Aspirn... c-sections... just a bunch of questions.

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Postby clachapelle » Sat Sep 30, 2006 08:20 pm

Dear Lisa,

I've been dying to talk to you as in many ways, our situations are quite similar. My daughter, Ryleigh Laurianna was born on the 20th of June, just three days after your daughter, and passed away on the 28th. Like you, I was 24 weeks pregnant and was admitted to the hospital with severe preeclampsia (among other complications). Ryleigh's expected due date was also the same as your daughter's - the 7th/8th of October (next weekend). I will be thinking of you and your husband next weekend as I try to face this next milestone.

Unlike you, the doctors discovered that I have a blood disorder; nevertheless, we will be seeing a hemotologist at the end of October and then will hopefully be allowed to try again (I was supposed to wait until January, which was when my original appointment with him was scheduled, but I pushed to have it sooner as I am anxious to try again).

I also had a c-section. I was told that Ryleigh would never survive a vaginal birth as she was extremely underweight. For next time, I've actually requested a c-section again as so many people have tried to console me by telling me about other people who lost their babies - after going through a lengthy labour! I don't think I'd be able to face this.

As for the issue of heparin and baby aspirin, I will definetely be put on both for my next pregnancy as I had a pulmonary embolism and a second blood clot in my stomach. I'll find out at the end of October whether or not I'll begin this process while trying to conceive or when I find out (hopefully!) that I'm pregnant.

Thinking of you,

Cheryl

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Postby nbaboolal » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:51 am

Hi Lisa ,


I had an emergency c-section at 24 weeks. My baby didnot survive. I had extreme pre-eclampsia with hellp syndrome. I was visiting a high risk specialist . My doc told me to wait for six months.
I am also on calcium 1800 a day , folic acid and baby aspirin. I have not fallen pregnany as yet though. I hope the baby aspirin doesnot have an effect on my future pregnancy.
I hope that helps.

Take care
Nitasha

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Postby lmc2677 » Mon Sep 25, 2006 02:23 pm

Hi Lisa,

I just read the post above. Thank so much for your kind words. I feel lucky to have delivered vaginally as well, although I don't remember most of it. I was on a massive amount of drugs. I do remember the moment of birth. It was....peaceful. Hard to explain.

I feel happy that my husband wanted to try again so soon. I did too, but didn't want to rush him. Afterall, he was the one who remembers everything from the hospital. It was a very hard time on him to say the least. I can't even imagine what he went through. At least I was on drugs and asleep most of the time. He was also a medic in the Army for several years, so he understands more than most about how sick I was, what else could have happened, etc...So scary for him.

Anyway, so far so good with this one. I have my first OB appt. tomrrow. I'm nervous. I had some very light spotting last Friday, but that's all. Nothing major. No cramps. I just worry so much about something happening.

Good luck to you and your husband when you try again.

-Lynn

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Postby pixie323 » Tue Sep 19, 2006 03:53 am

Jenndola Thank you for the calcuim advise.

Lynn - Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!!! I'll definitely be keeping my eye out on how it all goes :) I hope you have a long and boring pregnancy [:)]

You are soooo lucky to have had a vaginal delivery. I soooo wish I could have. I think it makes a huge difference. I so envy anyone who can give birth virginally.

You are so lucky your husband agreed to becoming pregnant again. My husband is a registered nurse and he knows how close I came to lossing my life. I pray that in time he will be willing to try again.

Once Again Congratulations!!

-Lisa

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Postby lmc2677 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 09:37 pm

Hi Lisa,

Our stories sounds similar. I lost my daughter in April at 24 1/2 weeks. She was already gone when I was rushed to the ER. I was induced and had a vaginal delivery 24 hours later. I had every test done that they know to do. I can't remember all of the names of the tests, but they ALL came back just fine. Nothing was/is wrong with me on paper. "Just one of those things" they said. Both doctors said to continue on the Rx prenatals and baby aspirin, just to be safe. Anyway, my OB said to wait one cycle, just to chart everything. My peri didn't really say how long, just asked if we were trying again. This was 2 months after our loss. My husband and I both agreed we didn't want to wait, even though another pregnancy is very scary to both of us. So, we started trying in June and I just got a positive test last week!

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Re : Aspirn... c-sections... just a bunch of questions.

Postby jenndola » Tue Sep 12, 2006 01:32 am

It never hurts to take a calcium supplement. The calcium recommendation for women 19-50 is 1000 milligrams/day. Check the label on your multivit, and then supplement as needed. If I remember correctly, I think the max your body can absorb at once is 600 mg, so you'll probably want to take a calcium supplement at a different time of day than your multivit. It also helps absorption to get a supplement that has vitamin D with it.

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Postby pixie323 » Mon Sep 11, 2006 03:49 am

Thanks everyone for your responses. It has given me a lot more faith in my high risk obs and answered may of the questions I forgot to ask him when I saw him last. I've been tested for everything and nothing has shown up. Basically they don't know why it happened to me. I think it could be heredity (as my sister also had it) and due a little to malnutrition, as I ate hardly anything from week 5 til her birth. I will definitely take Maxillon next time if I develop morning sickness... if for no other reason but to keep my medication down.

I spoke to my hubby last night about trying again in late December (our high risk obs suggested we wait 6 months), but after speaking to him and seeing how terrified of losing me he is, I willing to wait a lot lot longer. I'm only 28, so I can wait until he is ready. I've decided I'll take my regular multivitamin and folate until my DH says that he's ready to try. That way I'll be on top of things when he saids he's ready.

My only question now is....should I be taking the calicum before hand or just when I fall pregnant??

You know, I really want to baby in my arms, but I also want to fall pregnant one day, just to prove or disprove that I can have a child that survives!!!

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Re : Aspirn... c-sections... just a bunch of questions.

Postby julie f » Mon Sep 11, 2006 01:51 am

Lisa,

Even if you won't be trying to conceive in the near future, I think it's a really good idea to start getting things in order. Personally, it helped me to feel as though I was actually "doing" something and it helped to pass that time that we were required to wait. I tried to learn as much as I could and then went to my specialist who thankfully helped me make sense of it all...

During my last pregnancy, I took prenatals, 1mg of folic acid, 1200mg of calcium, 81mg of aspirin (starting after we saw the heartbeat) and 12.5mg of atenolol (weeks 15-30 for high cardiac output).

There are many different thoughts on the baby aspirin - depending upon your situation, your doctor, etc. My peri actually didn't recommend the aspirin as in my case there is no need, but I asked for permission so to speak and he told me it was up to me. I decided to go ahead with it.

As far as heparin goes, like Jenndola said - unless you have been diagnosed with a clotting issue I would not expect that it would be prescribed. If you haven't already been tested for the underlying issues associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia, please ask your specialist about that. If something is found, there are often successful ways to manage these conditions during pregnancy.

About calcium - there has been some recent news that looks encouraging, here is a link: http://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17653

My doctor asked me to wait at least six months prior to trying again. My high-risk said he would like to see closer to a year. I had a regular cut C-section. Here is what our Experts have to say about it: http://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1178

The waiting is so hard but it is good that you're doing everything you can right now. Please let us know however we can help.

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Postby daltonsmommy » Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:10 am

My baby was born on July 14th and we were given the go ahead right away. My OB just wanted me to have one cycle for dating purposes. I also had an emergency C-Section. As for the blood thinners I am MTHFR homozygous. I was told though that I probably won't need the shots. I am on folate, b12 and b6. I will start baby asprin as soon as I get a positive test.

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Postby robertmyangel » Fri Sep 08, 2006 09:12 pm

Hi Lisa,

I gave birth to a baby boy in June, he was stillborn. I had a vaginal delivery, and I was told by my former OB to wait 2 complete cycles before TTC again. I haven't seen a High Risk OB yet b/c of my insurance, I have to be reffered to one by my OB, and my former OB told me there was no need to see a Peri b/c there were no underlying disorders, I just have a family history (my mom). I hope that you get all of your questions answered, and that your next pregnancy is long and boring, best wishes to you.


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