Miscarriages are far too common for women. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 pregnancies ends in miscarriage. However, this does not make it any easier to deal with, especially for women who want to have a baby. If you are concerned about having a second miscarriage after already experiencing one, you will be happy to know there are steps you can take to increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy.
Recurring Miscarriages And Their Causes
Many women who experience a miscarriage worry about their chances of successfully carrying a baby to term.
According to data from Rosh Maternal and Fetal Medicine, though, only about 1 percent of women experience recurrent miscarriages. In most cases, miscarriages happen at random, which means that your chances of experiencing a second miscarriage is highly unlikely.
Most of the time, women never find out what caused their miscarriage. However, there are certain factors that may increase your chances of experiencing multiple miscarriages.
Some of these causes include:
- Chromosomal abnormalities linked to a genetic cause
- Structural problems with your uterus
- Endocrine issues, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism
- Autoimmune diseases
Furthermore, environmental factors can also contribute to miscarriages. In some cases, your work conditions or other factors in your life can impact your pregnancy.
So, when ruling out possible causes, it’s always best to discuss anything remotely relevant with your doctor.
Testing For Hopeful Parents
A lot of the conditions outlined above can cause repeat miscarriages. However, sometimes parents do not know about these conditions because they may not impact everyday life outside of pregnancy.
Luckily, the Washington University Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center says there are several tests you can run if you are concerned about a second miscarriage.
These tests include:
- Anatomical testing (ultrasounds, x-rays, etc.)
- Screeners for auto-immune disorders
- Tests for insulin resistance and other endocrine system disorders
- Chromosome testing
- Blood clotting studies
Other Things You Can Do To Avoid A Second Miscarriage
Unfortunately, miscarriages cannot always be prevented. Sometimes they just happen spontaneously with no explanation or obvious cause. This can be hard news to hear, especially for couples hoping to go through a second pregnancy successfully.
However, the experts at Healthline say there are things you can do to try to prevent additional miscarriages.
First and foremost, you can do everything in your power to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and during your pregnancy. This means avoiding things like cigarettes, second-hand smoke, alcohol, recreational drugs, and caffeine.
It also means you should do things to promote healthy living, like regular exercise, adequate sleep, and eating a balanced diet.
You can also take vitamins and folic acid, and take measures to protect yourself against infection.
Also, you can take steps to lower environmental risk factors. For example, you should avoid exposures to radiation, lead, arsenic, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals.
Also, avoid tasks that may injure your abdomen, such as skiing or contact sports, and always wear a seat belt that fits properly. If you take any medications, talk to your doctors about them before trying to conceive again to make sure the medications don’t cause any interactions that may prevent pregnancy.
Miscarriage can be scary. However, having one miscarriage doesn’t mean you’ll have another. If you take the right precautionary steps, you’re highly likely to enjoy a second pregnancy.
Sources: Rosh Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Washington University Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center, Healthline