Missed miscarriage, how to keep it from happening again?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@lalalalauren:  My guess is that your doctor will see you every few weeks in the beginning. I’m so sorry you went through that. Best of luck!

Post # 4
938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I experienced a missed miscarriage at 10 weeks. When I got pregnant the second time, I had an early ultrasound at 7 weeks and all was good. My doctor was lovely and did another ultrasound for me at 10 weeks. Since that was the point I had lost the first baby, I did feel a bit relieved after that visit. 

To be honest, I still worried even after I had moved into the second trimester. The only thing that 100% put my mind at ease was when I reached 18 weeks and started to feel the baby move. Now, at 24 weeks, the baby moves constantly, and the fears and worries of miscarriage have completely disappeared.

Post # 5
32 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

So sorry for your loss 🙁 I MC at 7.5 weeks and just had my D&C follow-up appointment.  He said next time around he will do whatever I want to keep me at ease.  Said if I want to get my HCG levels checked early on he will do that.  Also said they will schedule an early ultrasound for me if I want it (they usually do them at 8-9 weeks and he said 6-7).  So talk to your doctor next time and hopefully they will offer the same to you.  I think they are much more open after you have had a MC just to keep you sane and less stressed/worried.  Good luck!!

Post # 6
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@ash427:  I am so sorry for your loss. I recently had one at 8 weeks but knew it was coming because I was measuring behind at 7w2d (measuring 5.5 weeks, no fetal pole). I would just talk to your doctor about more frequent visits next time around. Good luck going forward with TTC, I hope you get your rainbow baby soon!!!

Post # 8
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m so sorry you went through this and are worried about it for future pregnancies, but I know exactly how you feel.  I got pregnant in Dec and went in for my first u/s at 9w, but there was no heartbeat.  The dr confirmed the baby stopped developing at 7w6d and I had no signs that anything was wrong.  Fast forward to April- I found out I was pregnant again after 1 round of Clomid, went in at 6w for an early u/s and everything looked great- we saw and heard the hb.  My dr didn’t see me back again until 10w, but we heard the hb with the doppler and everything was great.  I’m now 16w1d and everything is progressing smoothly!  I never asked to come back in between appointments for confirmation that everything was normal, but had I asked, I know my dr would have been more than happy to see me back.  I think that when you do get pregnant again (and I hope it’s soon!!) that you should talk to your dr about your fears and I’m sure they will see you more often.  I sometimes wish I would have asked to come back around 8w because I was a mess of emotions, but it all worked out.  Best of luck to you!!

Post # 10
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@lalalalauren:  Thank you!  I’m glad my story was able to keep your hopes up!  missed miscarriages are pretty rare when you look at the big picture of all pregnancies, so I’m pretty confident this won’t happen again for you.  Best of luck to you.  I hope you get your sticky baby soon! 🙂

Post # 11
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@lalalalauren:  I’m sorry for your loss, that must have been incredibly hard. I definitely think your doctor may give you the option to come in for an additional ultrasound btwn your regular 6-7 week ultrasound and the 12 week. I know of a few people who MC’d in the gap btwn similar to what happened with you, and they were seen at 7,10 and 12 weeks. After that, most just did the 20 week u/s and that was it.

I don’t think there is anything you can do to prevent it happening again, but odds are you are giong to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy this time around 🙂 Try to just think positive and take care of youself. Please keep us all updated on your journey, keeping my fingers crossed for a sticky baby ASAP. 🙂 🙂


Post # 13
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lalalalauren:  I had a missed miscarriage in December. I had my first ultrasound at 12 weeks and we found out the baby had stopped growing around 7 weeks.

With my current pregnancy I had my HCG monitored very closely and I had ultrasounds at 7 weeks and 10 weeks. I also got to listen to the heart beat at 12 weeks. I am 14 weeks pregnant today and officially in the second trimester. 🙂

I don’t think there’s anything you can do to prevent another missed miscarriage from happening but I believe it’s extremely rare to have more than one. That being said, early scans can definitely give you some peace of mind. My missed miscarrage was actually my second miscarriage (the first one wasn’t a missed miscarrage though…I started bleeding at 7 weeks) so when I got pregnant this time I asked the doctor if I could take progesterone supplements. I have no idea if I even have a progesterone issue or not but it doesn’t hurt to take extra progesterone. I only took it as a precaution. The other thing we’ve done differently is to stop having intercourse as per my doctor’s request. He believes that it isn’t safe for people who have a history of miscarriage to have intercourse while pregnant (at least not until the baby is viable at 24 weeks). I’m not sure if this is true but we were willing to try anything and so far this pregnancy is going very well.

Post # 15
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi, I am sorry you had to go through this experience.  Like PPs have said, missed miscarriages are rare so the chances of it happening again are pretty low.  I had a natural miscarriage (7.5 weeks) so mine wasn’t missed but I do understand the fear that something will go wrong again.  My doctor was very nice and offered to let me have an additional ultrasound between 6 weeks and 12 weeks (around 10 weeks) to help ease my fears.  It sounds like a lot of doctors will do this so I would recommend asking.   I know the extra ultrasound won’t take away the fear that something could still go wrong, but it certainly helps calm your fears for the time being.  My doc also monitored my hcg levels and progesterone as soon as I got pregnant again and found my progesterone to be low so he gave me supplements. I think they worked, I am now 14 weeks with what appears to be a healthy baby.  Good luck to you TTC again!  

Post # 16
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@lalalalauren:  I’m so glad to see you back in fast and being able to start TTC! I remember you from being in the December Mamas 2013 group! I can’t say anything about M/C but I just wanted to say my fingers are crossed you get a sticky baby next BFP and I’ll be thinking of you!!!

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