17 Miscarriages

She's is the Queen. Literally. She was a queen, a queen of Great Britain and a queen of miscarriages. Well actually she was, Queen ascended to her throne in 1702, at the time she ruled England, Scotland and Ireland, and it was she who untied England and Scotland. Queen Ann's legacy was destined to be historical rather than genetic as her obstetrical history was very poor. We have never established what her medical problems was, perhaps a double uterus, uterine fibroids, infections, or something more complex such as antiphospholipid syndrome, but she never produced an heir although she had many pregnancies. Queen Anne of England had so many miscarriages she would have been labeled a habitual aborter in our time. We label those who have three or more miscarriages a habitual aborter. In truth, they are extremely common in fertile as well as those who never have a birth to term. Actually once you have 2 miscarriages your chance of miscarrying again is roughly 30%. 80% of miscarriages are in the first trimester of pregnancy, as were hers. Each week you make it in pregnancy the risk of miscarriage decreases. Queen Anne began her rein with 4 miscarriages, and by the end of her rein she had at least 17 miscarriages, and no heir to the throne, ending her line of ascension. Queen Anne, thus by producing no heirs, went from being the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, to ending the line of Stuarts. Bleeding in early pregnancy is common, between 1/4 and 1/5 women have bleeding and about half of these pregnancies will end in a miscarriage by 20 weeks of pregnancy. The causes of miscarriage are many, although some will remain undiagnosed. Most gynos won't have you performing an evaluation of why you are miscarrying until you have had the first 3 or more early pregnancy losses. Miscarriage risk roughly doubles between the ages of 20 and 40. "Unexplained" infertility and "unexplained" miscarriages may also just be the consequence of ovarian aging. With about 10% of women experiencing early menopause before the age of 45. Recent studies showing a decline in fertility about 13 years before the true age of menopause, meaning that these 10% of women would start to experience ovarian aging by 32 and accelerated infertility by around the age of 37. Have you had a miscarriage, was a cause found? For instance, did your gyno check the age of your ovaries? 


  1. She was quite a tragic figure personally but her reign was quite eventful. Go to www.mylifeasqueenanne.blogspot.com for more info, should you be interested.
    Anne C.

  2. Love those history notes. When they contain birthing facts and gyno history, even better, thanks!


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