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Dr Eric Daiter has served Monmouth and Middlesex Counties of New Jersey as an infertility expert for the past 20 years. Dr. Daiter is happy to offer second opinions (at the office or over the telephone) or new patient appointments. It is easy, just call us at 908 226 0250 to set up an appointment (leave a message with your name and number if we are unable to get to the phone and someone will call you back).


"I always try to be available for my patients since I do understand the pain and frustration associated with fertility problems or endometriosis."


"I understand that the economy is very tough and insurance companies do not cover a lot of the services that might help you. I always try to minimize your out of pocket cost while encouraging the most successful and effective treatments available."

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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: overview of causes
Many couples blame themselves (often harshly) for their pregnancy losses. In fact, it is rare that either member of the couple has done anything that would result in a pregnancy loss. Additionally, the actual incidence of pregnancy loss in the United States is much higher than typically thought. The result is that many couples might benefit from knowledge of the recognized causes for pregnancy loss.

There is a major difference in both "incidence rates" and "causes" for single spontaneous abortions and recurrent spontaneous abortions. Recurrent abortion is typically defined as three or more consecutive (in a row) pregnancy losses that occur prior to fetal viability (usually 20 weeks gestation or a fetal weight of 500 grams). The reason for this criteria is the reports of a significantly higher chance for further pregnancy loss following the loss of "three in a row."

The two major clinically important categories of causes for spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) are fetal and maternal.

Fetal causes include the genetic composition of the fetus.

  • human live borns have a very low percentage of chromosomal abnormalities (about 0.6% or 1 in 170). This low percentage indicates that almost all chromosomal abnormalities are lethal and aborted early in pregnancy.
  • The only chromosomal abnormalities (other than those involving the X and Y sex chromosomes) that might result in a human live born are trisomy 21 (three of the 21 chromosome, known as "Down's syndrome"), trisomy 18 (three of the 18 chromosome, known as "Edward's syndrome" and all die during infancy) and trisomy 13 (three of the 13 chromosome, known as "Patau syndrome" and all die during infancy).

Maternal causes include abnormalities in the "environment" in which the embryo and fetus develops. Known maternal causes related to an action of the mother are uncommon, but can include

  • heavy smoking (uncommon for this to result in a loss)
  • alcohol abuse (uncommon for this to result in a loss)
  • irradiation or exposure to chemical toxins
  • medications known to be teratogenic (cause fetal malformation)

Other maternal causes which are not related to any conscious activity of the mother or couple include

  • anatomic abnormalities (typically uterine)
  • hormonal imbalances (typically in progesterone)
  • immunologic system errors (autoimmune and alloimmune)
  • serious or life threatening maternal disease

By far the most common causes for spontaneous pregnancy loss are fetal not maternal. It is difficult for a woman with an undesired pregnancy to consciously create an unfavorable environment for the pregnancy to successfully force a miscarriage.

Often couples blame themselves for "doing something" that must have resulted in the pregnancy loss. Focusing on themselves (often harshly) for doing something wrong is unfortunate since

  • it adds guilt on top of an existing emotionally charged situation, which is counterproductive and may delay or arrest recovery from the event
  • it is misdirected since very few losses are related to conscious maternal actions
  • it often assumes that such losses are rare events when in fact they are common (but not commonly discussed)


Eric Daiter, M.D. - Edison, NJ - E-Mail: - Phone: (908)226-0250

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