Your partner has an increased risk of thrombophilia, which increases fetal thrombophilia risk
Here is what you need to know:
Your partner’s history indicates that he has an increased risk of genetic thrombophilia, and the fetus may inherit this trait. Fetal thrombophilia causes fetal loss and other pregnancy-related complications.
Thrombophilia is a condition that makes the patients suffering from it more likely to clot within their blood vessels. Usually, the blood flows throughout the vascular system without clotting. When a vessel is broken down (injury) and bleeding commences, the clotting mechanism of a normal person forms a plug to stop the bleeding. This plug results from a very complex coagulation mechanism, which requires significant coordination of many different proteins, antibodies, and other chemicals produced within the human tissues.
Women who do not have thrombophilia experience recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility issues if the partner has genetic thrombophilia that he is passing to the fetus. Half of all pregnancy failures are caused by undiagnosed paternal and fetal thrombophilia.
Fetal thrombophilia can cause all the pregnancy complications listed below:
- Failure of the embryo to attach to the uterine lining (implantation failure).
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Fetal growth failure.
- Hypertensive disorders of the pregnancy (Preeclampsia/Toxemia).
- Decreased amniotic fluid volume (Oligohydramnios).
- Partial or complete separation of the placenta (Abruptio placentae).
- Silent premature cervical changes may lead to premature birth.
- Pre-term labor and delivery.
- “Unexplained” intrauterine fetal demise (death).
- Severe fetal oxygen deprivation may lead to various mental problems, including cerebral palsy.
- Thrombophlebitis, or deep vein thrombosis. These two conditions are rare. We treat patients with anti-thrombotic protocols, mostly to protect the placenta.
What you need to do:
Please speak to your PCP or OB doctor and ask them to test your partner for genetic thrombophilia. This knowledge will help your doctor determine the risk of the fetus having genetic thrombophilia. If your primary doctor is unfamiliar with this knowledge, you are welcome to visit Dr. Kofinas to complete your workup and get a customized protocol for your next pregnancy.