(Closed) Have You Ever Miscarried? Is there a Family History?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Have you ever had a miscarriage? Do you have a family history of miscarriages?
    To the best of my knowledge, I have never had a miscarriage. : (61 votes)
    32 %
    I have had 1 miscarriage. : (25 votes)
    13 %
    I have had 2 or more miscarriages. : (13 votes)
    7 %
    To the best of my knowledge, I have no known family history of miscarriages. : (41 votes)
    21 %
    Others in my family have had miscarriages. : (53 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    1069 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve had one (didn’t know I was pregnant until I miscarried). My aunt has had quite a few, my mom hasn’t had any.

    I don’t know anything about how common they are (although my doctor did say they’re more common than you think) and the link between family history and miscarriage.

    Post # 4
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have five siblings (six kids total). My mom had 2 miscarriages between kids 4 and 5, but it was a stressful time and she was older at that point (nearly 40). I hope this is a good sign for me since I’m only 25 right now.


    Post # 5
    186 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My mom had 4 and grandma several as well. I have not had any and am pregnant with my first. It may not be scientifically true but since my family has never had a boy they seem to think they miscarry the males. I know there may be no evidence of this but its what they believe  

    Post # 6
    5093 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    So far as I know, I have never been pregnant (and thus have never had a miscarriage).  That being said, my mom had tons of them.  After she had me, she had five or six miscarriages and finally gave up on trying to have her own second child.  That’s why they ended up adopting my brother.

    Between her history and the fact that I have a congenital condition that could make miscarriages really likely, I’m a little bit terrified about when we start TTC.  🙁

    Post # 8
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Given the statistics, 1 in 6 (or 1 in 5 depending on what you read) pregnancies end in a miscarriage.  In families where the birth rate is higher, there will likely be more.  My grandmother had two, but she had 5 live births as well.  I had one m/c and one live birth, but I don’t believe the two are at all related.  If you have a family history of diseases/conditions that make miscarriage more likely (blood diseases, hormonal imbalances, PCOS, diabetes, obesity, birth defects, etc), and you also suffer from those diseases/conditions, then yes, you may be more likely to m/c. But that would be more to do with your condition and less to do with a familial predisposition to m/c.  You really can only do the best you can for your health and your baby’s health and hope for the best.  There’s a reason why OB’s typically do a pretty lengthy health/family history during your first OB visit (or pre-visit), and that’s because they are trying to establish the relative riskiness of your pregnancy, considering conditions you do have and conditions that might be present in your baby. 

    Post # 9
    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @inky_1:  Miscarriages are common, especially early on. But remember that the population continues to grow, and most people are able to have healthy babies born. I’m pregnant right now & paranoid about losing the baby, so I keep reminding myself that nature does want the baby to live, too…

    Post # 10
    1433 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

    @mufflerlove:  my grandma had like 10 miscarriages. She believes they were all boys as well – because she carried 3 healthy girls full term. So I definitely think its possible.

    Post # 11
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think the statistic is some 30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Crazy, right?

    Anyway, I have had one, but my mom has not. I’m not sure about everyone else.

    Post # 12
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’ve had 2 miscarriages. My mom and aunts never had miscarriages. However, my Mother-In-Law had 2. I was surprised to learn from my fertility specialist that the in-laws history matters too! I suppose for genetic mutation reasons that may have been passed to the husband.

    Post # 13
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have never been pregnant, but do have a family history of miscarriages. My mom had one after she had my sister (the youngest) when she was about 31. Her mother had 5 children, and had at least 4 miscarriages scattered amidst them. And this isn’t MY family history but I know DH’s mother had one too.

    I have no idea if a family history means anything about your likelihood of miscarrying though. But unfortunately I don’t think miscarriages are uncommon, at least not in my experience.

    Post # 14
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    About 1/3 of known pregnancies end in miscarriages. Scientists predict that when you extrapolate to include chemical pregnancies the woman didn’t know she had, that that number is much closer to 50%. It isn’t as much about genetics as it is about the overwhelming amount of miscarriages that happen that are totally natural.

    Post # 15
    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I had 1 and both of my sisters never had one

    Post # 16
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have never been pregnant (not TTC) however both my mom and sister have had miscarriges. 

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