What Can I Do to Prevent a Miscarrage?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I would like to know if you could tell me some tips on how to prevent miscarriages.

I was talking with some of the women in my family and found out miscarriages run in the family. Every woman in my family has had at least 3 miscarriages before there first full term healthy baby. I on the other hand have had 5 miscarriages in the past 2 years.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

ANSWER

The first thing is to have a work-up by an infertility specialist to figure out the cause of the miscarriages.

Many times the problem can be fixed pretty easily, but I would not be the one to tell you what your options are.

I would not recommend that you just "keep trying" after 5 miscarriages; it is time to know what is happening.

P.S. The good news is that at least you can get pregnant!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.