Baby Loss

Baby Loss Awareness Week is a national campaign held annually from 9th October. Losing a baby through a miscarriage can be devasting, but when it happens again and again it can prove unimaginably painful.

Recurring miscarriages affect around 1% of couples, or around 1 in 100 women. However, they don’t necessarily mean that you won’t ever carry a baby to full term.

New research published in the Lancelet, has highlighted the profound impact miscarriages can have on couples. Here, we shine a light on the impact recurrent miscarriages can have, and the options available to those who have experienced more than one loss.

The toll baby loss can have on couples

A study carried out by the charity Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage, discovered that a miscarriage can have a profound psychological impact. It quadruples the risk of suicide and doubles the risk of developing anxiety and depression. In terms of recurrent miscarriages, it can also link to pregnancy complications such as a premature birth, in future.

Experiencing multiple miscarriages can undoubtedly have a devastating impact on couples. That is why the charity is now calling for changes to the care and support couples receive in light of a miscarriage. Right now, many are left unable to access the help they need due to the current system.

What causes recurrent miscarriages?

It isn’t always possible to determine the cause of recurrent miscarriages. While some may be caused by lifestyle factors such as drinking excessive levels of alcohol or smoking, others are less obvious.

There are increased risk factors that were identified in the recent study, such as age – of either the mother or father. Also, very low or very high body-mass index, ethnicity, history of miscarriages, stress levels, working night shifts, air pollution, and exposure to pesticides.

In early trimester miscarriages, the leading cause tends to be related to chromosomal or genetic problems within the embryo. There may also be an issue with the structure of the uterus if recurrent miscarriages occur.

Undergoing a thorough health check is the best way to determine the root cause, and the best course of treatment to help couples undergo a healthy pregnancy.

Treatment options for recurrent miscarriages

If you have experienced three or more miscarriages, you can seek help from a fertility specialist. Undergoing an assessment can help you to understand why you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage.

To diagnose the issue, blood tests will be carried out to check for any abnormalities. Tests can also be provided to diagnose infections and check the shape of the uterus.

Recurrent miscarriages can be traumatic to go through. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Many couples go on to have a healthy baby after suffering 3 or more miscarriages.

To gain a better understanding of what is wrong, book a recurrent miscarriage health check with our friendly and supportive team. Together, we will get to the root cause of the problem, and determine the best course of treatment.