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I've posted here a couple of times already and I'm in that "stage" now (I guess) of trying to figure out the "why" of my recent miscarriage. I have two children already--both healthy full-term pregnancies (I did spot for like 3 weeks with the first one and was convinced I was having a miscarriage, but didn't). My third baby then left us on Nov. 7 at 14w4d. I'm grappling a lot with the "why" of a second trimester loss (I know it was early second trimester, but still, I'd passed the fabled 12 week mark in "safety"). The baby looked well-formed and "normal" after he was born, no visible anomalies, and I'd already been feeling small movements from him.<br><br>
I've read a LOT about miscarriage in the last few weeks and there is something that I can't figure out from the various "causes" sections of my books--is there any possibility of immune factors or clotting factors being a factor in loss after already having experienced full term pregnancies? I feel like no, but I do have three different autoimmune disorders and so it is tickling around the edges of my consciousness that perhaps that could have had something to do with it.<br><br>
The other thing that keeps tickling is that I had my first UTI of my LIFE preceding my miscarriage (actually, I found out about the UTI and that the baby had died on the same day--I went in hoping and hoping that the abdominal discomfort I was feeling was caused by a UTI and not a m/c). So, I keep wondering if that had anything to do with it. I have read about other infections as causes of m/c or stillbirth.<br><br>
I also in the stage of feeling like I don't want to have another baby--like I couldn't stand to do this again. My fear is that this m/c represents the beginning of an ongoing saga of recurrent losses if we try again--statistically, I know this isn't true, but that is where I am emotionally (like this experiences was the beginning of the end of my ability to have a full term pregnancy!). I feel like I want to get this lingering question about autoimmune disorders answered before I even consider the possibility of TTC again. I KNOW that there can very often be no explanation found for m/c, but these are the kinds of things that are bugging me and I thought of all people, the women here would probably understand! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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First off, I am very sorry for your loss <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.<br><br>
There is a book that discusses the immune factors and how they relate to miscarriages. Dr. Regan sort of pioneered the research in this field. I have anticardiolipin antibodies which are suspicious to have caused my last two miscarriages (I had a healthy baby after my first loss).<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMiscarriage-What-Every-Woman-Needs%2Fdp%2F0752837575%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1259264457%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Miscarriage-Wh...9264457&sr=8-1</a><br><br>
Hope that helps you in some way.
 
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