Motherhood After Miscarriage
A miscarriage is a devastating experience for a woman and her partner. But knowing the facts—including how likely it is to have a healthy pregnancy afterwards—can help ease the sense of loss.
Think you might be prone to having a miscarriage? Find out more about the signs of a miscarriage.
When a woman does get pregnant again, it’s natural for her to be nervous, but the fear usually diminishes when certain milestones are reached, such as the week of pregnancy when the last miscarriage occurred, when the first trimester has passed, and when prenatal testing reveals that all is well. Stern advises women to find a doctor who is sensitive to their specific concerns”– someone who will allow you to come in between scheduled visits if you just want to listen to the baby’s heartbeat.”
The only true cure, of course, for the devastation of a miscarriage, is the birth of a healthy baby. Fortunately, that is the outcome for most women, and a fact that should help them keep the faith.
“The vast majority of women who miscarry go on to have as many healthy children as they want,” asserts Dr. Lerner. Kristin Cole is a case in point. After her third miscarriage, it was determined that she had a septate uterus–a uterus divided by a membrane, which affected the growth of the uterine lining and caused her losses. The fact that she didn’t miscarry during her first pregnancy was the fluke. She had laparoscopic surgery to remove the membrane, became pregnant again a few months later, and gave birth to her son, Leo, the following April.