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Healthy baby followed by 2 miscarriages - clotting disorder?

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February 9th, 2013, 08:41 PM
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Hello. I have a 4 year old son - had no issues getting pregnant and had a smooth pregnancy - except that my placenta had a clot that was discovered during the 20th week ultrasound. Thankfully, it did not increase in size after that and my son was born healthy.

When my son was 1.5, I had stress induced joint pain for 8 months - all along the doctors thought I had early arthritis even though the blood work did not confirm anything. Finally, a doctor diagnosed that I just had stress. This 'diagnosis' made me so happy and cheerful that all the joint pain disappeared and never came back!

My pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at 6.5 weeks last year. 6 months later,I had another miscarriage at 6.5 weeks (I got to know at 7.5). I got a D&C with the recent one, but not with the 1st one. My doctor will do some testing this time.

I am just curious if after a healthy baby I could have a clotting disorder? Is the clot in my placenta during the 1st pregnancy indicative of anything? I am also wondering if the stress induced joint pain could have compromised my immune system in any way - thus exacerbating any clotting issues already existing or creating a new one?

Anyone with similar experience? Thanks.
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February 10th, 2013, 08:32 AM
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I also have a healthy 4 year old son and had two losses the last year - a daughter at 39 weeks and another daughter at 17 weeks. No reason was ever found for either loss. I have seen two OB practices who both told me that I have "Bad luck." I was not satisfied with that answer and am currently seeing a RE who is testing me for everything under the sun. Most of my blood work came back normal but we are still waiting on the clotting results which are the ones that he is most interested in. He told me that regardless of what the clotting tests say, he thinks that I should be treated for a clotting disorder because there have been clinical studies that show women with unexplained recurring loss have done well on blood thinners. I am meeting with a MFM at the end of the month to get their opinion and am also considering setting up an appt with a hematologist if the RE's clotting tests come back negative. I guess the only advice I have is to be your own advocate and try to have some tests run. Take care. Beth
P.S. The short answer to your question is yes, there are plenty of women who were found to have clotting disorders after a healthy pregnancy. There are also some autoimmune disorders that can cause clotting such as Antiphospholipid syndrome which you can be tested for. The RE also told me that if you have a different partner for the subsequent pregnancy, that could be related to the loss too. In my case, the father has been the same for all of my children but I just wanted to mention it.

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February 10th, 2013, 10:09 AM
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I am very sorry for your losses. Has your Dr talked about doing some blood work on you? I know I was refused testing until I had 3 losses and the I was referred to a RE.

My story: I had 3 losses, all at about the 8 week mark. I met with the RE, had all the testing done. My results:Lupus Anticoagulant. I don't know much about it, besides it is a clotting factor. I got pregnant again. The RE told me to take low dose aspirin. I had blood work done the first few weeks to test my hcg levels and progesterone. My hcg was rising and my progesterone was falling, so the RE put me on Prometrium(progesterone supplement) I took that until I hit the 12 week mark. In November of 2011, I had my little girl. The entire pregnancy I took low dose aspirin.

There is hope. Never lose it.
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February 11th, 2013, 08:14 PM
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Balst19 and ZoePaigesMommy - I am so sorry for your losses, and thank you for extending your wishes to me.

Balst19, I can't even imagine what you went through losing your girls so late in the pregnancy. My heartfelt condolences....

ZoePaigesMommy - your story gives me hope for sure!

Thanks for your responses, and good luck for future baby making!
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February 12th, 2013, 11:27 AM
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I didn't have a healthy baby first, but I had horrible clotty periods and had 5 miscarriages. I took a baby aspirin a day and a couple cycles later I got pregnant with my miracle. After she was born, none of the testing showed any clotting factors, but I know that it was because of clotting. My second cycle on baby aspirin didn't have clotting and I stayed pregnant. I would definitely look into it.

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