Tip #74: Miscarriage


One in four pregnancies will miscarry, usually during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Most miscarriages are due to a genetic abnormality in the pregnancy, often an abnormal egg that has fertilized.  For that reason, doctors do not recommend genetic testing of a single miscarried pregnancy – we expect to find a genetic abnormality.

On the other hand, if this is a second or third miscarriage, something else may be going on.  You should have genetic testing of the pregnancy tissue performed.

It is also recommended that the female and male partners undergo an evaluation for recurrent pregnancy loss.  We want to be sure that your next pregnancy will progress to a full term birth.