I never lost hope after multiple miscarriages

Lisa is a mum to two boys. She has suffered multiple miscarriages, before and after the birth of her first son, but never lost hope and went on to have her second son.

Lisa's sons

by Lisa

March 2016

Currently my six-year-old is at school, and my almost five-month-old is in my arms. I had a missed miscarriage at 6 weeks, prior to having my first son. I knew fairly early on, as I went to A&E with what I thought was an ectopic pregnancy, but it turned out to be a cyst on my left ovary. I was told that the pregnancy was most likely unviable, and after a horrible two week wait I was told that I had miscarried.

I had to have medical management, as my body wasn't getting rid of the foetus. Fast forward 18 months later, and after having an operation to remove my cyst, I then had my first son with no problems.

18 months later I had a natural miscarriage at 7 weeks, ironically the day before Mother's Day

Although I was upset, I told myself that I had had to endure a miscarriage before my first son was born, so if that's what had to happen, so be it. I then got pregnant again straight away. I had a scan and saw a heartbeat at 8 weeks.

Following this, I had lots of pains and was told at my next scan that I had had another missed miscarriage at 8 weeks, which was around the time of my scan. This was the worst time for me, physically and mentally. I had to have 6-7 weeks off work, as I wasn't in a good way.

I decided that I couldn't try again without knowing that there was nothing wrong with me, as that was my third miscarriage. The NHS wouldn't test me because I hadn't had three miscarriages in a row, but luckily my mother-in-law, at the time paid for tests. Other than an underactive thyroid, nothing was wrong.

I then became pregnant again, and remember saying to a friend that I knew I was going to miscarry at 9 weeks, as my miscarriages were at 6 weeks, then 7 and 8. At exactly 9 weeks I was walking in a car park at a local supermarket, when I doubled over in pain. A scan the next day confirmed that I had miscarried at 9 weeks. Another missed miscarriage and another medical management.

I had some time out from trying and, then my husband (now ex) told me he didn't want another child

I was devastated and couldn't carry on with the marriage, so we divorced. 

I started selling my baby items, and in some way it was a relief that it was all over. I then met another partner who wanted a baby. I had two chemical pregnancies with him, and then in December 2014 I found out I was pregnant. This was a pregnancy that stuck and I had my beautiful and long awaited second son.

I have no idea what worked, perhaps it was a new partner. My treatment plan had been progesterone till 14 weeks, high dose folic acid till 12 weeks, lots of scans, and a fabulous consultant who answered my anxious emails at night.

Friends who have miscarried have said that they don't know how I did it. All I can say is that I never lost hope, had lots of courage and am a very determined person, who doesn't like being beaten. I also didn't want my son to be an only child, and I'm glad I carried on as he adores his little brother.

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