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Hope after Miscarriages

After the birth of their baby girl in April, country star Joe Nichols and his wife Heather are sharing the story of their difficult path to parenthood and five miscarriages. After trying fertility treatments such as Clomid and in vitro fertilization (IVF), the couple discovered she had an autoimmune response to pregnancy, as well as a thyroid condition.

For the Nichols, the sixth pregnancy was the charm, and Heather delivered Dylan River Nichols at 38 weeks on April 17, 2012.

Stories like Heather Nichols give us hope. When you experience a miscarriage — or miscarriages — you may have feelings like you will never have a child or you weren't meant to be a mother. Don't let these feelings overwhelm you. The majority of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo; however, many times there is a condition, such as autoimmunity, that may be causing the loss. Fertility doctors generally recommend an evaluation after only two miscarriages, particularly if you are over 35.

Ask questions and do your research about miscarriage. Feeling proactive will help you on your path to successfully having a baby. You can get started here with FertilityAuthority's section on MIscarriage.

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