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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Self-Blame For Miscarriage


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

D & C - Do You Need One After Miscarriage?

Most of my miscarriages expelled without medical intervention, however I did have a D&C after two of them.

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 I always opted for a natural miscarriage unless a D&C was medically necessary

  I was always nervous about undergoing surgery, especially when I was trying to get pregnant. The thought of more surgical instruments poking around my delicate reproductive system was disturbing.   If you've ever seen the instrument they use, it looks kind of sharp and scary.  I always opted to have a natural miscarriage unless this procedure was medically advised (i.e. if the pregnancy did not expel on its own.
 Here is an article that talks about having (or not having) a D &C:

D & C Procedure After Miscarriage

The possible risks include (from the above article):

"Risks associated with anesthesia such as adverse reaction to medication and breathing problems
Hemorrhage or heavy bleeding
Infection in the uterus or other pelvic organs
Perforation or puncture to the uterus
Laceration or weakening of the cervix
Scarring of the uterus or cervix, which may require further treatment
Incomplete procedure which requires another procedure to be performed"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

HcG levels and Miscarriage

Some higher risk women get HcG levels monitored every 48 hours 

Whenever I found out I was pregnant (even though most miscarried), I would have my HcG levels drawn immediately and every 48 hours thereafter to see what the numbers were doing.

 Many times, the levels looked great and other times, they were sluggish and not doubling like they should. Unfortunately, I miscarried all of those pregnancies. Interestingly, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I decided not to have any bloodwork nor did I see a doctor until I was over 7 weeks. I didn't want a blow by blow accounting of my numbers. If I was going to miscarry, then so be it (and of course, that was the one pregnancy that made it). It makes me wonder why I put myself through all blood draws and the subsequent waiting and wondering for the results.

Some wome with low HcG levels go on to have healthy pregnancies 

 I know a number of women who had HcG's drawn and they were told the results were low but they went on to have healthy pregnancies. Sometimes I think we just get too much information. If you are wondering what the normal HcG levels are in pregnancy, this chart should give you some guidelines which are followed by the medical community:

hCG Levels
Days from LMP Weeksfrom LMP Events Avg hCG
Range hCG
26 3w+5d 25 0-50
27 3w+6d 50 25-100
28 4w+0d Missed
75 50-100
29 4w+1d 150 100-200
30 4w+2d 300 200-400
31 4w+3d 700 400-1,000
32 4w+4d 1,710 1,050-2,800
33 4w+5d 2,320 1,440-3,760
34 4w+6d 3,100 1,940-4,980
35 5w+0d 4,090 2,580-6,530
36 5 1/7 5,340 3,400-8,450
37 5 2/7 6,880 4,420-10,810
38 5 3/7 yolk sac
8,770 5,680-13,660
39 5 4/7 yolk sac
11,040 7,220-17,050
40 5 5/7 yolk sac
13,730 9,050-21,040
41 5 6/7 yolk sac
15,300 10,140-23,340
42 6 heartbeat
16,870 11,230-25,640
43 6 1/7 heartbeat
20,480 13,750-30,880
44 6 2/7 heartbeat
24,560 16,650-36,750
45 6 3/7 embryo
29,110 19,910-43,220
46 6 4/7 embryo
34,100 25,530-50,210
47 6 5/7 embryo
39,460 27,470-57,640
48 6 6/7 embryo
45,120 31,700-65,380
49 7 50,970 36,130-73,280
50 7 1/7 56,900 40,700-81,150
51 7 2/7 62,760 45,300-88,790
52 7 3/7 68,390 49,810-95,990
53 7 4/7 73,640 54,120-102,540
54 7 5/7 78,350 58,200-108,230
55 7 6/7 82,370 61,640-112,870
56 8 85,560 64,600-116,310
 Chart from:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Recurrent Miscarriage, One Woman's Story

Many women experience miscarriage and a surprising number experience recurrent miscarriage.  I myself had six miscarriages before I had my daughter.  Even though many women experience either miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage, most go on to have a baby.

This is one woman's story of her "silent death" and how it happened over and over again.

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She was able to put into words many of the thoughts and feelings I had while going through the frustration, anger and embarrassment of recurrent miscarriage.

Recurrent Miscarriage May May You Feel Like a Failure

 I think many women keep recurrent miscarriage a secret.  This most basic desire of having a baby seems to elude you. "Why won't my body function like it's supposed to?" you may ask.  You may also feel like a failure as a woman.

 If you read the footnote at the bottom of the article, it appears the author did eventually have one baby and adopted another. Read more:

Miscarriage - a Silent Death
By Linda Beattie Inlow

From the article:

"Eight days ago I learned I miscarried for the fifth time. Miscarriage too often and for too many is a secret loss; this time I’m talking about it.
Since speaking about our tragedy more than ten women, including some in my immediate family, have whispered they, too, had miscarried. Women seem to treat miscarriage as something to be embarrassed about and shamed for, rather than an unfortunate fact of life.
Miscarriage is a tragic loss. In order to heal and overcome grief, we need to grieve openly. As with any loss we need to offer support and understanding in the telling of our stories, not condemnation, ridicule or godly solutions. I, personally, am weary of grieving alone.

Monday, October 15, 2012

British Celebrity Talks Of Her Pregnancy Over 40 and The Fear Of Miscarriage
My Website: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally ( 

I could certainly related to this article about british TV personality, Julia Bradbury.  She was told that she suffered from endometriosis and would probably never have a baby.  But, low and behold, she got pregnant despite the odds.  Read more:

Pregnant Over 40 by Surprise, Julia Bradbury Talks Of Her Fear of Miscarriage
I Was Terrified Of Having A Miscarriage (

From the article:

Bradbury disclosed that her pregnancy took her by surprise, having suffered from endometriosis and being told it would be almost impossible for her to have a baby.
She told Radio Times that she had been “terrified” of having a late miscarriage.
“It really was a miracle. It was a 33-hour labour, which wasn’t great, but luckily Zeph was long and slim with a small head,” she added.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Chromosome Testing For Miscarriages Explained

Pregnancy Loss and Chromosome Testing for Miscarriages

Pregnancy Loss and Chromosome Testing for Miscarriages
Guest Post
By Melissa Maisenbacher

Although most couples are blissfully unaware of the statistics surrounding miscarriage, pregnancy loss is actually quite common, with 10-25% of recognized pregnancies ending in miscarriage. If you have suffered a pregnancy loss or are currently in the process of having a miscarriage, you may be wondering what caused the loss and worry about whether it will happen again. This article aims to answer the following questions:

  • What causes miscarriage?

  • How common is pregnancy loss?

  • What type of genetic testing is available for miscarriage tissue?

  • How can chromosome testing help?

Causes of Miscarriage
There are many different reasons why miscarriage occurs, but the most common cause for first trimester miscarriage is a chromosome abnormality. Chromosome abnormalities - extra or missing whole chromosomes, also called "aneuploidy" - occur because of a mis-division of the chromosomes in the egg or sperm involved in a conception. Typically, humans have 46 chromosomes that come in 23 pairs (22 pairs numbered from 1 to 22 and then the sex chromosomes, X and Y). For a baby to develop normally it is essential that it have exactly the right amount of chromosome material; missing or extra material at the time of conception or in an embryo or fetus can cause a woman to either not become pregnant, miscarry, or have a baby with a chromosome syndrome such as Down syndrome.
Over 50% of all first trimester miscarriages are caused by chromosome abnormalities. This number may be closer to 75% or higher for women aged 35 years and over who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss. Overall, the rate of chromosome abnormalities and the rate of miscarriage both increase with maternal age, with a steep increase in women older than 35.
Pregnancy Loss - How Common is it?
Miscarriage is far more common than most people think. Up to one in every four recognized pregnancies is lost in first trimester miscarriage. The chance of having a miscarriage also increases as a mother gets older.
Most women who experience a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy and never miscarry again. However, some women seem to be more prone to miscarriage than others. About five percent of fertile couples will experience two or more miscarriages.
Of note, the rate of miscarriage seems to be increasing. One reason for this may be awareness - more women know they are having a miscarriage because home pregnancy tests have improved early pregnancy detection rates over the past decade, whereas in the past the miscarriage would have appeared to be just an unusual period. Another reason may be that more women are conceiving at older ages.
Types of Genetic Testing Helpful for Miscarriages
Genetic testing actually refers to many different types of testing that can be done on the DNA in a cell. For miscarriage tissue, also called products of conception (POC), the most useful type of test to perform is a chromosome analysis. A chromosome analysis (also called chromosome testing) can examine all 23 pairs of chromosomes for the presence of extra or missing chromosome material (aneuploidy). Because so many miscarriages are caused by aneuploidy, chromosome analysis on the miscarriage tissue can often identify the reason for the pregnancy loss.
The most common method of chromosome analysis is called karyotyping. Newer methods include advanced technologies such as microarrays.
Karyotyping analyzes all 23 pairs of chromosome but requires cells from the miscarriage tissue to first be grown in the laboratory, a process called "cell culture". Because of this requirement, tissue that is passed at home is often unable to be tested with this method. About 20% or more of miscarriage samples fail to grow and thus no results are available. Additionally, karyotyping is unable to tell the difference between cells from the mother (maternal cells) and cells from the fetus. If a normal female result is found, it may be the correct result for the fetus or it may be maternal cell contamination (MCC) in which the result actually comes from testing the mother's cells present in the pregnancy tissue instead of the fetal cells. MCC appears to occur in about 30% or more of the samples tested by traditional karyotype. Results from karyotyping usually take a few weeks to months to come back from the laboratory.
Microarray testing is a new type of genetic testing done on miscarriage samples; the two most common types of microarray testing are array CGH (comparative genomic hybridization) and chromosome SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) microarray. Microarray testing is also able to test all 23 pairs of chromosomes for aneuploidy, but does not require cell culture. Therefore, you are more likely to receive results and the results are typically returned faster when microarray testing is used. Additionally, some laboratories are collecting a sample of the mother's blood at the same time the miscarriage tissue is sent to enable immediate detection of maternal cell contamination (MCC).
Chromosome Testing - How can it help?
If a chromosome abnormality is identified, the type of abnormality found can be assessed to help answer the question: "Will this happen to me again?". Most of the time, chromosome abnormalities in an embryo or fetus are not inherited and have a low chance to occur in future pregnancies. Sometimes, a specific chromosome finding in a miscarriage alerts your doctor to do further studies to investigate the possibility of an underlying genetic or chromosome problem in your family that predisposes you to have miscarriages.
Furthermore, if a chromosome abnormality is identified it can prevent the need for other, sometimes quite costly, studies your doctor might consider to investigate the cause of the miscarriage.
Lastly, knowing the reason for a pregnancy loss can help a couple start the emotional healing process, moving past the question of "Why did this happen to me?".
Chromosome testing can be especially important for patients with repeated miscarriages, as it can either give clues to an underlying chromosomal cause for the miscarriages or rule out chromosome errors as the reason for the miscarriages and allow their doctor to pursue other types of testing. For couples with multiple miscarriages determined to have a chromosomal cause, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing may be able to help increase their chances of having a successful healthy pregnancy.
For more information about microarray genetic testing for miscarriage tissue or IVF with PGD visit
About Gene Security Network
Gene Security Network's miscarriage testing is specifically designed for products of conception (POC) analysis to provide as much or more information than a standard karyotype. In order to obtain the most comprehensive results possible, Gene Security Network requests a sample of mother's blood at the same time the POC sample is sent. This allows the results of the miscarriage tissue to be compared with the mother's DNA data to rule out maternal cell contamination.
Ms. Maisenbacher is a board-certified genetic counselor who has worked in pediatric genetics for the past nine years at both the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Florida.

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