Pregnancy After Two Miscarriages: What You Need To Know?
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. IT is a blessing for the parents and the entire family. The news of conceiving itself brings so much happiness all around. So many plans and dreams are weaved by the parents. But unfortunately, also these shuttered at once due to a miscarriage. If you think for pregnancy after two miscarriages the chances are 75 percent. In case of a third miscarriage, there is then still a 65 percent possibility of you having a healthy pregnancy.
What is a miscarriage?
It is the natural death of the embryo before the 20th week of pregnancy. It is a significant loss physically as well as mentally for the parents; It happens because the fetus is not developing normally. 50% of the miscarriages are because of abnormal chromosomes. Most of these chromosome problems occur by chance as the embryo divides and grows, although it becomes more common as women age.
Miscarriage usually occurs once, and most women easily conceive after it. The predicted risk of miscarriage in a future pregnancy remains about 20 percent after one miscarriage. After two consecutive miscarriages, the risk of another miscarriage increases to about 28 percent, and after three or more consecutive miscarriages, the risk of another miscarriage is about 43 percent.
A miscarriage can be attributed due to a variety of reasons like:
- Chromosome abnormalities and genetic disorders.
- Chronic sickness like blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, etc.
- Uterine issues like fibroids and other abnormalities.
- Cervical insufficiency. As the cervix is weak and incapable of holding pregnancy.
IT becomes a very traumatic situation for the parents to plan after two miscarriages. The decision has to be taken carefully after lots of advice and testing. Besides this, it also needs lots of courage and strength to go for it. Since immense pain is felt in the past, taking the risk again has to be a well-measured step.
One 2017 study revealed that getting pregnant within 3 months of a miscarriage may have a better outcome — lower risk of a subsequent miscarriage — than waiting longer. One theory is that a previous pregnancy may “prime” the body to accept a future pregnancy.
Trying to get pregnant after two miscarriages is a matter to be handled with full precautions and carefulness.
- This is risky for the baby and the mother too. As the female is already weak after facing two miscarriages, special care has to be taken and an attendant must be there with her total time.
- Everything right from scratch should be monitored and done timely. Taking ample fluids, a nutritious and healthy diet along with multivitamins is very essential.
- Regular visits should be given to the doctor. The doctor who is experienced and knows the case history very well should be chosen. Thus any chance of error because of lack of knowledge or ignorance is eliminated.
- Regular tests and ultrasounds that are recommended by the doctor should be taken.
- Exercise, if any, as prescribed by the expert doctor, must be done in balanced amounts in the proper environment and under expert guidance. Some amount of blood circulation is good for the healthy growth and development of the fetus.
- Hormones play a very important role during pregnancy. As the third pregnancy is already very complicated, one must try to keep the female away from any kind of stress or anxiety. This may disturb the level of Estrogen and progesterone (the pregnancy hormones) and create an obstacle in its continuance. You must try to be happy and relaxed. A good mood and a fresh mind are important for a healthy pregnancy.
Things to be done before taking a chance again are:
Give time to yourself:
- A miscarriage is an enormous loss. It makes the female extremely weak physically as well. The female also feels emotional trauma, guilt, anger and pain. Only if the female body is fit you can go for a change again.
- Also, it is recommended to wait for at least 2 menstrual cycles before conceiving again.
- If you have crossed 35 years of age, it is not advisable to wait for too long.
- You may need to wait a little longer if you have had a late miscarriage. However, getting pregnant within six months of a miscarriage will improve your chance of enjoying a successful pregnancy.
- It takes time for the endometrial lining to become strong and healthy again after a miscarriage. If the body is not ready for another pregnancy, then the threat of miscarriage will loom. Multiple miscarriages increase the complications in further pregnancies. It is advisable to take expert advice before taking another chance.
- Take multivitamins, protein, folic acid supplements before conception of pregnancy so that pregnancy is safe, and the fetus has good health.
- Exercises, yoga, meditation, etc should be done so that the physical condition improves and the uterus health improves.
- Avoid substances like alcohol, nicotine, and drugs. Caffeine is another thing to keep in check. It’s fine to drink coffee, but try to stick to one 12-oz. cup (200 milligrams) of any caffeinated beverage daily.
- Keep up with your prenatal appointments and call your doctor with any concerns you have regarding your health or your baby’s health.
- Keep the rest of your health in mind as well — this means managing any chronic conditions you have and taking your medications as directed.
Visit your Gynecologist:
The Gynecologist recommends a variety of tests to identify the cause of earlier miscarriages so that further pregnancies can be made successful by following the safeguards. The Gynecologist must be a person of great skill and intellect. Also, they must have a history of successful deliveries of such complicated cases. The clinic must be near to you so you can reach in no time in case of an emergency.
Chromosomal tests: Tests are conducted of both to find out if there are any chromosomal disorders.
Hormonal tests: Blood tests are taken to find out existing illness or any other genetic and hormonal disorders which are causing repetitive disorders.
Ultrasound: It uses sound waves to produce images of internal organs. The abdominal scan is used to get images of the uterus, cervix to find out if there is any weakness.
Hysteroscopy: Hysteroscopy is a test in which the doctor inserts a small telescope through the cervix into the uterus. He will then examine the openings of the Fallopian tubes and the wall of the uterus.
Sonohysterogram: During the test, a doctor may inject a fluid into your uterus through the cervix. It will help him detect any problem in the uterus’s lining.
We have formulated many new techniques, and procedures to lessen the risk involved in pregnancies. Science has progressed so much that nothing seems to be impossible. Taking the right decision and at the right time can make your dream of a baby come true.
Here I would like to discuss an alternative method which has helped so many infertile couples or the one with complicated pregnancies and multiple ailments that make the pregnancy risky. It can considerably help the parents desiring a baby and have faced multiple miscarriages and want to take a chance for the third time. It is called artificial insemination. This can be done at home also nowadays through readily available home insemination kits.
Home insemination is one of the newest and successful methods of artificial insemination. It is a choice to being inseminated by a doctor in his medical clinic, and will inevitably work out a lot cheaper than paying medical fees to be inseminated professionally. Home insemination requires a lot of preparation and good timing and carefulness.
What is at-home insemination?
At-home insemination means placing semen or sperm in the vagina by a method other than having sexual intercourse, usually without the help of a healthcare provider. Home insemination using a syringe to inseminate the prospective mother, or sometimes a baster, has proved successful many times. As this is a complicated process and has to be done with the utmost care, one should do it in presence of a medical professional.
Artificial insemination is done using two techniques mainly. These are laid as under:
1. Intra-uterine semination(IUI): With IUI, the sample is washed, and the sperm are concentrated into a small volume. The sperm is then placed through the cervix directly into the uterus using a thin catheter. Raw semen cannot be placed directly into the uterus, as it can cause a severe adverse reaction.
2. Intra-cervical insemination(ICI): ICI and intravaginal insemination (IVI) are similar methods. With ICI, the sperm is placed very close to the cervix, either by the doctor or at home using a long syringe or insemination catheter. With IVI, the sperm is placed anywhere in the vagina.
ICI and IVI can be done at home and, because they do not involve the introduction of sperm directly into the uterus, sperm used for ICI and IVI may be either washed or unwashed.
Why is home insemination so popular?
It is popular among couples who want to have a baby by co-parenting technique or in LGBT couples. Intrauterine insemination is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) used to help infertile couples or couples having difficulty conceiving. Some women who get pregnant naturally undergo miscarriage or stillbirths. Intrauterine insemination gives hope to couples facing such problems.
The home insemination kits have proved to very helpful to the couples who can try artificial insemination in the homely environment in a stress-free way. It reduces the mental pressure which is created by the environment and chaos of the hospital.
The familiar environment and the possibility of having their partner involved is a great aid in helping them feel less stressed during the process.
The pregnancy success rate is higher when insemination is carried out at home as opposed to in a fertility clinic. The fact could explain this that the sperm used is fresh and not frozen, and perhaps also because the recipient feels more relaxed in a familiar place than in an impersonal, cold room.
After multiple miscarriages, if you come to know that the sperm quality is not so good for which the fetus is having chromosomal problems and it is weak leading to the discontinuance of pregnancy artificial insemination at home is a good option.
How do insemination kits work?
Home insemination is made possible thanks to the invention of home insemination kits, which can be purchased from your fertility clinic or various sellers online.
Kits include, ovulation tests and pregnancy tests, as well as some syringes, semen containers to ease the process. These kits come with everything that you need for at-home insemination process, as well as everything that you need to prepare well enough to be successful.
With ovulation tests and sample containers, you should be able to coordinate your insemination together with your partners, co-parent or sperm donor.
Is Home insemination successful?
Home insemination has differing success rates depending on the method that you use for insemination.
The efficacy rate is slightly lower than what would happen with natural intercourse. For instance, anecdotal evidence shows that the chances of getting pregnant with artificial insemination at home are around ten to fifteen percent per ovulation, whereas with natural intercourse the chances are much higher, between twenty to thirty percent.
However, after multiple miscarriages, this may prove to be successful by taking the aid of a sperm donor. It is risky of course but the couples may give it a try.
Being parents is a gift of God bestowed upon us. Any uncertainties must not shatter you. Rather don’t lose hope, with proper care and medications you can get to see a rainbow soon in the sky. Take the benefits of science and carry on procedures under proper medical guidance.