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#1 Broken Heart

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

Hi Everyone,

My daughter Lacy died at 36 weeks and 5 days gestation. The Doctors said my placenta was extremely small and that small blood clots may have been the cause. They said next time i get pregnant I will be monitored closely and will have to take aspirin to increase the blood flow. I am really scared and need some reassurance. Is there anyone else who is in a similar situation and has had success the next time around?

Thank you, Chanel.

#2 erindiv

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

I am so sorry for your loss  sad.gif

If it helps, I know of several people who have had clotting issues and gone on to have successful pregnancies resulting in a healthy baby. There are several here on EB who I'm sure will come in here shortly.

Life can be so cruel sad.gif

#3 Broken Heart

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:24 AM

QUOTE (erindiv @ 19/12/2012, 07:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am so sorry for your loss  sad.gif

If it helps, I know of several people who have had clotting issues and gone on to have successful pregnancies resulting in a healthy baby. There are several here on EB who I'm sure will come in here shortly.

Life can be so cruel sad.gif


It's crazy how obsessed ive become with pregnancy. It's all i can think about because it's my first baby and i know i wont feel better until ive had a successful pregnancy. basically i want to get reassurance and i think if others can post their success stories i may feel a little better. Not allowed to get pregnant again until after february 2013. Im scared but i want it over an done with.

Thanks again xxx sad.gif

#4 premmie_29weeks

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

I'm very sorry for you loss! I haven't personally experienced anything like this, but a close friend has just had a baby boy at about 35 weeks. She went through extensive testing and daily monitoring because they found the baby to be very small for dates. In the end the placenta was found to be the cause of his size, there were many other far more serious potential causes so they were understandably very relieved. He was born at 1.5kgs and is growing nicely, still in the nicu but had hids first bath and bf this week original.gif

Now your medical team know the causes I'm sure they will be monitoring you closely. I wish you all the best of luck original.gif it's amazing how ttc takes over you life, I remember being consumed with it. I think it's because you can never plan far ahead...

#5 Lainskii

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

I'm very sorry for your loss.

I had placenta/cord issues with my DS, so he was monitored more closely and I had lots more scans. He was measuring around 4 weeks behind through virtually the whole pregnancy. At 32 weeks I was going in every two days for a blood flow check. My OB decided to deliver at 33 weeks as the placenta was not looking good and the blood flow was still not good. So my DS was born at 1.465kg. He is now 8 weeks old and 3kg and doing really well.

At least for your next pregnancy they know there 'could' be issues so they can monitor you and help have a positive outcome. You may not have issues anyway as each pregnancy is different. Good luck OP.




#6 mandala

Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

I'm so very sorry.

I have a condition that is associated with clots in the placenta, leading to a greater risk of miscarriage and IUGR.

*pg and loss mentioned*

In my first pregnancy, I miscarried at 10 weeks, after seeing a nice, strong heartbeat at 8 weeks. There was some question whether it was associated with the condition, but it was deemed to be more likely to be just bad luck.  In my second (successful) pregnancy, there was a question mark on whether I should be on low-dose aspirin until 10 weeks, but I couldn't get an appointment with the specialist until after that time so I didn't take it after all.

By 10 weeks, the placenta has usually formed and the benefit of aspirin disappears. There are some ladies who also take Clexane to prevent clots.

During the pregnancy, I had a few extra scans to check on growth, and to check the blood flow in the placenta and uterine arteries. I also had extra monitoring for my BP, as clots in the placenta can also cause high BP.  It all looked fine in the scans.

I was induced at 40 weeks as my OB didn't want me to go over even though things had been fine. When my DS was born, there was meconium in the waters and he looked red and 'over cooked'. My OB said that the placenta was starting to fail, so I am very glad I was induced when I was.

Have you been referred to any specialists to investigate what might have happened? It would be good to have a plan for what they are looking out for. I saw a consultant physician as well as on OB to manage my pregnancy. It was very helpful to have someone to look over the whole picture.

I know how very hard it is to wait to fall pregnant, but it sounds like your body needs a rest. I am so very sorry, and hope you have better fortune soon.

Take care.

#7 MummyIHK

Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

I just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss.  I too lost my babies (under different circumstances) but I just wanted to say that I had similar fears to you and I also desperately wanted to bring another baby into the world, the wait was soooo hard.  I hope that the wait is not too hard on you (and your partner) and good luck with your next pregnancy.   bbighug.gif

#8 Broken Heart

Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

QUOTE (KRT @ 20/12/2012, 03:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm so very sorry.

I have a condition that is associated with clots in the placenta, leading to a greater risk of miscarriage and IUGR.

*pg and loss mentioned*

In my first pregnancy, I miscarried at 10 weeks, after seeing a nice, strong heartbeat at 8 weeks. There was some question whether it was associated with the condition, but it was deemed to be more likely to be just bad luck.  In my second (successful) pregnancy, there was a question mark on whether I should be on low-dose aspirin until 10 weeks, but I couldn't get an appointment with the specialist until after that time so I didn't take it after all.

By 10 weeks, the placenta has usually formed and the benefit of aspirin disappears. There are some ladies who also take Clexane to prevent clots.

During the pregnancy, I had a few extra scans to check on growth, and to check the blood flow in the placenta and uterine arteries. I also had extra monitoring for my BP, as clots in the placenta can also cause high BP.  It all looked fine in the scans.

I was induced at 40 weeks as my OB didn't want me to go over even though things had been fine. When my DS was born, there was meconium in the waters and he looked red and 'over cooked'. My OB said that the placenta was starting to fail, so I am very glad I was induced when I was.

Have you been referred to any specialists to investigate what might have happened? It would be good to have a plan for what they are looking out for. I saw a consultant physician as well as on OB to manage my pregnancy. It was very helpful to have someone to look over the whole picture.

I know how very hard it is to wait to fall pregnant, but it sounds like your body needs a rest. I am so very sorry, and hope you have better fortune soon.

Take care.


Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. I am glad you went onto have a succesful pregnancy and this has been reassuring to me. I have been to the gynaecologist. They have asked me not to ttc until after my next appointment when i get the chromasomal results back. The plan is when i get pregnant, i will be referred to the gynaecologist straight away and then together we will create a pregnancy and birth plan. Until they give me the go ahead, i will try to get as healthy as possible. I just feel like until i have had a successful pregnancy, i will not be able to feel completely right. mellow.gif

#9 Broken Heart

Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

QUOTE (KRT @ 20/12/2012, 03:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm so very sorry.

I have a condition that is associated with clots in the placenta, leading to a greater risk of miscarriage and IUGR.

*pg and loss mentioned*

In my first pregnancy, I miscarried at 10 weeks, after seeing a nice, strong heartbeat at 8 weeks. There was some question whether it was associated with the condition, but it was deemed to be more likely to be just bad luck.  In my second (successful) pregnancy, there was a question mark on whether I should be on low-dose aspirin until 10 weeks, but I couldn't get an appointment with the specialist until after that time so I didn't take it after all.

By 10 weeks, the placenta has usually formed and the benefit of aspirin disappears. There are some ladies who also take Clexane to prevent clots.

During the pregnancy, I had a few extra scans to check on growth, and to check the blood flow in the placenta and uterine arteries. I also had extra monitoring for my BP, as clots in the placenta can also cause high BP.  It all looked fine in the scans.

I was induced at 40 weeks as my OB didn't want me to go over even though things had been fine. When my DS was born, there was meconium in the waters and he looked red and 'over cooked'. My OB said that the placenta was starting to fail, so I am very glad I was induced when I was.

Have you been referred to any specialists to investigate what might have happened? It would be good to have a plan for what they are looking out for. I saw a consultant physician as well as on OB to manage my pregnancy. It was very helpful to have someone to look over the whole picture.

I know how very hard it is to wait to fall pregnant, but it sounds like your body needs a rest. I am so very sorry, and hope you have better fortune soon.

Take care.



Thank you for taking the time to share your story with me. My gynaecologist is waiting on the chromosomes results from my baby girl but hopefully after that i can get pregnant again.
Ive been doing some research and came accross a section about auto immune diseases. Your body creates antibodies naturally to fight infections etc. When you get pregnant the antibodies attack the placenta and cord because it is foreign and begins to create little blood clots. My gynaecologist didnt mention this but my next appointment is on the 30th of January so i am going to mention it and see if thats the reason my placenta was small and i had blood clots. I am basically trying to get my blood pumping and get a better flow by dieting and exercising to give my next child the best possible chance.

Thanks again and i am so glad everything worked out for you. I hope i am the same next time.

#10 Broken Heart

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE (premmie_29weeks @ 20/12/2012, 09:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm very sorry for you loss! I haven't personally experienced anything like this, but a close friend has just had a baby boy at about 35 weeks. She went through extensive testing and daily monitoring because they found the baby to be very small for dates. In the end the placenta was found to be the cause of his size, there were many other far more serious potential causes so they were understandably very relieved. He was born at 1.5kgs and is growing nicely, still in the nicu but had hids first bath and bf this week original.gif

Now your medical team know the causes I'm sure they will be monitoring you closely. I wish you all the best of luck original.gif it's amazing how ttc takes over you life, I remember being consumed with it. I think it's because you can never plan far ahead...



Thank you for sharing your friends story. It is good to know that there is success out there after all and It gives me hope rolleyes.gif
It is so hard going through almost an entire pregnancy and then having to go through it all again with added anxiety of another still birth. I am trying to stay positive and these sorts of stories really do make me feel a little bit at ease.

At the moment i am getting my body healthy until the golden day (Jan 30, 2013) when my Gynaecologist says i can ttc. I really took the importance of diet and exercise for granted last time.

Thanks again and i am glad your friend's baby is doing well biggrin.gif I bet she cant wait to take the baby home.




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