Q&A: What are the chances of me losing my baby again?
I lost my daughter at 38 weeks in January this year to something they call toxoplasmosis, even though the doctor was not 100% sure that it was the reason. She was perfect in every way. Now I have just found out that I am 5 weeks pregnant and I am so excited yet so nervous. What are the chances of me losing my baby again? I do not know how to feel or what to do. Could you please help me?
Dr Bronwyn Moore (gynaecologist) answers:
I'm so sorry to hear your story- it's awful to lose a pregancy at any stage but it's particularly difficult so close to delivery! Unfortunately it is frequently not possible to find the cause of an intrauterine death, no matter how carefully you test.
Sometimes, as it seems in your case, it is only possible to say what the probable cause was. Toxoplasmosis is a possible cause of foetal death. It is one of a group of infective causes collectively called STORCH (syphillis, toxoplasmosis, parvovirus, rubella, CMV, HSV). The majority of these only pose a threat to your pregnancy if you have a primary or initial infection with them during your pregnancy.
Subsequent infections are not as severe as you will have formed antibodies and do not cause recurrent foetal loss... so if toxoplasmosis was the cause of the stillbirth it won't have the same effect in another pregnancy.