Can It Be Genetic?

It’s widly “known” that losses are not genetic. Doctors say there is no way that the trait can be passed down from either parent. Yet, when you ask the board if any of their immediate family members have had a loss, more say yes than no.

Interestingly, though, more say no than yes when it comes to infertility (secondary or initially) with a good chunk unsure.

The top Google searches when you type in “Are miscarriages….” pops up with genetic and hereditary. That’s not a coincidence.

Once you’ve had a loss, you know how much it’s out there, like a new world has been exposed. But why does it seem to pop up a lot in your own family?

Searching online and talking to doctors seem to bring up nothing. They’ll say it’s a fluke, a genetic abnormality (of your LO, not you) or that it’s just a coincidence. There seem to have been no true studies into why they seem prevalent in families.

Perhaps one day,family losses will be a factor into your monitoring during your own pregnancy. Maybe it will help to boost your check-ins or ultrasounds or even just your betas.

Until then, we’ll keep on keepin on.

Interesting articles to read:

Way Of Predicting Outcome Of Pregnancies With Miscarriage Threat Developed

Are Miscarriages Hereditary? A question on

Multiple Miscarriages Linked To Gene– from 2001


2 thoughts on “Can It Be Genetic?

  1. Miscarriages can be “genetic.” My husband has a balanced translocation, which means he has all the right genetic information, but some of it is in the wrong place. In his case some of the genetic information on his 8th and 17th chromosomes is swapped, so when his genetic information splits to create a baby, there is a good chance that the baby doesn’t get the right “amount” of genetic information. It’s thought this is often passed down from a parent, we don’t know if it was in his case since his parents haven’t been tested. However, his sister also has had losses. Data shows that about 1 in 500 people have a balanced translocation. It can be identified through a genetic karyotype. There isn’t any treatment. Patients are told to keep trying, have IVF with genetic diagnosis or use a donor. Parents with BTs can pass them on to children, which can cause the children to have fertility issues. Just wanted to share. 🙂

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