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054: What Couples Need to Know About Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Loss is devastating. It's something no parent should ever have to experience.

Recurrent loss is even more heartbreaking, especially when you don't have any idea why it keeps happening and what you can do about it.

On this episode, I chat with specialist, Dr. Lora Shahine about what couples need to know about recurrent pregnancy loss and what you can do about it to optimize your reproductive and pregnancy health.


Episode highlights...

  • How many losses you need to experience to qualify for the diagnosis "recurrent pregnancy loss" and why that matters

  • Why some doctors don't follow the "traditional" definition of recurrent pregnancy loss

  • How the "unexplained infertility" impacts a couple's experience in making sense of recurrent pregnancy loss

  • The difference between chemical pregnancy and clinical pregnancy loss and if they should be treated differently

  • The most common reasons why women and couples experience pregnancy loss

  • Factors couples need to identify ahead of time to optimize for pregnancy health and reduce risk of recurrent loss

  • Why losses occur even with a "normal" embryo during IVF

  • What tests to ask your doctor for if you've experienced 2 miscarriages in a row

  • When it's really safe to tell your family and friends that you're pregnant

If you’ve experienced loss of any kind, whether chemical pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss, it is not your fault. You are not broken.

Resources from the show...

  • Visit Dr. Shahine's website

  • Connect with Dr. Shahine on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

  • When to tell your friends and family that you're pregnant (Read Now)

  • Check out Dr. Shahine's books on Amazon (Read Now)

  • Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)

  • Should you see a high-risk OB before trying to get pregnant? (Read Now)

  • Guiding you through fertility treatment to help you get pregnant (Learn More)

  • Connect on with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


A majority of recurrent pregnancy loss doesn't have a diagnosis. (Tweet that!)

We can check if the forest is there but we can't check if all of the trees are. (Tweet that!)

About the Guest

Dr. Shahine is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist currently practicing at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle, WA. As a clinical instructor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington and the Director of the Center for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at PNWF, she is committed to providing excellence in patient care, teaching the next generation of women's health providers and continuing research in fields of fertility and recurrent miscarriage. She serves on the board of Babyquest, a non-profit organization which donates grants to fertility patients who need help with treatment costs.

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