I suffered a miscarriage aged 17 then had an ectopic pregnancy aged 18 before getting pregnant again. I had a full-term pregnancy with my eldest daughter (who is now 9) but haemorrhaged severely and had to have a blood transfusion.
Two years later we decided we wanted to try again to give our daughter a brother or sister. I got pregnant no problem but miscarried in the first trimester at 7 weeks, so we tried again but suffered another miscarriage, this time 9 weeks.
We were sent to early pregnancy and assisted conception clinic to see if they could work out what was going on. We had blood tests to see if we were compatible and if anything was wrong. Nothing happened. I had my thyroid checked and every screen you could imagine but they couldn't find anything wrong.
I even had a smear which then brought up that I had cancerous cells so I had loop surgery. I thought that had to be it. So we tried again but suffered yet another miscarriage in the first trimester. In total I have had 8 miscarriages.
I found out about something called "KILLER CELLS." This is when your white blood cells are over active and you have an over active immune system. I suffer with psoriasis which can be a pointer to this problem. I asked the clinic to test my cell count which is not something they normally do.
It was very high. The doctor said I had an infection so I was given antibiotics and every swab, smear and urine test you could imagine. I went back and had my bloods done again. My white blood cells and another auto immune cell count were high.
At this time I was pregnant and going for early pregnancy scans. I was referred to a specialist who put me on Aspirin and a course of injectional steroids. I had to go every couple of weeks for scans my heart was in my mouth each time, as I was prepared for the worst.
They induced me at 38.5 weeks and I had a healthy baby girl, because the hospital was now aware of my over-active immune system they were able to stop my body from attacking my baby.
I am now 27 weeks pregnant with my son. I'm still going for growth scans, on Aspirin and having steroids and blood tests. Whilst I feel a bit poked and prodded about, it's all so far so good. I will have to be induced early again due to my blood not clotting. My white blood cells are being kept at bay with the steroids. Many people are not given this simple blood test which could save so much heartache and little lives that may flourish. I hope my story helps others.
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