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What Could Have Caused Lily Allen To Lose Her Baby When She Was Six Months Pregnant?

Tue, November 2, 2010 10:26am EDT by Add first Comment

Lily Allen has suffered two miscarriages in the past few years. Experts tell what could have caused her tragic loss.

We feel so sorry for British singer Lily Allen, who was six months pregnant when she lost her baby boy over the weekend, so we turned to the experts to ask what could have caused her to lose the baby. “When there is a fetal loss anytime after 20 weeks, it is called an intrauterine fetal demise or IUFD,” Beverly Hills-based obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Michele Hakakha, who does not treat the singer, tells It happens in 1 out of 200 pregnancies, and while doctors can’t always determine the reason why it happens, Lily was reportedly suffering from a viral infection in the days leading up to her loss.

According to Dr. Melody T. McCloud, an Atlanta-based, obstetrician-gynecologist, that illness may have played a part in her baby’s death. “A key reason for second trimester pregnancy loss is infection, Strep-B or other bacteria,” she tells

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But Dr. Hakakha, author of Expecting 411, says in some cases doctors can’t give parents a clear answer on what caused their tragic loss. “One of the hardest things about IUFDs is that we often don’t know why they happen. In fact, 50 percent of the time, doctors can’t find an obvious cause. But I think the most important thing to remember is that despite all the guilt felt by the mother, most cannot be prevented and it’s no one’s fault.”

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But that fact that Lily, 25, also had a miscarriage in 2008 could also be a clue to what happened. “Patients who had one or more D&C procedures run a high risk of weakened or ‘incompetent’ cervix, which is when the upper ring is too weak to maintain the increasing weight of the growing uterus and baby and amniotic fluid,” explains Dr. McCloud, who is quick to point out that just because Lily’s lost two babies it doesn’t mean she’ll never be able to have a successful pregnancy. “She’d also be advised to be on bed rest much of the time in her next pregnancy.”

Our hearts go out to the singer, and we certainly do hope that her baby dreams become a reality in the very near future.

–Amy L. Harper

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