What You Should Know About Miscarriages


10 TO 20 PERCENT OF KNOWN PREGNANCIES END IN MISCARRIAGE, AND ACCORDING TO THE MAYO CLINIC THAT NUMBER IS LIKELY HIGHER. WHILE IT IS COMMON, THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT ANY EASIER. IN TONIGHT’S HEALTHBEAT, KELOLAND’S SOPHIE HEINEMANN HEARS FROM ONE WOMAN ABOUT HOW SHE STAYED STRONG. “WE CALL HIM OUR RAINBOW BABY, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL YOU KNOW A BABY AFTER A MISCARRIAGE OR A LOSS,” THORSON SAID. 26-YEAR-OLD SARAH THORSON SAYS YOU CAN USUALLY FIND HER 7 MONTH OLD SON, OTTO, SMILING. THORSON IS THANKFUL FOR HER HAPPY BABY, AFTER EXPERIENCING A MISCARRIAGE, JUST MONTHS BEFORE BECOMING PREGNANT WITH HIM. “IT WAS FRIDAY BEFORE OUR 12 WEEK APPOINTMENT AND THINGS WERE STARTING TO GO WRONG AND I COULD JUST TELL SOMETHING WASN’T QUITE RIGHT. SO I CALLED OUR DOCTOR, AND WE WENT IN AND THAT’S WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT THE BABY DIDN’T HAVE A HEARTBEAT,” THORSON SAID. THE NEWS WAS SHOCKING, AND SHE IMMEDIATELY BLAMED HERSELF. “I HAD WORKED OUT, AND I HADN’T WORKED OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT AND SO I WAS LIKE OH MY GOSH, I DID THIS, I DID THIS. AM I THE ONE THAT DID SOMETHING?” THORSON SAID. “OH I HAD TOO MUCH COFFEE, OH I ATE LUNCH MEAT, OR OH MY GOSH I HAD A GLASS OF WINE BEFORE I KNEW I WAS PREGNANT. AND THEY AUTOMATICALLY KIND OF BLAME THEMSELVES,” KELLEY SAID. DR. AMY KELLEY SAYS IN MOST CASES A MISCARRIAGE IS OUT OF BOTH THE PARENTS AND DOCTORS CONTROL. “THE REASON FOR THAT IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM ARE CHROMOSOMAL ABNORMALITIES OF THE EMBRYO OR THE FETUS,” KELLEY SAID. SHE SAYS MISCARRIAGES ARE EXTREMELY COMMON BUT VARY BETWEEN EACH WOMAN DUE TO FAMILY HISTORY, MEDICAL ISSUES, SMOKING, AND ESPECIALLY AGE. “YOUR EGGS ARE, AS THEY GET OLDER THEY DON’T DIVIDE QUITE AS WELL AND SO YOU CAN END UP WITH CHROMOSOME ABNORMALITIES,” KELLEY SAID. MAKING MISCARRIAGES EVEN MORE COMMON IN WOMEN OVER 35. SOPHIE HEINEMANN: KELLEY SAYS THE MOST WOMEN MISCARRY ONCE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO MISCARRY 2 TO 3 TIMES, IT’S TIME TO SEE A DOCTOR. BUT AFTER ONE, KELLEY SAYS IT’S SAFE TO TRY FOR A BABY AGAIN AS SOON AS YOU’RE READY. “SOME OF OUR NEWER STUDIES SHOW THAT ACTUALLY THE SOONER YOU GET PREGNANT THE MORE LIKELY YOU ARE TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL PREGNANCY,” KELLEY SAID. THORSON SAYS HER SECOND PREGNANCY CAME WITH A LOT OF FEAR. “IT’S GOING TO BE SCARY WHEN YOU DO GET PREGNANT AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT. I FEEL LIKE THAT’S JUST A MENTAL, EMOTIONAL THING YOU GO THROUGH A LOT WHEN YOU HAVE A MISCARRIAGE, BUT THEN IT BRINGS US OUR LITTLE GUY AND WE’RE HAPPY AS CAN BE,” THORSON SAID. HER ADVICE: STAY HOPEFUL, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM, AND NEVER BLAME YOURSELF. WITH HEALTHBEAT, I’M SOPHIE HEINEMANN.

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