Posts for: February, 2018
If you have had three or more miscarriages we know you want answers.
We know that a miscarriage is something that isn’t easy to talk about, which might be what brought you to this post in the first place. We know you want answers and it may be difficult to turn to a doctor for help. Here at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine, our Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Robert Naef, III, helps women who are dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Here’s what you need to know about why recurrent miscarriages happen and what we could do for you.
Causes of Recurrent Miscarriages
There are so many factors and causes for miscarriages that it’s nearly impossible for our maternal-fetal medicine doctor in Jackson to pinpoint the root cause without coming in for diagnostic testing.
Sometimes the cause is chromosomal or genetic in nature or there are abnormalities with the egg, sperm or embryo. Women over the age of 35 are also considered at an increased risk for miscarriage due to age because with older maternal age also comes an increase in genetic abnormalities.
Sometimes structural abnormalities within the uterus can also affect your ability to get pregnant or increase your chances of a miscarriage. In other situations, your immune system could be the cause. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or a thyroid disorder this can also affect your pregnancy. This is why it’s so important that you get annual checkups to make sure that any health problems you might have are diagnosed and treated right away. Getting health problems under control can also increase your chances of getting pregnant and reducing miscarriages.
Of course, stress and other environmental factors can also play a role in the health of your pregnancy and increase your chances of a miscarriage.
The treatment plan we create for you will depend on the specific cause of your pregnancy. Of course, our goal is to treat the problem head on to ensure that your future pregnancy goes smoothly.
Some couples decide to undergo genetic testing. If there are any genetic abnormalities that are making it difficult to get pregnant or carry to full-term, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is often recommended.
Blood tests will also be performed to check for certain conditions like blood clot disorders or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can also affect the health of a pregnancy. Luckily, there are medications and other treatment options available to keep these conditions under control and to reduce your risk of miscarriage.
There are many ways to help reduce miscarriages in the future and we are here to help give you the answers you need. The team at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, is ready to provide you with the gentle, compassionate care you need. Call us today.