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Has anyone ever seen or heard of a study showing that women who have had multiple miscarriages are more likely in any way to have a subsequent pregnancy with some sort of genetic problem?<br><br>
I am just wondering about this after two miscarriages and a potential pregnancy. Not sure how worried I need to be, if at all.<br><br>
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I wouldn't think so unless there's reason to believe that those losses have a genetic cause. Actually, the first thing I would tend to look for is a problem with the uterine environment like polyps, fibroids, bicornate uterus, etc. etc. and have a test like a saline sonogram or HSG. I wish I'd had those tests first as it would have saved me lots of heartache. The next line of testing would be the recurrent pregnancy loss panels looking for genetic causes as well as clotting/thrombophilic factors, immune factors, etc. etc. Unfortunately, there just isn't a lot of research being done in this area, and in spite of what is being done, most pregnancy losses are still being categorized as unknown or unexplained.<br><br>
I've seen two pregnancy loss specialists and the one I see now (and the one who I will continue seeing for the rest of my ttc days) is "featured" in Jon Cohen's book "Coming to Term", Mary Stephenson, MD. She's a researcher and RE who has specialized in recurrent pregnancy loss for over 10 years now.
 

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Both of mine were very early blighted ovums and from what I understand those are generally due to the body stopping development because it senses a genetic problem. My uterus is "lovely" and hasn't wanted to let them go.
 

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I don't know about any studies, but I do have my personal experience. I have had four pregnancy losses and had a miscarriage work-up. Just prior to getting pregnant again, we got the results that I have a chromosomal abnormalty. I was 8 weeks pregnant when they told me this, and I felt like they were giving the baby in my belly a death sentance. My diagnosis was a pericentric inversion of my #4 chromosome. I cried like my heart was breaking, slumped over in the hallway with the phone to my chest.<br>
Kaia Elizabeth was born 6 months later, beautiful and perfect. She has inherieted my abnormality but it will not affect her except *maybe* when she tries to have babies later.<br>
So, I just wanted to say - even with 4 miscarriages and a bad genetic diagnosis you STILL can have a baby. Don't give up, don't EVER give up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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