Scientists have recently discovered what may be the cause for why some women have multiple miscarriages. If this study can help pinpoint the cause of multiple miscarriages, it could save women from experiencing unnecessary heartache and emotional turmoil.
In the study, laboratory tests found that women who had lost three or more pregnancies had high levels of a molecule known as IL-33 present in their womb cells. IL-33 controls whether or not a woman’s uterus accepts an embryo or expels it.
Any woman who has had the misfortune of experiencing a miscarriage will tell you that it is one of the most emotionally painful things that she has ever experienced. Trying to explain what it feels like to lose a pregnancy is like trying to explain childbirth to someone who has never experienced it. You may be able to find the words to describe it, but it will never do the feelings justice.
When I had my miscarriage, I wanted answers. I demanded answers. I needed to know why this happened to me. I wanted to know why I lost my baby. My heart was begging for an explanation, any explanation, because not knowing only made the pain more unbearable. It made it random and senseless – and that scared me more than anything because it could happen again.
But when you have an early pregnancy miscarriage, there is seldom any reason offered or available. We are expected to accept it and move on. Your dreams are ripped from you and there is nothing you can do. I never felt so helpless and alone – betrayed by my own body.
If this research results in a treatment to prevent mothers-to-be from suffering miscarriages, it could change the world of reproductive medicine forever. If these study findings could even prevent one mother from having to experience the pain of a miscarriage, it would still be a miracle.
No one knows what will come of these findings, but it feels like a big step forward in women’s health and wellbeing.
Deborah Cruz is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood.