Another Miscarriage. Is Something Wrong With Me?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I went off birth control in December of 2001. I had been on the pill for fairly consistently 14 years to keep my face clear of pimples. Eight months after going off the pill in December of 2001, I got pregnant. I miscarried at 11 weeks. That was in November 2002. I got pregnant again in March of 2003 and am now miscarrying again at 6 weeks. Is there something wrong with me? I am 35 and really want to have a baby.

ANSWER

It's possible that you may need some medical help to be able to carry a healthy pregnancy and it's possible that your experience is just "luck of the draw." Statistics show that even with three miscarriages in a row, the odds of a successful fourth pregnancy with no intervention at all is still 80%. But at your age, I would think that some testing is in order, probably with a reproductive endocrinologist or maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.