Dr. Carrillo shares if you can still have a healthy baby after multiple miscarriages and explains if stress can cause a miscarriage?
Having two miscarriages does increase the risk of having another miscarriage above the baseline risk but not significantly.
After two losses the risk of pregnancy loss is 28 percent versus your original risk of 20 percent as the general population. However, after three pregnancy losses that risk of future miscarriages goes up to 43 percent.
At that point some people would recommend that an evaluation by either a generalist OB/GYN like myself, or by a specialist such as a reproductive endocrinologist might be warranted to try to identify reasons for why we keep having the miscarriage.
In that, it’s important for patients to realize that up to half of patients we will never find an answer for why they have repeated miscarriages, but the good news is that in that group, 70 percent will then go on to have a pregnancy at some point, a normal pregnancy.
Does stress have any effect on miscarriage? And, although I can’t say definitively that it does not, I don’t know that any physician would ever stay pregnant because we are pretty stressed.
I don’t know if that’s the right answer but all different walks of life conceive and have children and stress is present across all lifestyles.
So I think in the big sense, stress doesn’t make a big final decision unless stress makes us do things maybe we shouldn’t have, like excessive smoking.
About Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. After completing her internship in Hawaii, she completed her specialty training at the joint program of Maricopa Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Carrillo opened her own practice, AZ Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, in August of 2006, and is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. She specializes in a full breadth of obstetrics and gynecology from late childhood, menopause, and high-risk and twin pregnancies. She also specialized in minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery involving Da Vinci robotics.