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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

About Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent pregnancy loss is indicated by two or more clinical pregnancy losses. Although rarely talked about, 1 in 4 women experience pregnancy loss. It is important to know that rarely does an inadvertent action on the part of the woman causes the loss of a pregnancy. However, it is easy for women to falsely blame themselves. Common causes of pregnancy loss include:

  • Having a medical illness such as diabetes or lupus
  • Chromosomal imbalances
  • The presence of a fibroid, septum or scar tissue inside the uterus
  • Cervical incompetence
  • Under-active or over-active thyroid

Fertility Evaluation

Being evaluated by a fertility specialist after two or more losses, or if it has been determined that a pregnancy loss has been caused by an issue such as a cervical or uterine abnormality, is a helpful first step into treatment:

  • Blood tests can be done to determine if there is a thyroid gland disorder
  • Blood tests to rule out any blood clotting which can affect fetal nourishment
  • Abnormalities requiring surgery such as fibroids, septum or scar tissues or can be removed
  • The use of a cervical stitch called a cerclage to combat cervical incompetence

Emotional Support

For further support through this difficult time, Virtua hospital offers families who have experience the loss of a pregnancy or infant to join their Perinatal Bereavement support group. We also partner with experienced counselors for private sessions.


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