Miscarriage is very common and occurs in approximately one in four recognised pregnancies. The human body is amazing but due to its complexity there are many things that could go wrong in the early days of a pregnancy, with the body detecting this and ending the pregnancy.
Most of the time there is no reason found for why a pregnancy ends in miscarriage and the majority of women will have a successful next pregnancy. For some women and their partners, they will suffer another miscarriage. Having three or more consecutive spontaneous miscarriages before 20 weeks of pregnancy defines recurrent miscarriage and it is an uncommon occurrence, with 1-3% of couples affected. If this has happened to you, Dr Budden will ask for detailed information about how far along you were and what happened at the time of each miscarriage. He will then organise for a number of investigations for you, and perhaps your partner, to look for any causes of recurrent miscarriage.