Originally Posted by LacieD
She could also ask her doctor (if he/she hasn't already) to test her for clotting disorders like MTHFR
Actually, MTHFR is not a clotting disorder at all, but a gene that can be mutated. It happens to be the gene that helps regulate homocystine levels and if the gene is mutated, it might not function properly, causing elevated homocystine levels, which can then (and only then) cause a "clotting disorder." There are more serious clotting disorders which can cause miscarriage, but generally a MTHFR mutation is not the cause of recurrent early loss, although elveated homocystine levels *MIGHT* cause an early loss.
Sometimes getting tested for all of those clotting disorders causes more stress than it relieves. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around my pregnancy, which I started out being told was at high risk for stillbirth, miscarriage, spinal disorders, etc. Turns out that two separate perinatologists and a hematologist confirm that as long as my homocystine levels are normal, I'm a totally normal pregnant woman, no matter what my MTHFR gene looks like. So now I'm pretty sure I'm not at a huge risk for a stillbirth and I'm 24 weeks pregnant with a baby that I spent 20 weeks trying not to get "too attached" to.
FWIW, if I had it to do again, I'd get tested for the major stuff like factor V lieden and anticardiphon antibody and antiphospilipid, but I'd leave out the MTHFR.