecutive miscarriages it is important to determine a cause and you should be referred for further investigation. About 2% of women experience three or more consecutive early pregnancy losses. This is called recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss.
It is important to realise that the couple will have done nothing to cause or contribute the miscarriage and that there is nothing that they could have done to prevent it. Having people to support you is most important. That said most women who experience a miscarriage will go on to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, so keeping positive about future pregnancies is paramount. Only a small percentage of couples will experience more than one miscarriage.
What causes a miscarriage?
- Random chromosome abnormalities,
- Specific genetic abnormalities,
- Parental chromosome abnormalities (for example translocations)
- Uterine abnormalities,
- Clotting disrorders,
- Female age is also an important factor.
- Many are unexplained
Dr McMurray will arrange all the relevant investigations to determine if anything can be done to prevent future miscarriages.